Huckabee’s victory has put me in a position of great discomfort. I, just like the neocons, are deeply troubled by Huckabee’s victory, but for completely different reasons. The neocon strategy has always been to build a pro-business coalition, using wedge issues important to the religious right to get most Americans to vote against their own economic self-interest. Americans, concerned about health care, education, declining standard of living, and jobs moving overseas, have overlooked these issues and focused on abortion, gay rights and internal security as the main issues. Huckabee, with his populist side appeals to the issues the neocons wish to ignore.
The religious right, has always been welcomed on the Republican flight to power. However, it has always been a given that they would be riding coach. Huckabee’s rise threatens the neocon strategy. The monster they’ve created is now at risk of devouring them. And though I can’t help but snicker at the irony, I also realize the threat the religious right is to our Republic and to our future progress as a diverse and vibrant society. More than Huckabee’s campaign, it is the fuel that is moving that campaign forward that I fear.