by Max Brantley
He's not only losing a presidential election; he's losing his following, along with the sunny disposition that made him a breath of fresh air even to cynically secular reporters in 2008.
As I've often said, "I don't go to them, I come from them," but because of that, I do understand them. And a lot of them, quite frankly, I think they're scared to death that if a guy like me got elected, I would actually do what I said I would do, and that is, I would focus on the personhood of every individual, we would abolish abortion based on the Fifth and 14th Amendment, we would ignore the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision. And you know what the result would be?
A lot of these organizations wouldn't have the ability to do urgent fund-raising because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they continue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detriment to their organization's abilities to gin up their supporters and raise the contributions, and I know that sounds cynical, but Todd, it is what it is.
Huckabee is a terrific, warm television host . . . and a sharp-elbowed grudge-carrier in politics, a point I made almost exactly one year ago. When Huckabee feels he’s been wronged, he holds nothing back; he compared Pat Toomey and the Club for Growth to “suicide bombers” and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan.
I’ve had my gripes with him in the past — claiming a theology degree he doesn’t have, odes to the simple life and “flyover country” written from his beachfront property in Florida, his insulin-product ad where he dismisses prescription drugs as ineffective and denounces the greed of “big Pharma,” his sense that part of the job of the president is to grade and evaluate the fashion choices of Beyoncé and Jay-Z . . . but he was, at one point, the most charismatic, funniest, and arguably one of the most influential pro-life evangelical voices in America. And now he’s denouncing past allies because they prefer another candidate.