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The sweet-faced and anti-gay Mike Huckabee seems to be gaining ground in Iowa. The NY Times reports that the Republican presidential candidate may give his competition a run for their money:

Among Republican caucusgoers, 27 percent said they would support Mr. Romney, while 21 percent said they would support Mr. Huckabee and 15 percent said they would support Mr. Giuliani. But two-thirds of Mr. Romney’s backers said they could change their mind, a strikingly large number; by contrast, half of Mr. Huckabee’s supporters said they could change their mind. And nearly every one of Mr. Huckabee’s poll measures in Iowa, where he has focused most of his resources, was encouraging: 50 percent of respondents had a favorable view of him, compared with 7 percent who said they viewed him unfavorably.

The Times and their surveys also conclude that the GOP has been struggling to balance ideology and pragmatism. To this we have one word: good.

While we sort of have a crush on Huckabee, we can’t stand his homophobic politics and archaic sense of “value,” which he summed up at the Value Voters summit: “The new value needs to be the old value.”

He apparently doesn’t know that we’re living in a startlingly complex new era.

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