Can Movement Survive The Huckabee?

Mike Making Trouble Among Evangelicals

There’s a holy war happening around Mike Huckabee. While Michigan’s Evangelicals promote the Republican’s candidacy, there appear to be generational rumbles spreading across the nation. While the old guard reject his seemingly populist approach, younger Bible-thumpers are hoping for a Huckabee administration. And the division threatens the entire movement:

Mr. Huckabee, who was a Southern Baptist minister before serving as governor of Arkansas, is the only candidate in the presidential race who identifies himself as an evangelical. But instead of uniting conservative Christians, his candidacy is threatening to drive a wedge into the movement, potentially dividing its best-known national leaders from part of their base and upending assumptions that have held the right wing together for the last 30 years.

If Mr. Huckabee can continue to galvanize evangelicals around his novel message while attracting other Republicans and perhaps independents, he will do more than advance his own campaign. He will also challenge the establishment of the Christian conservative political movement.

Will Huckabee become a political heretic or a hero? It depends on who you ask, we suppose. We know which way we’re leaning…