Well, we’ve had Chuck’s for Huck, now we’ve got an even greater force in Huck’s corner: Jesus Christ. From the YouTube video, Mike Huckabee tells us, in so many words, “Jesus is my campaign manager and friend:
STUDENT: Recent polls show you surging… What do you attribute this surge to?
HUCKABEE: There’s only one explanation for it, and it’s not a human one. It’s the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of five thousand people. (Applause) That’s the only way that our campaign can be doing what it’s doing. And I’m not being facetious nor am I trying to be trite. There literally are thousands of people across this country who are praying that a little will become much, and it has. And it defies all explanation, it has confounded the pundits. And I’m enjoying every minute of them trying to figure it out, and until they look at it, from a, just experience beyond human, they’ll never figure it out. And it’s probably just as well. That’s honestly why it’s happening.
What he means by “beyond human” is, of course, God. As in, God, and his son Jesus Christ are very much pulling for Mike Huckabee to win the Republican nomination. This is going to be widely used by Huck’s opponents, but I’ll bet that his hard-core base will understand and just love every bit of it. It comes down to belief.
If you believe in a transcendent, all-powerful and all-knowing deity, and that this deity routinely enters human history and favors those who favor him, then what Huck said is totally routine. Unexceptional. All who call themselves Christian must acknowledge that this sure sounds a lot like their God.
Not that it can’t be terribly annoying to have one candidate claim that God somehow is in his corner, or really, really cares who wins the Iowa caucuses. But then, if God loves us, and is always guiding us, well, it follows that God will ensure that his candidate wins. Doesn’t it?
Depends who you ask. There’s a pretty large chunk of the electorate who will think this kind of belief to be just nuts, if not dangerous. And, even for believing Christians, who hasn’t been turned off by those other Christians who spout pieties about how Jesus just got them a really great parking spot at the mall?
Mike Huckabee is in many ways a very attractive candidate, although he does seem soft on the tax-and-spend front. But, regardless of any lack of conservative purity, real or perceived, he is a man of deep faith who seems to believe that God truly is on his side.
If God is for Huck, who am I to dispute it? And, more to the point, how can Huck lose if this is the case? On the other hand, if God’s name is being invoked for a vain purpose by Huck, then it is Mike Huckabee who will ultimately lose.
At least we know who devout atheists will vote: mostly against Mike Huckabee. Which is, all by itself, a good reason to vote for him.