Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Huck Wins South, Bested by 7-year-old

It seems clear now, if it wasn't before, that the Republican nominee will be John McCain, and that the Republican ticket will be McCain-Huckabee...alas. (Oh, stop that.)

Regent University's Charles Dunn at The Chuck Dunn Report explains why in "The Key That Unlocks The White House Door." Since Nixon, no one has won the White House without a strong appeal to the South. Of the nation's five regions, the South has by far the most electoral college votes (189, followed by the Midwest at 124). The winner must appeal to southern concerns and demonstrate at least a credible Christian religiosity. Of the seven southern states that have held primaries so far, Huckabee has won five (all five that were in contention yesterday on Super Tuesday: AL, AR, GA, TN, WV) and come second in one (SC). The other two states (FL, SC) McCain won on his own. Huckabee clearly also appeals to Evangelical Christians.

Nonetheless, this Evangelical remains unimpressed by the southern Evangelical candidate. I always have the impression from Mike Huckabee that he is talking down to me. Seven year old Aleya Deatsch from West Des Moines found the same thing, according to the New York Times.
“Who is your favorite author?” Aleya Deatsch, 7, of West Des Moines asked Mr. Huckabee in one of those posing-like-a-shopping-mall-Santa moments.

Mr. Huckabee paused, then said his favorite author was Dr. Seuss.

In an interview afterward with the news media, Aleya said she was somewhat surprised. She thought the candidate would be reading at a higher level.

“My favorite author is C. S. Lewis,” she said.

I happen to know this girl, and if Mr. Huckabee had known that he was dealing with a homeschooled Orthodox Presbyterian, he might have said at least John Bunyan, if not John Owen.

1 comment:

Shane Vander Hart said...

Go homeschoolers - I would suspect that she is thinking Chronicles of Narnia, not Mere Christianity or Miracles.

I'm sorry you feel he is talking down to you. I would say the majority don't feel that way.