By all accounts, Republican presidential contender and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee seems genuine in the sense that he believes what he says. Compared to former N.Y. Mayor Rudy Giuliani or former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, painfully transparent con men who will say absolutely anything to get elected, Huckabee stands out. Sincerity has paid off as of late for Huck, and as of this writing, he is surging in the polls — even taking the lead here in South Carolina, where Romney in particular has campaigned relentlessly.
As the pundits tirelessly remind us, Huckabee is many things — likeable, witty, sincere, Chuck Norris’s pick for the GOP nomination. The problem is he’s just not conservative.