A Flagrantly Responsible Conservative
By Leonard Pitts
I'm writing this to say just one thing: I like Mike.
That would be Michael Dale Huckabee, former Baptist preacher, former governor of Arkansas, former GOP presidential candidate, current Fox News personality...
The proximate reason I say that is his recent refusal to support a knuckleheaded idea being touted by many of his conservative brethren: altering the 14th Amendment to curtail illegal immigration.
But I could have said it a few months ago when he sided with Arizona Hispanics who feared that state's new immigration law could be used to profile them.
I could have said it two years ago when he dissected the Jeremiah Wright controversy with a sense of nuance and compassion seldom found among conservatives when they speak of race...
And yes, I know what some of you are thinking: I like Mike because he agrees with me.
Actually, he doesn't. Yes, we have points of concurrence. But on any number of issues -- reproductive rights, guns, same sex marriage, HIV/AIDS education -- the distance between us yawns like canyons... [but]...
...Just when you've got him figured as another guy glued to his talking points on the issues that divide and define, he will surprise you by showing evidence of actual thought.
...he will deviate from what his ideological kin are all tonelessly repeating like windup toys and follow conscience to some other conclusion.
...Sometimes you wonder if anyone is still on the country's side. You couldn't prove it by most of what passes for leadership these days. Which is why we never seem to reach national consensus, never seem to find compromise, never do anything except boil with a free floating, self-perpetuating anger.
But Huckabee seems to have the novel idea that it's more important to find answers than win arguments, more important to speak conscience than parrot talking points. That's why, even when I disagree with him, I like Mike.
And why I wish other politicians would take note.
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