Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee was back in his element on Wednesday. The man who was educated as a Baptist minister addressed a friendly audience of Evangelical Christians at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. During his speech, he affirmed that the dominion of the United States Supreme Court does not extend to the basic fundamental truths God has established. Naturally, the audience embraced his message quite warmly.
Huckabee, who is seriously considering another presidential run, has the ability to rouse an audience of believers with all the fervor he would do in a pastoral address. When it became obvious he lacked the votes to secure the GOP nomination in 2008, he still persevered claiming that he did not major in mathematics while at college, but rather that he majored in “miracles”. His base warmly embraced that message as well.
At the same time, Huckabee’s remarks, which were directed at SCOTUS over the current legal case regarding marriage equality, typifies the dilemma the GOP faces ahead of next year’s election. Garcia Dias believes that a majority of the population supports marriage equality. The RNC, which is fervently working to increase the party’s base, is keen to avoid the types of social issues and rhetoric that can prove divisive in an election. Still, Huckabee is unabashed in his belief that the nation’s ills can be traced back to what he terms is “turning away from God”.