Huckabee and his loyal supporters love to claim that he is the Christian leader, that God would hear his (and by implication, no one else's) prayers, and that would make him a good leader.
Would it really?
At age 21, Huckabee went to work as a staffer in the field of televangelism. We've all seen what a dearth of ethics there are in televangelism. It's a field that makes used car salesman smell good.
Later Huckabee served for many years as a pastor at two Baptist churches. Does America need a Pastor in Chief? Would it be beneficial to society to have a president issuing pardons based on his views of forgiveness and christian conversion? Did it help Arkansas to have a chief executive handing record numbers of pardons and clemmencies because prisoners serendipitously found Jesus while in prison?
Huckabee has stated, "Politics are totally directed by worldview. That's why when people say, 'We ought to separate politics from religion,' I say to separate the two is absolutely impossible".
He has also argued "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."
But whose interpretation of God's will would be used? Certainly couldn't use Muslims, Jews, Hindus, or Seiks, because they don't believe in the right God. Mormons are out, because they really don't worship Christ, no matter what they may claim. Catholics and Episcopalians are disqualified because of their heretical worship of saints. And Unitarians and Jehovah's Witnesses are just nuts. Really, it would have to be Southern Baptists who would write the constitution. No one else could be trusted.
Would America benefit from an all or nothing pro life Pastor who is so exclusionary that he can't welcome those who convert to life late in their lives? Or a Pastor who is justified by his righteous indignation to spend many pages in multiple books, years after a political race, to vent his spleen over percieved slights?
Would it be useful to have a president who loves social entitlements, as long as they represent Christian charity? Even if he has to beg the legislative branch to raise taxes to cover these new entitlements?
How would America be a better place for electing a Pastor in Chief who believes in end of times Rapture and that said Rapture would be ushered in by apocalyptic war in Israel? Do we need to be led by a Pastor who is willing to prop up Mideast dictators like Mubarak because they are friends with Israel?
Here’s the problem: If you spend 20 years in a profession where you can't separate your idea of God's will from the will of the people, chances are you’ll forget what it really is. Mike Huckabee spent two decades of his life being deep fried in Pastoral thinking. He might have been like the healthiest carrot in the beginning, but if you deep fry a carrot for 20 years, there won’t be many vitamins left.