Monday, December 17, 2007

So that's why I don't know any of these people!

by shamanic

The Post tells the (apparently?) untold story of how networks of home-schooling parents led the Huckabee insurgency in Iowa. Somehow, all I can think is, "Wow, so his base is a bunch of isolated religious people who think that exposure to the world will ruin their children. Great."

Also: "That's why I don't know any of his supporters. They think they're too good to mix with sinful commoners."

For a faith that emphases original sin and human fallibility, the home-school movement has always smacked of holier-than-thou elitism. If these are Huckabee's strongest supporters, I understand completely the establishment freak out that's happening over Huck. The Rich Lowry's of the world will find that rather than dictating to the paranoid, uber-religious, unwashed masses, they've been supplanted by them.

And this emphasis on being "one of us", by the way (the article quotes a home-schooling mom who considers this an asset), is possibly the most naive wish a constituent can have for a candidate. Worst of all, in the case of Huckabee, she's probably right.

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