In earlier posts, I’ve ruminated on the similarities between Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee. Though they come from different sides of the spectrum, they both articulate a common vision of moving beyond a polarized politics of cynicism and finding a more grace-filled politics of hope.
I promise I’ll stop my Obama/Huckabee ticket suggestions after this one, but in the wake of their victories in the Iowa caucuses, I thought I’d share one more piece connecting this unlikely political couple. On Wednesday night, the eve of the caucuses, Huckabee appeared on the Tonight Show where Jay Leno asked him his opinion of the Democratic candidates. Not surprisingly, he refused to say anything negative about the Democrats. But his most memorable comment was about Obama:
I have a great respect for Barack Obama. I think he’s a person who is trying to do, in many ways, what I hope I’m trying to do, and that is to say let’s quit what I call “horizontal politics.” Everything in this country is not left, right, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican. I think the country is looking for somebody who is vertical, who is thinking, “Let’s take America up and not down,” and people will forgive you for being left or right if you go up.