The Shiv

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Robert Novak sticks his shiv into Huckabee not for being too religious but for not being religious enough–or at least, for failures on the barricades of the Baptist Wars of yore. The reason the panjandrums of the SBC are not backing Huck, saith Bob, is that when the charge was on to drive the liberals from the Temple, Huckabee gave aid and comfort to the other side. He actually made himself sufficiently acceptable to the Southern Baptist left in Arkansas that he managed to get himself elected as head of the state association. How much of a black mark this will be with rank and file Southern Baptists around the country is not for me to predict, but given that the denominations current leaders seems to be trying to get away from the ideological combat of the past, my guess is, not too much.