Check out David Domke’s disquisition on Huckabee’s use of “horizontal” and “vertical” in discussing the kind of politics he’s interested in promoting. There does seem to be some evangelical-speak at work here, and to the extent that it’s familiar language to evangelicals, it counts for something. But the claim that this is coded language seems a bit of a stretch, especially understood in a sinister sense. True, it would not be the first time the Huckabee campaign has flirted with subliminality in its messaging. But you go into the public square with the language that brung you, no? And Huck’s point in going vertical is pretty straightforward: let’s get past the culture wars and provide some uplift. Real sinister.