Like Mollie, I like to ruminate on speeches just a little. And in the sober light of morning, this passage from Mike Huckabee's speech strikes me just the same way it struck me last night: as magnificent.
Let me clear the air about whether guys like me would only support an evangelical. Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb, and tells people of faith that they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health care… The attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me....This isn't a battle about contraceptives and Catholics, but of conscience and the Creator. I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he takes this country.
What we have here is a consummately skilled orator, engaging in an act of political generosity--if Huckabee had gotten into the primary fight in Iowa, Romney would have been unlikely to have been delivering an acceptance speech tonight--and of determined, considered patriotism.
I don't know Mike Huckabee. But I'd like to shake his hand.