David Brody of CBNNews.com recently interviewed Emory University psychiatry professor and Democratic political strategist Drew Westen. His specialty: connecting emotionally with voters.
Brody shares the story of then President Bill Clinton calling Westen after reading his book The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. This year donors to the major Democratic presidential campaigns have put him in touch with the campaigns or candidates.
In the interview (and in real life), Professor Westen gives advice to Democratic presidential candidates, but there is one Republican candidate who Westen says has distinguished himself in the area of voter relations: Mike Huckabee. Read his analysis below:
The thing about Huckabee is that if you watch his ability to connect with people he’s quite impressive. He can deliver a line that is very far to the right but sounds very balanced in his demeanor. His position on evolution was one that a lot of CBN viewers would agree with but it’s pretty far from the mainstream with what scientists believe about evolution yet he can speak about it in a way where people who might be skeptical may feel comfortable. That was Ronald Reagan’s real gift. He made people feel comfortable with him and his values in part because he spoke them with conviction even if they didn’t agree with his convictions.This is becoming a common theme. Visit any Democrat blog or forum and you will find people who are scared of Huckabee. There's a reason.