From Newsmax today:
Political guru Dick Morris tells Newsmax that Huckabee "represents a new phenomenon in politics, a genuinely spiritual and creative person who wants to find new ways to inject a spiritual perspective into policy."
Morris notes that while Huckabee is "pro life and anti-gay marriage and all the rest" that appeals to GOP social voters, he can't easily be put in a box."
He wants to expand the purview of a spiritual influence on policy to other spheres," Morris said. "For example, rehabilitation of prisoners, opposing childhood obesity, conserving the planet God gave us, teaching the arts in schools to enhance our divine creativity. He is a unique candidate with an appeal that transcends normal political boundaries and is catching on. And, in a world of bought-and-paid-for politics, he has little money but lots of popularity."
Huckabee's is beginning to show.
Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post has also come to admire Huckabee. In his "The Fix" blog, he writes: "Watch him in a debate or travel with him to a series of stump speeches and you see a candidate with real star potential."
Columnist Scot Lehigh notes in the Boston Globe, "In a field where the leading candidates have thus far proved unpalatable or unconvincing to the Republican base, Huckabee is a true believer, a committed, consistent conservative. Now that he's outrun his second-tier rivals, don't be surprised to see his candidacy take off."