I have always respected Gov. Huckabee, but until recently, I didn't really take him seriously as a candidate. We shouldn't be too surprised at his surge, though. I didn't think the conservatives would just roll over and give the nomination to Giuliani. Huckabee has many qualities that I look for in a candidate. I do respect the fact that he is very outspoken in his faith, without being a jerk about it. As a Christian, I would obviously like to see "one of us" in the White House. Admittedly, I am not a big fan of ministers seeking political office (a subject for another post). But we don't live in a perfect world, so we have to choose the best available option.
But my support for Gov. Huckabee goes beyond the stereotypical moral/religious issues (although he certainly gets high marks in that department). I respect his down-to-earth style, his common-sense approach and his willingness to think outside the box. While some on the far right criticize him on issues such as health care and immigration, I see that as a positive. It shows me that he is willing to think for himself, instead of simply being a partisan "lemming."
So for my two cents worth, I'll simply say that "I Like Mike."