Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback, two presidential contenders vying for the same slice of the caucus constituency pie, were both in Iowa yesterday on the campaign trail. You can read the MSM's coverage of Brownback here
, and Huckabee here
. Huckabee won the "Glover Primary", (probably because Mike didn't want to drive to Cedar Rapids) but still it is worth noting that the dean of the press corps chose the Arkansan. We would be remiss to not mention that Radio Iowa extraordinaire Kay Henderson chose to cover Brownback
The most interesting thing about the coverage is that both candidates portrayed themselves as mainstream, neither seems satisfied to pander to the Keyes/Bauer wing of the party alone. BOTH the Cedar Rapids Gazette's article and the Des Moines Register's article about Brownback had the word "consensus" in the headline. I think that nugget speaks for itself. And I bet you didn't know he drives a hybrid.
The Huckabee Register headline included the words "Health, Music, and art in schools." Not exactly God, gays, and guns.
Both of these gentleman are selling themselves as compassionate conservatives without using that term. They are both campaigning in the "Purpose Driven Life" mold of being Christian means more than being pro-life (but don't forget we're pro-life!!!) One of the most fascinating aspects of this caucus season will be watching how these two campaigns develop and how much one can keep the upper hand over the other.
We promise to have the much anticipated line-change very soon. Life is getting in the way...
Looks like Kay interviewed Huckabee today