January 7, 2008 12:46PM

What Fresh Hell Is This?

In today’s San Francisco Chronicle, I take a look at Mike Huckabee, the winner of the Iowa caucuses:

After a year of wringing their hands over their choices in the presidential race — a pro‐​choice mayor with an authoritarian streak, a serial flip‐​flopper, and a senator who is a dedicated opponent of free speech — the Republicans finally have a new front‐​runner.…

So … Republicans looking for a presidential candidate to inspire them are now faced with a tax‐​and‐​spend religious rightist who would have the federal government regulate everything from restaurant menus to local schools.

As Dorothy Parker would say, “What fresh hell is this?”