Mike Huckabee couldn't be more different. He is a pandering prodigy, no doubt in part because it stems from sincere conviction. He got his start as a Baptist minister, staffer for a televangelist and as a hokey TV performer, and he is fluent and comfortable spinning down-home charm. Much as Ronald Reagan did, Mr. Huckabee annoys many of his critics because he refuses to live up to liberal stereotypes. He's neither bitter nor cranky, and he's often wittier than the very detractors who think big-city liberals have a monopoly on political wit. "I'm a conservative," he famously said, "but I'm not mad at everybody over it."