As if being Southern Baptist wasn’t enough to make you steer clear(did I say that out loud?), here’s a good reason to avoid Mike Huckabee. Gothard? Give me a massive break. In our early fundamentalist brainwashing days, my husband and I attended a Bill Gothard seminar. Even as Stepford as we were back then, we thought Gothard was wayyyyyyy too extreme to be real. It is a cult in the sense of being a total commitment to one man’s vision of the Christian life. You buy his books, do what he says, and that’s all you’re supposed to do. Scientology has nothing on Gothard. I’m not one to play guilt by association because sometimes you can’t help who you get your picture taken with when you’re a politician (Roslyn Carter and Gacy for example), but Huckabee’s been schmoozing with the likes of Hagee as well. And all of these folks offer a prime example of Theocracy 101.