Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Huckabee’s Foot Soldiers

A grass-roots effort launched by a pair of home-schooled 19-year-old evangelical brothers could become crucial to Mike Huckabee's presidential bid. Meet the Harris twins.

If Mike Huckabee's second-place finish in South Carolina seemed to rob his campaign of some momentum, it's not because the Harris twins weren't trying. The 19-year-old brothers are cofounders of Huck’s Army, a 14,000-member (and growing) grass-roots Web effort to catapult the former Arkansas governor into the White House. It was, after all, a Huck's Army e-mail that inspired actor Chuck Norris to get involved.

Home-schooled south of Portland, Ore., the evangelical teens have been organizing online since 2005, when they launched Rebelution, a youth ministry that has spawned a series of conferences and a book due out in April. They define that project as "a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture." Now as Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, is forced to cut back on expenses, Brett and Alex Harris are calling on the volunteers of Huck's Army to provide the campaign with support and infrastructure. NEWSWEEK's Brian Braiker recently spoke with Alex about his man's loss in South Carolina, Fred Thompson's decision to pull out of the race and what Huckabee meant when he said he wants to bring the Constitution in line with "God's standards."

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