Well, you certainly have on your judgmental britches today. Putting aside the Governor’s professed faith for a second - because I think God can figure out his sincerity or lack of it without my help - I would like to dig into the psychosis of being a “compassionate conservative.”
By saying that, you are judging all “normal conservatives” as “compassionless conservatives” which frankly is both morally and intellectually insulting. True conservatism IS compassionate by its very nature - including some “tough love” parts to it.
Thus, I cannot get past your “compassionate conservative” label, which is usually another name for “liberal.” Or, put another way, compassionate conservatism = dispassionate capitulism.” Think about it.
Our last Republican president, George W. Bush, described himself as a compassionate conservative. Are you suggesting he was liberal, like the Dem who followed him inot the White House?