Monday, December 03, 2007

Oh No! It's Huckabee!

I don't like Mike Huckabee and it's not because I have antipathy for politicians from the great state of Arkansas, although I can't quite shake that either. No, I don't like him because he reminds me of another politician who I really, really don't like: Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter wore his folksy, unforgiving morality on his sleeve disguised as Christianity when it was just a method to intimidate people of lesser moral stature (anyone who disagreed with him). Like Carter, Huckabee loves government solutions. The government can make everything better, he believes. That stands in stark contrast to the considerable evidence to the contrary.

Huckabee can't win against Hillary. I haven't read polls to that affect, but I feel it in my bones. He won't play on the Left and Right coast. He'll bother women. Men won't find him manly enough. He's the one Republican that makes Hillary look even more butch.

My brother said, "Iowans are idiots." Maybe. But maybe, the other Republican candidates are to blame. Huckabee is affable and unapologetically socially conservative. The other leaders would do well to take note.

Maybe Giuliani and Thompson's marriages matter more than I believe. Maybe Giuliani's waffling on gun rights and abortion will eliminate him by the Republicans. Maybe Americans are more suspicious of Romney's Mormonism than I believe.

If all this leaves Huckabee the Republican candidate, then I think we'll have Hillary Clinton for president.

3 comments:

Chalmers said...

It is not just that Iowans are idiots (generally, I do think they are), it is also that the majority of those that get interested in the straw poll are also sucking at the federal government teet. This is what makes Iowa so dangerous. Remember, they chose, "yeeahrghhhhhaaa!!!" four years ago...

Defeating Hillary should be a softball for the Repubs and yet, I think they are going to do everything they can to make her president. Scary. I guess all repubs are good for is toe-tapping in bathroom stalls.

Blah,
Little Brother

Headless Unicorn Guy said...

Huckabee seems to be positioning himself as The Christian (TM) Candidate.

Around a month ago, there was this news item about "Major Christian Leaders" (Dobson et al) who were threatening to bolt the GOP and form a third party around a Pure Christian Candidate. I suspect Huckabee may end up the Born-Again Ross Perot of 2008.

Kicker is, Romney's positions are the best fit to social conservatives and the "Christian Voter", but his being Mormon is a total turnoff. A few months ago, Hugh Hewitt (a Romney man) did an interview at Christianity Today Online about Romney. Most of the comment thread on it was Bible-verse-laced denunciations of "Mormon False Doctrine".

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