Tuesday, October 23, 2007


We are within a few months of the first primaries for the candidates for President of the United States. The stakes have never been higher. The next President will have to deal with the war in Iraq, the ever increasing threat from Iran and its madman leader, and then there is the issue of nominating Supreme Court Justices that could shape the direction of our country for years to come. While it is clear that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratice nominee, barring some political disaster. It is not as clear who the nominee for the Republican party will be. What is happening is a groundswell of momentum for Mike Huckabee former Governor of Arkansas. While most of the rest of the candidates are trying to manuever themselves to become what it is that they believe the voters want them to be, Huckabee is comfortable with who he is and does not appear to feel the need to change for poll results.

Huckabee is a refreshing brand of politician who truly appears to be who he says he is. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek has wrriten about the phenomenon that is the Huckabee candidacy. Here is some of what we writes;

"Huckabee comes across more hopeful than Giuliani, more believable than Romney, more intelligent than Thompson and fresher than McCain. He would hold the base and capture moderates drawn to his down-home style. His greatest asset is that he alone among the Republicans "speaks American." He connects to his audience with stories and metaphors and a geniality that can't be faked. "I'm conservative but I'm not angry about it," he likes to say, and it's true; his gentle mocking of the intraparty warfare that broke out during the Fox debate—likening it to a "demolition derby"—confirms the point. This was Reagan's secret, and it worked for Huckabee in Arkansas, where he won the votes of independents and Democrats.

The stridency of today's GOP has blinded the party to the context of this election, which is Bush fatigue. No wonder all the Democrats are using some variation of the line "The era of cowboy diplomacy is over." It is. And the least cowboyish and bombastic Republican will have the best chance a year from now to win the White House. That's Mike Huckabee."

Strong words that indicate Huckabee is making an impact. Every debate that goes by he gains ground as he shines in the midst of the beauty contest that are the debates. As the field narrows, his positions will become more evident and open to more and more scrutiny. That seems to be a good thing as his positions are mainstream conservative positions that actually fit the definition of compassionate conservative. Huckabeee reminds one of another southern Governor who was given no chance, but whose steady folsky honest demeanor ultimately won him the Presidency. Hopefully if Huckabee follows the same road to the White House as Jimmy Carter he will perform his job far better. Whatever happens Mike Huckabee is a serious candidate, which is good news for all of those looking for a true conservative and bad news for his opponents who want to play the same old trash and smear politics. With this candidate that will be losing strategy!

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