Well Huckabee won’t be running according to his announcement today. Have to give credit to Happy for picking long, long ago a credible candidate as the GOP 2012 nominee but there is a long way to go to the convention.
My guy bailed. I was a bit disappointed, not because I think Huckabee is a great alternative but because he brought a bit of civility to the partisan discourse even though representing the Evangelical wing of the party. Things like this:
“I think [Obama] has been an exemplary husband to his wife and an extraordinary father to his daughters,” Huckabee said earlier this year. “Frankly, America needs a good role model like that.”
Ben Smith – Huckabee: The loyal opposition Politico 14 May 11
That was refreshing. On the other hand he has the social values and, in many ways, the world view of a medieval Pope. So be it. I was looking forward to a number of other counter-intuitive gestures from him in the course of the campaign.
Now the field is pretty much comprised of looneys, narcissistic publicity seekers and has-beens. I’m convinced that the Tea Party phenomenon will drive Republicans to an outsider, populist nominee who will further split the traditional Republican coalition of corporate influence and middle-class values voters.
How about you? Do you think this is an opportunity for the Establishment or an insurgent?
And who gains an advantage from Huckabee’s decision to be king-maker not king?