". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I Don't Get It

Mike Huckabee has no chance of winning the Republican nomination. Yet he says he's staying in the race to give conservative voters a choice. Pundits theorize that he's staying in so that he can come out of this election season as the national leader of the conservative wing of the GOP.

Is there anyone who can explain this to me? The conservatives I have been listening to over the past several months have been as vocal in their criticism of Huckabee as of McCain. (Well, almost as vocal.) They acknowledge that he is a social conservative but object mightily to his populist, tax-and-spend ways.

I'm not saying that Huckabee should get out. He has the right to do what he thinks he needs to do. But to people who now look to him as the best option for carrying forward the conservative agenda, I scratch my head and say "huh"? I think that candidate--take your pick of several--has already dropped out.

(So much for not writing about politics. I just can't seem to help myself.)


elephantschild said...

In my book it just makes Huckabee look slightly nutters.

I don't get it, either.

What a year!

PS Blogger gave me ----> uwhvfiok to decipher. Seems like that should be a word. Maybe a town in Siberia?

mikensuzysmail said...

I didn't get it either at first. Then I heard one of the analysts on tv (NOT NBC)comment that if Huckabee continues to have a good showing, he could make a good running mate for McCain. So he might just be going for the VP! Make sense?
Suzanne T.

Cheryl said...

I've also heard the theory that he's going for VP. But from what I understand the common wisdom says that the VP pick should be a conservative who will help to rally the conservative wing of the party around the ticket, and again, Huckabee is not that guy (in my opinion).

Jane said...

You are right> Huckster is not a conservative! It drives me nuts that so many people are voting for him as the "conservative option."

I am sure that he thinks this will give him some kind of clout, but he would be absolutely the wrong choice for VP.

I would like to see my favorite congressman, Mike Pence--who I campaigned actively for in his first campaign--as the choice for VP, but I don't think Indiana is important enough.

I hope McCain sees the importance of picking a true conservative.