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.)