I have written little here about the Presidential campaign. While I have no horse in the race, I do have some clear opinions and preferences. For the most part I’ve been sitting back and watching things unfold as the frontrunners vie for my support.
However, the recent overpublicized “Huckabee Surge” has stirred me from my silence. That’s because the thought that the former Arkansas governor and would-be Preacher-in-Chief could actually secure the Republican nomination is quite disturbing.
Largely well known has been Huckabee’s very apparent fiscal liberalism and economic populism. The problem is about more than taxes and spending – his positions on trade, regulation, and school choice leave a lot wanting, as well. (Not to mention how they blend incoherently with his record on immigration.) Altogether, his record on these issues is the weakest in the GOP field.
Michael at Best Destiny brings up the other major problem with Mike “Shucks”-abee: his Democrat-like unseriousness about our nation’s important foreign policy threats and challenges. With the exception of Ron Paul, he again is less preferred than all his Republican rivals in this very crucial area of national leadership.
Third, Huckabee’s inability to respond coherently to the recent 1992 AIDS “quarantine” controversy (covered in detail by Hugh Hewitt) demonstrates that he is not only unprepared for anything resembling a primetime fight with Hillary Clinton but also that his candidacy’s “surge” may quickly be nearing a crash. And as more Republican primary voters take a closer look at the former Arkansas governor, it would be nice if they could go a little deeper than his stances on life and marriage. The only good news about Huckabee’s surge is that it probably already has reached its peak.
Then there’s the national general election strategy. With a fiscally liberal Huckabee at the top of the ticket, the GOP would cede a lot of crucial ground in the Western states to the Democrats. Why else are Clinton-supporting Democrat strategists only saying nicer & nicer things about Huckabee as he “surges” closer to becoming a plausible candidate for the nomination? Welcome the Clintons back to the White House, my friend.
Fellow Republican voters, including those who will join me in casting a caucus ballot here in Colorado on February 5. We can do a lot better than Mike Huckabee. How about Fred, Mitt, Rudy, or McCain? All to be preferred in my estimation. And this coming from a conservative Baptist. From the current field, I’d choose Huckabee to my pastor, but someone else to be my President.