Is Mike Huckabee a likable guy? Yep. Does he know what he’s talking about? Ehh…
Economic policy? How about a 30% sales tax? Foreign policy? He likes Tom Friedman and Frank Gaffney, two pop commentators with almost nothing in common. Energy policy? Let’s eliminate oil imports by 2017. Immigration policy? Ship everyone back to Mexico. Etc. It’s grade school stuff.
And not to beat this into the ground, but what’s really astounding about this is that nobody actually seems to care much. But eventually somebody will, because eventually this weird combination of barstool ignorance and internet-email-list credulity is bound to produce a howler of the kind that the press likes to latch onto. There’s no telling what it will be, but it’s coming, and when it does the Huckabee boomlet will be over.
I tend to agree. You keep digging and more stuff keeps popping up that will make GOP voters think twice. Maybe not the faithful in Iowa, but certainly those in the later primary states.
Of course, maybe it won’t. Maybe the evangelicals really have taken the party over and can force their nominee through. After all, this isn’t 1988 where they were a force, but not a juggernaut. And Huckabee is much more impressive than Pat Robertson.
One thing’s for sure. There’s not much time left until we find out.