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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Here Comes Huckabee

posted by on November 27 at 12:35 PM

Posted by Ryan S. Jackson

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is now tied with Romney in Iowa and a strong second in Flordia, where Rudy Giuliani was hoping to show that he plays well in the big states. This news may mean the Huckabee campaign is for real, and intends to make the race for the Republican nomination a lot more interesting than it looked a month ago.


Check out these new Florida numbers — before the GOP debate there tomorrow — showing Huckabee climbing to second place there and Fred Thompson dropping into single digits. Giuliani retains the top spot at 26% in the Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion poll; Huckabee is second at 17%; McCain is third at 13%; Romney is fourth at 12%; and Thompson is fifth at just 9%.

As Huckabee’s campaign climbs the ladder, it appears to be at the expense of former-Senator-turned-reanimated-corpse Fred Thompson, who is absolutely faceplanting in this poll and is increasingly irrelevant in Iowa. The reasons for his campaign’s existence seem to shrink by the day (we’ll always have that one episode of Roseanne where he played the sexual-harassment-prone boss, though.)

More on Hurricane Huckabee:

-Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi does a glowing profile.

-New York Times: Critique of Huckabee’s new campaign ad.

-Our coverage: Huckabee comes to Bellevue.

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here comes huckabee
here comes huckabee
--to the tune of "here comes santa claus"
maybe someone can make up a song like that to that tune? (i don't remember the lyrics.) then torture everyone over at the GOP offices w/ it. cheers!

Posted by from east of miss | November 27, 2007 12:49 PM

If by "interesting" you mean "frightening", then I wholeheartedly agree.

Actually, I was surprised a "movement conservative" hadn't surfaced earlier. I assumed it was going to be Brownback, but I guess he's too Catholic (plus he cares about those pesky Africans in Darfur!)

No fucking way is a pro-choice or a Mormon getting the Republican nod. Better Huckabee than Cheney.

Posted by Big Sven | November 27, 2007 12:49 PM

They need someone to lead them into the wilderness for the next 40 years.

Huckabee would be a good choice for that.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 27, 2007 1:47 PM

yeah, maybe I just don't know enough about him yet, but he doesn't seem:

as much of an asshole as Romney,

as much of a Bush "9/11 changed everything" guy,

as crazy as McCain,

or like a total reactionary like Ron Paul.

He seems like a guy who I could stomach if the dems fuck it up (like they usually do). Anyone care to enlighten me?

Posted by Mike in MO | November 27, 2007 1:47 PM

oops, I forgot to turn off the bold.

Posted by Mike in MO | November 27, 2007 1:49 PM


The Taibbi profile goes into both why he's probably the most palatable of the Republicans and also why his religious views are probably going to be a little much for most people.

Posted by R.Jackson, Intern to the Stars | November 27, 2007 2:01 PM

We're talking about the guy who doesn't believe in evolution and is a young earth creationist right?

I'm tired of uneducated and ignorant morons making a run for the white house. When the fuck is a truly educated person going to run?

Posted by seattle98104 | November 27, 2007 2:05 PM

I watched Huckabee get interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN this past Sunday. The man is an IDIOT! He would not endorse Israel giving up any piece of the West Bank as part of a peace settlement. His reasoning - there is plenty of Arab-controlled land for the Palestinians to settle on, why give them Israeli-controlled land. In other words, "Hey Palestinians, you can have a piece of someone else's country, but you can't have a piece of your own country..."


Posted by mike | November 27, 2007 3:28 PM

Mike in MO@4- Huckabee supports a national sales tax. National. Sales. Tax. Economists say for it to replace income tax, it would have to be 30+%. National. Sales. Tax.

For privatizing Social Security. Against stem cell research. Against universal health care. Anti-choice. For a hetero marriage constitutional amendment.

(All this from which said Huckabee was my least appropriate candidate.)

mike@8- the neocon slavish devotion to Israel has become the official Republican position. Didn't you get the memo?

Posted by Big Sven | November 27, 2007 4:49 PM

Crap. This is the one GOP candidate who actually has a chance against the Democrats. He has a talent for sounding reasonable while being fucking insane, and his politics have a populist twist that could win blue collar votes that would otherwise be thinking of voting Democratic.

Posted by Cascadian | November 27, 2007 4:50 PM

Dan, remember what you said when Brrownbeck dropped out? Can you feel the Huckamentom? A lot of people are feeling it now.

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