Monday, December 3, 2007

"Huckamania" Running Wild

The latest round of Rasmussen Reports polling, and the first round since the last GOP debate, has Mike Huckabee trailing Rudy Giuliani by a mere 3 points. This isn't Iowa polling, this is national polling, people.

Giuliani leads the field with 20%. Huckabee polled at 17%. Fred Thompson third with 14%, McCain at 13%, Mitt Romney down at 11%, and Ron Paul up to 7 %. No other candidate is above 2%.

I'll be completely honest with you, I can't quite comprehend why Huckabee has so much support. I get Rudy, I get Mitt, I get John McCain, I definitely get Fred Thompson...but why Huckabee?

Sure, he has a background that appeals to evangelicals and an honest "aw shucks" mentality, but beyond his social conservatism, what else is there that appeals to the GOP base? I would love for someone to explain this to me, because I find it hard to believe that there are THAT many GOP voters out there that put social issues ahead of fiscal/economical/national defense issues. Huckabee seems like a nice guy, good orator, and a decent politician...but on any issue I seem to find at least one more candidate that I prefer.

Now, I want to see what happens after Mitt Romney gives his speech on his Mormon faith. Given that Huckabee has ate into Romney's base of social conservatives, it makes this speech all the more interesting.

3 comments:

tvwalsh said...

Mike Huckabee is an authentic compassionate conservative. He cares about illegal immigrants because they are also God's children. He attracts minority votes because he is genuinely interested in their well being. He works with the Democrats because any good politician must work with the other party. He cares about the planet because it makes sense to do that.

Like Bill Clinton, he is a gifted politician who will do very well in all debates and forums.

He is a genuine social consevative who does not have to "Conservative up" for the primaries.

What's not to like?

tvwalsh said...

Mike Huckabee is an authentic compassionate conservative. He cares about illegal immigrants because they are also God's children. He attracts minority votes because he is genuinely interested in their well being. He works with the Democrats because any good politician must work with the other party. He cares about the planet because it makes sense to do that.

Like Bill Clinton, he is a gifted politician who will do very well in all debates and forums.

He is a genuine social consevative who does not have to "Conservative up" for the primaries.

What's not to like?

Phil Chroniger said...

I'm not sold on his fiscal stances and economic record in regards to taxes while he was governor, and I'm reading conflicting research on the Fair Tax that Huckabee advocates.