Huck for VP!

From US News:

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and defeated contender for the GOP presidential nomination, is currently at the top of John McCain‘s short list for a running mate. At least that’s the word from a top McCain fundraiser and longtime Republican moneyman who has spoken to McCain’s inner circle. The fundraiser is less than thrilled with the idea of Huckabee as the vice presidential nominee, and many economic conservatives—turned off by the populist tone of Huckabee’s campaign and his tax record as governor—are likely to share that marked lack of enthusiasm.

My first thought was that Huckabee as McCain’s VP would be good for Obama, but on second thought, I’m not so sure. He’d be good at drawing in the religiously insane people who don’t trust McCain because he’s not churchy enough for them.

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4 responses to “Huck for VP!

  1. goodtimepolitics

    Who knows maybe Huckabee could bring everything together! I think McCain is waiting to see who Obama picks for VP before he does. 🙂

  2. That’s actually an interesting point – perhaps McCain is waiting to see whom Obama selects. He could have his running mate selected and everything in order today, but he’s not doing so.

    I think Obama is hurt by Huckabee’s selection. Huckabee will energize the religious wingnuts, which McCain himself will be unable to do. If he can turn those people out (and they’ll come out to vote for the Huckster knowing that if he’s VP, he’s the presumptive nominee in ’12) he’s got a better shot at this thing.

    In my own estimation, McCain took off anyone on his short list with serious business or economic credentials with his gas tax hiatus proposal.

    Tangentially, I’d love to see Jim Webb debate Mike Huckabee.

  3. I don’t know. The religious wingnuts might be more motivated to vote w/Huck on the ticket, I’m wondering how the Malkinites and Dittoheads might responds as they already think that McCain is too soft on immigration. And adding Huck to the mix might turn off those people even more.

    Is Webb a good debater? One thing that drove me nuts about Huck in the GOP debates was that he was just so damn likable.

  4. I totally think the religious zealots will be far more inclined to vote with Huck on the ticket. As I said above, I think they’ll see it as setting him up for ’12.

    The Malkinites and the dittoheads would go batshit crazy – well, make that batshit crazier. They can’t stand McCain, they abhorred Huckabee, and the combination of the two might just send them over the edge.

    Webb isn’t the best debater, to be honest. By that, I mean you’re not going to walk away from watching him debate or give a speech and say “damn, that Jim Webb sure is a great guy.” But you would walk away, I think, feeling like he’s someone you’d want around in a crisis. He is tough, unrelenting, well-informed and reasoned.
    In terms of experience and demeanor, I think he wipes up the floor with Huckabee. He still comes across as the gruff, no nonsense marine veteran he is.

    I was similarly bothered by just how damn likable Huckabee always came across. Webb is nowhere near as likable. But he is the way to go if Obama wants an attack dog who won’t take shit from anyone.

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