Wearing His Faith on His Sleeve
Mike Huckabee’s latest ad is many things, but subtle it ain’t:
Clearly, this ad is targeted directly at social conservatives, who are Huckabee’s best shot at taking the nomination. (And, in all fairness, out of all of the Republican candidates running, Huckabee clearly deserves those votes, seeing as how he’s actually a social conservative.) Still, running an ad like this makes me wonder how much Huckabee is really intent on winning the general election, since this clearly paints him in one particular corner with little wiggle room out.
The growth in Huckabee’s support never ceases to amaze me, because he seems like a candidate with such limited appeal–especially in the GOP primaries. He’s a social conservative who’s liberal on immigration, a nanny-statist with business-unfriendly policies, a “values candidate” with a record littered with corruption, a candidate with growing poll numbers and anemic fundraising, and a person who’s only real accomplishment in politics seems to be having lost 100 pounds while governor.
(link via Matthew Yglesias)