Monday, August 13, 2007
As a Democratic loyalist, maybe I shouldn't be spouting opinions on the Republican presidential race. But since I am a good Democrat, I'm compelled to share ideas. Former Governor, Mike Huckabee's strong showing in the Iowa straw poll will obviously infuse some much needed money into his campaign. Although most folks I've talked with still think Huckabee has no chance to cop the nomination from Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani, I'm not so sure. First of all, I do believe when it's all said and done, Romney's religion will bother more than a small number of those very conservatives who the Republicans claim they are after. Even though he is smart, handsome and casts a nice shadow, (make no mistake, looks are critical, and you'd have to go back to William Howard Taft for a fat president), Romney will have to account for Huckabee's folksy charm, quick wit and ability to communicate. If any candidate benefitted from Iowa, it was Huckabee. There is no doubt our former Guv has miles to go before he's really in the thick of things, but I just don't see Giuliani gaining momentum. In fact, Huckabee may be the only one, other than Romney, going in the right direction. They would all do well not to underestimate the preacher/politician from Hope. If I were handicapping the Republican race at this point, (and apparently I am), I'd have to make Huck the solid 6-1 third choice in the program, with a lot of smart money coming his way late. We shall see. As for me, well, I'm a Democrat.