Skip to comments.Backers See Huckabee Filling VP Niche (editorial)
Posted on 05/29/2012 5:03:25 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
If Mitt Romney's most pressing consideration in selecting a running mate is to find someone who can expand his appeal among independents or a critical demographic that remains up for grabs, several candidates would likely fit the bill better than Mike Huckabee.
But if the former Massachusetts governor instead concludes that his right flank is not as secure as it needs to be, Huckabee may be among his best options.
The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses remains one of the most popular and well-recognized conservatives nationwide, and his decision not to launch a second presidential run removed what might have been Romneys toughest competitor on the road to the Republican nomination.
Thus far, most GOP strategists assume that the urgency to defeat President Obama will negate any conservatives thoughts about staying home in November. Romneys primary concern over the next five months, this dominant line of thinking goes, is to make headway with the narrow slice of the electorate who can be won by either candidate.
With that in mind, Huckabee backers are quick to draw attention to the former Arkansas governors affable demeanor, lack of pretention, and his up-from-the-bootstraps personal story, all of which might soften Romneys image and make the GOP ticket more relatable to blue-collar independents.
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Huckabee has some assets, but conservatisim isn’t one of them, his stances on social issues aside.
Romney is a Rino. Huckabee is a RINO. Can we get one conservative on the ticket?
That Huckster, he's such a card.
In the 2008 election cycle, Huckabee ranted over and over again against Mormons, since he is a Southern Baptist and they apparently have a long running grudge with Mormons. I don’t know the origins or why.
In any case, Mitt better not pick Huckabee.
I am a life-long Republican and I am already holding my nose to vote for Mitt.
I don’t know if I can squeeze tight enough to vote also for Huckabee.
This is really putting manyof us between a rock and a very hard place. We cannot vote for Obama.
This is not a good rumor.
It’s going to be very painful enough for me to vote for Mitt.
Huck, no way. That will be the final straw and I will not be voting
Huck is Romney + a gut and a Southern drawl. And okay genuine social conservatism too but he’s another Governor with a lousy record.
And he’s not the guy to embarrass Biden in the VP debate.
I will stay home if Huckster is the VP......
The dang GOP-E already has one of the biggest RINO’s at the top of the ticket now every name I hear floated for VP is a RINO! How about Ryan? or DeMint......
Huckabee? Where’s the barf alert?!
I hope this is satire.
VP doesn’t matter in office though, only during the election or if they become President or run for President themselves in the future.
So anyone who is holding their nose for Romney but won’t do it if he picks a bad running mate is being silly. VP has no power.
Palin did lead me to more strongly support McCain but I was wrong in thinking that way.
Huckabee seems like a really nice guy, but he’s always reminded me of Gomer Pyle. Not that there’s anything wrong with Gomer.
Huckabee said mormons teach that Jesus and satin are brothers, that’s not railing about mormonism it is stating a fact.
That would be Obama Backers of course.
Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Chris Christi.
Just when you think you might be able to keep the gag reflex at a point where you can force yourself to vote for Willard they float another wet noodle for VP.
The Stupid Party is becoming a parody of itself.
Won’t happen, Huck. Sorry.
Huckabee would bring nothing to the ticket.
The author is dillusional. How will Huckabee shore up Romney’s right flank. I guess from the Stalinist left, even the RINOS are too far away to see with a telescope.
Palin did lead me to more strongly support McCain but I was wrong in thinking that way.”
IMO if you think that Palin would have been your normal VP, you obviously never paid much attention to her. Other VP’s not mattering much - yes. Her - no! McCain totally under estimated her ability to get things accomplished.
Ooooohhh HELL no.
Disagree. She’d have been loyal to him.
Oh something I forget to put in my original post, if McCain had picked the democrat Joe Liarman that would have and should have effected my vote cause it would have signaled that McCain intended to govern as a superrino.
But in picking Palin, that was politics to get conservatives to be enthusiastic.
Huckabee.. The walking definition of ‘placater’.
It’s getting worse.
RINO + RINO = FAIL
Not again! No. No and double-no. Not Huckabee, not A Bush, not some east coast RINO. There has to be someone better.
I think VP will be either Portman or Rubio. I'd love to see an “out of the box” candidate, but I doubt that will happen.
Romney’s best shot at winning is to follow McCain’s most brilliant move and pick a strong conservative to shore up the base. Romney can do much better than Huckabee.
You’ve said it for me, and said it quite well.