Skip to comments.Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee: Who Gets Your Vote?
Posted on 12/13/2010 4:37:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Supporters of Sarah Palin seem to view her as the second coming of Christ, and given her self-appointed code name of "North Star," it seems that she agrees with them. Speculation on a 2012 presidential run by Palin almost sounds as if her candidacy is divinely ordained.
Next thing we know, she'll tell us she was born in a barn because all the hospital beds were occupied.
Not so fast, cautions Politics Daily. Mike Huckabee could pose fierce competition for Sarah Palin, even among those Republicans who, inexplicably, think she's a well-qualified candidate.
Ever play that game on long road trips where you have to choose between two seemingly equally horrible scenarios, like giving a 20-minute speech in front of your high school graduating class while naked or subsisting entirely on bugs for a month? That's how I view a choice between Palin and Huckabee. I'll take what's behind door number three, thanks.
No, really? I have to choose? Then it's got to be Huckabee. (How's that for a campaign slogan? It's got to be Huckabee. Copyrighting that now.)
He's as socially conservative as she is, or perhaps even more so given his ministry. He's a FOX News commentator like she is. He drops his g's occasionally, though less often than she does. But who's more qualified? Hands down, Mike Huckabee. Furthermore, who would I rather have representing our country in the world? Huckabee.
I'm admittedly impressed by Politics Daily's recap of how, as Arkansas governor, "Huckabee faced a legislature with 89 Democrats out of 100 legislators in the House and only four Republicans in the 35-seat Senate. Yet, Huckabee found a way to govern." Palin knows how to govern people who agree with her. Governing those who may not march in lockstep requires more finesse.
With the advent of the Tea Party, plus the ostracizing and name-calling within the Republican party, a successful GOP candidate will have to bridge those gaps, as well as work with Democrats. Huckabee demonstrated he could do that at the state level. Palin isn't interested in working with anyone who doesn't agree with her, and her governing style at a national level would appear to be more dictatorial than consensus-building.
Huckabee's personable and has the same sort of beer-drinking, pretzel-munching, football-watching appeal that George W. Bush did, but he's far more well-spoken than the former president. Palin attempts to cultivate that ability to connect with people, but hers is a caricature of Huckabee's, and it arouses suspicion. Those who love her are convinced they know her, but the rest of us aren't so sure.
Play along with me (Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Socialists, even you commie pinkos -- everyone's welcome): Naked speech, or bugs for lunch? Huckabee or Palin?
Ditto “neither.” We actually have a wonderful, albeit imperfect list which will narrow as the money comes or doesn’t come in: Governors Christie, McDonnell, Barbour and Daniels for openers. A lot can happen in a year or two.
You know, as much as I admonish people to remember there that there are tens of millions of people who don't remotely share their views and opinions, and when doing strategic and tactical electioneering you have to take them into account...
I truly can't fathom what would possess someone to support Huckabee. I don't know anyone who would remotely support Huckabee, and I don't know anyone who would know anyone who would support Huckabee. I don't know how I would even communicate with a Huckabee supporter, other than through hand gestures, grunts, and moans.
Another theme of mine is that polls (that at least are attempted to be scientific) are, by and large, pretty accurate. So Huckabee's current high poll numbers are likely real. I just can't fathom how or why. Huckabee is probably the one guy where I'd just stay home and not vote in 2012, out of sheer bewilderment.
I was too, but I sure don't remember atacks on his children, or such low-blow personal attacks. She's also been hit on her gender.
You are very much correct when it comes to RINO attacks. Very similar, up until Reagan's convention speech of course. Lincoln did the same thing; he fought tooth and nail for a convention speech and won.
Not saying it's impossible, and I defend Palin almost daily, but somehow I don't see her as POTUS happening. I may change my mind as time passes and if she announces.
Between Huckabee and Palin? I don’t know why any freeper would support Huckabee but I can certainly see why freepers would support Palin.
He cannot raise money. He knows this.
I do not think he will even run.
I guess I won’t vote for anyone. If people are going to do a write in and allow Obama to win if they don’t get their way, I am going to stay home and say the hell with it.
You all want Obama, go for it.
Huck is as slick and weasely as Bubba, but he is a better Baptist.
Who do I choose? The huckster who raised taxes even more than clinton? The huckster who fights to get rapistists out of prison, just so they can kill? The huckster who is more concerned with himself than America. The answer is evident. NO HUCKSTER!!
The remaining alternatives on the Republican side are lightweights or fundamentally and fatally flawed. We're doomed unless the Democrats fracture so badly that they run two candidates in the general election (ne as a supposed "independent").
Huckabee is not even an “or” in my vocabulary.
Well people don't “bet money” if they don't think you have a chance of winning. There is a good reason people cite Vegas odds, and handicap football games with the Vegas approved “point spread”.
Capitalism tends to work really well in assessing the value and feasibility of a project.
Huckabee for President, not too surprising, isn't attracting much attention from people with money and brains who want to get in early on a likely good thing.
Good luck with that. Out in the world beyond hard-core conservative bloggers and political junkies, no one's ever heard of John Thune, and Bobby Jindal is only slightly better known.
Between the two, only Jindal could hope to gather enough support to even mount a primary bid. Even so, he probably wouldn't get more than a few percentage points of the overall vote, given the overwhelming support for Palin.
Between the two, Palin.
jindal cant run he isnt eligible. he isnt natural born
That was mostly to get out of the Ma and Pa Kettle syndrome ~ but some were left behind.
Palin is totally able to forge a winning coalition.
Palin can win 50.7% of the vote, which is what Reagan got.
Being attacked by the dems and rhinos might help her WIN the primary. People are waking up to the bs.
Look, it's about the best meat on Earth. And if you do that again you'll get your comments hijacked as the reference point for a NEW discussion of eating squirrel, then hunting squirrel, then fostering squirrel, and maybe how INFERIOR a species the non-squirrel eating part of the population really is.
Supporters of Sarah Palin seem to view her as the second coming of Christ, and given her self-appointed code name of "North Star," it seems that she agrees with them. Speculation on a 2012 presidential run by Palin almost sounds as if her candidacy is divinely ordained. Next thing we know, she'll tell us she was born in a barn because all the hospital beds were occupied.
Ann Coulter wrote a book about people like Julie: Godless.
"Baggage"? There isn't any such thing as a Republican presidential candidate without "baggage", if what you're referring to, is a trailing wake of media slanders, attacks, and hit pieces.
The media has been trashing Republican presidential candidates since at least Eisenhower. Nothing's changed.
In fact, the best barometer of who our best choice is, is which candidate the liberal media has attacked the most. There's no question that it's Palin, this time around. They fear her like no one since Reagan.
Neither........Ron Paul for the republic!
That gave me goosebumps!
Pretty much covers the conservative issues from one end to the other with that pairing.
Huckabee = McCain = Obama second term.
Huckabee or Palin?
In the Primary..... Neither
That said I’d vote for either in the General.
No Mike Huckabee.
No Mitt Romney.
No Jeb Bush.
No Ron Paul.
Ron Paul needs to show that he can win an election outside of his little, safe, district first, He needs to try to be a Governor or Senator first.
I couldn’t have put it better myself. However, between the two, I would definitely pick Palin.
Sarah is far far far far and away better than the Huckster
Ron Paul (born August 20, 1935)..... getting a little old, don’t you think?
It won’t be Huckabee.
Ron Paul/Cindy Sheehan of course. /sarc
Fraud Paul is getting old in more than just age.
Simply saying such a thing does not make it so, my friend.
Sarah Palin's 18 year record of public service has been scrutinized and analyzed on this website, and throughout cyberspace for over two years now. On just this one website, literally thousands of individual minds have performed a monumental and intensive examination of her qualifications and experience, and have given her their highest marks. She is without doubt, the most vetted potential presidential candidate in US history.
Another thing... The eventual winner of the Republican nomination will have to have the backing of the Tea Parties. As of now, Sarah Palin is the overwhelming favorite among Tea Partiers and like-minded patriot rebels.
Huck doesn't have anywhere near the sort of standing with the Tea Parties that Sarah Palin does. Neither does Mitt. That's your top tier. All of the other usual suspects are in the second or third tier of potential hopefuls.
You may as well get prepared to vote for Palin for president, because that's who our nominee is going to be.
actually hucky could.... simply the reason is the media will not bash a pastor in some fear of....i pick Sarah and she so dang hot
Ron Paul may be old...but what has youth brought to the table..socialism. Ron is a true patriot, and a statesman.
Why even juxtapose them like that? It’s like saying, “Who do you want, Sarah Palin or Spongebob Squarepants?”
NO ONE is clamoring for Huckabee to run except Huckabee. Sarah Palin attracts thousands wherever she goes, her books fly off the shelves, and she’s singlehandedly launched a podunk cable network. She is a STAR and I would follow her anywhere — just like Ronald Reagan.
I can answer this way, if Huckabee is the nominee, I won’t vote for him. If Palin is, I will think about it. Gone are the days when I will vote for a party or their canned message. Unless a candidate has the message of small 10th amendment style govt as a goal, and is honest, I will not support them with a vote.
I think he’s a crank, (basely enitrely on his votes and politcal positions), and he *is* too old to be taken seriously for a run at president.
Missing from the discussion so far is: who will win California, Illinois, New York, the New England states, Washington and Oregon, and all the states that have been very blue for the last several presidential elections?
Those states also hold Republican primaries and elect delegates to the Republican convention. I doubt Palin or Huckabee will be especially strong in those states. Whether it’s Romney or Pawlenty or someone else, some primary candidate will win a good chunk of votes in the blue states.
Still a lot of unknowns about the coming Republican primaries.
You made me stop and realize that I've never seen a Huckbot here. Nowhere else, for that matter.
In fact, the only positive mentions I've seen about him are in the left-wing media. I've never talked to anyone who supports him for president, nor have I ever seen such a post online. Anywhere.
As far as I can tell, it's only the pundits and the left-wing media that are keeping his name alive. I'm not sure why he gets so many mentions around here. He's a non-starter.
He would take votes away from any real conservative in the South.
He's Mitt's stalking horse.
I with you completely.
A Palin candidacy gives us a Democrat president. So does a Huckabee or a Romney candidacy
We are so screwed.