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?
I can't wait for "you-know-who" and his platoon to arrive...
No brainer. Gomer or Homer (Alaska)?
Alan Keyes second
Neither. I like them both as people, but Huckabee is a RINO and Palin would be fighting upstream from one attack after another from the left, dominating the news cycle 24/7.
Between Sarah and the Huckster? Easy: Sarah.
None of the above. John Thune or Bobby Jindal.
Anyone that the left/media thinks is our favorite or is likely to be a good candidate is going to get blasted 24/7. Get ready for it.
Palin has been through the fire and is completely vetted. She also has a better grasp of the issues and can draw a sharp contrast with Obama. With Huckabee, they'll say he "agrees" with Obama on amnesty and nanny-statist polices.
The moment Huckster gets the nominee, the media will unload with stories about his pardons, corruption, and fiscally liberal policies.
At this point, I see no one else that remotely interests me.
They hate her and they can’t stop thinking about her.
It must suck to be a leftist Palin-hater and forced by your own feverish brain to think about the object of your hate day and night, night and day. It especially must suck to be a jealous-bitch leftist Palin-hater like this one.
But you know what... I don’t feel sorry for this one or any of them. Because they hate America, too.
Jindal has already ruled himself out, besides he’s unappealing and bland. And Thune is a Senator. Conservatives aren’t going to get behind another legislator.
So you think that choosing Palin would lead to the start of a new trend, of the media being hostile to the Republican Presidential candidate?
Palin of course, there NO WAY IN “H”, I’d ever vote for that HALF-ASSED preacher!
The left MSM doesn’t like us. Period. If they back a Republican it’s one who’s as liberal as we can run... Then when that person gets the nomination, the MSM switches to the REAL dem - and back him. Look at McCain. He was the MSM darling. Do you think any of them voted for him?
I’m voting for Palin in 2012, the only question is if it is a write in vote or if she will have a R next to her name. Shuckster would be an even worse choice than McCain.
That used car salesman, Gomer Pyle wannabe, felon freeing, squirrel frying putz doesn’t fool me.
You forgot the /s tag. The media is hostile to GOP candidates, but I don't think any candidate has ever gotten as much heat as Palin. Think she'd make a good POTUS but don't think she'll win the primary with that kind of baggage.
Palin or Huckster? Sheesh that is so easy.....Sarah for sure!
“She also has a better grasp of the issues and can draw a sharp contrast with Obama”
Finally someone who sees the truth. I agree.
Neither. Both aren’t close to being equipped to run the free world. Palin is even less equipped and electable than the Huckster.
PALIN! Hey I recently had surgery and the PAIN pills, well I wrote PAIN on the lid, so they are easy to find when I am in pain. I noticed if you add an “L” in the middle of PAIN, you get PALIN. And that is what she causes the democrats = PAIN! LOL I adore her and she is much more of a man than Obama. Can you imagine Obama mushing those doggies on ice and snow? He is such a girl. I LOVE SARAH. Whomever runs on the “R” ticket, if it isn’t her, I hope they are half the leader she is!. and if she runs GREAT!
I realize that. However, I’ve been in politics a long time and nothing has ever come close to the attacks on Palin. She’s also getting it from the RINOs, and between them and the Dems, IMHO, she loses the primary.
Huckster is the second from the bottom for me just before Newt who will never get my vote due to his millions of marriages. Ok three marriages. I can sorta understand one failed marriage but multiple for a President.....NO WAY! And that is before I get to his global warming nonsense.
What a snarky little article. Once again a Dem telling us who Republicans can choose in the primary. Nice.
Yeah--he governed as a big-spending, amnesty-loving, criminal-coddling Democrat!
I can't believe anyone would choose Nanny Huckabee over Palin. I guess there are still some Christian Conservatives who see he was a minister and that's all that matters.
I’m with you naps - the question is who is at the BOTTOM of my list, and the Huckster is a contender as is Newt. I’ve gotten into arguments on this site with rabid Palin supporters but would vote for her in a nanosecond over the Huckster even though I don’t think she’s our best chance for 2012, given how the media has already poisoned the well for her.
The primary is the conservative base, Governor Palin is the frontrunner, of course she can win it.
Unless of course, you can get conservatives to not vote for her, because you fear the media will be mean to conservatism, and not be nice and sweet to us anymore.
I was around when Ronald Reagan was running the first time - they were much worse on him.
Sarah of course
I’ll take a mama grizzly over a huckster anytime,thank you very much!
What has this author been smokin'?
Than her main challenger, Mitt Romney, for one.
Another senator with no executive experience? That doesn’t seem to be working so well. Governor Jindal has declared he’s not running for president, and besides, I don’t believe his parents were citizens when he was born.
Than all of the other potential GOP contenders.
Ill take a mama grizzly over a huckster anytime,thank you very much!
That being said,i’d like to see a West/Palin ticket....
Alan Keyes may be Newt G. in a different color; too cerebral. But I do like him and the way he thinks. Appoint him Ambassador to the UN; he’d out-irk that ex-Democrat lady that Reagan sent to the UN. (Didn’t think I’d ever forget her name; that’s what four score and counting can do).
I’m looking for someone who will lead the country back to constitutional government.
That someone is not Huck. He is no fighter. He does not believe in securing the border. He believes in using government to enforce “compassion”.
He’s a Democrat, basically. He is what a Democrat would be if Christians were still allowed in that party. He and people like him are Republicans basically because the Dems have forced believers out of the party. So, he and they are welcome here in the GOP, but I don’t want to elect them president.
Small libertarians and independents aren't going to support Huckabee because of his fiscal liberalism, his wishy-washy leadership, & belief in the nanny-state.
Before you can win the general election, you have to win over your base. The base is not enthusiastic over Huckster as they are with Sarah, and Sarah will still pull in social conservative votes.
Saying that Sarah is unelectable is a crock and a cop-out. She has the conservative base locked up. Enthusiasm from the conservative base will pull in undecideds and independents, who by nature are bandwagoners, not people who hold deep political convictions.
Given the makeup of the ARK Senate and House and the fact that they gave us Clinton, maybe that type of Republican (coughRINOcough) is the only type that is electable there.
But all that is said of Palin (the image created by MSM) being unelectable is actually true of Huckabee. The guy is a joke. See his “still in the race, mathematical impossibility” appearance on SNL and tell me the guy is Presidential.