Saturday, May 24, 2008

Vice-President Huckabee

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As you may well know, I have been spending a lot of time talking about John McCain's repulsive liberal record, so, it may come as no surprise to you that I am going to talk about something else, that is, who will the Republican vice president nominee.

Now, the history of vice-presidents is long and somewhat interesting. Many news organizations have been speculating upon John McCain's decision to invite Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, and Charlie Crist, spend the weekend at his ranch in Arizona.

Some have brought concerns over whether Governor Jindal is "too young" to be Vice-President, or, in words, he would only further remind people that John McCain is, well----really old. Jindal is 36, so he is not exactly "old," but it is interesting to note that former Vice-President John Breckenridge was the same age when he served under President James Buchanan in the 1850's.

In the "conservative" National Review I read that John McCain should pick a non-Republican in order to create "a national-unity ticket." Naturally, of course, that would mean McCain's dear liberal friend Joe Lieberman who has endeared himself greatly to the big-war branch of the GOP with his desire to fan the flames further in the middle east by bombing Iran.

Another ridiculous choice would be Sarah Palin, who has a persistent (if miniscule) band of blogging supporters whose biggest argument in favor of her seems to be "well, she's a woman!," notwithstanding however, the fact that her only credentials are being governor of a state of 400,000 people for less than a year and a half, before which, she was a mayor of a town of 5,0000--hardly a presidential proving ground.

My expressed desire for Vice-President however, is Mike Huckabee, who seems to be actively campaigning for the job and has a strong national presence among conservative and religious-minded voters, two groups that McCain has hardly made himself fond to. Besides the gallant Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee can count himself as the last man to withdraw from the race, staying in and winning primaries, even after the media had decided that he over-stayed its welcome.

He has far more executive experience than Romney, Jindal, Crist, and Palin combined, and would be a welcome outside asset to the Washington creature McCain.

If I were a betting man, I would certainly put down a bundle that Huckabee is soon to get a new job title.

27 comments:

ElephantMan said...

Have you read up on the argument's for a Palin candidacy? There's a lot more to it than "she's a woman."

Actaully, it has more to do with the fact that she is one of the nation's leading ethics crusaders and one of its best examples of a principled, conservative leader.

Anonymous said...

Choosing Huckabee would be the best decision McCain could possibly make. Huckabee has a huge broadbase following across the south and the heartland states. He has the evangelicals and conservatives tight (McCain has a real problem here, escalated the past several days and Huck may be his only hope to fix this). Huck courted the blue collar/middle class from day one realizing the old Republican brand was broken when no one else did and pioneered for the Fair Tax, the single most thing to fix our economy for the long term. This man is full of vision and has a wit that has charmed all of American whether Democrat or Republican. He's our man to back McCain. This would excite, unite, ignite the party as nothing else can!! McCain/Huckabee'08 yes, yes, yes!!!!!

DR Schmidt said...

I really like Palin because she has a good personality and speaks well although I also agree that Huckabee would be a stronger choice. Huckabee has shown that he polls very well with McCain in the recent data that was put out for OH, NM, PA, and in think VA. Anyways, I would guess that Huckabee would also bring his scrappy national grassroots campaign network that could also come in pretty handy in GOTV efforts.

DR Schmidt said...

I really like Palin because she has a good personality and speaks well although I also agree that Huckabee would be a stronger choice. Huckabee has shown that he polls very well with McCain in the recent data that was put out for OH, NM, PA, and in think VA. Anyways, I would guess that Huckabee would also bring his scrappy national grassroots campaign network that could also come in pretty handy in GOTV efforts.

Anonymous said...

While I also like Governor Palin, I think Governor Huckabee is a better choice. He already has the name ID, and would bring his vast grassroots campaign. I also did some research into how strong a McCain/Huckabee ticket would be, and just like Dr. Schmidt said the data that I found showed that they were the strongest team the GOP can put forward.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Mr. Huckabee should be on the short list. He is basically a mainstream Conservative with experience, character and broad appeal. Should the race be close, I do think that he will help win states like Ohio. While I think that Mr. Huckabee would help make a great ticket, there are many other mainstream Conservatives to choose from as well. Although these other Conservatives do not have the experience.

In the end, I doubt that either Mr. Huckabee or Mr. Romney will be chosen this year because of the rivalry, but who knows. Depending on how things go, Mr. Huckabee could be elected President in either 2012 or 2016, but circumstances would have to be right.

While both Mr. Jindal and Mrs. Palin are probably too inexperience to be on the ticket in 2008 and probably even 2012, I disagree with the way that they have been insulted. They (especially Mr. Jindal) are real Conservatives and they are the future of our party. Instead of making fun of Mrs. Palin from being from a small state and a small town, we should congratulate her for choosing life for the fifth time.

I do hope that a Republican and not a Democrat is chosen for the position; thus Mr. Huckabee among others would fit the bill, while Mr. Lieberman would not. Mr. Lieberman is a well meaning guy, but he is neither a Conservative, nor a member of our party. If a Democrat or an outright Liberal was chosen for the VP position, I would unfortunately probably have to hold my nose and vote for Mr. Barr. Mr. Barr is also a meaning man, but for several reasons, I would rather not have to vote Libertarian.

OHIO JOE

Anonymous said...

Gov. Mike Huckabee is the only man McCain can truly TRUST. Trust is everything in a VP. Mike is a man of integrity and character, and has not waivered on the key issues that will secure the conservatives. Mike continues to have a strong following and active grassroots organization that will work for him and McCain if he is chosen.

Anonymous said...

I do not know about Palin and just recently heard her name. I agree Mike Huckabee is a stronger choice. I think he fills in McCain's gaps and is well known.

foutsc said...

You excoriate McCain at every turn, and now you want your hero to join his ticket?

Anonymous said...

You have a good point Foutsc, some people have been a little to nasty at every turn against Mr. McCain and some of it is to take political advantage. Furthermore, some extremists on both ends of the spectrum change the minds about what the price of gas should be just so that they can be on the opposite side of the President. This stuff does not go totally unnoticed. In fact, sometimes it makes my head spin.

OHIO JOE

Ted said...

Here's an important piece of advice: If it looks like it's going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a "no brainer" for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There's currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows -- even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick -- selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin's own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there's absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!

There's no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real 'change' (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain's age and health, Palin is more than perfect -- now.

(Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)

Anonymous said...

Ted:

After Mrs. Clinton's latest racist remarks, I do not think we have to worry about an Obama/ Clinton ticket.

NY Catholic Mom said...

For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many Republicans are pushing Sarah Palin for VP.

What do we really know about her?
She was a journalism major and a beauty queen and the mayor of a very small town in Alaska before becoming governor of Alaska, which she has been for one year and five months.

You've got to be kidding me. She just had a baby and has another young child and three teenagers.

This may sound hopelessly old-fashioned, but I would say that Mrs. Palin's plate is already full.

Her kids need her, esp. her special needs newborn, a lot more than our country does, ESPECIALLY when there are plenty of other much more qualified candidates to be had.

We know nothing about her, she's hardly VP material, and God forbid she would have to run our country.

Sarah, take care of Alaska and your family. Maybe we'll take a second look in ten years.

Robert Collorafi said...

Sarah Palin??? Here we go again.

First it was the Iraq War, where we were all content to mindlessly repeat the misinformation fed to us by the neo-con War Party.

Then it was the WMD's we were all so certain about not long ago.

Oh, and wasn't Saddam the new Hitler? (but never our commie Chinese friends!)

Now we're being led by the neo-con spin machine yet again.

We know NOTHING, absolutely nothing about the kind of president Sarah Palin would be, nor the policies she would pursue.

Just because she's a pro-life Republican tells us nothing about whether she'd pursue constitutional and limited government.

So, here's a novel idea: Let's bypass the spinmeisters this time, and do our homework first before blindly following those self-appointed gods of "conservatism,"
who've led us down the primrose path one too many times.

As Reagan (remember him?) said to Gorbachev: "Trust, but verify."

I may not trust our so-called conservative leaders anymore, but I certainly verify and do my own homework before believing anything they say or anyone they endorse.

Anonymous said...

For the record, I agree that Mrs. Palin is not ready to be on the ticket for several years. And yes, it is probably foolish to believe that she will be choosen in 2008. On the other hand, it is almost equally foolish to say that we know nothing about her and that she may be a true Conservative. While she may not be totally vetted, she has proven to be a great Governor and she certainly appears to be a solid Conservative.

Yes, her children need her now, but let's not question her Conservatism until we have reason to. She choose life while those on the Left in our party wanted her to have an Abortion.

OHIO JOE

Robert Collorafi said...

Dear and respected Ohio Joe,

Could you tell me everything you know about Sarah Palin's policy positions and legislative accomplishments?

Let's get beyond the hype and have some hard facts so we can make an educated decision about just who she is---beyond the fact we're told she's a great "conservative,"---whatever that means anymore.

In other words, Ohio Joe, don't tell me what she says, tell me what she has actually done in Alaska (in between taking care of her five children.)

While I will certainly consider nominating her for "Good Pro-Life Mom" Award, from that to Vice-President is a long stretch.

So, as the saying goes, "Just the facts, sir, just the facts."

Anonymous said...

I am heading out the door, Robert Collorafi, so I will have to answer your question a bit more fully tonight. In the meantime, I for one never said that Mrs. Palin should be the VP in 2008. By the same token, I do not believe it is right to write her off as a complete nobody.

BTW, I know I often give my two cents or so, but I do not pretend to be more respected than one else.

OHIO JOE

Anonymous said...

McCain needs someone he is comfortable with, can work well with, trusts, and who has enough execustive experience to take over if need be. McCain is appealing to liberal moderates, but he has not connected with conservatives. He will certainly need to consolidate the party, he can't afford to lose this huge block of the party and evangelicals, especially will simply stay at home if asked to stretch too far from their principles. The events of the past several days with rejection of pastor's endorsements have escalated the problem. I hope Senator McCain will choose Governor Huckabee to consolidate the ticket and reach out to conservatives. There is no better team out there. McCain can't, in my opinion, pick an unknown. We need momentum. We need it NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

First of all, Mrs. Palin, is the youngest person to be Governor of her state. While Alaska is certainly not the biggest state in our Union, it is quite an accomplishment nevertheless. Also, Wasilla is not a sleepy town as some had suggested earlier, it is the fastest growing community in the state.

Mrs. Palin has been a board member of several charities and companies. She is an expert on the Energy industry. She has not been afraid to cut budgets, fight against pork, corruption and undemocratic practices in her state. She is even taking on the federal government's decision that declares the polar bear endangered.

She is not only Pro-Life, but she favor traditional marriage, a strong defense and equality for all her citizens before the law. As Governor she also has a record of fiscal responsibility and she is currently the most popular governor in the country. Should she be on the ticket in 2008 or even 2012? Most likely not, but to suggest that she is without any qualifications or is not a Conservative is non-sense. Yes, we should have somebody with more experience in 2008, but in the meantime, let's not belittle the future stars of our party.

OHIO JOE

Anonymous said...

From the candidates I have seen so far, Governor Mike Huckabee is my first choice for VP. That much being said, Governor Sarah Palin is my second choice.

They both are strong on the issues most important to me. And they both have many more reasons to be supported than "Huckabee plays the bass guitar" and "Sarah Palin is a woman".

Let's remember that Huckabee and Palin are fighting on the same team, therefore Huckabee's supporters and Palin's supporters should not be fighting each other.

There is nothing I'd like to see more than true conservatives uniting to fight not for merely a single conservative hero, but for the sake of true conservatism as a whole. It's the only way to defeat the liberals.

Anonymous said...

Well anonymous, I agree with you that Mr. Huckabee would be a better VP than Mrs. Palin for this election. I also agree that both are on the same Conservative team and we should not be fighting each other.


OHIO JOE

NY Catholic Mom said...

If conservatives can't debate the merits of prospective candidates without being accused of "fighting," then we're in serious trouble.

While I agree that Sarah Palin seems fairly conservative, from the details Ohio Joe brought up, having been mayor of Wasilla (population 5500) and then governor of Alaska for 15 months (population 650,000)does not total enough executive experience for the job of VP, and potential president.

Also, I don't care what anyone says, being a mother of young children, esp. when one is a newborn with special needs, is a serious handicap if she is expected to be running this country as well.

There are plenty of good conservative GOP governors or senators out there who have much better qualification/experience and aren't caring for small children to boot.

I'm not sure about this, but I suspect Sarah Palin is being pushed by the establishment because she is such an unknown and such a comparative lightweight that she ca be managed a lot more easily than someone like Mike Huckabee, who is a very adept and knowledgeable politician.

All this probably doesn't matter anyway, since McCain has just been dealt a severe blow with McClellan's recent revelations.
The GOP is in a heap of trouble right now.

Anonymous said...

NY Catholic Mom:
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I for one was not refering to you with regards to party in-fighting. You have respectfully stated why Mrs. Palin should not be on the ticket this time around and I actually agree. However, there have been various other people from different wings of the party that have not been as charitable to Mrs. Palin. I have disagree with you on McClellan. Mr. McClellan is of little matter to the 2008 election.

OHIO JOE

Anonymous said...

I am a mother of five, and I can tell you without a doubt, Sarah P. does not have time to be V.P!!! And what if she became president?? Good grief - what about her family? Aren't we the pro family party? Don't even think about that. Huckabee is ready to go in every way - he has the energy, the time, the ideas, the support, the right balance. Go MIke!!

Anonymous said...

Huckabee is a terrible choice.

You pick another white guy and it's over and we get Trotskyite Obama for 4 years, a total disaster.

I thought Palin might not be ready, but after spending a ridiculous amount of time studying the whole VP choice of McCain, it is an easy choice that will bring victory.

Huckabee adds nothing to the ticket that is needed to WIN.

It turns out Palin has plenty of muckraking experience as Alaska's governor, her first 4 kids are not babies but older so the argument that she has to stay at home comes off as totally sexist.

The Republican Party MUST reach out to more than old white dudes. If they don't, have fun in a one-party country that over time will become more Totalitarian than you can imagine.

I'm Catholic, and of course I was very upset with Huckabee when he played the religion card against Romney. You NEVER play the religion card against an opponent in our own party. Huckabee is a Baptist anyway so he is technically a heretic just like Romney is from a Catholic perspective. I liked Huckabee up to the point he played the religion card, and then I knew this man was a bigot.

We don't need more bigots in the GOP. We need to be a big-tent party and capture the Reagan Democrats and the woman who have been alienated in the Dems. who were backing Clinton. My siste is a total lib. and she is intrigued by Palin. This is a woman who is not just pro-life, but walked the walk and has a DS child.

She would captivate and reach the hearts of millions of mothers, daughters, sisters.

Remember, you have to WIN. The future of the country depends on it, and she would then make the jump to POTUS in 2012 as a reformer.

You want CHANGE, which everyone wants, pick Palin. You won't get to much til 2012, but you set her up for a landslide in 2012 also.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous:

Please calm down, Mr. Huckabee is not a religious bigot and things are not that bad as you say they are. I fear that you are a borderline racists by refering to Mr. Huckabee as some "White Dude." Mr. Huckabee served the people of Arkansas (both White and Black) well and your racial talk is not welcome. If you want racism, you can support either Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton (depending on what race you are,) but we do not need such racism in our party. Mr. Huckabee is a Great American; please do not refer to him as some "White Dude." I have a person in my family who is not White and he is just as much part of our family as everyone else. He is the best American and the best Republican of our family and a Huckabee supporter as well, so we do not need to be divided by race.

OHIO JOE

conservative voice of reason said...

Its sad that we got stuck with McCain in the first place. I hope Huck looks around and says Hey do I really want to be associated with a liberal like McCain? I think he should launch a non partisan campaign for president. If you agree with me go on to conservativevoiceofreason.blogspot.com