Monday, January 08, 2007

Mike Huckabee Is, Officially, The GOP Dark Horse Candidate In 08'. Giddy-Up!

GreenMountainPolitics1 gets tipped great political insight. GreenMountainPolitics1 gives great political insight.

In other words, we are the perfect date. We give and receive. With pleasure.

A few weeks ago GMP1 was tipped that Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (who will be the former Arkansas Governor as of tomorrow) was having good success raising money for a potential 08' Presidential run. The post that I wrote on Huckabee's fundraising may be found here.

If anyone is going to actually be able to challenge John McCain for the GOP nomination I think it will be Mike Huckabee (Giuliani is not getting in and Big Love will flame out before Iowa).

What's not to like about Mike's chances? Huckabee has an excellent track record as a Governor of a southern state, is a former Baptist minister, seems to have no trouble raising money and has solid conservative credentials.

Furthermore, newly sleek Huckabee is a former Southern Fat Boy who connects with voters on the campaign trail by swapping tales about weight loss.

I'm not kidding. And, I'll be damned if it doesn't work.

I am not alone in my reading of the 08' GOP tea leaves. Karen Tulmulty writes in this week's Time Magazine:

As a result, many conservative activists are looking with new interest--and urgency--toward putting their muscle behind some of the lesser known candidates who are thinking about running. One who is getting good buzz as he makes the rounds of activists is retiring Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister regarded as one of the nation's most successful Governors. "At this point, if there is a candidate out there that has a chance to come out of the weeds as the dark horse, it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was Governor Huckabee," says Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's policy arm. Huckabee says he senses that conservatives feel "a need to coalesce around a person whose record matches his rhetoric."

Not bad press. Not bad at all.

The full article from Time may be found here.

This New England Yankee will be watching that Good Old Boy real close over the next few months as Huckabee's dark horse campaign takes shape.