In her thought-provoking discussion of the caucus results, Peggy Noonan recounts a line Mike Huckabee delivered when Jay Leno asked him why he was doing so well against Mitt Romney:
“People are looking for a presidential candidate who reminds them more of the guy they work with rather than the guy that laid them off.”
Whatever you think of the guy, that is a very funny and dead-on satirical quip. If Leno is looking for some scab writers, Huckabee just might fit the bill.
Some people don’t like Huckabee because of their aversion to and fear of “the Christian right.” Others don’t like him because he is not a “true conservative,” being too populist. If taken together, those seem to be contradictory concerns. If Huckabee is the new standard bearer for that movement, has the Christian right morphed into a Christian middle?
Perhaps the biggest problem with Huckabee for conservatives is that he would be the Republican version of George McGovern, pleasing an important element of the party’s base but destined to lose in such a spectacular way in the general election that he would knock that base out of influence for years.
What do you think?