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December 14, 2007

Fred! Gets Funny... Unfortunately

Snarking about his most prized keepsake to the AP and spoofing the media's take on him that he's not particularly energetic. (Which, incidentally, he's not, making the snark somewhat misplaced.)

The first goof answer he gives to the AP is funny, but I'm afraid Fred is playing to the smart-set a bit too much, those who've been exposed to this exciting new form of humor called "irony," rather than the people he actually needs to win over from Huckabee...

Hey, he said it, not me.

I cannot for the life of me imagine any reason to vote for Huckabee except his Jesus-ing, and perhaps to make some us vs. them point to the smarty-pants smug northeastern wing of the Republican Party. That point apparently being "We're just self-destructive enough to nominate a walking disaster area as our candidate; just try us, buddy!"

I'm becoming resigned to this. If some have decided that this whole Republican coalition thing is worth destroying, fine, we'll concede this election and work on some sort of a realignment that maybe could get a conservative elected by 2016 or 2020 or so.

The few Huckabee supporters ask here what I have against him.

Let me reverse that: What the hell do you have for him?

If someone can explain the appeal, I'd really like to be enlightened.

Pretty Much: Sums it up.

, I think what a lot of evangelicals may be missing here is that many non-evangelical conservatives are completely baffled, and frustrated, by the amount of support for the non-conservative Bush-channeling Huckabee. When we sit back and look at the amount of frustration and consternation that Bush has caused among conservatives, and then see Huckabee (who represents everything bad about Bush, with few of his positive characteristics) gaining the support of a fourth of our party, we have to ask ourselves why. The most obvious answer seems to be that he is attracting so much support because he is the only evangelical candidate in the race. To many conservatives, well at least to me, this idea that we should betray conservative principles in order to support a candidate with the right religious credentials is more than shocking, it is abhorrent, and the result is an anti-evangelical backlash. I consider myself a social conservative, and share so much common ground with evangelicals that it truly hurts me to see the strain being placed on our relationship. But as long as their power is used to push a statist non-conservative candidate on our party, we will not be seeing eye-to-eye.

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