Warning: It is too early to endorse any presidential candidate for the 2012 election.
Following the whole Fredhead phenomenon of ’08, which was so much fun but ultimately disappointing, it’s way too early to jump on any presidential candidate’s bandwagon. Right? Yes, way too early. For political junkies, presidential campaigns are the ultimate fix, and it is tempting to jump in prematurely. Having said that, Governor Mike Huckabee is starting to look better and better. And I am sorely tempted. Keep repeating the following: must not endorse, must not endorse…
While it’s only ’09, and we have three more long, Obama-filled, agonizing years until the 2012 elections, it doesn’t hurt anything to think ahead. Remember that the 2008 election started earlier than any presidential election in history (and Fred dilly dallied so long that he was too late), and 2012 will likely follow suit. We presently have several current and former GOP Governors who would fit the bill as our 2012 candidate.
Governor Tim Pawlenty is already, unofficially, running, having announced that he will not run for reelection as Governor of Minnesota; he obviously learned the lesson of the ’08 campaign that it’s never too early to start campaigning for president. You have to wonder how close he came to being McCain’s running mate…I’ll bet he came in second. And he lives very close to Iowa.
It’s hard to imagine that Governor Mitt Romney would not run, and he’s an impressive candidate; no doubt about it. Few candidates worked harder or smarter than he did in ’08. He seems like the quintessential perfect GOP candidate, doesn’t he? With our economy being the number one issue in the polls, his business background is very appealing.
And of course there’s Governor Sarah Palin, whose new book, Going Rogue, is a best seller on amazon.com, and who continues to travel the country making speeches and appearances. Her rock star status among the base puts her right up there at the top of the list as well.
Governor Bobby Jindal also comes to mind; bright, young, conservative, and appealing on many levels, his Indian ethnicity and the fact that he is the son of immigrants creates an intriguing candidacy, although he is on record as stating that he will not run in 2012.
Now let’s consider Governor Mike Huckabee. His new television show on FoxNews, Huckabee, is beating the competition in ratings, while showcasing his genial personality and his impressive intellect. Governor Huckabee enjoys discussing issues with folks of every political persuasion: He even invited Bill Mahr to appear on his program. And Bill Mahr accepted. That’s amazing. And that’s exactly what the GOP must demand in its 2012 presidential candidate. Mike Huckabee does not fear liberals. He mentors them. We also must elect a candidate who identifies with the average American: Down-home Arkansas-born Huckabee fits the bill to a tee. We require a candidate who is comfortable with our faith-based beliefs: Can’t do better than Huckabee, a Baptist minister. We crave a candidate who doesn’t get the “deer in the headlights” look when asked a tough question: Nothing fazes Huckabee. We want an experienced candidate who inspires confidence: Huckabee performed well in all of the ’08 debates. He’s a pretty cool guy. And he plays the guitar. Keep repeating: Must not endorse, must not endorse…
The 2008 roster of presidential candidates was extremely crowded, and with several excellent men from which to choose, primary votes were diluted. That could very well happen again. Every four years we have candidates who run to put a spotlight on a particular issue, such as Tom Tancredo and border control. But those candidates inevitably cannot win, and they end up hurting the conservative cause. (Question: Has any congressman ever won the presidency?) Many of my good friends supported candidates who were in single digits in the polls and couldn’t generate enough votes, or dollars, to campaign effectively. Let’s try to avoid that mistake this time around. Conservatives who are interested in actually winning must coalesce behind one solid, eminently qualified, undoubtedly electable candidate. Could that candidate be Mike Huckabee? That bandwagon is looking really attractive to this former Fredhead. But what will we call ourselves? Huckabee Wannabes? For now, we’ll just have to settle for joining the Huckabee fan club and Huckabee 2012 facebook groups. It’s going to be a long three years.