Huckabee gaining momentum and air time
First, I want to congratulate Huckabee for winning Kansas and Louisiana yesterday. Apparently we are still waiting to get results from the state of Washington; it looks like a close race between McCain and Huckabee.
I was really disappointed the first couple days after Romney announced his decision to end his campaign; the media began announcing that McCain would be the nominee for the Republicans. There were other things mentioned as well like Huckabee has no chance, he's gone a dropout soon, and just a few days McCain will take the nominee etc. When did reporters begin making predictions and when did it become okay for them to misguide voters? The job of the news media is just to tell the facts not to assume or predict.
Now that Romney is gone Huckabee is starting to get more air time, interviews, and support on and off the air (including online) maybe more people will learn who he is and what he stands for. It's one thing to read the Huckabee issues on his website, it's another thing to hear him speak about them to open forum. He shared some interesting stories during the CPAC speech last Friday. I found the speech to be informative and felt connected to his ideology more than ever on several points. After sharing his story of his boyhood democratic ideology and how he became a republican I sensed some real adversity in him (you have to see the CPAC speech to understand). Something I hadn't really seen a good example of from Huckabee yet.
I feel so strongly about some of his views, like shredding the IRS, better healthcare and benefits for our veterans, cutting government spending, increasing military size, removing government involvement in citizens' lives. The list goes on. Why hasn't McCain talked about these kind of things? Ron Paul has shared this type of information during debates, but unfortunately he so far to the left I cannot agree with many things he says. I personally feel that McCain is done a terrible job in the debates and that when it comes to real issues he for some reason shies away. There has to be a reason for that.
Now about Romney. I think it's interesting that Romney and his campaign like he did. But I don't blame the guy, he was wasting millions of dollars and voters just were not responding in the positive manner needed for Romney to begin winning. I would really like to see Romney endorse Huckabee, and passing his delegates onto Huckabee. Boy would that be a surprise to all of us! A very nice surprise in deed for Huckabee supporters. Early on I did not favor Romney at all. Simply because of his faith and lack of knowing what he stood for. But during the debate he responded best to all the questions. Did he ever get too personal with McCain? Yes, I think so. But at the same time I see that as a sign of strength not backing down from your ideologies and believes.
As Super Tuesday approached I was really hoping that Romney would win more delegates than McCain. And I must admit, although I love Huckabee, I did not think he had a chance. So, I was starting to swing towards Romney with the hopes of Huckabee would be a candidate for vice president. Of course, as I mentioned above, the media has had a real frenzy with all of this unexpectedness. Nobody expected Romney to drop out, at least the media wasn't talking about it prior. It will be interesting to see Romney next move.
So the fight goes on. On February 12 the Republicans will battle it out again in District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. I suspect Huckabee will win Virginia, McCain will win District of Columbia, and Maryland to be a close race. I wouldn't doubt that Ron Paul can make one of these states a very close race, although I wish Ron Paul would drop out so Huckabee would gain his supporters. If Ron Paul doesn't do well this next Tuesday maybe he will consider that option. It's hard to
tell, the media hasn't given him much air time either.