Out of the Game

Observant visitors might have noticed that I took down my “I Like Mike” banner in the sidebar today. I have emailed the campaign as well, letting them know that they should remove me from their blogroll.

I removed the banner for two reasons:

1. I am not as certain as I once was that I support Mike Huckabee.

2. I never meant to write a political blog in the first place.

Because of #2, I won’t get into the details of #1. But for my parting shot, here is a list of my top three candidates, in order of personal preference–which does not necessarily match the order of their chances of getting nominated.

1. Duncan Hunter

2. Fred Thompson

3. John McCain

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More About Mike

One of my good friends and fellow Huckabee supporters sent me this in an email today:

“I just saw the latest Rasmussen Poll and they show M.H. at 18% in Iowa, which is a virtual tie with Fred Thompson (whose campaign seems to be plummeting nationally) for 2nd and ahead of Rudy by several points. If M.H. could come in 2nd or even win Iowa, he might have a real shot at the nomination. At this point he is the only conservative Christian who has a chance so I am for him.  Contrary to what a lot of Christian leaders think, if he is the nominee, he will have a real strong chance to beat the Democrat. He can explain conservative positions in a caring way and he doesn’t forget large sectors of the electorate too many Republicans forget (i.e. minorities and the poor). If after 8 years of George Bush any evangelical has a chance to win, I think Huck could pull it off.”

He included these quotes, which he didn’t attribute, so we’ll have to call them anonymous:

“With Fred Thompson‘s numbers on a steady decline, it’s only a matter of time before Huckabee jumps in to second place and starts nipping at the heels of front runner Mitt Romney. According to Dick Morris, some trial heats in Iowa have shown Huckabee in FIRST place, ahead of Mitt Romney. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, Huckabee is now only one point away from John Mccain nationally.”

“If he (Huck) wins, he just might lock up the Evangelicals and southern conservatives and run clear to the nomination, or at least earn himself a one-on-one fight with Rudy on Feb. 5th.”

Now if the news programs would just start mentioning his name instead of thinking it’s all about the Big Four (Romney, Giuliani, McCain, Thompson).


Throwdown – Mike to Fred

I found this on jcircadian.com. Does anyone know if Fred has responded?

September 7, 2007

The Honorable Fred Thompson
1130 Eighth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Dear Senator Thompson,

Welcome to the 2008 Presidential race. I look forward to seeing you on the trail in the upcoming days, weeks, and months ahead.

I share your view of the debates and agree that Newt’s “Nine Nineties in Nine” concept is a far better way to make sure America’s next President has the character and capacity to lead our nation forward, and that’s why I have already signed that pledge. I agree that what is needed is a real discussion by the candidates about their vision for the future of our country.

The debates so far have not offered an in-depth discussion on critical issues such as health care, education, energy independence, in addition to terrorism and national security.

I am aware of your comments on Fox News that you would like to participate in a series of Lincoln Douglas-styled debates. I would like to officially accept your offer and look forward to working with your staff to schedule this. I would suggest we start this series in New Hampshire.

At the end of these debates, the American people will know each candidate far greater and would be able to choose which candidate possesses the depth of knowledge on the issues and has the character and capacity to lead or great nation. More importantly, the American people would be able to rely on a true conversation on the issues, instead of just 30-second ads and soundbites to decide which candidate has the right vision for America’s future.

Senator, let’s lead by example and get the ball rolling. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this idea and debating you in front of the American people.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)