Anyway, I know that talking about politics is the sure way to get put on the jerk list - or to get punched in the mouth. But after hearing so much of this political blather, I felt like someone needed to just come out and say how they felt. I voted for Mike Huckabee last week. I have been a big fan of his for many months - technically since before he officially was running. And I have tried to spread the word. Even after one of Fox News' "brilliant" talking heads said Huckabee was a non-entity and a dead campaign, I still thought there was something worth backing. I don't think I have been this actively involved in an election ever. Why?
I have been reading the Reagan Diaries book for many months - it takes a long time to slot through eight years of info. One thing about Reagan that I was continually impressed by was his convictions. I honestly didn't know if we ever would see another politician who combined strong convictions with the fortitude to back that up. I've seen people have strong convictions (I would argue that W does). And I have seen people have fortitude and competence. But they don't seem to intersect that often. Huckabee has very strong convictions. They have been tested again and again by the news casters in charge of interviews and debates. He is even willing to make sure that he keeps his convictions honored even if he looks stupid - like with the whole negative ad business when he killed a negative ad the day it was supposed to run.
But he also has been very competent. His is the most eloquent and presidential in his debates. The people of Arkansas LOVE him and think he did a great job (I actually got them from some Arkansas residents). He seems unflappable. He may not be the most trained on every single issue, but he is a tremendous leader and speaker. And that is the kind of person Reagan was - and the kind of person people can get behind.
I have been ridiculed by others (even Republicans) for backing Huckabee because he is "unelectable" or because I am "wasting my vote." I completely disagree. First of all, it is a primary. This is the perfect time to back someone who may not win it all. How else do you show what you believe? If Huckabee continues to be a pain to the Republicans with his victories and showings, he can't be ignored. His approach, stances, policies have to be acknowledged. Some have said that his presence hurts Romney. I don't care. Romney should have worked harder or something. It is not MY job to help the candidate I don't back.
I like the way he ran his campaign. I like the fact that he has not had much money, yet still is winning delegates and states. I like his compassion for people. I like his approach to taxation. I like his stance on abortion. I like his approach on health care. I like his views on gun control and Iraq and blah blah blah. Probably most importantly, I like him. Huckabee is a man of integrity. He is a GOOD man and a FAIR man. And I for once wish we could have a President that we were proud of. I know that as a person who voted for W - twice - there are many times I am embarrassed by things that happen. And I know that some of the stupid decisions made in the last eight years will cost us for a long time.
I admire Huckabee - his pluck, his drive, his decency, his faith, his family, his hope, his humor. He is a not a lifelong politician who has guarded every step and sentence for decades to make sure that he was safe when he ran. He is a normal guy who saw a broken government and thought he could fix it (Arkansas). And he is doing the same thing now. He saw a chance to make a difference and did. Go investigate how much money he has and see what he did with it. At one point during the Florida campaign, Romney had spent $30 million on TV ads in Florida. Huckabee had spent $7 million on his entire campaign. Guiliani spent six months trying to win Florida. Huckabee was there for five days and only lost to Rudy by 23K votes. People like him. People relate to him.
I wish that more people had the guts to actually vote the way they wanted - no matter who it is for. Stop listening to the news shows and the pundits and the spin doctors. Find someone you trust and can be proud of and take a freaking stand. Don't vote just based on who can win. How else will anything get done? Back someone who you believe in. Who cares if they have a chance in the world. If everyone did that, the parties would have to pay attention. And in the meantime, your candidate may shock some people. After all, Huckabee did win five states already tonight, and still could win or come close in a couple others. So apparently he's not such a pointless vote after all. Like him or not, I know one thing, you can't ignore him now. I hope that didn't offend you too bad.