I have been hearing and reading buzz about how Mike Huckabee, the simpleton Arkansas governor who probably still doesn’t know what the NIE is, is the biggest threat to the GOP power-broking elite since Pat Buchanan.
That’s bogus. Huckabee just represents all the votes Fred Thompson could have gotten, had Thompson ever learned how to work at anything in his life. Huckabee still has zero money. After he said that he stood by a 1992 comment to “quarantine” AIDS carriers from the general population, the press has begun slicing him apart, calorie for calorie.
(Remember Drudge’s headline attacking Huckabee for that comment, saying that it could be a “game changer in the GOP race?” Drudge, of all people, knows what the sexual orientation and priorities of the Beltway press corps is. What matters to them are not what Huckabee knows about foreign policy, whether he’d consult the Bible every day before making choices, how thoroughly he’s thought the issues through, or what kind of a president he’d make — but rather, something Huckabee said about AIDS fifteen years ago.
A crafty one, Drudge.)
No, Huckabee has peaked. He will be a horribly disfiguring addition to a Giuliani ticket, is my guess.
Ron Paul, however, hasn’t peaked. He’s on track to raise about $20 million for the quarter, which is probably going to be at least 40 percent more than what anybody else in the GOP field will raise, and possibly up to twice as much. That’s simply stupefying when you think about it. A, what, 78-year-old “kook” who wants to bring back the gold standard, abolish the Federal Reserve and the IRS, legalize drugs, close the border and get out of Iraq — he is beating the living hell out of Giuliani and Romney in the paper chase.
That is profound.
Most of this horse-race stuff is utterly irrelevant, as far as the markets are concerned. But Ron Paul might be indicative of something which could, just maybe, disturb the toxic media/bureaucratic duopoly over American policy.
And guess what? Ron Paul is most definitely going to be running a third party ticket once he racks up a jarring total for the nomination.
Meanwhile, the NRCC is bankrupt. On the rare occasion that a reporter will give John Boehner a gasp of air, Boehner crybabies about how nobody wants to give him money.
Bush’s approval ratings have actually rebounded, and the latest polls put Bush in the 37 percent range. Republican apparatchiks talk as if Bush is some kind of GOP albatross. I think it’s the opposite. Bush has credibility insofar as his actions are concerned. He will say he will do something, and he will
probably definitely sound like an idiot explaining why, but he will do it, and there’s usually some vague principle buried under the ####pile of mangled syntax.
With the congressional Republicans, though, the odds are they’ll just steal your money. Their credibility is just that abysmal.