Huck's win and the revenge of the SoCons
By Alexham Posted in 2008 | Iowa Caucuses | Mike Huckabee — Comments (248) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
As the only Huck-supporting Redstate contributor, I thought it would be appropriate for me to offer a few thoughts on tonight's victory.
First, Governor Huckabee's win in Iowa sends a message to the GOP establishment that SoCons are not going to sit back and allow the party to be hijacked by those who don't have our interests at heart. We are still the heart and soul of the party, and we're not going anywhere. If you want the nomination, you're going to have to deal with us and our concerns (i.e., "Culture of Life" issues).
Second, Governor Huckabee's win demonstrates that grass-roots conservatives have flatly rejected the candidacy of Mitt Romney. Mitt can stay in as long as he wishes to fund his own campaign, but he's essentially done. McCain is going to win New Hampshire, and either McCain or Huckabee is going to win South Carolina. So, if you been waiting to buy ol' Hugh's book (but didn't want to pay full price for it), just wait a week or so, and it will be on sale at your local Sam's Club in the dollar bin.
Third, Governor Huckabee desperately needs to reach out to FisCons and DefCons immediately if he stands any chance of winning the nomination and/or presidency. The brutal truth, Huckfans, is that there are many legitimate criticisms of our boy regarding his fidelity to fiscal conservatism and preparedness to handle complex national-security issues. He needs to deal with these concerns in a way that shows his skeptics within the party that he is ready to be the nominee of the entire party, not just SoCons.
Finally, the hostility currently being leveled at Huckabee by many Republicans needs to be dialed down a few notches. If you want to criticize him on substantive grounds, please feel free to do so (indeed, I've done so myself); but some of the attacks that have been made against him on this website border on being ridiculous. At some point, we're all going to have to start singing from the same hymnal again, and that's not going to be easy to do if folks continue to characterize a potential nominee of our party as the anti-Christ.
Now, on to South Carolina!