lessthanpleased wrote:Huckabee's advantage over virtually everyone else in the Republican party is that he's an economic populist who opposes free market capitalism - a belief he carefully obscures, but something pretty obvious if you actually listen to what he says. This is a good thing, given that conservative economics have been about as thoroughly disproved as flat earth theory: Alan Greenspan tearfully apologizing for the failure of his life's work and repudiating his economic policies tends to do that.
But Huckabee's disadvantage is twofold: first, his social policies are retrograde and massively unpopular (conservative social policies are approved by roughly 30 percent of the country).
lessthanpleased wrote:Because it's never too early to start the campaign cycle.
This thread is for all of you to have one centralized place to discuss rumors of the coming campaign - news stories, blog posts, whatever.
I'll start off by making a bold prediction:
Bobby Jindal will not be the Republican nominee in 2012. He most likely will not run, but if he did he would probably lose to either Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee. Jindal's experience squandering Louisiana's budget surplus and turning it into a budgetary shortage that requires the state to cut education funding does suggest that he's uniquely qualified to be the Republican standard-bearer in 2012; moreover, his experience as a volunteer exorcist in college should appeal to the conservative base. But, sadly, neither of these two things are enough to take him all the way - Palin has the market cornered in red-baiting and anti-intellectualism, and Huckabee owns Southern-fried populism.
Lexus Fiend wrote:I could see Jindal being a possible VP nominee though, but hopefully not on the same ticket as Sarah Palin. I just don't think that woman is ready for anything beyond her current duties as Gov of Alaska. I am just not a fan of the woman, despite the sexy librarian look, j/k .
WeiWenDi wrote:'Sarah Palin' and 'sexy librarian' in the same breath... just doesn't work, man. I mean, yeah she's attractive, but... that's a pretty heavy slam on librarians, dyt?
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