February 28, 2007


Some push for Huckabee to run for Senate, not president (Aaron Blake, 2/28/07, The Hill)

Though his long-shot presidential campaign is still in its early stages, some wish former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would drop his national aspirations and return home to wage what they see as a vital campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) in 2008 instead.

Arkansas is often listed among the top Republican pickup opportunities in the country, but Huckabee is the only Republican who matches up to Pryor and there are no comparable alternatives, observers say.

Although those close to Huckabee chalk up the Senate talk to overanxious bloggers and speculation, some see Huckabee-for-Senate as a real possibility and most Republicans make it clear they would welcome him home.

One state GOP source familiar with Huckabee's campaign said a Senate bid could indeed materialize and that it's something Huckabee has considered and analyzed.

One big strike against Mitt and Rudy is that they've put personal ambition above party and not pursued the statewide offices they could have denied Democrats. Mr. Huckabee's multiple terms as governor make him different, but a Senate run is the best thing he could do for the GOP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2007 6:36 PM

I understand your complaint, but Mitt ran for the Senate once, and Rudy probably would have, except for the cancer.

But, why should anyone with national ambitions go to the Senate? It is the place where presidential campaigns wither and die, despite the overwhelming hubris and the demands for fealty.

Posted by: ratbert at February 28, 2007 8:42 PM

The party needed Mitt to run for re-election and Rudy not to run from Spitzer, Shumer & Hillary.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2007 11:32 PM

And McCain abandoning his Senate seat is GOP loyalty?

Posted by: Palmcroft at March 1, 2007 2:52 PM

When did he abandon it?

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 1, 2007 5:33 PM

If McCain wins the presidency in 2008, who will take his U.S. Senate seat? The traitor is abandoning his party for his personal ambitions!

Posted by: Palmcroft at March 2, 2007 5:12 PM

That's the prerogative of the Establishment's choice. They get annointed precisely because we owe them more than they owe us. Mitt & Rudy have never done anything for the Party.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 2, 2007 5:51 PM