December 15, 2007


Huckabee's Oprah (Robert D. Novak, December 15, 2007, Townhall)

Republican insiders, puzzled by the sudden rise of Mike Huckabee as a serious presidential candidate, are overlooking the role played for him by actor Chuck Norris.

Called "Huckabee's Oprah" in Hollywood, Norris is helping the former governor of Arkansas in much the same way that Oprah Winfrey boosts Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Huckabee began his ascent from the depths of the second tier of candidates after his endorsement in late October by Norris, called the "marshal of martial arts."

Actor Chuck Norris sits in the audience at the CNN/YouTube/Republican Party of Florida presidential debate in St. Petersburg, Florida, November 28, 2007. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES)
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Norris's endorsement is featured in a Huckabee TV ad, which his money-short campaign has run mainly in Iowa and on the Internet. Norris may be no big deal in New York and Washington, but he is a folk hero with ordinary Iowans and has helped push Huckabee ahead of Mitt Romney in polls forecasting the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

Much of the comeback that nearly enabled Gerald Ford to hang on and beat Jimmy Carter was traced to a series of late campaign appearances he did with Joe Garagiola, the Tim McCarver of his day, which made him seem like a regular guy rather than just a bumbling idiot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2007 9:46 AM

oj, too harsh on Gerald Ford. Only someone like him could have pulled us through the real national malaise following the Watergate debacle.

That this country is not only still standing, but thriving, after the repeated assaults domestic and foreign, from the left leads me to believe there must be a God and he's in his heaven keeping a keen eye on us, his most bumbling children.

Posted by: erp at December 15, 2007 11:14 AM

Not to create dissention from one as wise as OJ, but leaving aside the many valid arguments on both sides, a nod by Chuck Norris assisting a Huckabee to come out of nowhere...

might be described as a certain kind of event, if not a small version of said event.

It isn't as if the ground work isn't already there, it just that we never see it until it happens.

comfortable in his own skin
Fair tax army waiting the wings
jaundiced public distrustful of others
too underfinanced to be taken seriously...

add Chuck Norris, and POOF!

Could be flash in the pan, could be Carter, Could be Goldwater.

Posted by: Bruno at December 15, 2007 11:59 AM

He didn't pull us through. We floundered until '80.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2007 12:15 PM

How'd we get here then?

Posted by: erp at December 15, 2007 3:09 PM

We're too resilient for a TR, Wilson, Hoover, FDR, LBJ, Nixon or Ford to do us much damage.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2007 5:49 PM