January 17, 2008

THERE'S A REASON THE GOP NOMINATES THE NEXT IN LINE RATHER THAN THE PRETTIEST DEBUTANTE:

Huckabee's Task: Going National On a Shoestring (LAURA MECKLER, January 17, 2008, Wall Street Journal)

Mike Huckabee, written off as a long shot for much of the presidential campaign, emerged as one of the leaders of the Republican pack when he won the Iowa caucuses. But like the dog that finally caught the car, the Huckabee campaign is having to figure out how to deal with challenges it never prepared for.

The Iowa winner campaigned in South Carolina yesterday for the first Southern primary, this Saturday. He has gotten this far on his communication skills and appeal to evangelicals. Now he must broaden his support as his tiny organization evolves from a start-up to one competing at the highest level of U.S. politics.

The demands of logistics, policy, press and fund raising are swamping a campaign powered by an inner circle with little experience. Thin policy positions, an unorganized press operation and a lack of long-term planning have all posed problems.

The strains hampered Mr. Huckabee in Michigan on Tuesday, where he finished a distant third to Mitt Romney and John McCain. The former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister is counting on fellow Southern conservative Christians to give him a win in South Carolina. But after that comes a Feb. 5 vote in 21 states. Mr. Huckabee has no staff or offices in any of them except his headquarters in Little Rock.


A campaign that's a chaotic mess is no bar to the Democratic nomination, but it's deadly in the grown-up party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2008 1:17 PM
Comments

Any chance Huck is still around in four years?

Posted by: Benny at January 17, 2008 2:30 PM

Physically? Sure. Politically? Probably not; he had one trick and that was climbing up on the cross. You can't recreate a movement or a time - as much as Democrats wish it there is no second coming of Camelot, no return of the sainted JFK. And as much as Republicans pray, there was only one RWR.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 17, 2008 3:09 PM

Jeb is next in line.

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2008 8:11 PM
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