February 9, 2008


CPAC: Draft Huckabee! (for Senate) (Brian Faughnan, February 9, 2008, Worldwide Standard)

[I] want to see Huckabee serve in the Senate starting in January, 2009 -- and cast the decisive vote to return Harry Reid to his previous job as Minority Leader. The Arkansas GOP currently lacks a strong contender in the race against incumbent Senator Mark Pryor. The race would be sure to be close, in a purple state, if Huckabee were the Republican nominee. And given the big boost to his profile as a result of his presidential race, he might enter the race a favorite. He'd certainly be able to raise the needed money.

The Arkansas filing deadline is March 10, so there's plenty of time for Huckabee to change gears. A Senate run in a key state would give him the chance to win over fiscal conservatives who were skeptical of him as a presidential candidate. A term in the Senate (or part of a term) would allow him to burnish defense and foreign policy credentials that hurt him in his presidential run.

Mitt Romney would, likewise, do the Party a service and earn some chits by knocking off one of the Democrats in MA.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2008 5:57 PM

Chappaquidick Kid or Hanoi John?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 9, 2008 7:24 PM

Kerry has a challenger in Oganowski who did pretty well against Tsognas for the House seat this past fall.

Romney would be a bigger help to the GOP in a higher profile role where he can use his strengths (fundraising, articulate messenger) in a more public way - like RNC head or (in the inevitable McCain cabinet per OJ) Treasury Secretary. Becoming 1 of 100 senators doesn't do much for the GOP.

Posted by: AWW at February 9, 2008 8:47 PM

He should be governor. Oh, wait...

Posted by: Bryan at February 9, 2008 10:25 PM

So is he going to flip-flop back into being pro-choice, pro-amnesty and pro-gay marriage?

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at February 10, 2008 7:56 AM

After his "rise", would Huckabee have a chance to beat Pryor? Or did he beclown himself too much in the primaries?

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 10, 2008 11:43 AM