Not really a political rant or debate, just an observation, but since it’s policital I’ll put it here. Let me preface by saying I consider myself a left-leaning moderate, I voted for Obama in '08 and will almost certainly vote for him again in '12 despite my disappointment with him.
But Mike Huckabee has impressed me twice in less than twelve hours.
First, last night I’m watching a repeat of The Daily Show where Jon Stewart had done a long piece on the 9/11 Responders bill before the senate. Huck comes on, ostensibly to promote his new book, but Jon asks him about the bill. Huck tries to be diplomatic about it, he doesn’t badmouth the folks (Republicans) who are blocking it - but he comes out and says that every Republican should vote for it. And regarding the one Senator’s comment that keeping Congress in session after Christmas was disrespectful to the holiday, Huckabee (who has the born-again Christian credibility) called it nonsense. It warmed the cockles of my heart to see him break with his party.
Then this morning I see on CNN Huckabee Takes Michelle Obama’s Side Over Palin. Again, he doesn’t denigrate Palin (“I think she’s misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do”) but speaks well of Obama’s anti-obesity campaign. After all, Huckabee is a former heavyweight (280 lbs at one point) so again he knows what he is talking about.
Things I like about Huckabee:
- He’s okay with disagreeing with leaders of the Republican pary
- He doesn’t speak badly of people he disagrees with. They can be wrong or mistaken, but that doesn’t make them evil.
So like I said, I’m sure I’ll end up voting for Obama in '12, and I doubt Huckabee has much chance of getting the GOP nomination anyway. But I probably will vote in the GOP primary in my state, and as of now it’s his vote to lose