Throughout the primary season last year, perhaps the biggest surprise was the success of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. His conservative values, his advocacy of the Fair Tax, his unapologetic approach to faith, and his phenomenal sense of humor provided a welcome respite from the stiff shirt of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and famously non-conservative Arizona Sen. John McCain.
As February 2008 bled into March, it became obvious that Huckabee’s presence in the presidential primaries had settled into that of a spoiler–albeit a fairly welcome one–and that perhaps, in the near future at least, he was practically begging for his own television show. Fox News Channel delivered, and “Huckabee” has been excellent.
I like Mike. The only real problems I had with him were his stance on providing educational scholarships to the children of illegal immigrants–like it or not, it’s a magnet that needs to be shut off–and his continued presence in the election which inevitably led to McCain prevailing in the primary. (I firmly believe that, but for Huckabee in the latter stages, Romney may very well have been the GOP nominee.) That being said, I really like him as a commentator, and would welcome him mixing it up once again in 2012 should he be up to it.
However, looking at the video above–it’s a few days old, but only made its YouTube appearance a few hours ago–I would by no means be disappointed if he continued along his present path. The success or failure of America depends largely upon the success or failure of the GOP . . . and the latter depends upon people like Mike who can effectively disseminate the conservative message.