Video: Huckabee on the vast right-wing almost “conspiracy”

posted at 3:35 pm on January 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via the ‘Busters. It’s not quite a conspiracy, he assures us, just a coalescing of power complexes around the mortal threat to their fat-cat status posed by his candidacy. Scratch the surface of any type of identity politics and you’ll find this logic underneath. Usually the supposed conspiracy takes the form of disparate interests falling into uncoordinated alignment against you; occasionally it’s the full cahoots. Huck doesn’t want to go the Ron Paul route by pushing the latter so he keeps his toe on the former. But it’s the same song he was singing before Iowa, until he temporarily suspended it for states like New Hampshire and Michigan where the evangelical base wasn’t as motivated. Now that he’s back on familiar ground in South Carolina, he’s calling it up on the jukebox again.

An interesting poll from Gallup today shows he’s leveled off among the “very religious” at around 30 percent. That’s enough to win a five-man race in South Carolina but not a two- or three-man race on Super Tuesday. How does he build on it? With his economic rhetoric, of course, and also his secret weapon — the likeability factor, an example of which I’m including at the beginning here. He can’t compete with Romney financially but he can beat the hell out of him by going on TV every five minutes and charming the hell out of everyone. To wit:

“Voters really don’t vote on the issues to any significant extent,” said Ken Warren, pollster and political scientist at St. Louis University. “It’s mostly because they don’t know how the candidates differ on the issues. The difference are so subtle, particularly in primaries, that even analysts have a hard time keeping them straight. So (voters) rely on the candidates’ persona instead.”

The confusion created by subtle differences is compounded this year by a crowded field of candidates and a quick-paced primary schedule. That leaves voters to ponder whether they simply like the candidate.

Fred is forever lamenting the fact that the media spends too much time on horse race stuff and not enough on policy, but I wonder if that wouldn’t actually enhance the importance of likeability as some voters (not all, certainly) simply throw up at their hands at trying to digest the fine policy distinctions. The Internet will make it easier to keep track, so maybe that’s more feasible next election.

Another key to likeability? Misrepresenting your more eccentric past pronouncements when challenged on them.

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Harald, I forgot something. About repealing the 16th…or ANY…amendment, for that matter.

To amend or repeal a constitutional amendment, you not only need to achieve a 2/3 majority in BOTH Houses of Congress, but you also need to have at least 2/3 of the 50 state legislatures ratify the amendment also.

As I’d mentioned earlier, with a humongous proportion of the populace being Baby Boomer retirees or near-retirees (and I myself am at the very late part of that boom…about 10 years to go for me)…people are gonna be demanding to have the numbers shown and proved, just like I did, to prove their own retirement and medical care won’t be put in jeopardy. Politically, people will have to be SOLD with more than just enthusiasm and empty promises.

Huck will have to put up or shut up regarding this tax plan, for him to be able to push it through.

I’m not rejecting your idea. Simply saying I’m not convinced.

Shirotayama on January 16, 2008 at 9:35 PM

I don’t think Huck’s economic populism is convincing anyone. In Michigan, where such a message might be expected to resonate with the crappy economy here, Huck got 6% of the non-Evangenicals.


Clark1 on January 16, 2008 at 11:40 PM

Two questions: Why is that idiot woman on the show? And, why, when they go to split screen, is Joe Scarborough focused on and not the guest?

amkun on January 17, 2008 at 1:53 AM

the “Folksy” candidate………

awesum on January 17, 2008 at 7:11 AM