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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Explaining Huckabee

(Note: this is the 100th post of Presidential Politics for America!)
(Note #2: Five days until daily Iowa Caucus updates on this website.)

Okay, since my post last week, which came when the country was abuzz at the Huckabee surge, a few readers were questioning my dismissal of Huckabee despite the momentum being in his favor. One reader in particular was upset with my conclusion that Romney's final push, made possible by his fortune, is the reason he would win the Iowa Caucus over Huckabee's growing but incomparable cashflow. Why would money win out over issues?

The answer is uncomplicated. First, I should point out I don't dismiss Huckabee altogether, and as early as January, before most of the country even heard of him, I had him ranked fourth in the race. Still, as a blogger who tries to dryly write moderately in a country drenched of partisanship, it is clear to me that there are, at least, two sides to every issue. Every politician has an explanation for everything they've ever said in their life. Every politician has a way of twisting a rival's words. Here's the kicker - explanations always sounds reasonable if the voter is uninformed. If you're just waiting for someone to tell you what they think to fill the vacuum in your brain, that person will sound right. Without a second opinion or a reference point, you will always think the way you're being taught to think.

So when Mike Huckabee is on the campaign trail and speaks of being a true conservative, he sounds great. The problem was, when he became a contender in Iowa, rivals started paying attention. Competitors like Romney or Fred Thompson come around and start talking about Huckabee's record, and it's a different story. Yes, it is difficult to question Huckabee's social conversatism. His fiscal conservatism, however, has come under fire.

The point is, an undecided voter's head will spin from the spin. Who they end up trusting comes down to who can convince them. Who can convince them comes down to not only who makes the best case, but who makes the best case most often. That, my friends, comes down to who has the most money.

As we've surely learned by now, money, for better or worse, plays an integral role in the nomination process. Romney has more of it, and needs a first place finish, not a strong second or third, in Iowa to win the nomination. Simply put, he has more resources than Huckabee to make it happen and will win the Iowa Caucus at all costs. As written last week, the best Huckabee can hope for is a strong second.

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