I understand why Huckabee makes snarky comments about Thompson who is ahead of him in the polls but why do admirers of Thompson keep sending out tidbits of nasty news about Huckabee? Perhaps this is all about Iowa where Thompson is now up with ads. (Others have noticed too.) UPDATE: And more today in Iowa where Huckabee uses Thompson’s Meet the Press performance against him with social conservatives.
“Authenticity” and “credibility” are the buzz words coming from many Thompson, Rudy and McCain supporters. Are these code words for “don’t vote for that Romney guy” or is this language a means of explaining that although these three don’t match up perfectly with the conservative base they have the benefit of being “real”? It would seem a bit of both the sword and the shield. To some degree the slippery Hillary storyline (given oxygen by the debate and opportunistic Edwards’ ads) provides some punch to this line. The guy who goes up against Hillary is going to have to make the argument to skeptical Independents that she is too slick by half and a typical evasive politician. Being the “authentic” fellow sets up this general election contrast very nicely.