A Democratic friend who is inexplicably interested in Huckabee’s campaign (professionally, not personally, interested) noted his fundraising take for the first quarter: $500,000.
But Huckabee’s take in the first three months of 2007 was pretty meager: $500,000. In fact, his total was so low that it caused a spike in speculation that Huckabee will eventually abandon his presidential bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in 2008. Yet even in a Senate race, Huckabee’s fundraising wouldn’t be considered overwhelming.
Indeed. Will some conservatives stop taking him seriously now?
Readers of Jeremy Lott’s review of Huckabee’s book will have little doubt:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for president. Careful readers of his latest book, “From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPs to Restoring America’s Greatness,” will wonder if that’s really the office he wants to win.
Steps readers can take to STOP being cynical include “Watch classic films made before 1968,” “Practice… ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ ” and “Watch TV Land and Nick at Nite more; network TV less” (Nick at Nite’s current schedule includes such classics as “Designing Women,” “Murphy Brown” and “Rosanne”).
His policy proposals on most issues are a mix of conservative rhetoric and liberal hand-wringing. On education, he proposes testing and administrative reforms, promotes charter schools and insists that states should fully fund arts and music programs. School choice is conspicuous by its absence.
On the environment he writes, “Al Gore wasn’t entirely wrong when he spoke of ‘earth in the balance.’ Balance is exactly what we need.”
Mr. Huckabee’s approach to health care is to declare war on ill health, which he takes to be caused by fat, sugar, salt and sloth. As with seatbelts, drunk driving and cigarettes, he advocates that the government and civic society should first work to change attitudes toward these things and then “having shifted public opinion, we can solidify the attitude and atmospheric changes with government actions to statutorily define the will of the majority.”