Despite all of the media’s attention being on the latest insanity from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, candidates like Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee are still in the race – even if their campaigns are on life support. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that establishment Republicans don’t have much of a chance outside of Marco Rubio, and the fringe is rallying around Trump and Cruz.
This has been especially frustrating for Huckabee who made opposition to marriage equality and a fear of all things Obama part of his strategy, only to be outdone by Cruz when it comes to pandering to the far right. Like a shunned lover, Huckabee lashed out at the religious right while recently speaking with Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
Via Right Wing Watch:
“As I’ve often said, ‘I don’t go to them, I come from them,’ but because of that I do understand them. And a lot of them, quite frankly, I think they’re scared to death that if a guy like me got elected, I would actually do what I said I would do, and that is I would focus on the personhood of every individual, we would abolish abortion based on the Fifth and 14th Amendment, we would ignore the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. And you know what the result would be?
A lot of these organizations wouldn’t have the ability to do urgent fundraising because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they continue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detriment to their organization’s abilities to gin up their supporters and raise the contributions, and I know that sounds cynical but, Todd, it is what it is.” (Source)
Mike Huckabee once had a TV show on Fox News, a position he gave up to run for president. His campaign is so unpopular now that his appearance on his old network was with Todd Starnes on AM talk radio.
For all of his other delusions, Bobby Jindal had the sense to recognize that Ted Cruz had managed to suck up all of the support from the religious right, and made the decision to bow out of a race he had no chance of winning. Currently, Mike Huckabee is polling just above one percent nationally, even trailing John Kasich.
In other words, Mike Huckabee’s goose is cooked and he doesn’t mind letting everyone know how angry he is with a base he thought he had locked down. Think about it, he had all of the far right philosophy of Cruz and Jindal, with the advantage of being a white, Southern governor. Huckabee hasn’t done well in the past running for president, so it wasn’t a smart move to run again, even if it was just for public exposure.
Mike Huckabee’s political relevance is well past its 15 minutes of fame, and this outburst may very well be the last gasp of a campaign that was born to lose and destined to fail.
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