I enjoy Jim Geraghty’s coverage over at The Campaign Spot for National Review Online. He’s not shilling for any candidate. I don’t think he has made any endorsements. He just blogs what he sees and what he is sees out of Mike Huckabee is complicated.
Geraghty makes the point that while Huckabee has appealled to conservative evangelicals, he has not gotten beyond that base because much of what he says is only understood by those of us in that circle.
That is very true and very timely. I have spent so much time reading and writing about how pundits are misunderstanding this and that about Huckabee. I didn’t (and don’t) really support him (or anyone else for that matter), but I felt compelled to speak up for a fellow Baptist that was being maligned for no real reason (on some issues, on other’s his positions are fair game).
Geraghty agrees with that point and that’s why Huckabee’s campaign is doomed unless he can show some real strength on the issues that matter to all conservatives not just social conservatives: smaller government, lower taxes, tough on crime and terrorism.
I’m not saying he can’t do it, but he’d better start. If he’s not able to pull me ((a Southern, evangelical conservative) over to his side, he’s going to have trouble.