The race for President in 2008 ended for Governor Mike Huckabee. Many are wondering “what next?” He’s not a Senator, not a man of money, not anything right now. He is, in his words, taking time off before deciding what to do next.
Some supporters want Huckabee for Vice President. But some supporters of Gov Mitt Romney suggest they will vote Democratic, or not vote, if Huckabee is on the ticket. It’s childish, but they are legally registered Republican voters, and their vocal protestations could cause problems for the Republican ticket.
Ken Blackwell is Chairman of the Coalition for a Conservative Majority, a Fellow at the American Civil Rights Union, and the Buckeye Institute. His idea is to make Mike Huckabee Chairman of the Republican National Party.
Huckabee brings middle-class credentials not common to the Republican party. He’s a Republican who appeals to Democrats the way Reagan did. He has widespread support among Evangelicals, who make up one third of the Republican base. He is an eloquent speaker who can appeal to a broad range of people. And he has the support of leading black Republicans.
He also brings honesty to fiscal policies. When other candidates were spending tens of millions on their campaigns, he achieved 2nd place on a shoestring. He got so much on so little, the Texas League of Women Voters did not include him in their voter guide because he hadn’t raised enough money!
Being chairman of the RNC would also give him national attention and lets him continue to influence the party without having to be the party’s nominee.
I think it’s a good choice.