I just finished reading Mike Huckabee’s memoir of the campaign trail, called Do the Right Thing. It is perhaps even more instructive now than a year ago. How much different the country would have been if he had been allowed to become President!
As he wrote about how much they were able to do on so little money, I was reminded of a letter and a blog post* I wrote as the Texas primary approached. I noted that both the Texas and Ohio Leagues of Women Voters had excluded Mike Huckabee from their voter’s guide to the candidates simply because he hadn’t raised or spent enough money. Their standard of viability was how fast the candidate burned through cash.
At the time, I noted that the League of Women Voters prided themselves as a nonpartisan political organization. They claim they have “fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy”. I called their exclusion of the number 2 candidate – even from a quickly editable website – “an aggregeous act of electioneering, an unconscionable interference with the political process.”
And so, voters in Texas were not given opportunity to weigh the common sense ideas of Mr Huckabee, and America lost.
I found Do the Right Thing at my local library. I’m sure you can find it there or at the bookstore. Either way, it’s worth the effort to read.
* I started this particular blog to be a member of Huck’s Army and one of his unpaid bloggers. I’ve done quite a bit of blogging since then, but without the inspiration of Arkansas’ former Governor, I’d be talking to myself.