Draft Mike Campaign

July 29, 2008

There are a number of Huckabee supporters mounting a number of campaigns to get him selected for Vice President.  I admire their dedication, but it’s a lot of heat for not much light.

Mike Huckabee was the great hope for evangelical conservatives, the only one really speaking the language.  Othersm like Guillani and Romney at the beginning of the campaign, were far too liberal on social issues to ever get more than a token support.  Huckabee had lived the Baptist ethos for so long it came out in everything he said.  He was unapologetically Christian (not just attending a few services when the media was around) without needing to give an altar call at the end of each speech.

Trouble is, our culture has become secular, and the news media even more so, almost anti-Christian.  So Huckabee could not get the media attention he needed – even got left off the official League of Women Voters’ Candidate Guides in Texas and Ohio!  It’s amazing he did as well as he did.

What made the campaign successful was an army of fanatical volunteers.  Needing signatures to get Huckabee on the Virginia ballot, he got over 15,000 signatures in less than 3 weeks with only one paid staffer in the state.

Now those volunteers want to pressure McCain into picking Huckabee to be Vice President.  They’re circulating a petition that quotes an article from People for the American Way, and asked me to participate.

I can’t join the list.  McCain/Huckabee isn’t likely to sway the sheep voting for Obama and just about anyone else (except Hillary).  A failure in the polls puts too much pressure to find someone else.

I’m putting my support behind JC Watts, if he’d accept. JC Watts has the credentials to counter McCain’s negatives and Obama’s positives.  Younger, eloquent, and black (two black parents), he has been a football star, a Congressman, a Baptist Youth Pastor, and is a businessman with strong family ties.  Anything Obama offers, he offers more, better.

If you want to write McCain about a VP candidate, ask him to ask Watts.  I did.

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Next: Veepstakes

March 9, 2008

Who will McCain find for Vice President?

This is more than just an academic exercise.  If/when he takes office, McCain will be 71.  He’s weak on core conservative issues.  He’s weak on social issues.  He’s a Washington insider.

According to Fred Barnes over at The Weekly Standard, “the list of plausible (vice-)presidents is short. Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Tom Ridge, and Joe Lieberman qualify. That’s about it. There are a number of popular Republican governors–Charlie Crist of Florida, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mark Sanford of South Carolina, Haley Barbour of Mississippi.”

Former Congressman JC Watts has a different take on the issue.  But then, he’s different from the rest of  them. And not just because he’s black.

A University of Oklahoma football star quarterback and Canadian Football League pro, he represented Oklahoma in Congress from 1995 to 2002.  While in Washington, his assignments included serving as chairman of the Republican Conference of the US House.  In the 1997 Republican response to Bill Clinton’s State of the Union speech, he accused some black civil rights leaders as “race-hustling poverty pimps”, whose careers he said depend on keeping blacks dependent on the government.  He’s the only black in recent memory to not join the Congressional Black Conference.

In 2002, he chose to not run for re-election to spend more time with his family.  He is currently chairman of J.C. Watts Companies, a business consulting group.  He’s a personal friend of John McCain.  And he’s been a Southern Baptist youth director.

 So what does he say?  In his local newspaper, he wrote that “Mike Huckabee spoke to so many issues that I’ve been trying to get the GOP establishment to speak to as a black, a social conservative and an opportunity conservative.”

Watts describes the current presidential dilemma for blacks.  Huckabee’s exit leaves the Latino and black faith communities in a real quagmire because they don’t feel like McCain and the GOP are in sync with them. While they agree with the GOP on most issues, they don’t feel embraced by the party. They disagree with the Democrats, but the Dems reach out to them. Many white evangelicals are disgusted because the establishment and consultant class of the GOP are not connecting with them. This class of voters is abandoning that form of politics, but not their core beliefs.

So who does that leave us as an ideal candidate for VP?  I say Watts himself.  At 51, he’s relatively young.  He’s got Obama’s good looks and rhetorical elegance.  He’s got solid conservative credentials and is an easy sell to the Evangelical block.  He serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, the United States Military Academy, Africare, BNSF Railway, Clear Channel Communications, Dillard’s and Terex Corporation.

That’s my choice.