Thursday, January 03, 2008
Jimmy Carter Of The Republicans.
Now another previously unknown Southern governor has come out of nowhere, this time with a chance to seize the Republican nomination. Mike Huckabee reminds me of Carter in the way he talks about being the right-winger in the Republican race "who doesn't hate anybody."
Tonight in his victory speech he emphasized that theme when he said that "running for office isn't about hating those who are in front of us, it's loving those who are behind us." (MSNBC video here at 7:08 to 9:22.) The election season has just begun and much can happen between now and the Republican convention, but I think that emotional appeal is going to resonate with GOP voters.