Thursday, January 03, 2008

Jimmy Carter Of The Republicans.

In 1976 Jimmy Carter came out of nowhere to win the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. One thing always stuck with me from his campaign and that was the way he would say to his supporters, "I love you."

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.

-tdr

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