Millions of his followers were disappointed Saturday, as the Big Day arrived without much fanfare.   Detractors can rest easy.  It’s not the end of the world, as we know it.

By 8 pm Central Standard Time, it became apparent that the hopes of some and the fears of many others did not materialize.  No announcement of impending doom came forth through the airways of every news channel in the country.

No, I’m not talking about May 21st and Harold Camping, but May 14th and the second running of Mike Huckabee.   The former non-event was an epic fail, as Camping’s prediction that the earth would be swallowed by an earthquake and all of God’s people would be “raptured,” did not come to pass.   Neither did the second event.

Those of us who wanted Governor Huckabee to be our next president were very disappointed, but few of us thought it was the end of the world.  We were glad to see him put his Lord and faith first.  A few candidates remain that are strong pro-life and pro-marriage.   Cain supports the Fair Tax, and a few, like Huckabee did, may oppose both a governmental mandate on buying insurance, and the mandate on coverage of pre-existing conditions.  His consistent likeability to most folks may go unsurpassed.   Nobody put all of this together like Governor Huckabee.

I have no idea where others may turn.  Some may drop out of politics altogether.  Others will seek feverishly for another candidate to live and die for.  I will fall between those two extremes, though closer to the former than the latter.  I will patiently decide who to vote for, and perhaps that person will inspire me to work for them.

Who will it be?   Rick Santorum, Hermann Cain, Michelle Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty are on my short list.  I would like to see Santorum come to his senses on his support of Arlen Specter.  I will look into Pawlenty’s record on social issues.  I think he is where my vote might go if he passes muster. Though there are other candidates running I am no fan of, I certainly would not work against them in the primary season.   I vote for people, not against them.  I’d probably hold my nose and vote for Ron Paul in the Iowa Caucuses, if it came down to him, Palin, Romney and Gingrich.

There is one Senator who ruled out running that I could support, if he changed his mind: Jim DeMint.  I would be thrilled if he would run.  None of the other candidates inspire me, much.   Contrary to what some would intimate, it isn’t because they aren’t “Christian” enough for me.  It is not my place to judge their personal faith.  All politicians have flaws, Huckabee included.  But some of those flaws make it difficult to support them with anything beyond a vote in the general election.

I supported Huckabee because of who he is, not his position on just one or two specific issues.  I could have lived with some differences on economic issues (though they were few and far between, as he really got a raw deal on those, in my opinion).  A lot can happen in nine months.  Maybe Huckabee will end up on the ticket as VP.  No rapture there, but a few minor shouts of joy, nevertheless.

 

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    1. I have always preferred most of Paul’s economic policies, and because he is virtually a third party kind of candidate he will get nothing done.  Getting nothing done is good.   I will be willing come over to the Palin camp when she further explain what she thinks a feminist is, and when she answers questions about personhood amendments, and her re-tweet of a homosexual activists’ condemnation of Christians.  I think she longs to be loved by the feminist movement and that scares me.

      1. I know almost everything there is to know about Paul and where he stands – he is consistent (even when wrong).  I do not enough about Palin, yet.    When she starts answering questions from some on the right who disagree with her, then she’ll get a second look.  

      2. I agree with your assessments of Palin.  However, when it comes to the right to life and gay rights, Paul is worse than Palin IMO.  And he unapologetically voted for the repeal of DADT. 

      3. That’s true–she’s been pretty nebulous.   But even Huckabee at one point used the “right now” qualifier in regard to the repeal of DADT.  However, you mentioned a few days ago that he broached the topic again in his latest book, so maybe he was more direct there.

        I do understand your overall point that at least we know where Paul stands.  The phrase “better the devil you know” comes to mind.  🙂   

      4. I was disappointed that no candidates raised the issue during the time it was being voted on, during the lame duck sessions last year.  Yes, he was much clearer in this book.

      5. Palin’s economic policies are sound, not sure what you dislike about her’s. I’d trust her far more on social issues than I would Paul – he actually voted for the repeal of DADT. He would never push a federal marriage amendment. You’ve trashed his abortion record so I’m sorry David that doesn’t make sense.

        Regarding her “desire to be loved by the feminist movement,” no not the way you define feminism.

        Sorry man, you’re being inconsistent.

      6. “no not the way you define feminism.”

        Let’s see her response to “The Re-Tweet” question, and answers about Equal-Pay for Equal Work , women in the military and the application of other civil rights laws first.  Her quickness to call Neanderthals any who disagree is a problem and may indicate a sore spot.

        “Palin’s economic policies are sound, not sure what you dislike about her’s”

        They may be as good as Huckabee’s, save her non-position on the FAIR Tax.  Do we know her position on the abolition of the Department of Education or other unconstitutional infringements on state’s rights?  Gradual abolition/privatization of Social Security?    All things being equal, I’d prefer a more libertarian/constitutional views of economics.

      7. “no not the way you define feminism.”

        Let’s see her response to “The Re-Tweet” question, and answers about Equal-Pay for Equal Work , women in the military and the application of other civil rights laws first.  Her quickness to call Neanderthals any who disagree is a problem and may indicate a sore spot.

        “Palin’s economic policies are sound, not sure what you dislike about her’s”

        They may be as good as Huckabee’s, save her non-position on the FAIR Tax.  Do we know her position on the abolition of the Department of Education or other unconstitutional infringements on state’s rights?  Gradual abolition/privatization of Social Security?    All things being equal, I’d prefer a more libertarian/constitutional views of economics.

      8. Really did Huckabee cut spending in Arkansas? Her fiscal record is considerably better than his. Because I wasn’t aware of that. Regarding her position on feminism, I admit that she would likely never sway you, but if you read her 2nd book she addresses the topic in depth (if you’d like to read it I can lend my copy to you).

        I think you and I see that differently.

      9. “Her fiscal record is considerably better than his.”   
        Two and a half years does not much of a record make.   What was the make-up of the state house and senate in Alaska when she was governor, if you know?   As I pointed in an earlier post, on state education issues her record is nearly identical to Huckabee’s.

      10. “Do we know her position on the abolition of the Department of Education or other unconstitutional infringements on state’s rights? Gradual abolition/privatization of Social Security?”

        She’s been very clear about state’s rights issues – again in her articles and books. I’d just encourage you to read them. Regarding education I don’t recall her saying she’d abolish the DOE, but she did turn down Race to the Top money… unlike Huckabee who thought it was a “great idea.”

    2. I have always preferred most of Paul’s economic policies, and because he is virtually a third party kind of candidate he will get nothing done.  Getting nothing done is good.   I will be willing come over to the Palin camp when she further explain what she thinks a feminist is, and when she answers questions about personhood amendments, and her re-tweet of a homosexual activists’ condemnation of Christians.  I think she longs to be loved by the feminist movement and that scares me.

  1. Excellent choice on DeMint. Sadly, he’s too busy trying to keep the Senate on founding father principles and yanking the Dems’ junkyard-dog rope back to the Constitution as often as he can when they stray. Which is 24/7.

  2. Excellent choice on DeMint. Sadly, he’s too busy trying to keep the Senate on founding father principles and yanking the Dems’ junkyard-dog rope back to the Constitution as often as he can when they stray. Which is 24/7.

  3. Thank you for all your hard work for Governor Huckabee, David.  As you know, he reads what you write and it is apparent that he greatly appreciates it.  I’m not sure why the comment section has digressed into comparing someone who completed 11 and a half years of serving his state as governor to someone who quit her job of governing in the middle of her first term, but I would like to bring the conversation back to the fact that Huckabee supporters really can’t be labeled or herded into a group.  It will be interesting to see where they go as many of them were not involved in politics until Huckabee arrived on the scene.

    Thank you again and I am glad I got the chance to meet you.  May this not be the end, however……

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