Is Huckabee's rise good or bad for us? (w/poll)

I've long agreed with Kos that Mike Huckabee is the guy in the Republican field I'd least like to see us face in the general. Probably thanks to his experience as a pastor, he connects well with people both in person and on television. He doesn't have the baggage of the Republicans in Congress (voting in lockstep with Bush on Iraq and everything else). He has that inspiring personal story about overcoming obesity, a non-partisan issue that is salient for millions of Americans. He has executive experience. Particularly against Hillary, I think Huckabee spells trouble for us.

That said, I am not sure whether Huckabee's surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa GOP straw poll is good or bad for Democrats.

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Ames Straw Poll, Ron Paul suprise?

I found this while looking for info on the voting results (I couldn't find any yet), from a link on the Iowa GOP website.

http://cycloneconservatives.blogspot.com /

This is the official liveblogger for the straw poll, with some short analysis of crowd reactions to speeches.  The thing that interested me the most is that there are so many Ron Paul supporters there.  The guy said that the person doing introductions was having a hard time because his supporters were "everywhere" and really loud.  The liveblogger said that Ron Paul got the biggest reaction of everyone except Romney, but it was just about as loud, and the only thing the crowd did not like was him saying "the national ID was is mistake".

Second, apparently the Huckabee guys showed up strong as well, and they were chanting "I like Mike" He did a lot of Clinton bashing, basically saying that good things can come from Arkansas as well.

Based on this, I stand by my earlier comments of a possible Ron Paul surge or even a Huckabee or Brownback one.  I think that the first two COULD compete with a democrat, but it wont matter.  I say this because Huckabee may be a wingnut and may not believe in evolution, but when he talks about why he doesn't sound crazy.  There is a rationale for him, and with evolution he brings in science and says basically "God started it, whether we evolved I don't know" And Ron Paul is more liberal (although more crazy, since he wants to get rid of I think 5 departments, the IRS, Social Security and some other things.)

I guess we will see over the next few days/weeks.

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2008 Election Weekend Calendar Preview (August 3-5, 2007)

[This weekend preview is being re-published from 2008Central.net]

Two big events this weekend. Democratic candidates converge in Chicago for the YearlyKos Convention tomorrow, while Republicans have a debate Sunday morning in Des Moines.

Barack Obama

  • Obama addresses YearlyKos tomorrow, before heading to Atlanta for Women's Awards Dinner for the SCLC. Sunday he has a fundraiser in Utah and a Town Hall Meeting in Nevada.

Bill Richardson

  • Richardson campaigns all weekend in Iowa, squeezing in an appearance at YearlyKos tomorrow afternoon.

Chris Dodd

  • Dodd's wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, will campaign tomorrow and Sunday in Nevada, while Dodd himself appears at YearlyKos tomorrow afternoon.

Dennis Kucinich

  • Kucinich will also address the YearlyKos convention.

Hillary Clinton

  • Clinton has a slew of fundraisers lined up this weekend in the Hamptons on Long Island. Tomorrow morning she will address the National Organization of Police Organizations and the YearlyKos Convention before heading back to Long Island.

John Edwards

  • Edwards also addresses the YearlyKos Convention, before campaigning in Iowa on Sunday.

Mike Gravel

  • Gravel is also attending YearlyKos.

Duncan Hunter

  • Hunter is participating in the debate this Sunday in Iowa.

John McCain

  • McCain holds a town hall meeting Saturday in Iowa, and participates in the debate on Sunday.

Mike Huckabee

  • Huckabee campaigns in Iowa today and debates on Sunday.

Mitt Romney

  • Romney has some fundraisers scheduled for Maine today, before debating on Sunday morning and campaigning in Iowa the rest of the day.

Ron Paul

  • Paul has a campaign event scheduled in Pittsburgh today, before appearing at the debate on Sunday. His son is appearing at an event tomorrow in St. Louis.

Rudy Giuliani

  • Giuliani debates on Sunday morning and campaigns in Iowa the rest of the day.

Sam Brownback

  • Brownback is also participating in the debate.

Tom Tancredo

  • Tancredo has campaign events in Iowa tomorrow and Sunday sandwiched around the debate.

Tommy Thompson

  • Thompson also campaigning in Iowa this weekend, along with debating.

Visit our up-to-date campaign calendar section for complete schedules.

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Day 2

I have recieved a second e-mail fro John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul.

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2008 Election Weekend Calendar Preview (July 20-22, 2007)

[This weekend preview is being re-published from 2008Central.net]

Democrats prepare for the debate on Monday in South Carolina with busy schedules, while Republicans keep on plugging along...

Barack Obama

  • Obama has a rally and a townhall meeting in New Hampshire this morning, while Michelle Obama opens the Chicago volunteers office of their campaign. Obama addresses the AFSCME convention in Des Moines tomorrow night, and the Counciil of La Raza Sunday in south Florida.

Bill Richardson

  • Richardson campaigns in Iowa today, before going to South Carolina on Sunday to campaign before the Monday debate.

Chris Dodd

  • Dodd's wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, will open a technolog center in Orangeburg, SC on Sunday. Dodd will be in Iowa today, and has announced he will be in New Hampshire this weekend, but does not currently have any details up on his website.

Dennis Kucinich

  • Kucinich has an AFL-CIO forum Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Hillary Clinton

  • Clinton will also address the AFSCME forum in Des Moines tomorrow.

Joe Biden

  • Biden campaigns again in Iowa today.

John Edwards

  • Edwards has a relatively calm weekend for him. Elizabeth Edwards has a fundraiser tonight in Oklahoma City, and John Edwards gives a speech to Louisiana democrats on Sunday night.

Mike Huckabee

  • Huckabee gives a speech in Las Vegas tomorrow before fundraising in Texas.

Mitt Romney

  • Romney has a full schedule of events today and tomorrow in Iowa, before going to New Hampshire on Sunday..

Ron Paul

  • Paul is in South Carolina tomorrow, eating lunch with state GOP and then holding a rally.

Rudy Giuliani

  • Giuliani is speaking to firefighters in South Carolina today and holding a "Inaugural Retreat" for fundraisers in New York tomorrow.

Sam Brownback

  • Brownback spends today in Iowa wrapping up a campaign swing.

Tom Tancredo

  • Tancredo also is campaigning this weekend in Iowa, wrapping up a couple days of campaigning.

Visit our up-to-date campaign calendar section for complete schedules.

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