Irony: 666 Is Huckabee's Magic Number To Deadlock Convention

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During an interview on a Texas radio station, Mike Huckabee outlined his strategy for winning the Republican nomination:

"If we win Texas, I think it changes the dynamics of this race.  It could well go all the way to the convention.If the convention delegates pick the president, chances are they would pick the most conservative.  I would be the one they would end up picking, if that's the criteria."

There are a total of 898 remaining Republican delegates (523 pledged and 375 unpledged).  In order for Huckabee's strategy to work, he would need to win 74% (666) of these remaining delegates.  Yes, that's right, the magic number in Huckabee's winning strategy is 666.  Oh sweet irony.

Quite simply, Huckabee's strategy simply is not plausible.  And he recognizes it as such when he compared the continuation of his presidential race to the Battle of the Alamo, adding:

"You don't engage in battles only because you anticipate you're going to win them.  You engage in your battles because you believe that they're right."

This isn't exactly a fair analogy to the brave soldiers at the Alamo, nor does a presidential campaign want to analogize his campaign to a battle that resulted in the brutal slaying of the remaining soldiers.  Huckabee might seem a lot more sincere about his incredibly unrealistic intentions, if he wasn't performing paid speeches.  He gave one last weekend in the Cayman Islands and gave another today in Colorado.  The paid speech issue is a bit more complicated and I'll post on it in the coming days, so stay tuned.

If you're curious about the math, you can check it out here.

Tags: 2008 election, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Republican Candidates (all tags)



Re: Irony: 666 Is Huckabee's Magic Number

Oh man, that is so ironic!

Perhaps Huckabee should stay in the race, I mean there is a real possibility that McCain will have to give a tearful press conference soon, and bow out.  That story does not seem to be going away.  I'm not sure who would be creepier. McCain or Huckabee. Is there a third choices for the republicans?  

The odd thing is.. I could care less who is sleeping with (or not sleeping with) whom in politics. It matters to me, though, when it has to do with influence or national security, or total hypocrisy.  And this story is in that influence realm.  

by Catriley sez 2008-02-22 07:12PM | 0 recs
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Well, yeah, if the affair turns out to be real it's curtains for McCain.

by animated 2008-02-22 07:24PM | 0 recs
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Default nominee for Republicans if McCain and Huckabee both drop out:

Jeb Bush.

by sricki 2008-02-22 07:28PM | 0 recs
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Now that would be sweet. Let us run against someone with the last name Bush this year...

by JDF 2008-02-22 07:38PM | 0 recs


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