It’s getting more and more obvious that the recent rise in popularity of Huckabee is very bad for the Republican party.
While presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is surging in new polls of GOP candidates, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Tuesday shows he would lose to all three leading Democratic candidates by double digits in hypothetical contests.
In head-to-head matchups — the first to include Huckabee — the former Arkansas governor loses to Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York by 10 percentage points (54 percent to 44 percent), to Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by 15 points (55 percent to 40 percent) and to former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina by 25 points (60 percent to 35 percent).
The poll comes on the heels of a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Monday that showed Huckabee doubled his support nationally among likely Republican voters in the last month and is in a statistical dead heat with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
And the Democrats know it:
Democrat party officials are avoiding any and all criticism of Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee, insiders reveal.
The Democratic National Committee has told staffers to hold all fire, until he secures the party’s nomination.
The directive has come down from the highest levels within the party, according to a top source.
Within the DNC, Huckabee is known as the “glass jaw — and they’re just waiting to break it.”
In the last three weeks since Huckabee’s surge kicked in, the DNC hasn’t released a single press release criticizing his rising candidacy.~~~
In fact, as the story broke over the weekend that Huckabee said he wanted to isolate AIDS patients back in 1992, the DNC ignored the opportunity to slam the candidate from the left.
“He’ll easily be their McGovern, an easy kill,” mocked one senior Democrat operative Tuesday morning from Washington.
“His letting out murderers because they shout ‘Jesus’, his wanting to put 300,000 AIDS patients and Magic Johnson into isolation, ain’t even scratching the surface of what we’ve got on him.”
The man sure is dangerous, to his own party that is. He would get trounced by the Democrats if he got the nomination. Hell, just yesterday Fred Thompson took the man to task for his stance on Cuba, and the Huckster had to admit he didn’t know a whole hell of a lot about Cuba:
On Cuba, Thompson criticized Huckabee, who in 2002 asked
President Bush to lift the embargo against that country, saying it “has
not helped the people of Cuba.”
“He thinks we should lift the embargo against Castro. I disagree
with that,” Thompson said today at the Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami. “I
think it raises issues when politicians change their views on a dime to
appeal to a particular group of people right before an election.” The
governor recently issued a statement saying he supports the embargo.
Huckabee defended himself in Miami this morning, according to CBS
News’ Joy Lin, saying his “major concern” in 2002 was to try and
“revive a sagging economy” impacted by the recession. “Our rice markets
were in troubleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦At that time, my primary responsibility was simply to
hear the concerns unique to my state,” he said.
Since then, Huckabee said, he had been able to find new markets for
the rice market by going to Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea to find
Asian markets for the state’s rice. Another reason for the
policy change, explained Huckabee, was that he was “really not that
aware” of the issues the issues that exist between Cuba and the United
“Being in Arkansas, that’s not one of the issues I am in close proximity with,” he said.
Whoakay….so he didn’t know a lot about Cuba but still asked the President to life an embargo against the country. Then you have his call to quarantine AIDS patients because he thought you could get AIDS through casual contact. He thought the latest NIE was the old one from 2003. He flip-flopped on Gitmo. He wants to give aid to those here illegally.
The man is a nightmare.
But he is rising in the polls because he is slick? Is that the kind of candidate we want going against the Democrats?
Myself, I think he is rising in the polls because the MSM are pushing him the best they can. They know he is our McGovern and he’s the best chance the Democrats have of gaining the White House.