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March 07, 2007

Poor Huck

By Neil the Ethical Werewolf

Amidst the discussions of why Mike Huckabee can't catch fire, one issue I haven't seen raised yet is money. Having annoyed the economic royalist faction of the GOP by raising taxes as governor, he's not well-positioned to raise the cash he'll need to become a top-tier candidate. Money matters even at this early stage -- even if you're not putting ads on the air, you're hiring good staff who can figure out how to promote you, and perhaps paying high-profile people to support you.

Also, if you're asked about whether gays will go to hell and you give an answer like, "Heaven is about one’s personal faith and therefore it has to do with one’s relationship to Jesus, not someone’s relationship to someone else" you're not really throwing the base the kind of red meat they want. So you don't get the intense support of the theocratic faction either.

[On a completely different note, I'll be in the DC area for a long visit from tomorrow until March 27th. As always, readers who'd like to hang out are welcome to email me!]

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You say it like it's a bad thing. Why would the party want someone who doesn't kowtow to the richest interest groups to vault into the top tier?

Posted by: Meh | Mar 7, 2007 7:56:57 AM

Also, if you're asked about whether gays will go to hell and you give an answer like, "Heaven is about one’s personal faith and therefore it has to do with one’s relationship to Jesus, not someone’s relationship to someone else" you're not really throwing the base the kind of red meat they want.

Of course, while that's a more tolerant answer, it's actually still wrong. The right answer to that question in a democracy that separates church and state is, "While my religion informs my values and I'm glad to talk about that, I'm running for political office in a secular democracy, not a religious post in a theocracy. Specific points of doctrine and my own or my religion's interpretation of that doctrine simply aren't relevant here. If I were running for Pope, they'd be very important. But I'm not. I'm running for President."

Posted by: anonymous | Mar 7, 2007 8:45:55 AM

I'm partial to the base, if not part of it. It's a relatively accurate answer, too. So I'll give him points even though it's a bit of a dodge.

Posted by: Klug | Mar 7, 2007 10:42:11 AM

Money matters even at this early stage -- even if you're not putting ads on the air, you're hiring good staff who can figure out how to promote you, and perhaps paying high-profile people to support you.

You're right for the wrong reasons. Money matters at this stage because rightly or wrongly, people view your fundraising ability as a proxy for the strength of the candidate and the campaign. If you can't raise money, it shows that the candidate either is bad at asking friends, family, and allies to do things on his or her behalf or that they are unwilling. The campaign staff also have a role to play in seeking out potential donors and preparing the data for the candidate, so a bad quarter reflects badly on them, too.

Posted by: Clark | Mar 7, 2007 12:06:42 PM

Ezra: Don't post about religion since you don't know your theology very well. There are a wide range of positions on this, and anyone serious enough about their religion to be someone you don't like will know how they believe you do or don't get into heaven.

Saying gay sex/being gay is a sin is a fairly common position. How that tracks towards getting to heaven is a MUCH more complex answer, with many thousands of dead bodies back in the day over these questions and trillions of trees sacrificed for the arguments.

On the tax issue... fun dig, but there isn't much of a faction that LIKES increasing taxes. I'm sure there are a few, but it's not the vote getter it is for your party. Do try and keep up.

Posted by: Hey | Mar 7, 2007 8:59:57 PM

Do try and keep up.

Speaking of which, Ezra didn't write that post, and there's another thread dealing with the theology.

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