Bill Kristol and I agree that Huckabee is electable and would be competitive in a general election. Very worrisome. That pits both of us against Stuart Rothenburg, who has a reputation for knowing what he’s talking about. Yet it seems obvious to me that Huckabee counteracts everything Obama has to offer, such as it is, while outmatching him in a number of ways. While Obama is the professorial “arugula” candidate, Huckabee is the candidate of the average American. While Obama is inexperienced liberal, Huckabee is the two-term governor who relates to Middle Americans. Whereas Obama wants to invade Pakistan…Huckabee wants to invade Pakistan. Okay, call that one a draw. Rothenburg reads this matchup exactly backwards. It isn’t Obama who cancels out Huckabee’s advantages, but Huckabee who cancels out Obama’s.
Update: In case the title caused any confusion, what I found terrifying was agreeing with Bill Kristol. A Huckabee nomination would be merely disturbing.