I've been lamenting the Republican's possible selection of John McCain for its presidential candidate since long before he won it.
I wanted Fred Thompson. Alas, he could not stay awake long enough to win much of anything. Then I went to Romney knowing full well that many of his beliefs were clearly harnessed to big government. Yet, I could tolerate that, given the alternatives and the fact that on many other issues he and I were solidly alike.
Now I am left with McCain as my only potential candidate but the choice of whether to vote for him or sitting it out is not getting any clearer.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and defeated contender for the GOP presidential nomination, is currently at the top of John McCain's short list for a running mate. At least that's the word from a top McCain fundraiser and longtime Republican moneyman who has spoken to McCain's inner circle. The fundraiser is less than thrilled with the idea of Huckabee as the vice presidential nominee, and many economic conservatives—turned off by the populist tone of Huckabee's campaign and his tax record as governor—are likely to share that marked lack of enthusiasm.Huckabee for VP? Ya, rather than throw me a bone he threatens to beat me over the head with it.
As Mike says at Cold Fury:
Christ on a crutch, you gotta be kidding me. I’d take it with a grain of salt, to say the least, early as it still is. But if it does come to pass, well, if this ain’t the final straw for conservatives, I’m sure I can’t imagine what would be.