Today, the pro-Huckabee blog I Like Mike Huckabee 2012 is crowing about a new political poll conducted by Public Policy Polling in Texas which shows Mike Huckabee at the head of the crowded Republican field of potential presidential candidates. “Huckabee topped every segment of the poll,” the blog writes.
What I Like Mike Huckabee 2012 chose not to write about is the larger context of Pubic Policy Polling’s findings about Mike Huckabee. Tom Jensen, who works for the firm, does say that Huckabee is the strongest of the current well-known Republican candidates “Huckabee’s the only one of the top Republicans who has the combination of electability and base appeal it’s going to take to beat Barack Obama,” Jensen writes.
Jensen also writes, however, that the current pack of Republican presidential candidates is extraordinarily week. He explains, “My main thought on the Republican Presidential field as 2011 begins is that the party needs someone outside the current top 4 of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich to come out of the pack and win the nomination… Romney, Huckabee, Palin, and Gingrich’s problem isn’t that they’re unknown. They’ve all been in the national spotlight before and they all had at least 75% name recognition on our most recent national poll. Their problem is that folks do know them- and they don’t like them. Once that bad impression’s been made it’s hard to make a different one.”
Oops. I Like Mike Huckabee 2012 ought to be a little bit more careful in citing pollsters, I think. The main impression this pro-Huckabee blogger gives is that Huckabee supporters aren’t capable of reading carefully.
There’s no question that Mike Huckabee is popular among a certain crowd of right wing extremists within the Republican Party, of course. For those who don’t like the idea of Huckabee becoming the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2012, we offer a means of expressing dissent. We offer the Texas against Huckabee campaign tshirt you see here. The design is also available as a campaign button and a set of political lapel stickers as well.
Have fun, Texas. You’re in for a wild ride.