NOT EVEN IN BIBLE THUMPING SOUTH CAROLINA …
Of the 2016 presidential campaigns we don’t “get” (i.e. understand), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee‘s is at the top of the list. Obviously we’re not fans of Huckabee, but we remain baffled as to his anemic showing in the 2016 presidential race – especially in early voting South Carolina where social conservatives dominate the GOP electorate.
Huckabee nearly won South Carolina in 2008, and as recently as February of this year he was polling in double digits in the Palmetto State according to aggregate data from Real Clear Politics.
Today? Huckabee is supported by just 1.8 percent of South Carolinians …
That baffles us … not just because of Huckabee’s strong initial positioning, but because of the extent to which the 2016 “issues matrix” has played to his strong suits (and away from his weaknesses).
Seriously: The Planned Parenthood fetal body parts scam should have been a boon for Huckabee’s candidacy. Especially in South Carolina. Yet social conservatives here – and elsewhere – appear to be gravitating toward the campaign of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz instead.
And while Huckabee is not the most disappointing candidate of 2016 (that “honor” goes to U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky), his failure to launch nonetheless remains the most inexplicable.
After all, Paul’s unraveling can be fairly easily traced back to his embrace of the “Republican” establishment at a time when the GOP electorate was rebuking establishment politicians.
Huckabee’s unspooling? It’s not so easily “pinpointable.”
Anyway, in an effort to revive his Palmetto State fortunes Huckabee is dispatching his wife – Janet Huckabee – to South Carolina this week.
Courtesy of the Huckabee campaign, here’s a list of her stops …
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Event: Lexington County Meet and Greet
Location: Lizard’s Thicket Restaurant
Address: 4616 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29073
Friday, December 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Event: Women’s Round Table with Janet Huckabee
Location: What’s Cookin’ Downtown
Address: 123 Laurens Street NW #B, Aiken, SC 29801
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Event: Laurens County Meet and Greet
Location: Carter Jewelers
Address: 810 East Main Street, Suite F, Laurens, SC 29360
Time: 12:45 p.m.
Event: Get the Scoop with Janet Huckabee
Location: Yo Cup
Address: 128 South Public Square, Laurens, SC 29360
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Event: Pastries and Politics with Janet Huckabee
Location: Exchange Company Coffee Bar and Bake Shop
Address: 110 South Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Frankly, Huckabee’s campaign needs to pack it up. Same goes for Paul, Ohio governor John Kasich, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former New York governor George Pataki and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
At this point, each of those candidates is doing little more than embarrassing themselves …