Good News: The GOP Front-Runner is Beating Obama in an Early 2012 Poll. Bad News: It’s Mike Huckabee
I’m not sure how you get a more textbook “good news/bad news” situation than this story about a recent PPP poll looking ahead to 2012. First, the good news.
For the first time in one of our monthly polls looking ahead to the 2012 Presidential election Barack Obama trails one of his hypothetical opponents, albeit by the smallest of margins.
Wait, folks. Don’t pop those champagne corks quite yet. There is bad news, and when I say bad, I mean bad.
Mike Huckabee has a 45-44 advantage over Obama, aided largely by a 44-38 lead with independents.
Yup. Mike Huckabee. The guy who wanted to institute a “culture of health”, who favored a national smoking ban, and who couldn’t get enough of those sweet, sweet tax increases. Let’s not forget how easily he could be gulled by killers looking for an early release from prison.
If Mike Huckabee comes out of the gate as the front-runner in 2012, the Republicans are in a world of hurt. His particular brand of “compassionate conservatism” marinated heavily in his own religious belief isn’t any better than the big-government boondoggles that drove voters into the waiting arms of our current President. In fact, it’s worse because it confirms the left-wing narrative that Republicans are barely-disguised religious zealots who are only waiting for an excuse to go full-Taliban on the country. It is always wrong to use the power of the Federal government to engineer the sort of society you want, no matter whether you’re on the left or the right. Mike Huckabee is no different in principle from Barack Obama in that respect and the GOP would do well to steer well clear of him, no matter what the polls say.