No matter who wins the Democratic Caucus in Iowa, a bad guy will emerge as the frontrunner, so I'm not going to talk about that.
I'm more concerned that a bad guy will win on the Republican side – and that's Mike Huckabee.
I've said a number of times that there won't be a President Huckabee, and I stand by that, but it's discomfiting that a party, even a small part of one would prefer this guy to some decent candidates, which is to say, all the other Republicans running.
It's not just the name that sounds like the past tense of "hick" when he's really present tense, or that it's reminiscent of "chuckle" and "huckabuck," it's that this guy is way more compassionate than the current occupier of the White House, and Bush is plenty bad enough. We don't need competition for the "Worst President Ever" award.
Huckabee stands for little that's conservative, and what he does stand for, he does so paternalistically. He should have numbers in the Ron Paul range, but instead, he's a darling because he's religious.
But even there he is a hypocrite. He masks his viciousness in piety, and as a Christian, Romney is far more genuine . He, along with Thompson and McCain, appear to be the most decent candidates in the race.
Huckabee's latest stunt of pulling an attack ad and then showing it to the press is, as someone observed, akin to saying, "I'm not going to call him names, but if I were to do so, this is what I'd say…"
Indeed, Huckabee is a prime example of why Republicans can't get traction with the very people who not only want to back them, but who are anxious to do so if only the Republicans would do more than provide lip service to principle.