Republicans are debating again. Comments welcome. Will the Jay Leno of candidates emerge again? Former Gov. Mike Huckabee's brief intro of himself used a line he delivered in the story we linked this morning from Concord. Roughly:
I'm Mike Huckabee. For 10 and a half years I was govenror of Arkansas. I'm from the small town of Hope. You may have heard of it. All I'm asking is give us one more chance.
UPDATE: Huckabee didn't get much time until Blitzer asked him to defend his vote against evolution in the previous debate. He dodged the question and then demagogued to beat the band, a defiant sort of answer defending his disbelief in evolution. But if you want a candidate who believes in God, he's your man, Huckabee says. (Is there a single candidate who says he/she doesn't?)
Interestingly, Huckabee, who comes from a Biblical inerrantist tradition, said he didn't know whether God's creation took six days, as the Bible said. Kind of liberal, don't you think? I don't think this helped him. What say others?
UPDATE II: Good answer from Huckabee on the low popular state of the Republican party. Failure to deliver on a smaller, efficient government, he said, including the disaster of Katrina and to do anything about immigration. Yep, that's about right.
UPDATE III: Huckabee fell off the edge of the earth. Romney, Giuliani and McCain got all the attention. I'd give it on points to McCain, particularly on a brave answer on English as the official language, but I'm not a Republican primary voter. Romney is smooth, but he comes from the Acme Plant of Stepford TV Anchors. Not real. Giuliani is real, but too real. A bully and a B.S. artist.
UPDATE IV: Jeffrey Toobin thought Huckabee did well. I thought he dived into oblivion. So who knows?
CNN did send out a note saying Huckabee got Reagan's birthday wrong. He should have said the day was the anniversary of his death.