Why do I cover Mike Huckabee’s appearances on late-night TV? Because it matters.
Huckabee, in a funny striped tie, appeared on the Late Show with Dave Letterman tonight, after Letterman and Tom Hanks chattered for about four hours.
Huckabee claimed not to be nervous, saying that if he won in New Hampshire tomorrow, he would give Letterman the credit, and if he lost he would give Letterman the blame.
He also quipped that aside form a sense of duty and the desire to serve, presidential candidates are drawn to the job by the “really nice house” they’ll get to live in if they win.
Letterman and Huckabee discussed their experiences in local broadcasting, with each sharing humorous stories of on-air glitches.
Asked by Letterman whether there were significant ideological differences between Iowa and New Hampshire, Huckabee replied that “At the end, what I find is that everybody is an American.” He went on to explain his theory of “Vertical Politics,” which states essentially that Americans will elect someone from the left or the right, as long as they believe that the candidate will lead America upward, not downward.
All in all, this appearance by Huckabee was a good one, if short, but because he was shunted to the end of the program when all but the most diehard fans and a few potheads are watching, Huckabee probably won’t receive much benefit from it.