As the Democrats bite, scratch, and kick down the homestretch and it appears more and more likely that Barack Obama is going to be their nominee, it’s also becoming ever more obvious that John McCain needs Mike Huckabee to be his running mate.
Obama is a gifted campaigner and the Democrats are enthusiastic about their chances for the presidency this election cycle. That enthusiasm has been translating into fundraising dollars at an impressive rate ever since campaigning began back in the spring of 2007.
Much has been made of the fact that while Obama and Clintn have been emptying their bank accounts to fund their primary campaigns, John McCain has been attending to behind-the-scenes business, raising funds for his general election campaign, and vetting possible VP candidates. He’s been spending very little money since his rivals all petered out earlier this spring, but fundraising hasn’t exactly been gangbusters, either.
Whether it’s a result of ineptitude or a general lack of interest in the subject, McCain has never been an effective fundraiser. In an election year when much of the electorate is going to embrace Obama’s issues, McCain will find that money is an even more important consideration in this election than most. So how do the Republicans compensate for the old soldier’s fiscal deficiency?
The suggestion from Righty Loosey is to bring Mike Huckabee fully into the fold. Huckabee brings with him a ready-made and highly committed grassroots movement (“Huck’s Army”) which already has experience with fundraising, volunteer telemarketing, and get-out-the-vote campaigns. The infrastructure is already there and the experience is there. The results are plain to see – just see how Huckabee overachieved at the polls during the primary campaign. His financial resources were modest, but Huckabee was able to motivate his followers to make committed and effective efforts to boost the campaign – and it worked! Huckabee won nine states outright and would have received an enormous boost by winning South Carolina as well, had Fred Thompson not been doing McCain’s dirty work by stealing votes from Huckabee in that state.
By linking himself to Huckabee, McCain can sign on thousands of committed and effective volunteers, a resource he’ll be glad to have once general campaigning begins in earnest in July. It’s the smart move, and no less so for being such an obvious one.
Pick Mike Huckabee, Senator McCain.