miércoles, 9 de mayo de 2012

En Boston no descartan a Huckabee

The conventional wisdom about Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential short list, according to a handful of Romney insiders, may be wrong. Instead of picking a straitlaced Midwestern senator such as Ohio’s Rob Portman, or an outspoken northeastern Republican governor such as Chris Christie, there is a chance Romney will tap an evangelical from the South.

And the name on the lips of Romney friends and supporters isn’t a rising southern senator or a current Dixie governor. He has been out of office for five years, resides on a beach in the Florida panhandle, and hosts a television show. In other words, Mike Huckabee, the bass-guitar-playing former governor.
Yes, according to several sources close to the Romney campaign, who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the vice-presidential search, the 56-year-old Arkansan may be included in the veep mix.

(...) For now, it isn’t clear whether Huckabee is going to be vetted, or that he’s anywhere near Romney’s short list. But he is, at the very least, being discussed. As one Romney ally puts it, tapping Huckabee would energize tea-party conservatives, evangelicals, and related voters who soured on Romney during the GOP primaries. He’s also not a sweat-inducing pick, since he was vetted by the Beltway press during his presidential run four years ago.

(...) The growing buzz about Huckabee within segments of Romney World delights social-conservative leaders and Huckabee allies, who have long hoped that Romney would reach out to the GOP’s evangelical voters with the veep selection. “If he’s not on the short list, somebody ought to put him there,” says Hogan Gidley, a former adviser to Huckabee. “He’d bring excitement to a ticket that’s lacking that, to some degree, right now. Beyond that, he’d bring a huge grassroots organization, and, to put it simply, the South.”

Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed agrees. “Huckabee would be an outstanding and inspired choice,” he says. “He has tremendous support among evangelicals and conservatives, and he knows how to frame issues in a way that makes it clear he has core convictions and he does it in a winsome way.”

“Whatever differences Romney and Huckabee had during the 2008 campaign, and I don’t think they were significant, they have put that behind them,” Reed adds. “Governor Huckabee and Governor Romney, from what I can tell, have a good relationship, and each of them respects the work and views of the other.”

(...) Frank Tsamoutales, a Huckabee adviser and current director of HuckPAC, Huckabee’s political-action committee, tells National Review Online that the former governor is open-minded about his political future.

“He would certainly listen and entertain the idea,” Tsamoutales says.
“It’s a serious question and he’d take it seriously. Now, he is extraordinarily happy with the way things are going for him, but he also has the capacity and energy to transition into a presidential campaign as a running mate, should he be asked.”

3 comentarios:

Half Nelson dijo...

Vaya maniobra arriesgada la de Obama con el tema del matrimonio homosexual. Cómo lo veis, puede esto espantar independientes? Pretende que los desencantados vuelvan a encantase?

Antxon Garrogerrikabeitia dijo...

Por un lado supongo que necesita a toda costa convertir en tema de campaña cualquier cosa que no sea la economía. Desviar la atención a temas de "derechos civiles" no le viene mal.

Pero por otro lado, puede dar una imagen de "radical", como aquellos candidatos más interesados en la amnistía, el aborto y el ácido que en los bolsillos y la economía, y eso puede venirle bien a Romney para denunciar que el Presidente está más interesado en avanzar una agenda ideológica que en ocuparse de las preocupaciones más inmediatas del votante estándar.

Además puede está entregando mucho terreno en ciertos estados. Ayer mismo, Carolina del Norte, votó en referendum a favor de una enmienda constitucional para prhibir el matrimonio homosexual con un contundente 60%-40%. Y el tema ya fue explotado en 2004 por Bush contra los demócratas, con mucho éxito en estados clave.

No sé cómo puede sentar en estados que son demócratas por su tradición sindical pero más bien conservadores a nivel cultural, tipo Iowa, Wisconsin, incluso Michigan.

Antxon Garrogerrikabeitia dijo...

En cuanto a la movilización, seguro que le sirve para movilizar a sus bases, pero también movilizará y unirá a las bases del otro lado.

Y Romney el problema mayor que tiene es el de movilizar a sus bases, porque por lo demás no es un candidato que genere intensas reacciones contrarias, o movilización de las bases rivales. Es un candidato que no apasiona, pero tampoco provoca que alguien salga a votar contra él.

Sin embargo, con esto, Obama sí que está provocando que muchos salgan a votar contra Obama.

Así que no sé.

Al menos ha sido valiente. Algo raro en él.