Friday, March 7, 2008
Is Huckabee hanging around for the VP post? The last thing we need is for Huckabee to be on the ballot with McCain in November. That would certainly sink the GOP to the bottom of the ocean never to be found again. The independent voters who will decide this race this year will not vote for a McCain-Huckabee ticket. Huckabee might be able to deliver the Southern religious right vote, but that will be it. There are not enough to carry the election when matched up with the independents and swing voters. Huckabee is a wannabe, in my own opinion, and lacks the character to be President or VP. He certainly is not as conservative as the religious right would believe. His credentials as a SB preacher is what sells that crowd on him, but it won’t fly with the rest of the country. There is too much suspicion that the Republicans, along with the religious far right, are trying to produce a theocracy in this country, and adding a Baptist preacher on the ticket would certainly give the left all the ammunition it needs, as if it needs any more, to sink the Republican ship.
J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, a conservative, is young and certainly not as controversial as Huckabee would be. J.C. Watts has no blots on his record in Congress. He certainly was not in the pocket of any lobbyists, and he represented his part of the state well. He was the first black member of Congress not to join the Congressional Black Caucus, and that right there says a great deal about his character. It says that he is his own man and doesn’t need to belong to a “club” to be accepted. Watts was selected in 1997 to deliver the Republican response to President Bill Clinton's State of the Union Address. During the speech, Watts chastised some black Democrats and civil rights leaders as "race-hustling poverty pimps" whose careers he said depend on keeping Blacks dependent on the government. He certainly was not afraid to call things as they are. He was selected to be the chairman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth highest position of leadership in the House of Representatives (behind the Speaker, the Majority Leader, and the Majority Whip), a great accomplishment for a young man and what many would consider a green horn in the Congress.
Watts should satisfy the Baptists since he has spent a great deal of time working in Baptist churches as a youth pastor and youth leader. His name recognition might be a problem outside the SW; he has not been in the news since he did not stand for re-election in 2002.
Says Watts: “Republicans want to say we reach out. But what we do instead is 60 days before an election, we'll spend some money on black radio and TV or buy an ad in Ebony and Jet, and that's our outreach. People read through that.”
Watts has been critical of the Republican party's 2008 presidential candidates because they "don't show up" for black voters. Watts is a friend of GOP presidential candidate John McCain and considering him as running mate might not be a bad idea.
Now there is an idea for a running mate. Anyone have any more?