George Will’s recent column about Mike Huckabee gives us some pertinent information as we size-up the race for the Republican nomination for president. Here’s a piece of George Will‘s broadside against Huckabee:
“Huckabee’s campaign actually is . . . a comprehensive apostasy against core Republican beliefs.”
I have many friends who would vehemently refute this description of Huckabee and who could set forth a mountain of arguments as proof of Huckabee’s conservative bona fides. And I might even agree with them that Will’s rhetoric is way overdone. But to argue either for or against that proposition is not what I find “pertinent” in Will’s essay.
What’s important to note is that it has become increasingly clear that Mike Huckabee will have a hard time uniting the tripartite Republican coalition for a victory in the general election. The only way that a Republican can win the nomination is by bringing together social, fiscal, and national security conservatives. If any one of those constituencies gets left out, then the nominee will lose in the general.
Can Huckabee bring all of these three together? It looks doubtful to me.