Opinion: Look out, Huck, Ron Paul’s people are gonna be furious

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OK, Disciples of Paul, here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for to get Mike Huckabee, the only remaining contender between your guy, Rep. Ron Paul, and the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, that nobody senator from Arizona, John McCain.

Do you know what Huckabee wrote on Tuesday? You won’t believe it. Seriously.

Because he needs the publicity and doesn’t have the money to buy much advertising to convince the rapidly growing number of Republicans who see the former Arkansas governor as a lingering nuisance who can’t take a hint that his presidential hopes are over, smoked, done, dashed, cooked, fried, kaput, finished, completed and hopeless, Huckabee has challenged McCain to a debate. Hey, it only cost a stamp.


Huckabee’s letter says: ‘I believe a Lincoln-Douglas debate so that voters can better understand our views on critical issues such as health care, education, energy independence, terrorism and national security is just what we need.’

Of course, the Lincoln-Douglas debates occurred in....

a U.S. Senate race. There were seven of them, each three hours long. (That was in the 1850s before commercials for bathroom breaks.) And, also, the Republican lost that race.

But nevermind, Huckabee wants the spectacle of a debate before next Tuesday’s March 4 primaries, when his campaign hopes could become absolute cinders. He’d also like your online signature on the letter for publicity.

But here’s the real outrage that will rock the Internet in the next few hours. After paying the now-required tribute to Sen. McCain as ‘an American hero,’ Huckabee writes:

‘Now that the race for the Republican nomination is down to just the two of us, I believe this is the time for a real discussion about our vision for the future of this great country.’

The two of us? As in 2? One more than one and one less than three? Huckabee has no idea what he is in for, dissing the party’s other remaining candidate. Just watch the comments section below for a taste. He’s completely disregarded the existence of the 10-term libertarian-like congressman from Texas. Who may not have a realistic chance of beating McCain either, but don’t tell that to members of the Ron Paul Revolution.

Paul, by the way, has consistently raised more campaign donations than Huckabee for the last year -- five times Huckabee’s total in the third quarter of 2007 alone and more than any other Republican last quarter, nearly $20 million.

Paul has been spending a good deal of time recently in his home 14th District where, like Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, he’s facing a serious party primary challenge next Tuesday because he’s been spending a lot of time not in his home 14th District.

But that doesn’t mean Paul’s countless thousands of fervent followers are tied up. Huckabee doesn’t know the meaning of evangelical until he runs into Paul proselytizers. First, they will spread word of this Huckabee outrage within their chatrooms, meet-up groups, phone chains and message boards.

They will start leaving hundreds, then thousands of comments on blogs like this. They will, of course, politely remember that this blog has resisted the mainstream media ignorance and written often about their man. So they will direct their displeasure at the Huckmeister.

If the Paulunteers can discover Huckabee’s e-mail, he’ll get an electronic earful. And once they find Huckabee’s campaign schedule on his website and realize that the former governor is also in Texas these days, they will march on Huckabee’s campaign events as they did Rudy Giuliani’s.

And remember what happened to Giuliani’s candidacy.

--Andrew Malcolm

Typical Ron Paul supporter