Some have watched in awe, some with doubt, and others with fear as Mike Huckabee’s campaign has taken off over these last few months. His success has left many people asking why a little known candidate with no money has been able to move into second place in Iowa.
The answer is simple. Mike Huckabee stands for something. One of the most frustrating things about politics is that so many candidates simply run an “anti-the-other-guy” race. They spend a good portion of their time trying to convince people that they are not their opponent by attacking the opponent. Huckabee has run most of his campaign off of the merits of his own ideas. He has not been running as the “anti-Hillary, Barack, Rudy, Mitt, or Thompson.” The man actually has ideas and goals that could change the political and economic landscape of this country if elected. I have not heard another candidate who is a proponent of the fair tax, or who said the key to solving America’s health care and obesity crisis is not through government health care but through encouraging physical fitness and a proper diet.
Mike Huckabee has set himself apart from the crowd because he is a candidate of ideas. His message is appealing because it offers hope and more than an “elect me because I am not him/her” message. People are looking for a change. They are looking for someone who can lead America forward in one of the most difficult times in our history. Huckabee gives people that hope because, unlike other candidates who live in ivory towers, he knows what it is to be us.