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Who is my favorite bass guitar-playing conservative, you ask?  That’s easy.  It’s J. Tobias Reuel.

My second favorite might be Mike Huckabee, although one never knows what sort of musical instruments Ron Paul has tucked in a case under the bed.  But let’s for sake of argument say that it Mr. Huckabee, since the former Arkansas governor is in the news again.  This time

Mike Huckabee has launched Huck PAC, a grassroots organization that aims to support conservative candidates throughout the United States.

Huckabee says the goal is to identify volunteers nationwide, organize into local groups in every U.S. county and then assist Huck Pac endorsed candidates. Huck PAC will be “begin recruiting leadership in every state and county….[with a goal to] have at least one Huck PAC group leader in every county in the nation by the end of 2009.”

Huckabee says that the group is aiming to help locally because America “needs conservative leadership now more than ever. Important issues are at stake: tax reform, controlling spending, the 2nd Amendment, sanctity of life, traditional marriage and much more.”

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Mike Huckabee explains why he should have gotten the party nod in ’08 instead of being tossed aside by his own kind “because they did not believe he could win the general election”:

“Christians should never involve themselves in politics based on the process,” he said. “It ought to be the principles, and what this last election revealed was that there were many people who had fallen into the trap of worshipping at the altar of process instead of adhering to the idea of godly principles.”

“What I hope is that Southern Baptists in particular and evangelicals in general will recognize that if they are not the voice for life and traditional marriage, then don’t expect the secularists to take up the cause,” Huckabee said. “If we don’t adhere to what we believe to be our biblical and eternal principles, then we have no reason to complain when we lose those principles in the public marketplace.”

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Many post-mortems in the past month have espoused upon the GOP’s failures in embracing technology and message dissemination. I took a look at the 2012 candidates’ website to see if they have learned anything from these lessons. I rated these websites on a scale of 1 to 5 in three areas: Issues pages, Web 2.0 Goodies and Website Design.

Issues Page
A voter can only make an informed decision about a candidate if that candidate clearly states his or her position on those issues. A candidacy website is a great place for a candidate to lay out his or her positions. In this review I set the bar deliberately low. I simply looked for an issues page that was east to find, comprehensive and well-written. I’ll review the actual content of those candidate positions in a later article. This time around, even though, I set the bar low, many of the candidates still couldn’t clear it! Some didn’t even have an issues page. Others had pages that discussed the issues vaguely and in general terms. Admittedly, a well-written issues page is an exercise in spin. Even so, if a candidate is incapable of doing that, how is he or she supposed to influence a voter’s decision? Only three candidates had issues pages on their websites that compared to Obama’s issues page. (Please keep in mind that I’m not praising Obama’s message. I’m simply acknowledging that one reason he won the 2008 election is because he was much more effective than McCain in articulating that message.) Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich all have issues pages that can compete with Obama’s for clarity, thoroughness and user-friendliness.

Social Networking
The candidate who is best able to articulate and disseminate his message to like-minded voters has a huge advantage over a candidate who falls short in this area. Web 2.0 technology is the cutting edge of social networking. Why are so many GOP candidates in denial about Web 2.0? Probably because their base is older and not plugged in to it. Well, that’s a big problem! A candidate can’t concede an entire generation to the other candidate. That’s like a marathoner giving his opponent a two-mile head start. Too many Republican candidates in our survey fell short in this are. A few rose to the top: Mitch Daniels, Ron Paul and Steve Poizner. A trail pack of Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Eric Cantor and Bobby Jindal showed well in this category.

Website Design
This category is the least important of the three but still worth a mention. Why do so many politicians insist on a gaudy Red, White & Blue theme that screams patriotism? It seems like they all read the same book, one that told them that, unless they wrapped themselves in the American flag, people would question their patriotism. That’s silly. A website design says something about a candidate’s personality. Is she a maverick? Is he a conformist? Too many websites in our survey conformed to the I’m a Patriot School of Web Design. There were a couple of standouts, however. Instead of the usual cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill, I’m Proud To Be An American design displayed by way too many of our candidates, Mitch Daniels went with an ultra modern blue and green theme that was a refreshing change of pace. Ron Paul has the edgiest, most youth-oriented site. It seems to whisper Revolution. He’s probably the real maverick in the GOP.
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Mike Huckabee said that the reason the GOP has lost its way is that it hasn’t delivered on conservatism. There’s more to it than that. Truth be told, we’ve fallen short in a multitude of areas that have nothing to do with tax cuts and the overturning of Roe v. Wade: new technology, charisma (Palin notwithstanding), grass-roots politics and, perhaps most importantly, infiltration of the educational system and the mainstream media.

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Mike Huckabee on how Republicans lost the White House:

Huckabee told The Enquirer that eight years of a Republican in the White House – with Republicans in charge of Congress for six of those eight years – produced nothing but record deficits and bigger government.

“Republicans didn’t lose because they were social conservatives,” said Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher who won the Iowa caucuses in January. “They lost because they have been irresponsible with the taxpayers’ money.”

That fact, Huckabee said, doomed GOP nominee John McCain and Republicans running for Congress from one end of the country to the other.

“If you advertise one thing and you deliver another, people are going to start reaching for another product off the shelf,” he said.

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Chris Cillizza has a new entry in the Washington Post blog in which he reveals a GOP top 10 list that he insists is not a presidential candidates list. This is a list of Republicans, he writes, to “to keep an eye on over the coming months and years.” Uh… okay. You decide if the is a list or “The” List:

1. Bobby Jindal
2. John Thune
3. Mitt Romney
4. Mitch Daniels
5. Bob McDonnell
6. Mark Sanford
7. Eric Cantor
8. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
9. Haley Barbour
10. Steve Poizner

Curiously, he names two people, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, on whom, I suppose, we are not NOT to keep an eye. Aren’t those the biggest elephants in the room?

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