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And speaking of Mike Huckabee

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THATS THE TICKET: Romney-Huckabee is a winner, conservative writer says.
  • THAT'S THE TICKET: Romney-Huckabee is a winner, conservative writer says.
A former speech writer for George W. Bush writes today in an op-ed that Mike Huckabee is the perfect running mate for Mitt Romney because he'd energize the conservative base. Writes Robert Patterson:

Huckabee’s greatest asset would be his “killing-with-kindness” knack for negotiating the enduring social questions that bosses of both parties wish would go away but that resonate with heartland voters and played a central role in Rick Santorum’s remarkable second-place finish in the GOP contest. The gifted Southerner with working-class roots would be able to highlight the nexus between declining family demographics and a sputtering economy with a Ronald Reagan likability that neither Obama nor Romney possesses.

In particular, Huckabee could help the presumptive GOP nominee turn the tables on the “war on women” canard, the latest ploy of “adversarial feminism” that, as Bell brilliantly chronicles, has created a new fault line in American politics and society. That more fundamental polarization has little to do with differences between the sexes, races, or even the two parties. But it has everything to do with American elites in law, business, media, and academia who have waged war on the American way of life since the late 1960s.

In cahoots with the global left, their agenda of legalized abortion, no-fault divorce, and federal birth-control schemes — not to mention gender-based affirmative action that favors privileged career women against married mothers struggling to spend more time at home, and their latest project, same-sex “marriage” — has depressed family formation while supersizing unwed birthrates.

Would Huckabee leave a successful media career to run for the No. 2 slot when he decided not to try for No. 1 this year? He himself has indicated it's an offer no one can refuse.

For whatever the coincidence is worth, I mentioned last week the Huckabee-ordered destruction of state computer hard drives as he departed the governor's office in 2006. Though but an accurate and passing reference in the middle of an item about the general practice of secrecy by all Arkansas governors, abetted by the FOI law, it drew comment from two people with close ties to Huckabee — in one case extended criticism of media reporting about everything from Huckabee hard drive destruction to Governor's Mansion expense account spending.

Does this degree of sensitivity about a minor, but fresh, reference to potential campaign fodder — instantly available to anyone with a Google tickler for Huckabee news — provide a clue about the Florida beachcomber's openness to a Romney invitation? I can't help but wonder.

If he does join the ticket, we can then discuss — or, better yet, watch in action — the genial, "killing with kindness" Huckabee.

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