Posted by Mike on January 17, 2008
A few months ago, it might be a year ago now who knows?, I had a discussion with a close friend of mine about one of the many primary debates scheduled for that night. My friend did not watch that debate because of a belief that they really didn’t matter. I knew then it wasn’t true and many more now know it too for one simple reason. Mike Huckabee catapulted himself into the first tier because of the debates.
Debates alone will never crown a winner, but they are a factor that should never be underestimated. Prior to the debates, Huckabee was mired in the Republican Party’s second tier. Despite having little name recognition, organization, media attention, and even less money, Huckabee is now in a position where he could conceivably be the Republican nominee. I don’t think Huckabee will be the nominee. That honor will probably go to one of the other moderates. However, a Huck win is conceivable and it is all because of the debates.
With that in mind, I point to Right Wing News’ top ten presidential debate moments posted on the top of their page right now. Huckabee has two entries, though I think that his most towering rhetorical home run is missing. Also worth a look are the clips of Rudy Giuliani bitchslapping Ron Paul and Fred Thompson showing his disdain for “hand shows.”