Agreed. I just don't see Huckabee as that person though. He just doesn't have "it." It would be like Dole vs Clinton in 96 all over again. I recall liberal professors lamenting that it looked like Bill Clinton would be a one termer, but the Republicans nominated Dole and assured Clinton's re-election.
Romney is probably still the strongest and best republican hopeful, but he is severely handicapped by his faith, much moreso than JFK was by his Catholicism in 1960. Romney also had to plot a moderate course to become elected to New England public office and this has undermined his conservative credibility in other areas of the country. Palin has got charisma, but she has been crucified beyond probable redemption by the media. Of course the same had happened to Reagan in the 60's and 70's. I don't really see anybody very strong on the republican side at this point.
Perhaps I should have wrote that Obama is only on his way to becoming the worst US Pres. Everything he has thouched so far has been a complete disaster nonetheless. I don't see him as competant as most any other Pres so far. He's no JFK, or Reagan, or Linclon, or even Ike or Hoover, or LBJ. Not even close. He is a idealist who will not put aside his fixed agenda for the good of the nation or the world. He presses forward proclaiming: " Damn the Consitution, and foundering fathers, and the science of economics, and the spectre of nuclear prolifiration, and islamic extremists, full speed ahead!" He is indeed cut from the same bolt of cloth in terms of foreign policy and perspective as Jimmy Carter, as his undergraduate and post graduate work at Occidental Community College and at Columbia reveals.
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