Mike Huckabee is in the Cayman Islands to deliver a paid speech today. This is an odd campaign trip for the man who is trying to stop John McCain’s inevitable run the GOP nomination. Some people are saying McCain has to pick Huckabee for this VP nominee. I say that’s silly. If Huckabee was serious about being in public office, he’d drop out of the race and back McCain. Instead, he’s staying in the race to hang on to his delegates (thus proving that McCain will have problems in the South where most of Huckabee’s support comes from) and taking days off to collect a pay check in the Caymans.
What makes me nervous is not that McCain picks Huckabee. Huckabee was a scandal plagued Governor of Arkansas. What does make me nervous is if McCain picks someone like Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi or even the man who made YouTube a household word, former Virginia Senator George Allen.
In the meanwhile, check out Wolf Blitzer’s blog post on CNN.com/politics:
Things are beginning to fall into place very nicely for John McCain. With Mitt Romney’s endorsement, his campaign is clearly moving toward the next phase. He has already lined up most of the Senate and House Republican leaders. They gathered with him this week to praise his campaign and to swipe away at the two remaining Democratic candidates. The Republican governors and big city mayors will be next.
Mike Huckabee continues his uphill struggle, but the fact that he is taking some time off to fly to the Cayman Islands this weekend to deliver a paid speech speaks volumes. The former Arkansas governor certainly deserves a lot of credit for what he has achieved – with limited staff and money. He started off with virtually no national name recognition. He came pretty close but not close enough. The stars are aligning for the Arizona senator.