Mike Huckabee may be no Ron Paul, but his Southern economic populism, and his insistence that it is not America’s mission to export democracy around the world, make him the next best thing on offer. So what if he doesn’t believe in evolution? Who was the last candidate of either party who openly did?
If Huckabee does well, and certainly if he wins the Republican nomination or even the Presidency itself, then the Democrats in 2012 will need to find a morally and socially conservative economic populist and foreign policy realist who was demonstrably even more of a populist and realist than Huckabee. Such a candidate would win, and would deserve to win.
Like it or not, the Republican base sets the American agenda. Well, largely made up as it is of people who were Democrats until Roe v Wade and who really should be still, let it set agenda like these.