That's how I started a reply to a Joe Carter e-mail of early today. I can confirm what Andy Jackson has posted earlier today; Joe's taking a leave of absence from his FRC gig to work for the Huckabee campaign.
I’ll be heading up their efforts on research and rapid response communications.
I have a simple standard in deciding what type of candidate to support. I call it my Reagan Test: “Are they as conservative as Ronald Reagan was when he first ran for the Presidency?” Huckabee passes that test. I think he’s a solid fiscal, social, and security conservative. I also think he is the only one that can beat Hillary Clinton. I don’t say all this because I support Huckabee; I support Huckabee because I believe this to be true.
I’m hoping to help convince others, so if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
That takes courage; he went from writing a blog backing Fred Thompson to supporting Huck to working for Huck in about a month. He liked him all along, but he didn't think he stood a chance until recently.
I offered Joe any help that I could offer in his new post. I'm not sure how much that might be, but I haven't actively worked on a political campaign since 1976 when I did some lit-dropping for Don Riegle's initial Senate election. Yes, he was a rather liberal Democrat, but I was 14 and didn't know any better. My dad headed up the county Democratic party at the time, but my Riegle work was an effort independent of him.
It might be time to break that 30-year drought. I'm not planning on turning into a "Huckabee apologist," as Josh Clayborn dubbed Joe earlier today. For instance, I'm still up to calling Joe's most recent post "more 'So's your old man Romney' than a solid defense of Huckabee" in the comments over at In the Agora.
Huckabee seems to be the best choice in the Republican field and one of the most all-around appealing candidates in a while. Worth sticking your neck out a bit for.