Conservative’s Dark Horse?

May 16, 2007

Conservative’s Dark Horse?
By Nancy Morgan, a conservative columnist and editor living in South Carolina.
I got an invite in the mail recently. 'Pig-Pickin BBQ with special guest Gov. Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate.' Now the name Huckabee rang a few bells but I couldn't quite place him. Republican Governor? Running for president? Hmmm . . .

I asked around and no-one was quite sure who the guy was. Nevertheless, I showed up at Debardeau Plantation in Georgetown County, South Carolina at the appointed time. By asking around I was able to ascertain that Huckabee was the Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, and yes, he's running for President. OK.

After an average BBQ dinner at an average political event, host Mike Campbell introduced Governor Huckabee. Average looking, down home and folksy. Not at all what you'd expect a politician to be. As he proceeded to speak, I started sitting up straighter and leaning forward.

I didn't hear any 'talking points' or political double speak. No bland phrases meant to cover all sides of an issue. What I heard was straight talk that, by golly, sounded like it came from the heart.

After a cute joke, Gov. Huckabee started outlining his priories. First up was education. A pretty safe bet and one designed to appeal to the greatest numbers of voters. Looking at his website later, I realized that he wasn't just mouthing words. His record in Arkansas displayed an impressive record of education reform. And RESULTS.

Next came a ringing endorsement of the Fair Tax. Hey, this guy is starting to impress me. Especially when he called for an end to the $10 billion IRS industry. You go, guy!
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