No, No, No

There is nothing that could possibly be any worse for the Republican brand than this:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday he’d like to be John McCain‘s running mate.

“There’s no one I would rather be on a ticket with than John McCain,” said Huckabee, who was a stronger than expected challenger against McCain for the Republican presidential nomination. “All during the campaign when I was his rival, not a running mate, there was no one who was more complimentary of him publicly and privately. … I still wanted to win, but if I couldn’t, John McCain was always the guy I would have supported and have now supported.

I’m glad that Huckabee wants to be a team player and all, but there is no possible scenario in which the presence of Huckabee on the ticket enhances McCain’s chances in November. There is a pretty widespread consensus that McCain needs to put a conservative on the ticket to balance on his more moderate credentials. Having Huckabee on the ticket gives the party two big-government Republicans on the ticket, and that is something which could make the doom and gloom scenarios surrounding Bob Barr’s candidacy prophetic.

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Huckabee, though, would probably do best to suspend his campaign for the 2012 or 2016 nomination that he seems to be running right now…


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