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In retrospect one could almost have predicted it.

We had a race with no appointed leader in either party and we had to find out who was the best by an old fashioned fight-off….

Republicans made up their party’s mind up first, they chose McCain… The democrats took a little longer, but despite their internal battles, more Americans than ever went to vote…

That last line says it all.

So while Democrats are trying to figure our just how they won, so they can race to the publishers with their book contracts…. Republicans are trying to figure out how they lost to a such a clean, articulate guy, after all, that’s the definition of Mitt Romney. But Republicans even lost “market share” among those bitter folks who cling to their guns and religion!

So while Republicans were poking out each others eyes in an Iron Man contest, I thought I would add a few fingers of my own…

Sarah Palin is a dead herring.. Obviously a large part of the party base likes their candidate to be a pillow, full of fluff, able to change shape a little, but not able to do damage when used in anger… That is what Palin turned out to be… Even at the Republican governor’s conference, her diction was still just a stream of words, randomly thrown together, that really says nothing….when one disses the video and reads the transcripts…. I think were she to run again, the opposition should offer a run to Britney Spears, who might pull in more votes for the same reason Sarah Palin does….

The real contender (if Republicans actually want one) turns out to be Huckabee.. The longest lasting contender to McCain…. Who, just incidentally, has spent the last 8 months writing a book about….. the future of the Republican party….. (Can you say…….”Perfect timing”?) All: “Perfect timing….”

TIME covers it, _you can get a brief synopsis here) but in Huckabee the Republicans have something every other candidate lacked… A human being who listens to people, thinks through his argument, and responds with a real answer… maybe not the one you wanted to hear… but you know its real and you know that is what he will do….

Sort of like the candidate the Democrats settled upon this go-around.

In his book, Mike Huckabee has some nice things to say about….

Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor’s record was “anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” And he reminds us that Romney suggested, during one debate, more investment in high-yield derivative stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes. (Dave clean that egg off your face).

Fred Thompson: Huckabee maintains that Thompson’s biggest mistake was strategic: he didn’t understand the need to expand the Republican Party beyond its base. “Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy,”

Conservative Christian leaders: “It was like playing Whac-a-Mole at the arcade — whatever issue I addressed, another one surfaced as a ‘problem’ that made my candidacy unacceptable.”

Elders of the social-conservative movement: as being “more enamored with the process, the political strategies, and the party hierarchy than with the simple principles that had originally motivated the Founders.” Later, Huckabee writes, “I lamented that so many people of faith had moved from being prophetic voices — like Naaman, confronting King David in his sin and saying, ‘Thou art the man!’ — to being voices of patronage, and saying to those in power, ‘You da’ man!’ ” (Someone got the name wrong: It’s supposed to be “Nathan”)

Texas-based Rev. John Hagee: “I asked if he had prayed about this and believed this was what the Lord wanted him to do,” Huckabee writes of the conversation. “I didn’t get a straight answer.” Months later, McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement because of controversial remarks the pastor had made about biblical interpretations.

The “real threat” to the Republican Party: “not so much concerned with the libertarian candidate Ron Paul’s Republican supporters, as he is with a strain of mainstream fiscal-conservative thought that demands ideological purity, seeing any tax increase as apostasy and leaving little room for government-driven solutions to people’s problems. “I don’t take issue with what they believe, but the smugness with which they believe it,”

: “aren’t interested in spirited or thoughtful debate, because such an endeavor requires accountability for the logical conclusion of their argument.”

National media
: “”Reporters facilitate the greedy and grubby process whereby too many elections go to the highest bidder and his sharpie hirelings,” he writes. He remains sore about the degree to which a candidate’s credibility is judged by his or her bank account and notes that during the debates, he was often asked about religion while the other candidates dealt with questions of government policy. Why, he asks, was a “floating cross” in the window of one of his ads such a media controversy when reporters gave a pass to a Barack Obama direct-mail piece that obviously photographed the Democrat before a large Christian cross? ”

The obvious answer to that simple question (and I’m surprised that Huckabee does not understand it), is that reporters tend to be of rather stupid heritage, often barely getting through to their graduation (again if at all), due to the copious amounts of beer consumed throughout the journey of their academic process.. Everyone who goes to college… knows that.. Candidates on the other hand,….. usually tend to do well in their academics, John McCain being excluded of course as the exception that proves the rule….

(By the way… Chuck Norris really does work out on his Total Gym at home).

But what Huckabee’s book actually does show, and it is a must read for those who love politics… (meaning the people side)… is that the same populism existed on both sides of the party divide…. In one party, it was allowed to express itself and the populist candidate won….. On the other side…. it was squelched and deemed dead before it started, and left to squander in the land of the unmentioned….. Had the natural evolution worked its magic…ie had the spotlight not been so intently focused this time around, to wither any new growth before it had a chance to root,……Republicans everywhere could have still lost, but without the bitter recriminations with which they gouge each others eyes today…

It could have been a closer race..

Which leads all to the brilliant fact of wisdom… ” You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

American people because of their mass, are inherently more in tune with reality, than any of our party’s appointed leaders… Our best leaders are those ones who connect with us.