The surprise second place showing in the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll by Hope, Arkansas (home of Billy Jeff Clinton) Governor Mike Huckabee was lauded throughout the MSM and the blogosphere.
“Wow, Huckabee did really well at Ames despite not spending as much money as Romney and Brownback! Brownback’s done!“ Not so fast. Huckabee got high with a little help from his friends.
In the first place, “religious conservatives” do not appear to be lining up behind Huckabee – Huckabee’s second-place finish was entirely due to the fact that the folks from FairTax.org, who bought 1,000 tickets which went almost exclusively to Huckabee. The FairTaxers brag about this on their website here. Without those votes, Huckabee would have finished behind Tom Tancredo, and barely ahead of Ron Paul.
The FairTaxers, on their own website brag:
FairTax.org made history on Saturday, August 11. Our grassroots efforts in Iowa made the FairTax the deciding issue in Iowa’s Straw Poll. We did it! Three out of the top five finishers were FairTax supporters….
And who were three of the top five? Huckster, Tacredoborder and Paulunatic. So bully for them!
They even heart Mike Gravel, the Democrat wackjob that only potsmokers could love:
We continue to thank Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, Mike Gravel, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, John Cox and Fred Thompson (yes, it is true!) for their continued support of the FairTax.
Without those 1,000 votes bought and paid for by the “Fair Tax” people, Huckabee would not have been the big story. He would have been a footnote. Without even half of them Huck would have been history. Not even a blip on the radar. Huckstory.
I smell a rat.
Have a great weekend, Brownbackers! And keep the faith.