Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Duncan Hunter endorses...(drum roll, please)

...Mike Huckabee?! (cue the dying duck on the trumpet)

California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former presidential candidate, announced Wednesday he is endorsing Mike Huckabee’s White House bid.

“I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail,” Huckabee said in a statement. “Of the remaining candidates I feel that he is strongly committed to strengthening national defense, constructing the border fence and meeting the challenge of China’s emergence as a military superpower that is taking large portions of America’s industrial base.

“Along with these issues of national security, border enforcement and protecting the U.S. industrial base, I see another quality of Mike Huckabee’s candidacy that compels my endorsement,” he added. “Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity. I saw that character over the last year of campaigning and was greatly impressed. The other Republican candidates have many strengths and I wish them all well.”

2008 is shaping up to be one bizarro year in Republican politics. The respect I had for Hunter and his doomed campaign is pretty much in shambles right now. In practice, Hunter's endorsement will deliver between 8 to 12 total new votes to the Huckabee campaign, so what makes this so unusual is the odd fit between the two. Unless Hunter expounds on this, one has to assume he's been offered a cabinet position in a Huckabee presidency.

Former Hunter campaign consultant John Hawkins also endorses Huckabee. Sort of, in a very weak and unenthusiastic way.

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