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Candidate math
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, January 10, 2008

Mike Huckabee's learning how that works.
"Who are your principal foreign policy advisers, Governor," asked [Wolf] Blitzer.

[Mike] Huckabee responded: "Well, I have a number of people from whom I get policy. I'm talking to Frank Gaffney. I talk to Richard Haass."
Who is Richard Haass? Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Now that's immediately enough to get the conspiracy theory types cranked up. But, in reality, it's what Haass has said, in writing, which should be of concern if you believe in the importance of national sovereignty. Claiming national sovereignty is eroding, and influence is growing among NGOs Haass says:
As a result, new mechanisms are needed for regional and global governance that include actors other than states. This is not to argue that Microsoft, Amnesty International, or Goldman Sachs be given seats in the UN General Assembly, but it does mean including representatives of such organizations in regional and global deliberations when they have the capacity to affect whether and how regional and global challenges are met.

Moreover, states must be prepared to cede some sovereignty to world bodies if the international system is to function. This is already taking place in the trade realm. Governments agree to accept the rulings of the WTO because on balance they benefit from an international trading order even if a particular decision requires that they alter a practice that is their sovereign right to carry out.
Now among the political glitterati and policy wonks this may seem smart, obvious and to some, even necessary. And if you read the whole article, you can understand that he's looking for a solution to what we consider our number one problem - terrorism. It is a "think piece".

But among most American voters, the suggestion that the US weaken or give up its sovereignty is heresy (see "immigration", see "fence").

And the way candidate math works is if your adviser believes it, you must believe it. Or at least, that's the math your opponents will be "teaching" at the next debate.

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Nobody really knows this idiot. He got a ton of criticism free exposure from the Media. I can’t believe he’s got a chance to beat both McCain and Romney in Michigan.

My only guess as to why he has any support, I think by crying ’Christian’ all the time, he’s the family values candidate by default.

Sort of how if a huge big budget movie comes out over a long weekend and some animated family movie. The Family movie beats the pants off the big budget movie and everyone is surprised.
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