I was going to write up Mike Huckabee’s visit to UMD, but Ariel Alexovich than I would have. Plus, her article has a photo that might plausibly have me in it (the second guy on the rent-a-cop’s shoulder).
Okay, a few comments below the fold.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad appearance. He didn’t say anything obviously batshit crazy. He stressed the importance of education, not only math and science, but music and art, which is good. Of course, he stayed away from the topic of evolution, and only mentioned God and religion a handful of times.
Of course, one of those times was when he said that his advisors told him that mathematically, it was going to be difficult for him to win, and he said “I didn’t major in math. I majored in miracles.” Hey, Mike, guess which of those two has a good track record.
He also opened by addressing the crowded ballroom with, “And they told me there weren’t any Republicans in Maryland!” Of course, Barack Obama will be visiting campus on Monday; he was originally booked for Cole Field House, a basketball arena, before being moved to the Comcast Center, a mega-huge arena down the road. Still, it was gracious of Huckabee to say that, even if he didn’t mean it.
He also pushed FairTax; AIUI the idea is to get rid of federal income and payroll tax and just tax consumption. It looks good on paper, but it’s a rather radical move, and I’d like to see a critique by someone better versed in economics than I am before I decide that it’s a Good Thing.
(Update, Feb. 11, 2008: Added photo credit.)