Here’s an interesting piece from the Wall Street Journal yesterday, in which Ryan Anderson argues that John McCain should reject entreaties from social conservatives to add Gov. Mike Huckabee to the presidential ticket.
Anderson argues that Huckabee’s model of outreach to social conservatives is a dead end:
While Huckabee mobilized many social conservatives to show up at the polls, he did not persuade anyone outside their world to join them. This failure replicated that of social conservatism writ large. Adding Huckabee to the McCain ticket might get evangelicals to vote for McCain in November, but will it get anyone else to? Will it add anyone to the social conservative roster?
Anderson includes an approach that evangelical and social conservative voters could employ to reach out more effectively to other voters. It’s a somewhat lengthy article, but worthwhile reading for Huckabee supporters and detractors alike.