The excellent Jeremy Lott opined many months ago that “Mike” Huckabee is actually running for vice president. It was, as usual, a well-written and -argued article but small comfort.

Someone I respect who followed the man’s record in office had informed me that the Huckster’s record on addressing illegal immigration while Governor of Arkansas was less than impressive, and his unsolicited moniker of “Quisling of the Year” had the ring of truth to it:

The Arkansas News Bureau records his treason as follows: “In a impassioned speech before hundreds of influential Hispanic civil rights leaders from across the nation, Gov. Mike Huckabee told a captive audience Wednesday that America is great because it has always opened it doors up to people seeking a better way of life.”

Huckabee then made the most stunning admission of complete capitulation to the Illegals that have replaced American workers throughout Arkansas, “Pretty soon, Southern white guys like me may be in the minority,’ Huckabee said jokingly as the crowd roared in laughter.”

It would seem that a lot of Southern white guys in Arkansas who lost their jobs to illegals are not going to be laughing, at all.

So now the news is the Huckster is actually nailing down Iowa. If he beats Mitt Romney there, according to Huck’s staff, “the whole universe just changed.”

Notwithstanding the fact a butterfly in Africa might change the universe, we need to be somewhat cautious in estimating the significance of this admittedly fast-rising campaign. He does appear to be running for president, all right. But he also appears to be running for the 2004 – or possibly 2000 – Republican nomination.

Huckabee is an excellent public speaker, possibly the best of the GOP stable. And he is, possibly, also the most authentic conservative personality of the lot.

One has to wonder, though, if being positioned as the best-spoken, most proven social conservative in the race will matter a hill of beans in November 2008.

George W. Bush won two presidential elections in part by winning the social conservative vote and in part on national security issues (and in part because of the dregs he was fortunate to be opposing). He won his second election in large part by capitalizing on the last viable instance of the “Republican” brand.

One of the key factors which has destroyed that brand since 2004 is the GOP leadership’s role in pushing for an open borders agenda. Authentic conservative or not, passionate preacher or not, Mike Huckabee represents nothing but trouble for American citizens. His way of thinking has helped sink the popular perception of the Republican party.

We don’t need another Republican administration poised to declare war on the American people. This is what George W. Bush has done. This is what the top-tier Democratic candidates for president have voted to do.

We need a Republican nominee who will help rehabilitate the brand. Even as VP, the Huckster is not the man for that job.

UPDATE – Via Arkansas Journal – the man in his own words:

Much more, including numerous other sources, here:

Huckabee was insinuating that not giving taxpayer funded benefits to illegal aliens was akin to stopping the Little Rock Nine from attending Central High. Therefore, we’re all racists if we don’t think that we should have to give illegal aliens college scholarships, saying nothing of the U.S. citizens who would lose out on that same opportunity.

Huckabee calling those of us in Arkansas who opposed illegal immigration racists was par for the course. He went so far as to suggest that a Republican legislator wasn’t a good Christian for proposing a bill to prohibit spending taxpayer money to give illegal aliens benefits, saying that he drank a different kind of “Jesus juice”.

Huckabee ran Arkansas as a sanctuary state. “Do we want to change the future for these kids? Then let’s give them the opportunity. Let’s not say that our doors are open but our opportunities are closed,” Huckabee said in his address.

Read it all.