Nicholas Goldberg: Is Kevin de León toast? I’ve been asking people these days about the fate of his campaign for governor of California and the answer that I usually get is, “no, look how bad he is. Don’t waste my time. End of story.” I’m not trying to be cruel or call anyone out, but I think in this case, Kevin de León is toast.
I would say I agree. I think he’s toast. He seems like a bad version of Jerry Brown, which is to say, a bad version of the California that de León would like to be more like. He is a decent, hardworking guy, and he’s been running for governor for a long time – he founded the California Green Party in 2000. But his whole argument to date has been that he wants the state to become like a big, open-borders U.S. like in Arizona or Texas. I do think we’re going to get that kind of governor in California, and hopefully not an activist one who just uses the state to be a symbol of what he really wants. But I hope that de León could get his big idea and end up becoming a little better governor. I still am not sure he’ll get elected. I wonder if this is a bigger problem for him than just that.
This morning, I watched Mike Huckabee on the “Today Show,” and he did a good job of explaining why he isn’t running for president. There were three things I learned from watching him.
The first is that he is in much better shape than you think. I thought he had a really tough last campaign that he ended up losing, but he probably actually won it. But he still lost a lot of money. He lost about $600,000, and he basically ran on the basis that he had lost every big race in the last 20 years. The reason he won the Iowa caucuses despite the fact that he lost the New Hampshire caucus is because his campaign did the math on his margin of victory there. And that he had far more delegates than any of the other candidates.
And he won a lot of those delegates because he did something really smart. He ran on a pro-life platform. But in New Hampshire, he told every woman who came up to him that