My hesitancy to endorse a candidate for president is not a secret. I was for Brownback to the point I was about to give his campaign money when I saw on the wire that he was pulling out last fall. But on the eve of Super Tuesday, as my dad might have said, it is time to go, or get off the pot...
If the 5 non-negotiables are in fact non-negotiable, then there are exactly two candidates eligible for my support, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. Of the two, while he is less than my ideal, I simply agree substantially more with Mr. Huckabee than I do Dr. Paul. Mike Huckabee has signed a no taxes pledge and a no amnesty pledge. His immigration policy proposal is pretty much straight out of the pages of National Review. An important difference from Dr. Paul, is that Mike Huckabee recognizes the threat of Islamofascism and the need to engage it outside our borders. With his populist strain and practiced Christian sympathies, he is also in the position best able to recognize that connectivity to the poor and genuinely disenfranchised, whether in this country, or in the Third World, is a (if not the) key element needed to ensure American sovereignty and security.
I also find Mike Huckabee a better communicator, more inspirational, and a likeable fellow; this despite his alleged man crush on John McCain. Speaking of which, as I've noted previously, from a practical view, I think that broker-size support for Mr. Huckabee helps keep the pro-life position (rather than just the anti-abortion stances of McCain and Romney) in play, potentially influencing the likely nominee's choice (Sen. McCain today) for a running mate.
Therefore, The Troglodyte endorses Mike Huckabee of Arkansas for President of the United States.