That’s the message being sent in this memo to Huckabee’s campaign staffers:

Memorandum to Huckabee Campaigners
From: Ed Rollins, Campaign Chairman; Chip
Saltsman, Campaign Manager
Re: Our Path to Victory at the Minneapolis-St.
Paul convention
Too many Republicans have tried to turn this nomination battle into a coronation, not a series of further election contests. Big mistake on their part. They are wrong. We know that we are running an underdog campaign, but that’s nothing new we have always been the underdog. And yet a whole lot of onetime overdogs are now on the sidelines, licking their wounds. The Republican National Convention is seven long months away; a lot can happen in that much time. A lot will happen.
But in the meantime, as you all know, Governor Huckabee is not a quitter. He has never shirked from a challenge, and he never will. He has always told us and personally reaffirmed to us just today that he is in this race to win. That is, to win the Republican presidential nomination, and to win the White House. Why? Because he cares deeply about the issues that inspired him to get into politics in the first place back in the 60s, when he started studying the works of the great conservative thinkers and writers, back in the 70s, when he was an ardent supporter of another underdog Republican. And what was that fellow’s name? Oh yes, it was Ronald Reagan.

The nominating contest is essentially over. Huckabee and Rollins know that. This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever read. First off, Ronald Reagan wasn’t the huge underdog that Gov. Huckabee is. For that reason alone, Huckabee should drop out of the race immediately. Certainly, it’s his right to continue as long as his money holds out and his staff keeps working for him.

Karl Rove was on Hannity & Colmes Thursday night. According to Rove’s calculations, Huckabee needs to win 83.3 percent of the remaining delegates to win. McCain needs to win 40 percent of the remaining delegates. With the math being that straightforward, it’s difficult to figure out why he’s staying in.

Perhaps it’s his way to become the presumtive nominee after McCain. He’s a regional candidate. He’s an economic socialist. These things don’t play well in the GOP. God help us if they ever do play well in the GOP.

Faith. Family. Freedom. Those are the words that have guided Mike Huckabee this far, and they will continue to guide him, and us, all the way to the White House next January. The 44th governor of Arkansas will be the 44th President of the United States.

That’s funny. Undoubtedly, faith and family have guided Gov. Huckabee. That said, I find it odd to hear Ed Rollins say that freedom is one of Gov. Huckabee’s guiding principles. It isn’t liberating to openly support increasing taxes on people. That’s what he did in Arkansas. That’s what he’s doing in supporting the Fair Tax this election cycle. Here’s one last dose of Gov. Huckabee’s delusion:

In fact, come to think of it, any American who reveres the US Constitution has a stake in Mike Huckabee’s success, because he has been an unstinting proponent of all our Constitutional freedoms, including the First Amendment, which he believes has been wrongly abridged by wrong-headed campaign finance reform legislation. Of course, there is one amendment that MH doesn’t like: The 16th Amendment. That one was a mistake, which he will fix with the Fair Tax!

It’s utterly delusional to think that Mike Huckabee will get the 16th Amendment repealed. Unfortunately, that will be with us for the forseeable future.

It’s one thing to instill enthusiasm into your campaign workers. It’s another to issue a memo with that many absurd statements in it. It’s over. It’s time for Gov. Huckabee to go home, hopefully for a very long time. If he really cared about the party, he’d run for Senate.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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