James Forsyth

Both Republicans and Democrats voted for change

Both Republicans and Democrats voted for change
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Huckabee’s victory rally was buzzing; his supporters were revelling in having upset the apple cart. The most noticeable feature of Huckabee’s speech was how was how much of what he said could have been said by Obama.  He talked about change and creating an America where people were more proud to be American than Democratic or Republican, all themes that Obama has been emphasising in his campaign.

It seems that Huckabee is going to try and expand his support in New Hampshire, which votes on Tuesday and doesn’t have a large evangelical population, by casting himself as the Republican change agent. He didn’t mention President Bush once and declared that “A new day is needed in American politics just as a new day is needed in American government.” Indeed, it is noticeable that Romney’s strategy of attacking Huckabee every time he uttered the mildest criticism of the president failed to move voters. Even Republican voters seem ready, perhaps even eager, to move on from the Bush era.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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