Has the 2012 election season started? Mike Huckabee’s book DO THE RIGHT THING: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America lands today, and most media interprets the book as the first part of an effort to build an Obama-esque movement among young conservatives for the next election.
Time magazine leads: “in terms of payback, it will not disappoint. At once a memoir of his campaign, a treatise on the ills of the Republican Party and a blueprint for his own political future, Do the Right Thing is filled with sharp words for his fellow Republicans who frustrated his bid for the party’s nomination. Mitt Romney, Huckabee’s principal rival in Iowa, receives the roughest treatment.” Also, “many conservative Christian leaders — who never backed Huckabee, despite their holding similar stances on social issues — are spared neither the rod nor the lash.”
Roughest, and most frequent, perhaps to pre-empt another challenge in the next campaign, the Chicago Tribune’s blog surmises. “Romney appears more in Do the Right Thing than any person except Huckabee himself, according to the book’s own index, and about 99.9 percent of Romney’s appearances ain’t pretty, of course…. It’s surely no coincidence that former candidate’s book tour over the next couple of weeks includes crisscrossing states that Republicans consider crucial primary wins.”
US News & World Report adds: “Huckabee lays out a conservative populist agenda. ‘I believe it’s time to hit the RESET button on our nation,’ he writes. ‘It starts with me, and it starts with you.’ Part of his agenda is doing exactly what President-elect Obama did: inspire a group of kids who want change, in this case Republican change.”