I just love this. On the National Review Online, Byron York starts his report on a caucus eve visit to Mike Huckabee’s Iowa campaign headquarters with this:
On the night before the Iowa caucuses, I dropped by Mike Huckabee’s campaign headquarters on Sixth Avenue in downtown Des Moines. Upstairs, in the phone-bank room, the scene was part political operation and part day care center; supporters who volunteered to make calls for Huckabee had brought their children, who were playing games while their parents worked the phone lists. In a cluttered side room, I sat down with Chip Saltsman, Huckabee’s campaign manager, and Robert Wickers, his media adviser, while four year-old James Yoest, the son of another Huckabee adviser, Charmaine Yoest, slept on a blanket spread across the floor.
I’m not necessarily a Huckabee fan, although I have enjoyed the fits his candidacy is giving Republican elites. However, don’t you just love that this is a political campaign with room for the kids?
Perhaps there are children playing cards in the call center for Romney Inc. Maybe there are a whole hoard of kids running around Hillary! headquarters. But I doubt it. I’ve done a bit of campaigning for national candidates in the past and everyone thought it was odd that I would take my kids out canvassing. There certainly weren’t children in the campaign headquarters!
If nothing else, it shows you the type of people who are throwing their time and energy into the Huckabee campaign. These are people who don’t want Hillary’s universal outsourcing program for parents. They are probably also not folks who have much cash to hire a babysitter so they can play politics in peace. By the looks of it, they don’t see kids as a hindrance or distraction, but as a normal part of a normal life to be included in normal activities. IOW, my kind of people.
I’m not so sure about Huckabee, but really, I wonder if this peculiar childcare arrangement doesn’t in some way point to his appeal. A guy who is OK with you bringing your potentially inconvenient munchkin into his offices might also be a guy who understands how hard you’re working to raise them right. Maybe he’ll even consider the needs of someone like you when it comes time to develop policies.
Wouldn’t that be nice?