Dude, Carter won

The essential point appears to have escaped Vodkapundit:

I’ll put this in language even your tiny little Iowa brains can understand: What the f*** is wrong with you people?

The news coming out of Des Moines (literally, French for “tell me about the rabbits, George”) tonight is distressing in the extreme. 32 years ago, your Democratic brethren took one look at Jimmy Carter — the worst 20th Century President bar Nixon, and the worst ex-President ever — and declared, “That’s our man!”

Three decades later, and along comes Mike Huckabee. Same moral pretentiousness, same gullibility on foreign affairs, only-slightly-less toothy idiot’s grin. Then you so-called Republicans took a look at Carter’s clone and said, “That’s our man, too!”

This is an almost inexplicable take on the matter. From a purely pragmatic point of view, one would have to conclude that the similarities between the Huckster and a man who made a terrible president but nevertheless won both his party’s nomination and the general election should be taken as a sign of insight on the part of Iowans, not idiocy. If Iowa Republicans actually cared about political principles, more than 10 percent of them would have voted for Ron Paul.

And you know, I cannot deny feeling a certain amount of schadenfreude seeing the conservative commentariat whine about how Mike Huckabee is too liberal and too fond of big government, after spending years pushing George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney on the conservative base.