Mike Huckabee is no man of the right

Now that Dr. James Dobson has thrown in with Mike Huckabee (Virginia Virtucon), it looks like we’ll have a spirited two-man-plus-Paul contest after all (I told you this wasn’t over yet).  Sadly, a lot of right-wingers will take this, add it to their own animus toward McCain, and declare Huckabee the “conservative alternative” in the race.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

McCain’s departures from orthodox Republicanism are well known – partly because some of them are big issues, partly because MSM has been building the division-within-the-party angle for decades, and partly because McCain, a very principled man, is never shy about what he thinks.  However, Huckabee has far more serious problems with the right, problems that have been highlighted often in this space but bear repeating.

Mike Huckabee (or as he’s better known around here, Mike Dukakabee), had a history of big spending and higher taxes during his decade in power in Arkansas – to the point of accusing critics of wanting “to rip the feeding tubes out of an 8-year-old or an elderly person on Medicaid.”  During another argument over taxes, he referred to limited-government supporters within his own party as “Shiites” – insulting hundreds of thousands of Muslims and dismissing the party’s base in one fell swoop.  While McCain did oppose the Bush tax cuts when they were initially proposed, he has always been firmly against higher government spending, and the tax argument was never this personal with him.  The Huckster has also threatened to regulate corporate salaries.

If that wasn’t bad enough, there was his appalling history with granting clemency to hardened criminals, which coud be an even greater problem given the number of enemy combatants we still have in custody.  That reminds me; for those of you upset about McCain’s call to close Guantanamo’s detention center (I also prefer it remain operational), Huckabee also wants it shut down.

This brings us to foriegn policy, a subject on which Huckabee boasted of his ignorance by borrowing the old Holiday Inn punchline.  How ignorant is Huckabee?  Shall I remind you all of the time when he never heard of the Iran NIE?  And then claimed it was published years, rather than days, before his gaffe?  This was while the Huckster tried to make himself relevant by blasting the Bush Adminstration and its “arrogant bunker mentality.”

Of course, Huckabee’s main claims to fame are his views on social-issues.  Naturally, most folks thus assume that he would at least be reliable on the most important role a President plays in social issues – the appointment of judges.  As it turns out, that assumption is – at the very least – in question.

As, I’ve said before, I can understand why so many right-wingers are less than happy with John McCain, but he is still the best candidate in the field, even before Romney suspended his campaign.  Either way, the notion of Huckabee as a decent alternative is out of the question.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal


2 Responses to Mike Huckabee is no man of the right

  1. Jana says:

    I don’t see why standing up against someone in your own party is so bad. If he or she is doing something wrong, is Huckabee supposed to sit back and do nothing like a chump? The last person I want as President IS someone who would just sit back while members of his own party makes mistakes, because, Oh no! We’re in the same party and that means we all share one brain!

  2. Jay Rogers says:

    All these seem kind of trite. When we go down the list, there isn’t one that isn’t a partial truth exaggerated or distorted in some way.

    Even if all this were true to the letter (which it is not) if this is the WORST that Hukabee has done, then compared to other politicians, this is SO trite.

    He left the Republican Party in shambles? That’s complete nonsense. Huckabee was the first Republican governor of AR in 15 years and only the third in over a hundred years. He opposed the Clintonistas and won. Republicans gained some ground while Huckabee was in office, but they were still the minority party before and after he left.

    He raised a lot of money and campaigned for GOP candidates up and down the ballot; he gave from his own political action committee to GOP candidates. He appointed many Republicans to boards and commissions. This has created a strong network of individuals who will run for office in the future under the Republican banner.

    He did give to some CONSERVATIVE pro-life Democrats money in the primaries when there were no Republicans running in the general election. To this I say: Good for him! It shows that his principles are more important than party loyalty.

    Some would like to have seen Arkansas convert to a Republican state, but those angry at Huckabee for not delivering this are just sniping at him out of their frustration.

    Huckabee has explained the Constitution quote. He’s pledged to appoint constructionist judges.

    The FDR/Churchill misquote gaffe was made in a fund raising email circulated by Huckabee supporters, not Huckabee himself.

    He said wants us to be free from foreign oil consumption in ten years. So what else is new? We all do.

    He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and studied theology for three years at the graduate level and is a few credits shy of an M.A. Technically it’s a degree in “Bible” — and included theology, but it’s not a “theology” degree. It’s like saying I have a “social science” degree when I have a degree in “psychology.” It’s a fine overly literal distinction.

    A totla number of ZERO illegal aliens in the entire state got tuition breaks under Huckabee. His proposal was defeated by the Democrats. Under Huckabee’s plan, CHILDREN of illegal aliens would have had to sign an affadavit saying they would apply for legal citizenship and were eligible only after they had acheived a certain grade point average in high school for three years.

    All the accusations have a tinge of truth, but are more trite than what we could say about John McCain’s character and his record.

    There’s ONE viable presidential choice for conservatives left standing — Mike Huckabee.

    P.S. I LOVE Ron Paul. It’s just the Ron Paul supporters who I have a problem with. Paul will make a great addition to Huckabee’s administration.

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