While we’re on the subject of unacceptable running mates . . .

April 7, 2008

One of Mike Dukakabee’s PACs is warning John McCain not to make Mitt Romney his running mate (Leslie Carbone):

Some supporters of Gov. Mike Huckabee’s failed presidential bid are taking out ads threatening Sen. John McCain not to pick Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate. The Government is Not God PAC insists, “Governor Romney[‘s] recent ‘conversion’ to conservative and pro-life principles is not credible.” And, yes, they have a point: Gov. Romney’s recognition of the sanctity of life is recent and convenient.

Actually, the problems with Mitt Romney as a running mate run deeper than that.  I may be one of the very few who still remembers what Mitt actually said about timetables, but he said it all the same.  I, like the GiNG PAC, would be very unhappy with Mitt Romney as the Vice Presidential nominee.

However, Romney is far from the only person on my Do-Not-Make-Vice-President list, and since the Huckabee folks raised the question . . .

Leslie herself makes the point so well that I’ll just excerpt her final two paragraphs:

But Gov. Huckabee is far more liberal. And while many are justifiably suspicious of Gov. Romney’s fledgling pro-life conviction, Gov. Huckabee has stubbornly rationalized his liberal record. Blurring the roles of the state and of the Christian, he undermines the civil government’s function of enforcing justice. The tax-and-spend Governor slurs the pro-freedom Club for Growth as the “Club for Greed”. He touts tax-paid tuition breaks for the children of illegal aliens, insisting, “You don’t punish a child because a parent committed a crime or committed a sin.” He supports parole and pardons for violent felons, citing “the concept of Christian forgeiveness”. If he isn’t trying to remake civil government into God, he’s at least trying to make it a Christian nanny. And he shows no evidence that he’s intellectual enough ever to grasp the tremendous harm that this misuse of the state causes.

A Vice President Huckabee would be disastrous for the Republican Party and for the United States of America.

Indeed, it would.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

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Virginia Primary — Why you should NOT vote for Mike Huckabee

February 8, 2008

We have compiled many, many reasons over the past few months why you should not vote for Mike Huckabee on Tuesday.

Here is one of them, that led us to dub him as the Republican Mike Dukakis — “Mike Dukakabee.”

But that is not the only reason. He also:

And this is all just the tip of the iceberg.

Read the rest of the blog for more. Much more.

Mike Huckabee belongs no where near the presidency, not as McCain’s running mate and not even in a cabinet post where he is in the line of succession. He is a big government Republican who just happens to be a social conservative. Some label this as being a “Christian Socialist.” Whatever you want to call it, it is NOT what any Reagan conservative should want this party to become.

So, on Tuesday, vote for John McCain. Vote for Ron Paul. Vote for one of the candidates who has already dropped out. But by no means vote for Mike Huckabee.


Mike Huckabee is no man of the right

February 8, 2008

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


If Dukakabee is this soft on criminals, what will he be like with enemy combatants?

December 12, 2007

Much has been written already in this spaceabout Mike Dukakabee’s prisoner problem, including some examination of his judgment and how it could affect foreign policy.  There is, however, one aspect that combines all three in terrifying faction – the detention centers at Guantanamo Bay.

Huckabee has already called for the Guantanamo centers to be shut down (Powerline), stating the enemy combatants would go to “a different location.”  However, I have a deeper concern.  Given Huckabee’s history, what would stop a detainee from claiming to have found the Lord and recruiting an Arkansas minister to plead his case?  In Dukakabee’s Arkansas, a minister could do wonders beyond the dreams of any lawyer.

All one would have to do is claim “conversion,” find a pliable minister (the World Council of Churches are full of them), and the next thing you know, there’s one more Taliban/Mahdi Army/Al Qaeda operative out killing Americans, all the while leaving his comrades in stitches with his story about how he hoodwinked the President 0f the United States into setting him free.

This is what we can expect if Mike Huckabee is elected: Jihadis for Jesus.


Attaboy, Mitt

December 11, 2007

Mitt Romney had this to say about Mike Dukakabee (Mark Helprin, ABC – emphasis in original – h/t Spectator (UK) Coffee House):

I’m convinced as people take a good hard look at Mike Huckabee’s record, they’ll see this is a guy who is soft on criminals, soft on illegal aliens, but hard on taxpayers. And that’s not what’s going to lead the Republican party to take the White House.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


And you thought the Wayne Dumond story was bad

December 10, 2007

Courtesy of (admitted Fred Thompson backer) Jonathon Adler at National Review Online‘s The Corner, here’s the story of the pardon of Glen Green by Mike Dukakabee (The Arkansas Leader via The Real Mike Hucakbee):

Gov. Huckabee probably never read the confession of a demented killer named Glen Green before he made the monster eligible for parole.

Green’s confession is so depraved, its sadistic details so scary that no sane, responsible adult would consider him for parole.

If the governor didn’t read the confession, he is guilty of dereliction of duty.

But if he read the confession and still considers Green deserving of parole, he’s certainly unfit to hold office. Who would free a madman who beat an 18-year-old woman with Chinese martial-arts sticks, raped her as she barely clung to life, ran over her with his car, then dumped her in the bayou, her hand reaching up, as if begging for mercy?

We’re publishing the gruesome picture of Green’s victim on the front page because we believe her hand is reaching up to demand justice.

In usual fashion, Huckabee’s office didn’t even contact the victim’s family about the clemency.

Although he’s required to by the Constitution, the governor, as is his custom, won’t say why he granted clemency to this crazed killer (over the unanimous objections of the Post-Prison Transfer Board).

Huckabee apparently listened to Green’s minister (and a friend of the governor), who thinks the murder was an accident and Green was forced to confess.

The Jacksonville police, who arrested Green in 1974 after a witness linked him to the crime, think the minister and Huckabee are both delusional, which is the mildest epitaph we can print.

The danger from this cannot be overestimated.  As I’ve mentioned before, this is a problem in more areas than crime and justice.  What happens if a pastor like Rick Warren (WND) piegon-holes Tax-Hike Mike on Syria and the other terrorist regimes of the Middle East?

I shudder at the thought.