There he goes again

January 22, 2011

It had been quite some time since Mike Huckabee had insulted, crossed, and otherwise annoyed limited-government conservatives. As one of the very few high-profile Republicans to openly oppose TARP, he had a tremendous opportunity to rebuild bridges.

Today, at King’s College (NYC), Huckabee not only refused to rebuild those bridges, but he set fire to a few more (Brian Stewart – NRO: The Corner):

Huckabee flatly denied being a “pro-life liberal,” an accusation often made in certain quarters on the right. Not a trace of defensiveness could be detected on this point. To the contrary, the governor gave an all-out defense of his tax hikes while governor of Arkansas on the grounds that they were the only responsible course of action to repair state roads. He snorted with derision at “libertarians” who fail to recognize that “we don’t have a health care crisis in this country, but a health crisis.” He spoke with passion and knowledge on the need for preventative care to bring down exorbitant costs. And then, without the least amount of prompting, he mustered a vigorous defense of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity. This was the “art of governing,” he argued, rather than the cheap “science of campaigning.”

Where to begin!

For starters, the tax-hikes-for-roads nonsense is a common feature here in Virginia, at least until Speaker Bill Howell and his fellow Republicans in the House of Delegates finally got over their HB3202-induced tax-fever. The rest was just Huckabee’s typical drivel. In fact, his last line about the “art of governing” – citing a First Lady campaign – would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragically ignorant.

He then digs himself even deeper with this:

Invited to plea for cuts in defense spending, he delicately declined, but noted that combat operations in Afghanistan were futile and therefore constituted government “waste.”

Let that sink in for just a minute: fighting the Taliban is now government waste to Mike Huckabee.

Stewart called Huckabee “The Face of Conservative Populism.” That Huckabee can still manage to get “conservative” attached to himself is all the more reason I call myself a right-wing liberal.

Also cross-posted to Virginia Virtucon


More evidence the Huckster will try again in 2012

June 21, 2010

Gabriel Malor over at Ace of Spades sees more evidence why Huck will run for the GOP presidential nomination – and why he must not win.

Among the other tidbits . . .

Fourth, if you thought he was riding the populist shtick before the Great Recession, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Making appearances in this article: a child, “choking with asthma” that Huck says demonstrates why government must provide healthcare.

Yup, that’s Huckabee for you.


Chug, chug, chug, chug, whirrrrrr . . . we’re back!

June 15, 2010

The head of Mike Huckabee’s political action committee (HuckPAC) has informed the world that his boss “should still be included on the list of possible Republican presidential candidates” (Des Moines Register).  Later he “sent a statement from Huckabee saying no decision about his political future will be made until after the mid-term elections.”

In other words, the Huckster wants to be back in the 2012 conversation.

If that’s what he wants, that’s OK.  However, if he’s back, well, then so are we.


Mike Huckabee insults all limited government supporters

May 28, 2008

The man’s ignorance knows no bounds (NROThe Corner, emphasis added):

More from that Huckabee Interview   [Ramesh Ponnuru]

The former governor and presidential candidate also says:

The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism; it’s this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says “look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government. If it means that elderly people don’t get their Medicare drugs, so be it. If it means little kids go without education and healthcare, so be it.” Well, that might be a quote pure economic conservative message, but it’s not an American message. It doesn’t fly. People aren’t going to buy that, because that’s not the way we are as a people. That’s not historic Republicanism. Historic Republicanism does not hate government; it’s just there to be as little of it as there can be. But they also recognize that government has to be paid for.

He goes on for a while in this vein . . .

For us locals, the Huckster is just an Arkansan Emmett Hanger, but I’m curious to see what John McCain thinks of his rival bashing the best decision he ever made (his opposition to Medicare Part D).

If McCain notices this, we can rest assured that Huckabee will never become McCain’s running mate.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal


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


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