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

Um, how long was that NIE in circulation, Mike?

January 2, 2008

Dukakabee completely blows it in trying to defend his earlier confusion on the Iran National Intelligence Estimate (ABC’s The Note, via Rich Lowry of NRO – emphasis added):

Again confusing the timeline (the NIE was out for a full day and a half before he was asked about it), he told the Quad-City Times’ Dan Gearino: “Maybe I should’ve said, ‘Have you read the report?’ President Bush didn’t read it for four years; I don’t know why I should read it in four hours.”

Acutally, the Note authosr miss the bigger point: The report came out this year, not four years ago.

That said, they did catch something Lowry missed:

More from foreign policy in Huckworld: “Shortly before Mike Huckabee emerged as a leading presidential contender, he delivered a littlenoticed foreign policy speech in which he urged consideration of restoring diplomatic relations with Iran,” Michael Kranish reports in The Boston Globe.

“It is a view that now stands as a significant difference from some of his GOP opponents at a time when Huckabee’s foreign policy credentials have become a central issue in the campaign.”

I feel a “Ye-e-a-a-a-a-h!” coming on.

Dole slams Huck

December 26, 2007

I have always believed there were two kinds of people who went to the polls on November 5, 1996: the people who liked Bob Dole, and the people who voted for him.  Needless to say, I was in the latter category.

Twelve years later, though, he’s starting to have some appeal (Stephen F. Hayes at Worldwide Standard):

Perhaps others have called attention to this item from the Des Moines Register‘s David Yepsen. Bob Dole copied the Register on a letter he wrote to Mike Huckabee criticizing the governor’s recent article in Foreign Affairs.

The nugget from Dole:

“As a veteran, I worry about the future security of the good people of Iowa and all other Americans. We are engaged in a global war on terror which will not disappear because you imply a willingness, without any preconditions apparently, to sit down with the enemy. Sure we can all find fault with President Bush and his Administration on policy matters and phases of the Iraq policy. I doubt however Iowans will applaud second guessing more than five years after the agony of 9-11, particularly since you have been either silent or supportive during the interim as far as I can determine.

“The Foreign Affairs piece is a perfect example of 20-20 hindsight, and wishful thinking in most instances. You make knotty foreign policy issues sound so easy if we would just change our ways. I never was a foreign policy expert though I followed it closely for nearly three decades under Democrat and Republican Presidents.

“The great majority of Americans regardless of party, place liberty, freedom and security as top priorities. I’m certain you do too but I am troubled about some of the statements attributed to you in the Foreign Affairs article.”

Attaboy, Bob!

Huckabee loses the South Korea primary

December 19, 2007

According to Mike Dukakabee, the peoples of the world can’t stand our President’s “arrogant bunker mentality”  (Townhall).  Looks like South Korea missed the memo.

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.

But don’t just take our word for it

December 11, 2007

Check out what the folks at Powerline are saying (h/t Reason and Revelation):

Huckabee has completely missed the fact that a strong, positive relationship with a foreign country requires a foundation of common interests and common viewpoints, not simply a “friendly face” and a good “spirit.” The superficiality of his foreign policy thinking is a bit frightening.

More than “a bit,” I’d say; much, much more.