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.

Huckabee’s “vertical politics” – “Democrats up, Republicans down”

January 10, 2008

David Sanders (Arkansas News Bureau) provides a detailed summary of the Dukakabee Decade in Arkansas. Among the lowlights (emphasis added):

Huckabee’s relationship with the party faithful got off to a rocky start when he retained high-profile agency heads who worked in the Clinton and Tucker administrations.

Despite cutting taxes in his first legislative session, Huckabee also embraced the ARKids First program, which was then the cornerstone of an agenda pushed by an advocacy group started years earlier by Hillary Clinton. Even then, some were concerned that Huckabee’s conservative instincts didn’t stretch beyond social issues.

. . .

In 2001, when conservative Republican lawmakers opposed a higher sales taxes and fees the governor supported, he began calling them “Shiites.”Huckabee’s positions on fiscal policy became indistinguishable from Democrats’ positions. A year later, he openly campaigned against a ballot initiative to remove the sales tax on food and medicine.

. . .

In 2003, Huckabee not only begged lawmakers for new taxes to make up a budget shortfall, but he rebuffed conservatives’ (Republicans and a couple of Democrats) plan to cover the shortfall by tapping one-time money and cutting pork. In 2004, President Bush won re-election, but Huckabee campaigned for some Democrats – even some who had Republican opponents – and Republicans lost state legislative seats for the first time since 1990.

In 2005, a term-limited Huckabee frustrated conservatives when he pushed a bill to give in-state college tuition and scholarships to the children of illegal immigrants. The next year, Democrats swept Republicans in every race for statewide constitutional office and Republicans lost legislative seats for the second consecutive election cycle.

. . .

Under Huckabee: taxes up, government up, Democrats up and Republicans down. In the end, Republicans may prefer Huckabee keep his vertical politics to himself.

I’ve seen some polls that put Dukakabee in the lead in South Carolina.  Those folks need to see this, pronto.

Dukakabee U.

December 12, 2007

Fred Thompson hits Mike Dukakabee on tuition for illegal aliens.

In one of the most negative direct mail pieces sent out so far in the Republican campaign, voters get a brochure with the headline “Huckabee University” that notes “Illegals Welcome” and “US citizens need not apply.”The mailing is in reference to rival Mike Huckabee’s support of in-state tuition and scholarship offerings for the children of undocumented immigrants during his tenure as Arkansas governor. It comes courtesy of [Fred] Thompson, the former Tennessee senator.

. . .

Thompson’s mailer was sent out in the days leading up to today’s debate among the Republican presidential contenders hosted by the Des Moines Register.

Thompson’s mailer encourages people to open the doors to the fictional “Huckabee University,” where they learn that on the subject of immigration, “Mike Huckabee talks like a Republican, but governs like a Democrat.”

Thompson, meanwhile, pledges “no amnesty,” increased border security and to “maximize efforts to prosecute and convict criminal alien gangs.”

Huckabee has defended his support of higher-education benefits to the children of undocumented immigrants under the belief that a child should not be punished for the sins of the parent. Huckabee also has said he believes there’s an element of racism involved in the immigration debate.

Rise, all loyal Dukakabees
And hurl your lunch on our foe.
We will squish, day or night,
Rain or snow.
Soft, weak and goo,
Don a new pair of shoes.
As we sing, get set to spring.
Come on Dukakabees, it’s up to you!
So Rise and Shout, the Dukakabees are out
We’re on a trail to lame and sorry.
Rise and shout, our hollow cheers will ring out
As we unfold our sad, sad story.
On we go to hurl upon our foe
For Alma Mater’s sons and daughters.
As we join in song,
In praise of you, our faith is strong.
We’ll raise our colors high in the blue
And cheer our Dukakabees of Dukakabee U.
Rah! Rah! Rah-rah-rah!
Rah! Rah! Rah-rah-rah!
Rah! Rah! Rah-rah-rah!