Rich Lowry joins the ever-lengthening list of leading conservative thinkers strenuously opposing Mike Huckabee.
Dean circa 2008 has finally arrived. He is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Not because he will inevitably blow himself up in Iowa. But because, like Dean, his nomination would represent an act of suicide by his party. [read the whole thing]
I couldn’t agree more.
Mike Huckabee may be an evangelical Christian — but so was Jimmy Carter. And Huckabee’s record, and pronouncements far more closely resemble those of Carter (easily the worst. most disastrous president of modern times) than of Ronald Reagan, or even George W. Bush.
I don’t know what has some people so enamoured with the Huckster. Some claim it is his positive campaign.
But that’s not the Mike Huckabee people who know him describe. Conservative leaders who are familiar with him, and even his own staffers say he is calculating, mean and vindictive. Jimmy Carter is often described in similar terms.
Republicans have a big problem right now with a base that is disaffected.
The base is angry over Republicans’ liberal spending, liberal immigration policy, and dramatic expansion of the size and scope of the federal government.
Mike Huckabee is ten times worse on all these issues Republicans are so upset over. He is a big-spending, big-taxing, BIG-government “conservative” (if that isn’t an oxymoron, I don’t know what is) who has on numerous occasions made clear he thinks the federal government should be empowered to do things such as tell you how many fries you can have with your Big Mac. He is weak on immigration, weak on enforcement, and favors taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants. I have NO confidence he would appoint strict-constructionists to the courts.
Most alarmingly, Huckabee has zero foreign policy experience. And he has made a slew of deeply disturbing foreign policy pronouncements that are nearly identical to those made by Jimmy Carter and the Democrat presidential candidates.
The bottom line is that Mike Huckabee would be a disaster as President and a disaster for the Republican party. Phyllis Schlafly credits Huckabee with single-handedly destroying the conservative movement in Arkansas.
All indications are that he would do the same on a national level.
Please! If you are considering voting for Mike Huckabee, please research our archives and see what leading conservatives from the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Powerline, the CATO Institute, American Spectator, and many others have said about his highly distressing record, his disingenuous campaign, and his utter lack of conservatism.
And if after you do that, you are still considering voting for Huckabee, I implore you! please! research more!
Mike Huckabee is no conservative! And while I may be alone in feeling confident that most of our other front runners can soundly defeat Hillary, Obama, or even Edwards — I am in very distinguished, and increasingly populous company in believing that Mike Huckabee would almost certainly guarantee defeat, and that should he win, his presidency would be disastrous for conservatism in America.
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