An Arkansas conservative explains Huckabee's Republican paradox. It has lots of nitty-gritty ugly stuff on Huckabee the tax-and-spend RINO and his betrayal of the trust of conservatives in Arkansas:
His record in Arkansas reveals that he despises conservatives and their principles on taxation, spending, and illegal immigration. According to Arkansas Eagle Forum President Betsy Hagan and former Republican state senator Peggy Jeffries, once he gained power in the Governor’s office with the support of the conservatives, he alienated his conservative based, and at one point referred to them as the Shiites in the Republican Party. Hagan was a key backer and number one fan of Huckabee’s early political career. But to her dismay, Huckabee did not practice what he preached. "He was pro-life and pro-gun, but otherwise a liberal," she says. "Just like Bill Clinton, he will charm you, but don't be surprised if he takes a completely different turn in office."2 It is little wonder that Huckabee’s strongest opponents are in the ranks of Arkansas conservatives. He may have fooled them once, but they will not be fooled again. And they do not want their fellow conservatives to be fooled.
Phyllis Schlafly, president of the national Eagle Forum, is even more blunt. "He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles," she says.2
... Arkansas conservatives know Huckabee. They have “been there, done that.” He turned on them and betrayed their trust and their confidence. They put him in office, and once there, he not only abandoned them, he attacked them referring to them as the Shiites of the party.
The article cites the tax-and-spend actions of Huckabee, how he undercut anti-tax Republicans, his "F" grade on immigration, his pardon and clemency spree, and his general anti-business rhetoric and lack of understanding of free-market principles. Conclusion - "Huckabee says that he is a paradox among Republicans, his message is loud and clear: "I am not a conservative!""