Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Unbelievable Huckabee

Michell Malkin says "I don’t believe Mike Huckabee" on his conversion from an immigration drag queen who was seriously pro-amnesty to getting tough on immigration.

Huckabee wants big Government to outlaw push-polling by 527s and yet it's his own campaign supporters engaged in sleazy push-polling calls, putting out vicious smears against the Thompson, McCain and Romney campaigns.

Huckabee is a terrible choice, perhaps the worst choice, in the nomination race for many reasons:
1. Soft-on-crime Governor who went on a pardon/commutation spree that included freeing a dozen murderers and hundreds of other felons from jail early
2. Pro-instate-tuition for illegal aliens and for other giveaways
3. A liberal Tax-and-spender who increased taxes by 50% as Governor
4. Dissembled about his record when challenged
5. Not a conservative, but hurt conservatives in Arkansas, and called them "Shiites" when they opposed him
6. Had numerous ethics violations, including issues of taking public money for private use
7. Has flipflopped on immigration, on tax pledges, on Cuba, and other issues
8. Is an incompetent Jimmy Carteresque boob on foreign policy who even joked about his ignorance on the topic
9. Will get beaten easily by the Democrats
10. Is a nanny-stater in favor of smoking bans and CO2 caps

In a CNN interview he said the constitution is a Constitution is living, breathing document, while his website says the opposite.

Mike Huckabee is the least conservative, least qualified and now is showing himself to have the least ethical and least credible campaign of all the candidates. Unbelievable that this man is a serious candidate for President.


Anonymous said...

How can any conservative vote for Romney?

He was listed as one of the top ten Republicans in Name Only by Human Events Magazine.

What will he be after the primary?

And would he be another George Bush if he gets elected?

Anonymous said...

"How can any conservative vote for Romney?"

Read this speech and then get back to us on that question:

Anonymous said...

Let me add this: I’ve read and heard and studied all the stuff the detractors have pulled out on Romney. Some are valid, but much of it is over-stating and blaming Romney for actions of others in blue state Massachusetts. I’ve also looked at the Cato analysis, which showed he is far more fiscal conservative than Huckabee, and not half bad on many issues, from charter schools to defending abstinence education to vetoing bad Democrat bills. And I’ve looked at his record over his life as venture capitalist who has built businesses, who has turned around the SLC Olympics and who has been involved in charitable organizations like the Boy Scouts for years, who has by all accounts been a good and genuine family man ... and now he comes along and articulates (very ably) a pretty conservative agenda for America.

Some don't like his mainstream optimistic conservative change message. Some like the message but decided they don't like him saying it.

I don’t have anything against those who decide that’s not conservative enough for them and they must pick Hunter or Thompson or whoever. That’s a justified stand, but some of us won't be satisfied with taking justified stands while the McCain express rolls through to nomination. I’ll eat my words if Thompson wins SC, but I’ve been waiting for his campaign to catch fire and it hasn’t so far and I don’t see it happening.

I do have something against Proamnesty, antiBushtaxcuts, proCO2caps, CFR author and RINO John McCain and those who want him to win. I dont want him to backstab us again on amnesty once he gets in the White House. Romney is IMHO the one candidate left who will govern decently, has the leadership experience and skills to govern well, and who can stop McCain.

Huckabee - well, see the post on that for just the tip of the iceberg of what's wrong with him. Every day there seems to be one more example of why is simply not conservative, not credible and not suited to be our nominee.

Maybe that is why Romney won the conservatives in Michigan 41% to 23% for McCain.

I’ve looked up my Reagan conservative rulebook, and I don’t see anywhere that it says pragmatic decisions are verboten. Reagan made many of them himself and would endorse Republicans who were 80% friends. A pragmatic conservative choice to get the best out of a mixed bag is for many of us conservatives the best choice.

So maybe when National Review, Laura Ingraham, Judge Robert Bork, Rep Lamar Smith, Ann Coulter, Tom Tancredo, American Conservative Union President David Keene, Paul Weyrich, and other conservatives endorse Mitt Romney, maybe wen Rush says a kind word for Romney, they haven’t gone AWOL, they’ve figured out that Mitt Romney is not as bad as you fear, and maybe is the best choice for conservatives at this time.

Anonymous said...

Live link to speech

Randy A. Samuelson said...
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Randy A. Samuelson said...

Anybody that advocates a big government solution to a problem instead of a market solution to a problem, is not a fiscal conservative.

For example, when Romney and McCain were arguing over who would do the most to improve the Michigan economy, it saddened me because no elected official should ever take credit for the economy. Conservatives argue for removing of government regulations and lowering taxes to let our entreprenures create real jobs, not government jobs.

I want to hear a candidate offer a market solution to our problems. Thus far, I have not heard it.

Jerri Lynn Ward said...

I agree with you about Huckabee. I appreciate Huckabee's pro-life positions, but federal government intervention outside the confines of the Constitution is a recipe for disaster.

Randy Samuelson is completely correct. Romney and McCain do not understand economics. McCain even admitted as much recently!

What we need to be doing right now is ending all taxation of capital gains. The system is encouraging consumption of the "seed corn" to buy what Robert Kiyosaki calls "doodads". The wealthy are disincentivized to reinvest in businesses that will provide jobs by this tax. Instead, they are buying $100,000 bottles of wine and the like. Of course, that's what people do when currency is being devalued. They rush to spend it before it loses more value.

Rebates and similar Keynesian fixes like Romney and McCain suggest are mere repetitions of old methods which will not work. In fact, they embody the definition of insanity.

Anonymous said...

Good comments. I think Romney understand economics much better than McCain, and maybe I'll post on his Detroit economic forum speech to explain - he very much targetted Washington as the problem not the solution and said no to bailouts and yes to lower tax and regulation burdens. Some pandering but mostly Reaganism and optimism. You mentioned elimination of capital gains tax. Romney has proposed a dramatic elimination of capital gains and other taxes on savings for the middle class, up to $200,000/year earners:
Romney proposal for capital gains tax cut
"Romney’s proposal would reduce taxes on capital gains, interest earned and stock dividends to 0 percent for those earning $200,000 a year or less, which the candidate said would benefit 95 percent of American families."
“You’re creating a dramatic new incentive to save, which is savings will be tax- free. . . . Your interest, dividends and capital gains will be tax-free, which will allow people to establish pretty substantial nest eggs,” Romney told The Associated Press. “Any tax reduction means more money in our pockets to invest in our country, and tax reductions stimulate our economy in general.’’

Anonymous said...

Huckabee told NPR on Wednesday that he would like to outlaw independent political speech in the public domain:

I personally wish that all of this were outlawed. I think that every candidate ought to speak for himself, and that everything that involves the candidate’s name or another candidate’s name should be authorized and approved by that candidate, otherwise it shouldn’t be spoken . . . The point is that candidates can’t force these special interest 527 groups to stop. I wish we could. - Mike Huckabee

Then Huckabee calls the Constitution a 'living, breathing' document a la those Judicial activists: