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Two-buck Huck

Posted by: David Kiley on January 3, 2008

Great Post by The New York Times’ Timothy Egan:

The rap against Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and ex-Arkansas governor now doing for the Republican Party establishment what three-alarm chili does for an afternoon nap, is that he’s too inexperienced to be president, too naïve — a rube straight out of Dogpatch.
Few of Huckabee’s critics have actually come out and said what many of them think. The language is coded, as it usually is with class and race in this country. The Wall Street Journal, the anti-tax jihadists at the Club For Growth, the National Review – these pillars of Old School Republicanism have signaled that Huckabee is Not One of Ours. But they’re careful to say it’s not about class, because, of course – it is!

Class war is forbidden in the Republican playbook. But Huckabee, despite an inept last week of campaigning, has forced the Republican party to face the Wal-Mart shoppers that they have long taken advantage of. He’s here. He’s Gomer. And he’s not going away.
Huckabee revels in the class war. He’s Two-Buck Huck…….

Reader Comments

Ken Wheaton

January 3, 2008 5:44 PM

I call hooey. There might be a touch of class element to this, but the fact of the matter is Huckabee is a lightweight with little to no--you know--conservative governing principles. I know my folks down in Louisiana aren't suddenly feeling like there's a class war in the party. It's less about class than it is about the fiscal side of the party vs. the Religious Right side of the party.
And those who support him do so not because of his positions but precisely because he is a vague Bible-toting Gomer figure.
And he is going away. If not tonight, then by New Hampshire. Then the Religious Right can decide whether they'll stamp their feet and run off to a third party or play nice with the Mormon or the Mayor.
Of course, I could be completely wrong.

Tom Messner

January 4, 2008 9:03 AM

So if you're a Republican who thinks that Huckabee's tax policies would be destructive or are aping the Democrats, how do you attack them? Can't you object to Huckabee's positions?
Of course, Huckabee "revels in the class war." Better to argue about a class war than to argue about taxes, the Department of Education, the health care system, foreign policy, defense, any issue of consequence in fact.
Who I am is always a better issue for a candidate to prate on about than What do I stand for.


January 7, 2008 11:25 AM

Huckabee's populist calls are absolutely verboten in the modern neo-conservative world because the entities who rule that world believe that class wars are the domain of communists and socialists and doubles as an excuse for "those who want to live on welfare."

Huckabee rocked the boat to get the populist vote in Iowa and the neo-conservative elites don't like that he violated the rules by which they insist the game must be played. They make the talking points, the Republican candidates repeat them verbatim and any sort of ad-libbing, especially the kind that goes against their ideology is grounds for reprisal.

I wouldn't be surprised if we see a major surge for the other candidates in New Hampshire with the press and ads in the NH market dissecting every detail of Huckabee's governorship, accusing him of a naive, pandering pseudo-populism that leaves him in the same boat as The Enemy (Edwards and Obama) at election time, tied down by the anchor of fervent religious fundamanetalists who are so 2004...

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