WHY THE ESTABLISHMENT IS WRONG: I’m going to keep it brief for the time being. We’ve had plenty of electoral politics. But I want to mention this Salon wrapup, only because it repeats the conventional wisdom that the Republican establishment opposes Mike Huckabee’s nomination and the Democrats look on it with lip-smacking glee.
They are both wrong.
Arkansas is a microcosm of the national electorate. Win Arkansas — with its blend of blue dog Democrats in the east and south, yellow dog Republicans in the Northwest, yellow dog Democrats in some locations and many swing independents — and you are likely to win it all. That’s been true for about four decades.
Huckabee has demonstrated appeal here. He’s the prototype of a candidate able to replicate a winning Southern strategy — government-friendly, gun-toting, gay bashing, abortion hating. Democrats best be careful what they wish for. And Republicans need not fear Huckabee. He’ll be very happy to keep the Wall Street greedheads happy. After all, he yearns for nothing so much as to be one of those rich guys he currenty decries.
MORE GOD, MORE GOVERNMENT: So says David Sanders, a former Huckabee staff member, writing, not approvingly, of Mike Huckabee for the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal.
Couching his policy positions in the language of faith and morality, Mr. Huckabee portrays himself as the dream candidate of the religious right. …
But one wonders whether his newfound supporters would really say that if they took a close look at his policies. With increasing frequency, Mr. Huckabee invokes his faith when advocating greater government involvement in just about every aspect of American life. In doing so, Mr. Huckabee has actually answered the prayers of the religious left.
FOR THE IMMIGRANTS BEFORE HE WAS AGAINST THE IMMIGRANTS: The Huckaflip examined.