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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Not Much of a Huckabee Fan


Governor Huckabee of Arkansas has recently been exposed as a tax-and-spend liberal in running the affairs of his state. and his role in freeing a rapist-killer from prison who subsequently murdered a Missouri woman approaches the Dukakis-Willie Horton case in its disturbing similarities, but it is Huckabee’s exploitation of the religion issue in Iowa that I find most disturbing:

Huckabee Plays the Religion Card
By Charles Krauthammer, 12/7/07, RealClearPolitics (Excerpt)

“Huckabee has exploited Romney's Mormonism with an egregious subtlety.

Huckabee is running a very effective ad in Iowa about religion. "Faith doesn't just influence me," he says on camera, "it really defines me." The ad then hails him as a "Christian leader."

Forget the implications of the idea that being a "Christian leader" is some special qualification for the presidency of a country whose Constitution (Article VI) explicitly rejects any religious test for office.

Just imagine that Huckabee were running one-on-one in Iowa against Joe Lieberman. (It's a thought experiment. Stay with me.) If he had run the same ad in those circumstances, it would have raised an outcry. The subtext -- who's the Christian in this race? -- would have been too obvious to ignore, the appeal to bigotry too clear.

Well, Huckabee is running against Romney (the other GOP candidates are non-factors in Iowa) and he knows that many Christian conservatives, particularly those who have an affinity with Huckabee's highly paraded evangelical Christianity, consider Romney's faith a decidedly non-Christian cult.

Huckabee has been asked about this view that Mormonism is a cult. He dodges and dances. "If I'm invited to be the president of a theological school, that'll be a perfectly appropriate question," he says, "but to be the president of the United States, I don't know that that's going to be the most important issue that I'll be facing when I'm sworn in."

Hmmm. So it is an issue, Huckabee avers. But not a very important one.

And he's not going to pronounce upon it. Nice straddle, leaving the question unanswered and still open -- the kind of maneuver one comes to expect from slick former governors of Arkansas lusting for the presidency.

And by Huckabee's own logic, since he is not running for head of a theological college, what is he doing proclaiming himself a "Christian leader" in an ad promoting himself for president?

Answer: Having the issue every which way. Seeming to take the high road of tolerance by refusing to declare Mormonism a cult, indeed declaring himself above the issue -- yet clearly playing to that prejudice by leaving the question ambiguous, while making sure everyone knows that he, for one, is a "Christian leader."”

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8 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

I don't know that anyone can really make hay out of this about Mike Huckabee. I'd be inclined to vote for a Jewish man running for president over a guy who's practiced the Muslim Religion, who's middle name is Hussein, and also has issues with saluting our flag at ceremonies. What was that guy's name? Osama Obama?

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Bud said...

Again, we hear from a lying, empty headed, wing nut, setting out to smear Obama as a Muslim when anyone who knows anything about the man knows it isn't true, nor is the allegation that he has problems saluting the flag. You guys are like Dubya, so far into your own reality that you don't even know what the truth is anymore.

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

I have no reason to lie, Bud. From what I've read about Obama, he was a Muslim for a while, his middle name is Hussein, and I can show you a picture of him at a flag ceremony with everyone around him holding their right hand to their chest, or using a military salute, except him. I actually hope that he beats Hillary Clinton in the primary. I don't care for any of those Democrats anymore than you don't like George Bush, and Yes, I voted for Bush twice. However, I don't like the path he and most of the Democrats are taking on the Law of the Sea Treaty. Do you know what that is, Bud? I'll bet that you never even heard of LOST. Also, I don't understand why he hasn't done anything to protect our borders. I may come out with a few wise cracks every now and then, but I consider myself more savvy than the average citizen in my city. If you favor the Left Bud, it's OK with me. Half of my friends are Liberals and although we don't share the same political views, we do share a lot of the same interests such as sailing, music, or pets.

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous steve said...

What's all this got to do with huckabee? And from what I see, people are greatly distorting the "tax and spend" record.....I like huckabee.

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

I'm with you Steve. I liked Mike Huckabee long before he threw his hat in the ring back during the summer when he spoke in New Hampshire at a Republican Convention. He went on Fox just recently and took some hardball questions from Chris Wallace without dancing or spinning. He didn't try to evade answering any questions with a lot of double talk. Charles Krauthammer is saying that Mike is using his religion as a wedge issue against Mitt Romney, and as much as I like and respect krauthammer's opinions, I think that he's wrong on this one. If there's a Democrat out there that is better than Huckabee or Barak Embalmer, I'd vote for him, but you're not going to find a true Democrat like Zell Miller who isn't afraid to fight for his country. Instead, we have a pretty faced ambulance chaser who get's $450. haircuts, a dope who saw a UFO,( I wonder if he drinks), Hillary Rotten Clinton, a Socialist, and a junior Senator who smiles a lot and would be best suited in the basketball court with the Boston Celtics.

 
At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Huckabee. It's refreshing to get a straight answer to a question. You may not like what he says, but you know exactly where he stands. I believe that if, and that's a big if, he gets the nomination and if he picks a good runing mate, I think the Republicans would have a good chance at winning. Don't see anyone else at this point that would have much of a chance.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

When someone in the political class thinks they know better than you how you should live your life, they are dangerous and should be resisted whether they come from the left, like Dukakis or Harshbarger, or from the right, like Huckabee.

 
At 9:32 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I agree that Huckabee answers questions without dodging them or dancing on a fence. He does not get defensive because he does not need to. He does not try to change what he said even 10 years ago, he stands by it. I've seen him in several interviews...I've seen him baited with questions trying to cut down his fellow Republicans and he does not take the bait and get nasty. There is that one incident about pushing the parole board to release a raper but the story on that is not very clear...

I want to add a comment about Hillary. Why are we all talking about her "vast experience" when most of her experience is that of riding as a passenger in a car...no responsibities for any decisions...

 

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