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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Why Not To Like Mike Huckabee: Updated

He gives a good speech and knows how to tell a joke and is socially conservative, so why aren't Republicans rallying behind him. Quinn Hilyer over at Amspec outlines his many foibles in Arkansas, that's why. The MSM is fawning over him now so they can savage him later and believe me Madame Hillary will have a docier a mile thick on him to cover up her own malfeasences. Voila and then with the MSM's help she will roll out the meat cart and the howl of corruption will go up, if he were to somehow gain the GOP nomination. That is why we can't get behind him and why he can't get any traction.

Fourteen times, the ethics commission -- a respected body, not a partisan witch-hunt group -- investigated claims against Huckabee. Five of those times, it officially reprimanded him. And, as only MSNBC among the big national media has reported at any real length, there were lots of other mini-scandals and embarrassments along the way.

He used public money for family restaurant meals, boat expenses, and other personal uses. He tried to claim as his own some $70,000 of furniture donated to the governor's mansion. He repeatedly, and obstinately, against the pleadings even from conservative columnists and editorials, refused to divulge the names of donors to a "charitable" organization he set up while lieutenant governor -- an outfit whose main charitable purpose seemed to be to pay Huckabee to make speeches. Then, as a kicker, he misreported the income itself from the suspicious "charity."

Huckabee has been criticized, reasonably so, for misusing the state airplane for personal reasons. And he and his wife, Janet, actually set up a "wedding gift registry" (they had already been married for years) to which people could donate as the Huckabees left the governorship, in order to furnish their new $525,000 home

Update: From two other influential and popular conservatives, John Fund in today's OPJ and Pat Toomey in NRO.


Gayle said...

Oh just great! GRRRR! I liked Huckabee too. Oh well...

You would think that anyone making a career out of politics would have enough smarts to keep a squeaky-clean record, wouldn't you?

Goat said...

Mitt Romney is squeaky clean and has moved right over the years just as Reagan did. Mitt has the same sunny optimism about America and the right Ideas to move us into the future. The only thing the left has on Mitt is the Mormon issue and that is waning.

heidianne jackson said...

not quite "like reagan did" - reagan made a pretty quick shift right and did it years before he started running for governor and president. i just don't like him, goat.

i hear you that you do, but i just don't like him... i don't believe that he's "right enough".

sorry, goat.

but this is excellent information on huck - i've linked to you on this one...

Goat said...

No problem Heidi, I know you like Fred and Gayle leans that way, we will be voting for the same person next November. That is what is important, I like a spirited primary, at least we aren't throwing grenades around. I know I am hearing alot of good ideas and may the best man win. I happen to think Mitt has the best Ideas on how to move forward, I will be happy to see your rebuttal, Heidi. I got lots on Fred, I would prefer to focus on defeating Hillary and Al Gore. BTW, I consider myself a Constitutional Federalist small "l" libertarian and I like Fred but with so little differences on policy I look at business acumen and management skills next Mitt and then Rudy are head and shoulders above Fred and Hillary in that regard.