26 Nov
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Never Believe that Anyone Described as Populist is a Fiscal Conservative

Robert Novak has a brilliant column in the Washington Post today on how Huckabee is a false conservative, who is appealing to the evangelicals in the party because of his views on social issues, but has a very liberal fiscal record. I think it says everything that his economic views are frequently referred to as ‘populist’ and am pleased to see that Novak is calling him out on his history of raising taxes and penchant for anti-market reforms.

The Economist recently had a great article which examines the feasibility of some of Huckabee’s claims, including the flaws in his fair tax plan and some isolationist statements he has made that contradict the picture of a free market conservative that he claims to be.

Though I disagree with the social views of all of the candidates except for Giuliani, I could look past that and vote for McCain, Romney or Thompson. But what do Republicans like me get by voting for Huckabee? Why would we vote for someone that we disagree with on just about everything? If we’re going to have a president that’s likely to raise taxes and institute agendas that stifle the free market, well, then I would at least like someone that’s not going to try to legislate morality.

If Mike Huckabee wins the GOP nomination, I believe that many ‘socially liberal’ Republicans who have stood by the party despite its stance on many social issues because at least we were putting more fiscally responsible candidates into office, are either going to stay home on election day, or vote for Hillary.

I despise Hillary, but if my choice is between her and Huckabee, I’ll choose the lesser of two evils and pull the lever for Hillary.

The False Conservative (The Washington Post)
Faith, Hope and Populism (The Economist)

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  • Although it’s the natural primary process, but I wish the repubs wouldn’t rip each other up.

    They each have a role to play…

  • Hillary over Huckabee?

    If you’re scared about stifling free markets, it would be wise to remember how many times Hillary has said she wants to “take those profits” from oil companies. I flatly detest Huckabee’s desire to ban smoking nationally, and do not like his record in general.

    But between a social conservative/fiscal disaster and a a thinly veiled socialist, I’ll vote for the lesser of two evils.

  • Considering the things that have come out about Huckabee this week (statements that women should submit to their husbands, his ignorant comments on mormanism, his refusal to release his sermons), Hillary is looking more and more attractive in contrast.

    Hopefully if it does turn out to be Hillary vs. Huckabee, Bloomberg will come out and save us all.

  • Jen,
    I’m sorry but you’re flat out wrong and mis informed. You are easily brainwashed by the media it seems. Mike Huckabee signed a pledge not to raise taxes and 2nd he will shut down the IRS and sign into law the fair tax. He will secure the borders and pardon Ramos and Compeon the order agents who have been wrongly imprisoned, but not that any of you care since it sounds like you all are too worried about the “feminist movement”…. Mike Huckabee isnt owned by wall street like every other candidate is.

  • Actually, no I am not flat out wrong and misinformed, you are. That pledge is a joke, as are his numbers for the fair tax. Huckabee not only has the most liberal fiscal record of any republican candidate, he is an anti-free trade isolationist and if you read what he’s been saying lately, you can see he’s not trying to hide it.

    To blame the media for me being ‘misinformed’ clearly shows that you aren’t paying attention to what mainstream media is saying about huckabee – he’s their darling since they see him as the easiest republican to defeat.

    And if you’re a Huckabee supporter, you should be very concerned about the ‘feminist movement’ because in case you havne’t noticed, women have equal rights in this country and a hick who takes out an ad saying that they should submit to their husbands isn’t going to go over too well in the general election.

  • Jen,
    If Paul gets the nomination, then there will be no worries about Hillary. Paul will probably pull many Democrats as well if Hillary gets the nomination (less so if Obama does).

    Besides Huckabee’s spend and tax tendencies, his mass clemencies and pardons of violent criminals is inexcusable.

  • I think it’s absolutely scary that Huckabee is this popular.