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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Huckabee: the GOP Frankenstein

Mike Huckabee has become the Frankenstein in the GOP. The party's pandering to evangelicals helped them win elections. Now that wing is taking over the party and they created a monster that they can no longer control.

George Will writes against Huckabee here , Krauthammer here, Novak here, Rich Lowry of National Review here.

Rich Lowry richly calls it "Huckacide." From his article:
The GOP’s social conservatism inarguably has been an enormous benefit to the party throughout the past 30 years, winning over conservative Democrats and lower-income voters who otherwise might not find the Republican limited-government message appealing. That said, nominating a Southern Baptist pastor running on his religiosity would be rather overdoing it. Social conservatism has to be part of the Republican message, but it can’t be the message in its entirety.
Lowry's own words summarize the problem that the GOP has created for itself. Arguing that social conservatism "has to be a part of the Republican message" while also acknowledging that social conservatives "might not find the Republican limited-government message appealing" is a tacit acknowledgement, and approval, of the GOP abandoning Goldwater-style libertarianism to elect more Republicans to office. But what is the point of electing people to office when they do not adhere to your principles? We saw the result of this strategy of electing Republicans at all costs with the GOP-led Congress that pushed through the Medicare drug benefit while intervening in the Terry Schiavo case. Tom DeLay is, thankfully, out to pasture but...

Enter Mike Huckabee, who is the next natural step in this evolution, even if he does not believe in evolution. And if he wins the primary then there really will be a Huckacide by the GOP.

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