New Huckabee book rips Mitt, Fred, evangelical leaders, pretty much everyone; Update: Romney camp fires back

posted at 12:04 pm on November 17, 2008 by Allahpundit

A desperately needed fix of campaign drama during this post-election interregnum detox. Just give me a little hit of score-settling to get me through the day, bro. Just one hit.

Ah, that’s the stuff:

Mitt Romney, Huckabee’s principal rival in Iowa, comes in for the roughest treatment. Huckabee writes that the former Massachusetts governor’s record was “anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” He notes that Romney declined to make a phone call of congratulations after Huckabee beat the oddsmakers to win the Iowa caucuses, “which we took as a sign of total disrespect.” He mocks Romney for suggesting, during one debate, more investment in high-yield stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes…

He calls out Pat Robertson, the Virginia-based televangelist, and Dr. Bob Jones III, chancellor of Bob Jones University in South Carolina, for endorsing Rudy Giuliani and Romney, respectively. He also has words for the Texas-based Rev. John Hagee, who endorsed the more moderate John McCain in the primaries, as someone who was drawn to the eventual Republican nominee because of the lure of power. Huckabee speaks to Hagee by phone before the McCain endorsement, while the former Arkansas governor is preparing for a spot on Saturday Night Live. “I asked if he had prayed about this and believed this was what the Lord wanted him to do,” Huckabee writes of his conversation with Hagee. “I didn’t get a straight answer.” Months later, McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement because of controversial remarks the pastor had made about biblical interpretations.

In a chapter titled “Faux-Cons: Worse than Liberalism,” Huckabee identifies what he calls the “real threat” to the Republican Party: “libertarianism masked as conservatism.” He is not so much concerned with the libertarian candidate Ron Paul’s Republican supporters as he is with a strain of mainstream fiscal conservative thought that demands ideological purity, seeing any tax increase as apostasy and leaving little room for government-driven solutions to people’s problems.

Kudos to Time for a choice selection of representative quotes: Waging low-grade class warfare by sneering at Romney’s wealth and appealing to evangelicals to vote along religious lines is Huck to a T. As is the bit about “government-driven solutions,” of course — this is a guy who once endorsed a federal ban on smoking in workplaces, remember — although that’s qualified by the fact that he’s been a loud and, for most conservatives, righteous opponent of the bailout. Whether that’s because he knows an unpopular issue when he sees one or because an extraordinary intervention in extraordinary circumstances crossed some sort of statist threshold in his mind that ordinary interventions in ordinary circumstances wouldn’t, only he knows. We’ll learn more circa 2010, I imagine.

InstaGlenn will interview him later this week; I eagerly await their exchange on the merits of libertarianism. Exit question: In a Huck/Palin primary showdown, who escapes with the lion’s share of the Christian vote? Don’t answer too hastily. Guilt is, potentially, a factor here.

Update: Another hit on the drama pipe. Mmmmm yeah.

Asked to respond, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said Huckabee was acting small.

“This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee,” Fehrnstrom. “If we’re going to move the party forward, we need to offer more than personal recriminations. Unfortunately, in this book, Mike Huckabee is consumed with presumed slights, and he seems more interested in settling scores than in bringing people together.”

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….Paging Mr. Huckabee…your fifteen minutes of fame are up.
Now, go away and please Shut the Huck Up!

HornetSting on November 18, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Why write a book right now to rip other Republicans.
Just don’t do it. Lets get on to winning the next election.

JellyToast on November 18, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Because republicans–not conservatives—LOST this election!!

Though most conservatives are republicans–most republicans aren’t conservatives!!!

More back like this need to be written—and read—by more people so we don’t end up with a Dole in 4 yrs to lose again.


John The Baptist on November 18, 2008 at 6:51 PM

should read–more BOOKS—not back—like this



John The Baptist on November 18, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Yes, more books like this can help the economy. We can all get jobs in salt mines, mining giant grains of salt for people to take with anything Huckabee claims.

thecountofincognito on November 18, 2008 at 7:40 PM

I am a conservative Christian that thinks Huck makes people like me look like idiots.

Hurting Head on November 18, 2008 at 10:05 AM

No. He didn’t do that to you. You do that all by yourself.

apacalyps on November 18, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Mike Huckabee is an excellent Government official. I hope he becomes President of the United States one day.

apacalyps on November 18, 2008 at 8:23 PM

No. He didn’t do that to you. You do that all by yourself.

apacalyps on November 18, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Wow, apaCALYPSO. Did you think of that one all by yourself? Brilliant!

Mike Huckabee is an excellent Government official. I hope he becomes President of the United States one day.

apacalyps on November 18, 2008 at 8:23 PM

So you hope, do you? I am sure you can get some spare HOPE signs from the Obama campaign and recycle them for Huck’s 2012 bid. Might as well, since both of them like to attack Republicans.

OneVision on November 18, 2008 at 11:16 PM

I strongly question the grasp on reality of anyone who asserts, with sincerity, that Huckabee is a conservative politician.
Huckabee garnered support in the primaries by being the “Jesus candidate” that all good born-again Christians were informed by their pastors to support. Former-pastor Huck worked the church circuit for his own political gain, setting himself up to be the Christians’ choice candidate — all the while engaging in despicable and un-Christian attacks against Romney. I understand the political value of attack ads, and in attacking your most dangerous opponent, but Huckabee did so under the Christian banner. He prostituted the church and the image of Christianity for his own personal gain.
I am a life-long, old-school evangelical Christian (and supporter of Fred’s federalist ideas) who watched with disgust as Huckabee, with feigned words of populism, made merchandise of many other proclaimed-evangelical Christians.
Huckabee is a mere shade of a man — the fat band geek who grew up into a pissy beta male — who claims Christ as his homeboy but refuses to forgive those who trespass against him.
I hope he gets the entirety of his rewards in this life.

Harpazo on November 17, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Bravo Harpazo! Your post describes “Christian” Huckabee very well! I, too, hope this hateful charlatan reaps what he sows in this life.

Shelby on November 19, 2008 at 4:43 AM

Widdle Huckie is a greedy, petty, whiny opportunist. He’s written this book for attention and profit, just as he wrote “When Kids Kill” to make a fast buck despite the pleas of families affected by a tragic school shooting. It was blood money and Huckie kept it all for himself rather than assisting the families in any way!

God, he makes me SICK!

Huckabee’s Jonesboro book still rankles

Shelby on November 19, 2008 at 5:13 AM

So in the last few days, I’ve heard him on every radio talk show going. I can’t stand Chuckabee, and I’m not interested in his insipid opinions- He is a huge turn off to potential GOP converts.

anniekc on November 19, 2008 at 8:07 AM

fu@&abee you are and will always be a fat, southern-fried, jealous loser. You and Juan McCain are a major reason we have Hussein. You fox show sucks. No one is going to give two shits about your book. Get your fat, RINO, ass back to Arkansas and shut your mouth.

texaninfidel on November 19, 2008 at 8:41 AM

As a very conervative (movement conservative) Christian who voted Constitution Party in this election, all I can say to those who were Huck supporters is…I told you so. Mike Huckabee is not a Republican he is a socially conservative populist…he is Huey Long in Republican clothing. He may be a good kind man but he is not someone we want holding the purse strings. He is right about the Fair Tax, and social issues but that is all.
Libertarian conservatism is true conservatism. We need more men like Chuck Baldwin, Ron Paul, Neal Boortz. And less like McCain, Huckabee, and Giuliani. All of our choices in the primary this election season stunk…give us a real candidate Republican Party.

therambler on November 19, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Nine months and AP still has a burr in his saddle about Romney — get over it already.

Spitfire9 on November 19, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Ron Paul? Chuck Baldwin? Conservatives? The Conservatives left the Constitution Party for ONE reason, the party was overrun by 911 Conspiracy freaks and Muslim loving apologists.
Ron Paul needs to be run out of politics for being too stupid to breathe on his idiotic comments in the Republican Debates and on the “View” alone. Stupidity like “The United States has never been attacked in it 218 year history”, “States don’t have jurisdiction over murder and violent crime”, “I have questions about 9-11 myself. I question if it was really a handful of Arabs, or if our own government may have played a hand in it.”
Ron Paul supporting freaks need a straight jacket and a rubber room.

nelsonknows on November 19, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Confession: By the time the primaries came around in VA, McCain had already been “given” the nod so to speak. Romney had backed out and Huck was still technically in it. I wanted Romney, and blamed Huck for pushing Romeny out of the Race…so I voted for McCain. I like Huck as a talk show host, not as a candidate in 2012.

BiasedGirl on November 19, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Huckaphony is just that, a phony. Who the hell is he to stand on his little pedestal and grill people as to whether or not they’ve prayed to God sufficiently about who to endorse? Since when did Huckaphony become God’s arbiter on earth?

After his willingness to criticise other Christians for their lapses in behaviour in such a public, petty way, I wouldn’t be looking for Huckaphony for any tips on how to behave. Good manners and humility are not his strong suit. He makes me sick; he is so blind to his own hypocrisy that he had the gall to lambast another person’s conservatism then talk about government solving people’s problems. That’s not conservative!

Just goes to show you what a tenuous thread of reality Huckabee is tethered by.

linlithgow on November 20, 2008 at 8:28 PM