Huckabee slams CPAC: It was too libertarian for me this year

posted at 12:29 pm on February 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m resisting the idea that he said this purely out of personal pique but I can’t come up with a good alternative strategic explanation. What political benefit is there, in this year of all years, to knock CPAC for being “more libertarian” and “less Republican”? Libertarianism has never had more cachet within the GOP than it has right now; it’s not perfectly synonymous with the tea-party movement (of which Huckabee is predictably complimentary) but it’s close enough, especially with Beck in the role of TPers’ patron saint. Maybe Huck thinks finding any reason to knock an “establishment” event like CPAC will burnish his brand as an outsider? That’d be a goofy read on a conference whose straw poll was won by Ron Paul. Or maybe he thinks there’ll be such a scrum for the libertarian vote among the GOP field in 2012 that he’s better off staking out a position slightly to the left and letting Palin, Paul, etc fight it out for the small-government right. (America’s Greatest Patriot is reportedly undecided on a bid.)

If so, he’s conceding a lot of grassroots energy. Patrick Ruffini:

While I won’t necessarily be rooting for a Paul 2012 candidacy, I *like* the fact that CPAC was shaken up, for two big reasons.

First, it shows that Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty are engaging constructively in the conservative movement. In 2007, the Paulites were an oppositional force trying to submarine the GOP’s commitment to the war on terror, thus threatening traditional conservatives. Today, libertarians and conservatives have come together against Obama’s endless expansion of the State, with Ron Paul supporters supplying creative organizing tactics and boots on the ground.

This leads into my second reason: in terms of grassroots organization, Paul supporters are some of the best — if not the best — that we have. The iconography of the tea party movement is heavily libertarian (think the Gadsden Flag) and that’s no coincidence. If you broke down the organizers and even those in attendance, you’d find more than your fair share of Ron Paul supporters.

Exit question: Is this just Huck’s way of criticizing the lower priority given to social issues this year at CPAC? That’s not to suggest that he would have supported what Ryan Sorba said, but it does make me think that social conservatism will play an even bigger part in his next campaign (if there is one) than we thought. Call it triangulation: Palin takes the small-government grassroots, Romney takes the centrists, and Huck takes the Christian conservatives, banking on the fact that his niche in a three-way race is slightly bigger than the other two. But in that case, why slam a brand like libertarianism that’s glowing right now? Why not just say, “I liked the way they’re heading but think we need to pay more attention to values”?


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Who’s Huckabee?

ted c on February 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Huckabee is soooo yesterday…

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM

…..because libertarians and conservatives don’t like me.

CTSherman on February 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM

The Republican party is no better than the Libertarian party- Mike Huckabee

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I’m resisting the idea that he said this purely out of personal pique but I can’t come up with a good alternative strategic explanation.

How about–he’s sealing his fate with a DOA 2012 run with statements like this.

And no AP, the Huckster does not have the Christian Conservatives in his pocket.

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Huckabee, please just go away. Thank you.

LibertarianRepublican on February 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I think he means it wasn’t enough social conservative for his dumb ass. He’s a toolbox. Get a f- out of the Republican party and join the Democrats.

taney71 on February 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Huck a bye-bye.

The size and control of government as well as the fiscal insanity in Washington is the big issues of the day. If this is Huck’s way of trying to ingratiate himself with the tea party movement, he is as dumb as I thought.

cubachi on February 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Why not just say, “I liked the way they’re heading but think we need to pay more attention to values”?

Values and morals can be legislated at the state-level if one chooses. Huckabee showed his stripes when he briefly advocated a federal ban on smoking in 2008. No limited government politician would ever propose that kind of law at the federal level. He to wants to mold society at the federal level.

WashJeff on February 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

He’s just jealous because he wasn’t invited. No one wants to hear what he has to say.

mizflame98 on February 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Huck doesn’t have the stomach to lead this contry into the future and make decisions based on the US Constitution

swimcoachmike on February 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Right – wrong – indifferent

When is comes to Huckabee – who gives a rats ass

jake-the-goose on February 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Huckabee is a nanny-state social conservative – Pretty much the exact opposite of a libertarian.

BadgerHawk on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I’d be fine if all social conservatives just stayed out of politics. The Terri Schiavo crap that the GOP pulled a few years ago because they wanted to get in good with the social cons was just nonsense. Senator Frist acting like he could tell that Terri might be better from thousands of miles of way by just watching videos of her was beyond stupid.

taney71 on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

If vibes emanating from CPAC were an indication of where GOP primary voters were heading would we have ended up with McCain as the nominee in 2008?

Mark1971 on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

But in that case, why slam a brand like libertarianism that’s glowing right now?

First off, I don’t think Huckabee should take the straw poll too seriously.

Second, Glenn Beck, keynote speaker, can’t stand Huckabee, and has said so unequivocally on air. I don’t think Huck likes Beck either, and probably doesn’t like his ilk in general. That’s a pretty big problem for Huckabee.

forest on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Why not just say, “I liked the way they’re heading but think we need to pay more attention to values”?

Maybe because he’s an effing idiot?

BuzzCrutcher on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Ooooo Rush is talking about CPAC. Said any organization that takes a straw poll and ends up with Paul, isn’t good. Not a direct quote, but pretty close. Can’t wait for that thread.

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Maverick!

LibTired on February 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM

GO AWAY.
You are part of what is wrong.
We need to stay focused on the one big message here:
SMALLER GOVT & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Let the states become battlegrounds for the social issues.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM

2010 isn’t going to be about social issues. Perhaps by 2012 but Huckabee is no friend of the GOP when it comes to such things. His record in Arkansas is similar to Bill Clinton’s. Twice he has released killers who have gone on to kill again. He totally bought into Michelle Obama’s plan to create a “young pioneers” organization under the guise of fighting obesity (no word on if it will include the signature red neckerchief) and the interview with her was so cozy it was disgusting.

Huckabee needs to go away as a voice for anybody but himself.

highhopes on February 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

But in that case, why slam a brand like libertarianism that’s glowing right now?

Maybe he really doesn’t like the Ron Paul types? I know I would take Huckabee over Ron Paul anyday.

terryannonline on February 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Loved the Grraldo clip he just played…

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Why? Because Huckabee is a petty, vindictive man who lashes out when things don’t go his way. Who cares why he didn’t attend CPAC. I truly doubt he was missed.

Redneck Woman on February 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Call it triangulation: Palin takes the small-government grassroots, Romney takes the centrists, and Huck takes the Christian conservatives, banking on the fact that his niche in a three-way race is slightly bigger than the other two.

Sorry Allah, no dice, Palin will lock up the social con vote and squeeze Huck out. I doubt Huck’s even going to run. Esp if Palin does. In fact, Huck may use the EJ Dionne theory and wait to see if Palin declares and then he’ll sit it out. Exit question… if Huck sits it out, who would HE endorse? I can’t see him endorsing Romney.

davek70 on February 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

i do not like this man.

ReformedAndDangerous on February 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

How about, he said it because he actually believes it?

He’s never struck me as that great a political strategist.

Opportunist? That’s a different story. In 2008, he saw that none of the name candidates was a good fit for the religious right. McCain? Please. Romney? Mormon. Giulliani? You’ve got to be kidding. Thompson? Was he even running?

So he took the opportunity, and it carried him quite a ways. But he wasn’t “positioning” himself; he was being himself. He is what he is, for better or (mostly) worse.

He no more has a cogent political strategy than he does a coherent political philosophy.

notropis on February 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Huckawho?

Akzed on February 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Huck is a pos.

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I wish Huck and his big gov’t “social” “christian” Conservative ilk would just leave.

marmaran on February 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

HA! Now Rush is playing quotes by MSMers who are praising Rush in comparison to Beck. Has Beck pushed Rush to the “center” in the eyes of the Press!!? Which goes to show, there is no such thing as “the center”.

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

sorry not everyone at CPAC is a bible thumper.

gosh

blatantblue on February 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

It was too libertarian for me this year

Big surprise, coming from the guy who thinks it’s govts job to control what people eat.

MarkTheGreat on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I don’t think Huck likes Beck either, and probably doesn’t like his ilk in general. That’s a pretty big problem for Huckabee.

forest on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Perhaps it’s bcs of Huck’s less than generous attitude about Mormons?
I am insulted by Huck’s opinion on us LDS folks as I can well imagine Beck might be.
Honestly, religion needs to stay out of a POTUS race.
Abortion & stuff is really important, but we can’t win this way.
We’ve got to stick w/ the simple stuff on the national level & go meticulous on the state & local levels.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Ooooo Rush is talking about CPAC. Said any organization that takes a straw poll and ends up with Paul, isn’t good. Not a direct quote, but pretty close. Can’t wait for that thread.

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Listening too. That’s about right–He said any organization where Ron Paul wins the straw poll is not a Conservative organization (emphasis on Conservative).

Well, as usual, Rush is right.

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

why are you referencing the Straw Poll when you know it was Manipulated and not representive of the actual Conference?

Also, look at what Mark Levin wrote today. The fact that the John Birch Society had a seat at the table and were able to work with the kiddies to manipulate a Paul win would seem to suggest, in the Great William F. Buckley tradition that Huckabee is in fact correct to criticize.

jp on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Huckabee is an idiot. CPAC picked an idiot in the straw poll.
Nope. Don’t have a dog in this fight.

Ronnie on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Loved the Grraldo clip he just played…

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Heh. Me too. This is shaping up to be a fun political day!

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Huck’s ticked off at his ranking in the straw poll.

Unscientific and clearly slanted, but this is nothing but sour grapes.

He’s an excellent extemporaneous speaker. After this weekend with MO, maybe she’ll hire him to work with Obama. That said, I prefer Huckabee speaking but not governing.

He’s in my rearview mirror.

BuckeyeSam on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Personally, I think Huck is a nice man. Someone I could sit, and have a coffee with, and just converse. As a president….NO FREAKIN WAY!!!

All of this coming from a man who was duped by Michelle O. Did he really buy her garbage about him being her inspiration, for her crusade on childhood obesity? He praised, and praised her, and told Hannity she was extremely sincere. Then showed the clip of her telling him, he was the inspiration.

His ego, and gullibility have no place in the oval office.

capejasmine on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Even if he felt the way he says, wouldn’t it have been better to show up and say so???

To stay away and take pot-shots from afar speaks volumes.

If you don’t like it, go and speak your mind, Huck. Otherwise, get out of Dodge.

GoldenEagle4444 on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Big surprise, coming from the guy who thinks it’s govts job to control what people eat.

MarkTheGreat on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I wonder if he supported getting rid of the horse slaughter facilities in the US?
I’d be interested to know.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Mike Arlyn Huckabee….

Travis1 on February 22, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I didn’t watch the interview with Michelle, ma’ belle, but Laura Ingraham played enough clips today to let me know that Huck was a fawning sycophant.

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I don’t endorse Huckabee. Never have. And I can’t vouch for his motives on why he is saying what he is saying.

But ideas are just ideas without a moral basis. Libertarians have no anchor for their ideas any more than Liberals do.

Classic Liberalism (or Libertarianism) Has No Place to Stand

Only Possible Defense

PrincipledPilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

in the Great William F. Buckley tradition that Huckabee is in fact correct to criticize.

jp on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

It’s hard to accept criticism from someone who refuses to get in the game, instead Monday morning quarterbacking. Huckabee is a fool if he thinks excluding Libertarians will help Conservatism (and the GOP by proxy) move forward.

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

The Libertarian brand is indeed enjoying a rise in popularity lately, but that is going to last until people look beyond their basic stance on less government and see that they also have a foreign policy which basically consists of sending Christmas cards and not much else.

Sorry Libertarians but the world is much smaller now and we must stay engaged. I think we need to better define who our friends are and start acting accordingly. One part of the Libertarian message does resonant well, but when folks look a little deeper they are going to make a big sigh and stay with the Republicans.

Huckster however shows he ain’t real bright by slamming the Libertarian message of small government at a time when right now the sentiment in this country is very anti federal government and throw the bums out.

I hope he doesn’t quit his day, er night job.

Just A Grunt on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Ooooo Rush is talking about CPAC. Said any organization that takes a straw poll and ends up with Paul, isn’t good. Not a direct quote, but pretty close. Can’t wait for that thread.

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I find it hard to beleive you correctly relayed what Rush said. To seriously think that a rat-bastard traitor like Paul is a legitimate candidate is not good.

highhopes on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Huckabee is a nanny-state social conservative – Pretty much the exact opposite of a libertarian.

BadgerHawk on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

It was one of Huckabee’s health nazis — the blond woman who wanted the government to tell you what you can put in your foodhole — that Nick Gillespie smacked down on John Stossel’s show a few weeks ago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAlUT7vbfmU). I’ll take Palin, Romney, Pawlenty, Thune, Pence, or even Ron Paul over Huckabee any day of the week.

Caiwyn on February 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

I’d be fine if all social conservatives just stayed out of politics.

taney71 on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

So, you’d be fine with 4 more years of Obama, or by “just stayed out of politics,” do you mean, “just showed up and voted, but otherwise shut up?”

We’re all going to have to figure out how to stop insulting our allies, if we want to save our country.

notropis on February 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Huck takes the Christian conservatives

Get a clue, the vast majority of Christian conservatives are solidly behind Palin.

cjk on February 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Ron Paul and his minions are neither conservative nor libertarian.

CPAC has let itself become a soundingboard for fringe elements, and is no longer useful for conservative political action.

Rebar on February 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Huck takes the Christian conservatives

He wishes.

cs89 on February 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

The Huckster knows one thing, so few can comprehend. The Libertarian message(whichever version we are thinking of, there are many) is ultimately selling SNAKE OIL politically.

Huckabee had to Govern with a Democrat Legislature. he knows full well when you take extreme positions its next to impossible to actually Implement it once you are actually Governing.

Political Discernment is something these people have zero concept of, their ‘libertarianism’ is more in line with the “French Revolution” and 60′s Hippy Revolution than it is with the real world or Ordered Liberty.

jp on February 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

You know

I’m not Ronulan’s biggest fan

But dear me to start trying to take his conservative cred away is silly

blatantblue on February 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

TRANSLATION OF THE HUCKLEBERRY STATEMENT:

I didn’t do well, it wasn’t about me, they didn’t really dig my Roadkill, trailer park thingy and I’m really above all this category politics stuff.

And now back to Aunt Bee, Andy and Opie….

PappyD61 on February 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM

“I liked the way they’re heading but think we need to pay more attention to values”

He didn’t say this because it’s an unjustifiable position to hold in the face of calls for limited, constitutional government. As I said before, people need to stop seeing the government as some sort of social engineering lab. Social constructs are not something governments need to be involved in. If you want to socially engineer more christians, open a school, or a church, or a youth group. Leave elected representation out of it, so that they may focus on the actual ship of state.

ernesto on February 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM

This guy is a sham. It was disgusting watching him give Michelle accolades for fighting kiddie obesity in our schools. How’s that nanny state working out for us so far, idiot? How ’bout some more union nutritionists and special meals for our fat, stupid school kids to go with that bloated, ineffective school system??? He’s a charlatan clown.

ndanielson on February 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM

jp on February 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

On same page!

PrincipledPilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Just A Grunt on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Good post. Agreed.

terryannonline on February 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Huck’s basic world view is just fine. Huck himself, however, is rather a douchebag, and someone I can definitely live without in my political endeavors.

Blacksheep on February 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM

LOL! “I’d much rather listen to you than have to read this crap”
Rush is on a roll today.

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM

highhopes on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I believe you misread what Weight of Glory wrote. Rush said the exact opposite about Paul winning the Conservative-PAC straw poll.

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Huckabee makes Christians look bad IMO, which is why I don’t like him. He should just stick to his talk show.

thevastlane on February 22, 2010 at 12:47 PM

I read it as an attempt to blunt the influence of Beck. But I could be wrong.

Spirit of 1776 on February 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I’m not a Huckabee fan, but then I’m not a fan of CPAC’s choice, either.

Knott Buyinit on February 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I can’t stand the Huckster. He was a major reason why we ended up with McCain.

While the Ronulan surge was disturbing, the GOP does need to acquire some libertarian ideas. Such as the libertarian idea of smaller government that conforms to the limits of the Constitution.

wildcat84 on February 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Classic Liberalism (or Libertarianism) Has No Place to Stand

Only Possible Defense

PrincipledPilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

and just to point out again, these above articles should be read and pondered. and you would be pondering the same questions and acknowledging the same source of true Liberty the founders did.

One thing missing from the Mount Vernon statement and others is what the Declaration of Indpendence and the british “Declaration of Rights” had, along with the Pre-Amble of all 50 states in the USA: Acknowledgement that our RIghts/Liberties are a Gift of God, he is the only True King and it is our duty to acknowledge these Rights and not violate them.

Obamacare is wrong because God forbids it, very clearly. That should be the starting point instead of dancing around what use to be common acknowledgement.

jp on February 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

CPAC has let itself become a soundingboard for fringe elements, and is no longer useful for conservative political action. Rebar on February 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Yeah, I was really shocked by the Paul thing. Was that just a poke in ‘e eye to mainstream Republibots or what? I find it hard to take seriously.

Akzed on February 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I’m pretty sure Huck’s got nothing to lose here. Maybe libertarianism is on the upswing, but ultimately, it’s an ideology far outside the mainstream of American political discourse. And I say that as someone who identifies as libertarian.

Frankly, most people don’t want small government. They want government to forbid others from making choices contrary to their own. That’s why so many “small government conservatives” are perfectly fine with the government telling homosexuals they can’t marry or serve in the military, or telling a woman she can’t have an abortion, or slanting the judicial process in favor of prosecutors. And liberals are overt in their support for big government, so libertarianism will probably never be more than a fad that experiences moments of relative popularity, but will never elect a candidate.

Freedom is a much more controversial concept than we think it is.

Enrique on February 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I think Huck’s Fox News show has actually hurt him. Conservatives have gotten a chance to learn more about him, and they don’t like what they see.

d1carter on February 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I didn’t like Huck to begin with. Now, it’s personal.

Jim-Rose on February 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Huckabee/Powell 2012.

Johnson on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I’d be fine if all social conservatives just stayed out of politics.
taney71 on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Spoken like a true liberal. Or should I say libertarian?

Rocks on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

There is only one minor problem with Huckaschmuck…namely that the man will not go away!

I mean……JUST…….GO…….AWAY!!!!!

pilamaye on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Tie Huck and Ron Paul in a bag and let them bore each other to extinction.

Gold standard… isolationism…”

“…bass playing… Jesus says…”

profitsbeard on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

When is comes to Huckabee – who gives a rats ass

That certainly says it all for me.As to Paul, he\’s no conservative, and I will always remember him claiming to be one (Reagan\’s heir, no less) when it seemed shiny for his presidential ambitions. Not to say his ideas are all worthless, but I\’d say the same about Newty…

Ragspierre on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Sigh. Huckabee is just ankle-biting. He’s unelectable, and he knows it so he’s lashing out.

Punditpawn on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I don’t know why HotAir focuses on Huckabee so much.

NONE of the Christians I know (and I know a lot because I am one) like Huckabee. Huckabee is Obama-lite when it comes to the size of government. Don’t get me wrong, I probably agree with him about abortion, marriage, etc, but “social justice” and anything looking like socialism is not Christian.

Social justice is infiltrating the churches and Catholicism.

MobileVideoEngineer on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Palin can grab the Christian Conservatives: Pro-life (demonstratively so,) against gay marriage.

So Huckabee doesn’t like libertarianism? Is he against liberty & personal autonomy?

No more looks at Huckabee.

rbj on February 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM

jp on February 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I agree that the Ron Paul flavor of Libertarians is disconcerting. Their stand on national defense is ridiculous and dangerous. Libertarians are not monolithic. Generally, the common ground is small government and liberal on social issues (that’s my understanding). Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) is Libertarian. Should we exclude people like him?

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Is it just me, or is Huck packing on a few pounds again?

It’s jazzercise time.

jeff_from_mpls on February 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM

it sounds like the Huckster is starting to like this socialists thing since he became best buds with Queen Michelle

historian on February 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Personally, I think Huck is a nice man. Someone I could sit, and have a coffee with, and just converse. As a president….NO FREAKIN WAY!!!

capejasmine on February 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I’ve tried to fend off the negative vibes about this guy, but this is the last straw. His views seem always subservient to his ambition. He’s too much the opportunist for me. Stick to your TV show, Huck.

Even his TV show is getting old. Wish I’d heard Laura today with her commentary on his FLOTUS interview, as I thought it was painfully lame.

petefrt on February 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM

That’s great, Huck. Hey, don’t let the door hit you in the ass!

Chaz on February 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Sigh. Huckabee is just ankle-biting. He’s unelectable, and he knows it so he’s lashing out.

Punditpawn on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

And it won’t stop him from running in 2012 and trying to ruin the chances of a real conservative like Palin to assure us of running another McCain.

wildcat84 on February 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM

I’m pretty sure Huck’s got nothing to lose here. Maybe libertarianism is on the upswing, but ultimately, it’s an ideology far outside the mainstream of American political discourse. And I say that as someone who identifies as libertarian.

I’m conservative not a libertarian. I agree that some libertarian ideas are not in the mainstream right now. However, I think the younger generation will be more libertarian.

terryannonline on February 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Huckabee just, well, I could care less.
The CPAC straw poll was unfortunate and the Beck speech was exactly what it was meant, to call attention to no one owning coonservatives and, even more so, the TPM.
Huckabee strikes me as a strong willed individual confused about which path will lead him to greater popularity.

ORconservative on February 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Who knew conservatives had such a propensity towards social engineering through government! Really now, if you want to socially engineer, open a school.

ernesto on February 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

This whole thing demonstrates exactly what happens when you open the doors to anyone under the guise of being inclusive. The big tent meme is hurting the Republican brand. The Birch guys should not have been there period, sorry but they should have been told to stay away along with the Paul nuts. This was not a public event or demonstration so they could have, and shuold have been excluded. Let them organize their own conference if they want to.

Johnnyreb on February 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

AP, that’s a lot of ink when the answer is obvious, Huck’s an ass.

jacrews on February 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Yeah, I was really shocked by the Paul thing. Was that just a poke in ‘e eye to mainstream Republibots or what? I find it hard to take seriously.

Akzed on February 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

The birchers and the kids stacked the poll. like they did in 2008 unscientific polls.

Half the voters were non-paying college students

jp on February 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Hey Mike save your money and don’t run in 2012, you will just be throwing it away. Respectfully Mike , stick to being a RINO and your endeavors as a TV host.

Sandybourne on February 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

He has proved over and over and over and over again, he is a petty, bitter man who holds grudges and whos ego is easily bruised causing him to lash out.

He was just mad because no one gave a flying fig about him at CPAC. Maybe because he isnt a Conservative and he is as inspiring as moldy bread.

Go away Huckabee…..PLEASE.

alecj on February 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I don’t know why HotAir focuses on Huckabee so much.

NONE of the Christians I know (and I know a lot because I am one) like Huckabee. Huckabee is Obama-lite when it comes to the size of government. Don’t get me wrong, I probably agree with him about abortion, marriage, etc, but “social justice” and anything looking like socialism is not Christian.

MobileVideoEngineer on February 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

+1

thevastlane on February 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

The Great One, Mark Levin has him pegged when he refers to him as Huckaphony. The clown didn’t bat an eye at the idea of Nanny-state-ism or the further intrusion of SEIU into our schools when he sat down with the overly concerned Michelle Obama. The CPAC crowd would have offered him a big dose of booooooooooooooooooo! I still can’t get the image of her bug-eyed face out of my head.

ndanielson on February 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

why slam a brand like libertarianism that’s glowing right now?

Because Huckabee is a celebrity, not a servant. The Huckabee “brand” requires publicity, and therefore controversy.

RushBaby on February 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Struck a nerve?? Hotair comments are getting nastier. Nice comments.

balkanmom2 on February 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

A RINO who does not like CPAC…I’m absolutely shocked!

jwp1964 on February 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

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