Veteran conservative columnist Robert Novak has blasted former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee as a "false conservative."
According to The Huffington Post, Novak wrote that "serious Republicans know that [Huckabee] is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans."
When Huckabee was a second-tier candidate, Novak continued, he was mostly a "nuisance candidate." Now that he's surging in the polls, the columnist wrote, "the beleaguered Republican Party has a frightening problem."
We can't speculate about the source of Novak's animus, but we see this outburst as more evidence of confusion on the Republican right, which can't decide who is conservative enough to carry the banner of Ronald Reagan.
The way it's going, no one—not Mitt Romney, not Fred Thompson, and certainly not the liberal former mayor of New York—can fill Reagan's conservative shoes.