Monday, November 26, 2007

Huckabee Takes a Hit: Columnist Calls Arkansan 'A False Conservative'

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.

1 comment:

Dan Paden said...

...we see this outburst as more evidence of confusion on the Republican right...

The Republican right isn't all that confused. We know we want an across-the-board conservative. The problem is, no one with any name recognition is running that has a consistently across-the-board conservative record, so they're all--every single one of them, as far as I can tell--busily engaged in spinning their records to make themselves out to be more conservative than they actually are.

It's pitiful, really: a party with a largely very conservative constituency, that enjoyed its biggest victories under its most conservative candidate, can't find a candidate that's conservative on all the issues.

But I bet our guy--whichever one we wind up with--still beats yours in '08. We might have a little confusion; you guys have an ongoing train wreck, at least as far as your top three are concerned.