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So what has Governor Huckabee been cooking politically? The Governor is one of the nicest people walking the planet. So too were Ronald Reagan’s GOP opponents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, both of whom are dwarfed in history by Reagan, their moderate politics getting Ford defeated by Jimmy Carter and Bush by Bill Clinton. Why would transferring all of that baggage to radio be a winner?
This isn’t about the personal — it’s about the conservative political. The Cumulus/Huckabee problem is precisely what they view as their asset: Mike Huckabee’s celebrity that was acquired when he ran a losing race for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. The problem: Candidate Huckabee went through the usual political proctology exam… and appalled conservatives gave him a decided thumbs down at the distasteful results.
Here is now-Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey on Huckabee. Toomey, of course, is the conservative Republican who forced Arlen Specter from the GOP in 2010 and then captured Specter’s seat. But in 2007 Toomey was head of the free-market Club for Growth, and wrote a devastating Huckabee critique in National Review.
Said Toomey of the man Cumulus is trying to sell as the conservative who should somehow replace Rush Limbaugh:
Given his folksy charm, social conservative credentials, and embrace by the mainstream media, it is not surprising that some are increasingly enamored with him. But this flirtation does a great disservice to the conservative movement if it overlooks Huckabee’s stunning record of big-government liberalism.
So imagine you turn on your radio one fine day ready to hear Rush — and instead you hear folksy conversation from the man of whom Toomey said this:
During Huckabee’s tenure as governor, the average Arkansan’s tax burden increased 47 percent, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A dyed-in-blue tax hiker, Huckabee supported raising sales taxes, gas taxes, grocery taxes, even nursing home bed taxes. He virulently opposed a congressional moratorium on taxing Internet access, and sat on the sidelines while his Democratic legislature pushed the largest tax hike in Arkansas history into law. What’s more, on his watch, and frequently at his behest, state spending increased by 50 percent, more than double the rate of inflation, and the number of state government workers rose by 20 percent.
Toomey didn’t stop there, also calling Huckabee a “big-government liberal… who takes pleasure in attacking the Republican Party as the ‘party of Wall Street..’”
Huckabee makes no secret of his desire to turn the GOP leftward, calling himself a “different kind of Republican,” adopting protectionist positions, and peppering his campaign speeches with the kind of class warfare rhetoric one expects to hear from John Edwards. No doubt, this is the reason that the liberal media is so smitten with him.
Instead of talking about curtailing government spending, Huckabee refuses to endorse President Bush’s veto of a vastly expanded S-CHIP. He is an unabashed fan of No Child Left Behind and an opponent of private school choice. Huckabee is also quickly becoming the labor unions’ favorite Republican, recently gaining a union endorsement along with Hillary Clinton.
Not to be forgotten in all this is Governor Huckabee’s pardon of one Maurice Clemmons. Mr. Clemmons, you may recall, was facing 95 years in the slammer for a long and lengthier still list of crimes discussed here. He was eventually pardoned by the-then Governor. In 2009, Clemmons materialized in Lakewood, Washington (here) where he shot four police officers to death. Lakewood, Washington — one long way from a prison in Arkansas where Clemmons was scheduled to be spending 95 years until Governor Huckabee let him go.
So in other words, with Rush out of the way, the “cooking” Cumulus intends to serve up to Rush-fans and fans of conservative talk radio in general is cooking spiced with:
- Tax increases
- Class warfare
- Big Government
- The guy whose pardon for a career criminal ended in murderous disaster for four policemen.
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