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Sunday, December 16, 2007
  Even When I Agree with Him I Still Want to Punch Him In The Nose
Of course I am talking about the terminal jack-ass Howie Carr who recycles some Romney oppo-research about Huckabee. And even though I agree with Howie's take on the Huckster (*obviously not* about state reps), his writing is a perfect example of the politics of division that is the classic hallmark of the modern GOP:
Gov. Mike Huckabee has the soul of a Massachusetts state rep. Not to mention the ethics.

What other conclusion can you draw after studying the squalid career of the current front-runner for the GOP nomination for president?

The Huckster is from the same town as Bill Clinton - Hope, Ark. - and at the risk of engaging in geographic profiling, what more do you really need to know? From what I can tell, if Huckabee had been raised around here, he would now be known as either “Mr. Speaker” or “the defendant.”

This barefoot boy with cheek is lucky he came up in the hookworm capital of America, because even here in Boston, where political corruption is seldom prosecuted anymore, he would have been in deep doo-doo a long time ago.
The Republican freakout over Huckabee's rise is grand entertainment. Huckabee is everything they say he is, but he is also the obvious product of 20 years of Republican pandering to the hard-Christian right and the ridiculous 1990's pursuit of Bill Clinton's sex life.

Hey guys, you reap what you sow.
Full disclosure: Of all the GOP candidates, from the slimy flip-flopping Red Speck to the gleefully fascist Rudy to the absolutely insane Paul, the only one I think who could actually govern is Huckabee. Having said that, there's no way I'd vote for him - the JEEEEEzus!* factor is just to strong. But unlike the rest of the GOP field, he seems to actually believe in governance (as opposed to ruling). Plus, he's spoken passionately about making sure the arts stay in schools, so I'm down with that.

I think there's also a certain amount of classism at work here: Huckabee is Of Common Stock, and there's no way that the Corporate Right is gonna let the Populist Right win that tug-of-war.

*as always, JEEEEEzus! is not the Jesus mentioned in the Bible. JEEEEEzus! is a rich white suburbanite who hates gays and brown people and loves fetuses and tax cuts.

erm, just *too* strong. I is educated...

Classism is most certainly the root cause. Does any objective observer really believe that the $$$ behind the modern conservative movement would ever really want to be governed by an actual fundie?

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