Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Election Smorgasbord


1) Hillary is losing momentum against Obama and against most of the Republican candidates.

I still think she will win the Democrat nomination but Dick Morris made an interesting point on Hannity and Colmes last night. Sean asked him if he thought Obama would be a weaker candidate than Hillary. Morris said that the American people wouldn't vote for someone (Obama) who had such little experience and who was so weak on national defense. It was the first time I thought Obama might be a weaker candidate for Republicans to run against instead of Hillary. Especially, when he continues to say make such gaffes as declaring Sponge Bob to be his favorite TV character. It is one thing to acknowledge you watch Sponge Bob with your kids but to say its your favorite character on TV??? Come on, that is beyond pathetic.

2) Fred Thompson thinks Fox News is biased against his campaign.

3) More confirmation for my distrust of Huckabee:

--If You Think Paul is scary, Take a look at Huckabee by Jonah Goldberg
Here is an excerpt:
What's so scary about Huckabee? Personally, nothing. He seems a charming, decent, friendly, pious man.

What's troubling about The Man From Hope 2.0 is what he represents. Huckabee represents compassionate conservatism on steroids. A devout social conservative on issues such as abortion, school prayer, homosexuality and evolution, Huckabee's a populist on economics, a fad-follower on the environment and an all-around do-gooder who believes that the biblical obligation to do "good works" extends to using government - and your tax dollars - to bring us closer to the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

For example, Huckabee would support a nationwide ban on public smoking. Why? Because he's on a health kick, thinks smoking is bad and believes the government should do the right thing.

In this respect, Huckabee's philosophy is conventionally liberal, or progressive. What he wants government to do certainly differs in important respects from what Hillary Clinton wants, but the limits he would place on governmental do-goodery are primarily tactical or practical, not philosophical or constitutional. This isn't to say he - or Hillary - is a would-be tyrant, but simply to note that the progressive notion of the state as a loving, caring parent is becoming a bipartisan affair.

Indeed, Huckabee represents the latest attempt to make conservatism more popular. Contrary to the conventional belief that Republicans need to drop their opposition to abortion, gay marriage and the like in order to be popular, Huckabee understands that the unpopular stuff is the economic libertarianism: free trade and smaller government. That's why we're seeing a rise in economic populism on the right married to a culturally conservative populism. Huckabee is the bastard child of Lou Dobbs and Pat Robertson.

Historically, the conservative movement benefited from the tension between libertarianism and cultural traditionalism. This tension - and the effort to reconcile it under the name "fusionism" - has been mischaracterized as a battle between right-wing factions when it's really a conflict that runs through the heart of every conservative.

--The False Conservative by Bob Novak
Some excerpts:
Who would respond to criticism from the Club for Growth by calling the conservative, free-market campaign organization the "Club for Greed"? That sounds like Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards, all Democrats preaching the class struggle. In fact, the rejoinder comes from Mike Huckabee, who has broken out of the pack of second-tier Republican presidential candidates to become a serious contender -- definitely in Iowa and perhaps nationally.

Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate. Now that he has pulled even with Mitt Romney for the Iowa caucuses and might make more progress, the beleaguered Republican Party has a frightening problem.

There is no doubt about Huckabee's record during a decade in Little Rock. He was regarded by fellow Republican governors as a compulsive tax-and-spender. He increased the Arkansas tax burden 47 percent, boosting the levies on gasoline and cigarettes. When he lost 100 pounds and decided to press his new lifestyle on the American people, he was hardly being a Goldwater-Reagan libertarian.

4) Sister Toldjah's round up of campaign news. I loved her comment about McCain.

5) Rudy: It's Time to Unmask Romney. One of the things I've liked about Rudy is his reluctance to be critical of other Republicans. Yet, after Romney's recent pointed attacks Rudy knew it was time to go on the offensive and he makes some good points.

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