as dee and i have discussed a number of times, mike huckabee makes my skin crawl. aside from the fact that he looks like a cheap imitation of gomer pyle, i simply couldn't name why i couldn't stand him. i almost felt guilty because i thought i was judging that book merely by it's cover.
you should definitely follow the links as well, but i have chosen my favorite segment of the fund article to whet your appetite:
Governors who served with him praise Mr. Huckabee for his ability to work with others, but say he was clearly a moderate. "He fought my efforts to reform the National Governors Association and always took fiscal positions to my left," former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, a supporter of Mitt Romney, told me.
Rick Scarborough, a pastor who heads Vision America, attended seminary with Mr. Huckabee and is a strong backer. But, he acknowledges, "Mike has always sought the validation of elites." When conservatives took over the Southern Baptist Convention after a bitter fight in the 1980s, Mr. Huckabee sided with the ruling moderates. Paul Pressler, a former Texas judge who led the conservative Southern Baptist revolt, told me, "I know of no conservative he appointed while he headed the Arkansas Baptist Convention."
Mr. Huckabee's reluctance to surround himself with conservatives was evident as governor, when he kept many agency heads appointed by Bill Clinton. Zac Wright, a spokesman for incoming Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, was asked this year why 15 Huckabee agency heads had been retained. Most of them were "Clinton people," he replied, not "Huckabee people." Mr. Huckabee told me many of his agency heads had "apolitical" responsibilities.
enter my buddy goat's great post that i somehow missed earlier today (in my defense it has been a particularly busy day) and now i know my gut was right. no bout adoubt it. his is actually a link to a post from american spectator about the bad ole days with huckabee in arkansas. to me, the most important passage from the amspec article is this:
Ask lots of folks in Arkansas, including Republicans, and a fair number will probably tell you that Huck is for Huck is for Huck. National media folks like David Brooks, dealing in surface appearances only, rave about what a nice guy Huckabee is, and a moral exemplar to boot. If they only did a little homework, they would discover a guy with a thin skin, a nasty vindictive streak, and a long history of imbroglios about questionable ethics.
Once, Gov. Huckabee even had the gall to file suit against the state ethics commission. He lost.
but all in all, i think this blog post from the arkansas times sums it up best:
In the final analysis, Huckabee's failure in nine months to raise in Arkansas an amount equivalent to what Bill Clinton raised at the outset of his entry into the presidential race (when the dollar was worth more and campaign contribution limits were lower) is a telling read on the depth of affection Huckabee left here. Instructive, too, are the polls that show Hillary a likely winner over Huckabee in Arkansas.
i mean, seriously folks, if the conservatives (and/or republicans) of arkansas aren't united behind huckabee why should any of us climb on board with him?
UPDATE: from dee this morning:
I also updated the post with 2 more DEVASTATING articles about him. Apparently he pardoned a rapist who when released sexually assaulted and murdered a woman right here in Missouri. Yikes!! No way to Huckabee, Pat Toomey's article says he's not even good enough for VP and I would agree. The articles also talk about how the liberal media loves him because in many ways he is a big government lib. I was wondering why the liberal KY3 Missouri blog was always touting him, now I know why.
Here are the articles:
each of these is an excellent read and i highly recommend them. thanks!