Sunday, April 24, 2011

Is Huckabee a Liberal?

One of the folks who commented on this blog recently pointed out that Ed Rollins who managed Huckabee's campaign for president in 2008 thinks that Huckabee will run in 2012. Whether or not that is true, I'm not sure, as from what I've heard Huckabee hasn't even really launched an exploratory committee for 2o12 yet. Maybe he doesn't need an exploratory committee or maybe he's just not running yet.

But after reading that article and looking over some of the comments that are being posted there, I began to wonder how many conservatives think that Huckabee is a liberal. I've known for a long time that there are some liberals that like Mike Huckabee personally but would never vote for him. I've known some of them would vote for him long before they would vote for many other members of the GOP, but that is not what would make Mike a liberal.

If Huckabee is a liberal, than we've all got problems. From what I know of liberals, most of them have trouble with cutting deficit spending. Most of them support raise taxes on "the rich" which I have yet to hear Mike supporting. I know Mike tries to come across as the little guys conservative not favoring the large corporations some of which pay no taxes while a guy barely getting by at $50K per year is paying thousands of dollars in taxes. So while Mike Huckabee has used rhetoric in the past that may come across as not completely conservative, I've never heard him use the kind of rhetoric that Obama uses. Obama runs around holding the hands of the Wall Street types and then turns around and bashes them with his typical class warfare dribble.

Huckabee is one of the few politicans who has come out supporting the Fairtax, which, while maybe not as good as a flattax from a conservative perspective I've heard Mark Levin and Neal Boortz both advocate for it and I highly doubt they would support a liberal tax idea.

So what do you think? Is Mike Huckabee a liberal? He seems to me to be on the wrong side of the fence on all the issues that liberals support. He was the strongest candidate to finish out the top 3 in 2008 as a pro-gun, pro-life, and pro-traditional marriage conservative. I don't see how people come to the conclusion that Huckabee is a liberal because there's just no evidence to support such an accusation.


Anonymous said...

Mike Huckabee is not a liberal. I believe that he prefers to have open, honest, and respectful conversations with liberals as opposed to attacking them for their beliefs, and maybe this is why some people call him liberal, but that is ridiculous. He has always made it clear that his values are conservative. All you have to do is listen to him talk, or read one of his books. Mike Huckabee is not a liberal.

DesignExcellante said...

Hi, thanks for your comment. I think you hit the nail on the head. Huck is definitely not your average shifty, change with the wind politician. He almost always chooses his position on a principle and then sticks to that position. Has he made some mistakes? Of course, but he has a stable hand that is lacking from almost all politicians these days.

Steve and Carrie Whitson said...

No, No, No. Huckabee is not a liberal. Its only the Rockefeller Republicans that say that. It's the RR that are behind, who I consider to be a moderate, Mitt Romney. I also think that Rush Limbaugh has morphed into a RR over the past few years. The RR establishment will fight Huckabee all the way. They prefer a democrat in the WH over a true conservative whose fiscal ideals are based upon their social ideals.