Mike Huckabee: The Realist as Goofball

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Everyone's bored with the GOP field and starting to give former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a look, but he's got one big weakness: No foreign policy cred. He sounds rock-solid when he talks about unions or taxes or faith (rock-solid and sometimes full of it), but drippy when he talks about Iran. So a fan pointed Rich Lowry to this Huckabee foreign policy address. Spot the seriousness!

[T]o say that American foreign policy needs a change in tone or attitude, or an opening up and reaching out, is obviously saying that O.J. Simpson might've had a bad month.

On finding a long-term energy solution:

Now, I know there are those who will say, that'll take 20 years. Well, I compare the lackadaisical pace of work similar to when you bring your car in for service, with the urgent, concentrated effort made when a NASCAR driver pulls up for a pit stop. We've got to view becoming energy independent like a pit stop, where every second counts. Not like dropping off the family station wagon for Gomer and Goober to work on when they can get around to it.

As the man might say (with a different emphasis): Jesus Christ. Gomer and Goober? Are those Dickie Flatt's embarrassing cousins, the guys who show up four hours late to the barbeque stinking like apple wine?

I was all ready to dismiss Huckabee's speech but underneath some jokes and creaky stuff about how Islamists can't understand Americans because we respect life, there's this about Iran.

The administration has quite properly said that it will not take the military option for Iran off the table. Neither would I. But if we don't put some other options on the table, eventually the military option becomes the only viable one. Right now, we're proceeding down only one track with Iran: armed confrontation. Nothing would make Osama bin Laden happier. He would welcome war between the United States and Iran, his two biggest enemies. I'd try to do anything that would avoid brightening bin Laden's day… The difference in America's mission is that al Qaeda must be
destroyed as a movement, while Iran just has to be contained as a nation.

Is that the most sensible thing a top-tier GOP candidate has said about this all year? Yeah, probably. If Huckabee rises and becomes a possible giant-killer in Iowa (as the political press prays he will), I'd like to hear the other frontrunning campaigns respond to this. Knowing them, they might just call him naive and go back to promising never to divide Jerusalem.

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  1. Ha! First post.

  2. You mean Tax Hike Mikey isn’t the one to save the GOP?
    http://www.taxhikemike.org/

  3. I’d try to do anything that would avoid brightening bin Laden’s day..

    While it’s good to hear any of the Republicans express doubt about war with Iran, I wish he wouldn’t do it in the form of a logical fallacy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_Hitlerum

  4. I doubt Huckabee will like the fact that U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 has been declared unconstitutional.

    And you don’t know the Pyle brothers? Or was that some sort of multi-level joke that went over my head?

  5. Crap, cousins, not brothers.

  6. Is that the most sensible thing a top-tier GOP candidate has said about this all year?

    Only if you accept the Fox spin that Huckabee is top tier and Paul isn’t.

    Personally, I think neither of them is top tier at this point. But Huckabee definitely isn’t.

  7. Huckabee is the most likeable to me next to Ron Paul. However Huck still believes in staying in Iraq, which also leads me to believe he thinks unconstitutional interventionism can be a good thing. And I’m not too sure on his stance with gays, at least Paul believes it’s not the government’s business regarding sexual orientation in marriage. Nontheless, if Paul doesn’t get the nomination then I hope Huck gets it as damage control.

  8. Seriously, Huckabee is thrilled at raising over 400k for Oct. Paul pulls in more than that in a week.

  9. WOOOO!!!

    $400K in 3 days!

    Good job, RP nation.

    And yes, I know I’m about 3 days late on this. I’m pretending Warren’s comment was a legitimate segue.

  10. Hey! Imagine that….Ron Paul Spammers are here!!!… In an article that never mentions Ron Paul.

    I guess you particular guys are in the brigade to spam all Huckabee articles…and there are probably those assigned to spam all Rudy articles, and Fred articles, and so forth…

    Why don’t you guys go back over to YouTube, and continue posting the virtues of Ron Raul in the comment section of ALL YouTube videos.

  11. Huckabee said something sane?

    The GOP establishment has only one option: They must eject him from the party.

    Oh, and he committed another faux pas: He mentioned Osamaay inbay adenLay. We don’t talk about him these days. It makes the Emperor look bad.

  12. You are taking sound bite quotes and making it appear that it is the sum total of his foreign policy plan… You=fail

    He has just as much foreign policy experience as anyone else in the field other than maybe McCain.

    He has more executive experience than any candidate for president.

    He gave a foreign policy briefing that i felt was far more sophisticated than any other candidate currently out there, i cannot remember what the link to the transcript was so i guess you will have to do something you have not done yet… actually research what you are blogging about.

    And on a side note for all you Ron Paul worshipers, Paul has just as little foreign policy experience as Dennis Kucinich and Tom Tancredo. (Speaking of which, I would love to get those three on a debate stage together with Mike Gravel, would be excellent TV!)

  13. 1- Matt You are a toolbag, those are regular posters on this blog.

    2- I would rather Huckabee that Guliani or Romnney.

  14. 3- Go Ron Paul in ’08

  15. 4. “MATT’S TAINT CAN’T BE WHITHERED, DUE TO AN UNINTENTIONAL TAINTECTOMY CAUSED BY HIS GENITAL WAXER.

  16. Unfortunately, Huckabee has openly supported a National Smoking ban (tobacco).

    Even Hill-dog said she would not support a National Smoking Ban. I’ve never seen anyone walk a tight rope like Hill-dog is doing right now.

  17. Well, I compare the lackadaisical pace of work similar to when you bring your car in for service, with the urgent, concentrated effort made when a NASCAR driver pulls up for a pit stop. We’ve got to view becoming energy independent like a pit stop, where every second counts. Not like dropping off the family station wagon for Gomer and Goober to work on when they can get around to it.

    So, his proposed solution to energy independence is to design our energy economy such that it can be changed in seconds by substituting multiple lugnuts (such that two can come loose without really endangering the car) with one big lugnut that is very easy to remove, and is only expected to stay in place for 20 or 30 laps. Also, instead of having our economy free to go wherever we need it to go, with multiple service centers in any town, we should restrict it to an oval track with a single service center. We should spend years training the crew that will change our energy economy to act in unison.

    Seriously, if this metaphor were a NASCAR pit crew, Jimmie Johnson’s wheels would come off halfway out of the pit.

  18. How come they can make a potato chip in 3 seconds, but it takes us months to produce software??

  19. “And you don’t know the Pyle brothers?”

    They were on the same show, but I don’t remember them being brothers. Goober just worked at the local gas station.

  20. chukmaty | October 24, 2007, 11:33am | #
    He gave a foreign policy briefing that i felt was far more sophisticated than any other candidate currently out there, i cannot remember what the link to the transcript was so i guess you will have to do something you have not done yet… actually research what you are blogging about.

    Date? Month even?

    See, this is what I interpret this as:

    I saw a speech where the candidate addressed all of your concerns in a nuanced way but I don’t remember when the speech was nor do I have a link to back up my assertion but you must locate this speech to prove yourself wrong and I won’t give you any helpful information to start your search with.

    WTF man?

  21. Has anyone noticed that Mike Huckabee is basically a pro-life democrat? He has no problem with tax and spend initiatives. To his credit he claims he supports the fair tax but doesn’t seem to have any interest in lowering the rate. He loves centralized planning and, this is positive, is mildly dovish on the war (but makes no noise about withdrawal anytime soon). If fact, if you look at the guys record, aside from the strident pro-life stance he’s basically a really conservative democrat.

    How this guy is some kind of conservative hope is beyond me. He’s about as conservative as Clinton.

  22. Just a quick question: what’s the difference between an Islamist and a Muslim?

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