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Huckabomb

By Steve Deace

Without a select group of activists who believed enough in Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign to lay it all on the line for him in the Iowa Caucuses, most of you would likely have no idea who Huckabee is.

As Fox News noted, I was one of those Iowans.

And if I had it to do all over again, I’d do it all over again. Even though I risked my own job by taking the unusual (at the time) step of advocating for one, specific candidate on the radio in a crowded primary. Because it wasn’t just about supporting Huckabee, whom I’m quite fond of and still believe was the best candidate we had that year.

It was also about being a part of a grassroots uprising against ruling class Republicans who thought it was their job to tell the rest of us how to vote, and what issues we would or would not stand for publicly.

That’s why I’m sad to see that Huckabee now appears to be protecting the very people who have never wanted someone like him to be the Republican standard-bearer for president.

First Huckabee endorsed big government Lamar Alexander in Tennessee, who recently lashed out at the Tea Party for holding him accountable for his big government record. Then Huckabee lent his name to an issue advocacy ad thanking Lindsey Graham, the well-known lapdog for undocumented Democrat John “little ball of hate” McCain. Since Graham is also mired in a contested primary, and the ad was targeted at the most heavily Evangelical area of South Carolina, that certainly could be construed as a tacit endorsement of a RINO’s RINO.

Now Huckabee is endorsing one of the men who makes gangster government possible, Kentucky’s Ditch McConnell.

This is the same Ditch McConnell who gave us TARP, scamnesty, the biggest tax increase of the last 20 years, and has voted for untold hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to go to the child killers at Planned Parenthood over his last 28 years in the U.S. Senate.

Does Ditch McConnell sound like the sort of guy Mike Huckabee ought to be getting into bed with? Or does Ditch McConnell sound like the kind of guy those of us who supported Huckabee in 2008 want to replace in primaries?

McConnell was also the only member of senior Republican leadership in Washington, D.C. to refuse to issue any kind of public statement after the U.S. Supreme Court played god by redefining marriage (while slamming Christians in the process). Instead of issuing a statement when asked, McConnell simply winked to the reporter.

Does Ditch McConnell sound like the sort of guy Mike Huckabee ought to be getting into bed with? Or does Ditch McConnell sound like the kind of guy those of us who supported Huckabee in 2008 want to replace in primaries?

Remember how Huckabee heroically stepped into the breach for Todd Akin when the Republican Party establishment tried to throw him under the bus last year? Huckabee took on the GOP ruling class head on, and he did so publicly.

Perhaps Huckabee simply forgot that Ditch McConnell was one of the most prominent Republican leaders to pile on Akin, going so far as saying Akin “should step aside” for his “deeply offensive error.”

Does Ditch McConnell sound like the sort of guy Mike Huckabee ought to be getting into bed with? Or does Ditch McConnell sound like the kind of guy those of us who supported Huckabee in 2008 want to replace in primaries?

In his endorsement statement, which reads like it was written by the McConnell campaign, Huckabee touts Ditch’s lifetime ratings from groups like the NRA and National to Right to Life. Let’s assume we take those endorsements at face value. Which I don’t, because we’ve learned when grassroots candidates like Huckabee challenge the powers-that-be several of these groups cover for incumbents and the Republican ruling class in primaries, but I digress. Nevertheless, why can’t we have someone who is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and wants to oppose gangster government’s “too big to fail” bailouts?

Huckabee offers his base a false choice by offering us Ditch McConnell, who talks a good game on social issues but then votes to empower the very statists who oppose us on those social issues over and over again. Like scamnesty, the biggest Democrat Party voter drive of all time (and thus the biggest abortionist, homosexual activist, and gun grabber voter drive of all time).

Matt Bevin, Ditch McConnell’s primary challenger in Kentucky, appears to me to offer all the righteous stuff Huckabee says he supports but is also a champion of liberty and limited government as well.

Maybe Huckabee doesn’t agree with that, and knows something about Bevin we don’t know. If that’s the case, he certainly is under no obligation to support Bevin. But by supporting McConnell,  Huckabee is empowering the very people that have worked against Huckabee and his base for decades now. McConnell represents the very party establishment that has worked harder to beat us than even the Democrats have.

Thus, Huckabee is now essentially working against himself. Which sadly means he’s now working against us as well.

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