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His Nomination Rests on the Demise of the Reagan Coalition

He is a nice enough guy, charming and witty speaker and a populist politician. That’s fine if you want those things in your elected officials. But it is not fine if you are a believer in the Reagan Coalition: Reagan Conservatives Say: Huckabee Not One of Us!

“Since he is not running for head of a theological college, what is he doing proclaiming himself a “Christian leader” in an ad promoting himself for president?…I suspect that neither Jefferson’s Providence nor Washington’s Great Author nor Lincoln’s Almighty would look kindly on the exploitation of religious differences for political gain.”

Charles Krauthammer

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“If the Republican party chooses to follow Huckabee’s lead, it will allow political sweet talk to destroy its greatest electoral and policy-making advantage: the GOP’s traditional political consensus built around limiting the size and scope of government.”

“Indeed, Huckabee explicitly seems to want to destroy the longstanding partnership that has defined the Right. Ed Rollins, Huckabee’s campaign manager, recently dismissed the Reagan coalition as “gone,” saying “it doesn’t mean a whole lot to people anymore.” That’s quite the claim, but perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise. Huckabee has every incentive to distance himself from the GOP coalition; his nomination rests on its demise.”

Dick Armey, Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is chairman of FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C.

Granted, I will give Mike Huckabee credit. Unlike John McCain, who seems to be trying to redefine conservatism to fit his moderate/liberal policy positions, Mike Huckabee makes no bones about the fact that he is running his campaign on the basis that the Reagan Coalition is dead and he sees that as a good thing.

I give credit to Rudy Giuliani for also running on an honest campaign of being a Republican with socially liberal policy positions. However, neither of these politicians will be getting my conservative vote. But I do appreciate them being somewhat honest. Granted, this pretty much shows that Mike Huckabee, like John McCain, is not trying to attract Reagan conservatives, but rather “independents” and “moderates” and those whose main concern is a “Christian Leader”.

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January 13, 2008 , 11:10PM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Conservatism, Mike Huckabee, Ronald Reagan

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