I’ve made no apologies for my support of Rudy Giuliani – even though it has raised the eyebrows of some of my more conservative brethren. He is not doing as well as I hoped and is actually running under someone I liked at first glance, but thought would never make it, Mike Huckabee.
As Huckabee has slowly risen in the polls, so has the rancor against him. No, I’m not talking about CNN or any other liberal media titan; the most vitriolic of the attacks have come from Republican bluebloods.
I would really like to know why.
Any modest examination of Huckabee’s record reveals positions and statements that most in the party would disagree with. But it’s okay to oppose without bashing.
I have trouble with many of Huckabee’s proposals: a national ban on smoking and mandatory health care for children, to name two. He definitely has his warts, but so does Romney (who is too ready to say what people want to hear), McCain (who is too cozy with the liberals and moderates), and Rudy (who is has several disturbingly liberal policies).
Look, we all have our favorite candidates. My wish list is, I’m sure, unique in that it contains individuals diametrical opposed on fundamental issues. But you won’t find me railing against their opponents.
In many ways Huckabee is a mile wide and two inches deep. But the Republican bluebloods should pay attention to his meteoric rise. The ultimate reason he has enjoyed such success is because conservative Republicans are fed up with how they are paid lip service every election cycle and ignored the other three years. Right now it seems as though the Republican Party’s only significant social distinction is that they are pro-life. Being a social conservative is so much more than that. If Huckabee’s presidential bid brings awareness to the ignored right wing, it will not be in vain.
One last point: Thompson has distinguished himself as having no fortitude or character to stay positive and not misconstrue the truth when the situation is dire. It is easy to be all happy go lucky when you are on Jay Leno’s show but now that Thompson is well behind the Republican pack, he has turned to unfounded charges against anyone crossing his path. It is to his discredit and dishonor and reveals something about him that could not be otherwise discovered.
Ronald Reagan is championed much during this season for good reason. Although he was not perfect, he is the best gold standard the Republicans have. But people forget that Reagan was not just abstract policies and fiery speeches. He was a gentleman first.
The only thing the acidic comments do are turn off voters to the Republican Party in general. No matter who wins, it’s important that show the rest of the voting public that we can pick our champion without hard feelings.
To all those Huck-A-Haters, let’s play nice.
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