Why We Should Root For Huckabee
by jgkojak, Sat Dec 15, 2007 at 09:23:50 PM EST
Many of the recent discussions of the joy Democrats are having watching Huckabee split the GOP are missing a crucial point.
Many Dems are rooting for Huckabee because:
1. It splits the GOP and causes distracting in-fighting.
2. It exposes the corporate wing's exploitation and contempt of Christians
3. Huckabee is perceived to be a "nut" and is a weak candidate
4. If Huckabee gets shunted will Christians turn out for gay-friendly Guiliani, Mormon Romney or Hollywood Fred?
5. Bushco has clearly chosen Romney, etc. over Huckabee, and they are being repudiated by the grassroots of their own party.
I want to focus on #5, because this in my opinion is key. The bottom line:
THE BEST WAY TO DEFEAT BUSHCO AND THE NEOCONS IS FOR MIKE HUCKABE E TO BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE.
Every election since 1980 has featured a Bush influence. Every election since 1968 has featured a cast of characters begining with Richard Nixon who sowed the seeds of the neocon movement. Lest we forget Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld have their origin in the Ford Administration? That Bush was Nixon's choice to run the Republican party in the post-watergate era?
These same people have controlled the Republican party and forged a governing coalition that exploits the Christian Right for the last 40 years, doing great damage to our country, despite Democratic majorities in Congress for most of that time.
What do Democrats really want in this election? Yes, we want to win. But underlying this is the idea that the Bush/Neocon wing of the Republican party must not be given another 4 years. Period.
It is obvious that Guiliani would be Bushco on steroids. Romney, as appearantly the Bush family's chosen one, would be a congenial puppet, like Bush II, having neither the intellect or the will to fight an ideological battle. We're all a little more comfortable with McCain, but he is a Washington insider and it remains to be seen that he could be an effective agent of change, especially as he's been played a fool by the neocons for the last 8 years.
Dukakis entered the post-convention race in 1988 with a 17 point lead. It would be foolish, as a Democrat, to count on the same consultant-driven national party that has given in to George Bush in Congress, lost the 2004 election for Kerry (including failing to challenge Ohio) and has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory times too numerous to count. We could lose the 2008 election.
The safe bet, the one in which Bushco and the neocons go down to defeat bo matter what, centers on Huckabee getting the nomination. Huckabee, who has hired Bush nemesis Rollins. Huckabee, whose stance on taxes and compassionate conservatism rankles the Club For Growth. Huckabee, who appears reasonable on immigration. Huckabee, whose Christianity, though espousing beliefs not held by many progressives, registers with a majority of the loyal Republican base but NOT the corporatists.
If Huckabee wins the nomination and he proves an easy Democratic take-down in November, Bushco loses. If Huckabee wins the nomination, and proves to be agile enough to survive the general election vetting process (don't count him out)and wins in November, Bushco loses.
THE ONLY WAY TO DRIVE THE NEOCONS FROM POWER PERMANENTLY IS TO HAVE HUCKABEE BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE.
I would not like a President Huckabee. But I am ready, willing and able to spend the next 4 years debating abortion and school choice over spending 4 more years debating whether we should torture people. Huckabee wants a "fair tax"? Let's have that debate. I'm confident we'll win. Let's not debate about pre-emptive strikes on a nation that has the 4th largest army in the world. Let's not debate about whether the executive can be checked by the power of Congress. Would President Huckabee nominate good SCOTUS Justices? No. But neither would the other nominees.
Huckabee as nominee all but guarantees the end of neocon rule for a generation. Think about this:
Would a President Huckabee (shudder) take heat for the Bush Admins crimes during Congressional investigations? No.
The bottom line is that America cannot survive 4 more years of neocon rule.