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We Need More Energy May 10, 2008

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We need more energy and that means diversifying our sources of supply away from the OPEC countries. Yes, it means more efficient automobiles. But it also means more exploration and development of oil and natural gas here in our own country. The only way to free ourselves from the monopoly pricing power of OPEC is to be less dependent on outside sources of fuel.

Official Announcement, Intent to Run for President
New York Hilton, New York, NY, November 13, 1979

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Our Most Precious Inheritance Is Freedom April 29, 2008

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Every time we place our hand over our heart and pledge allegiance to the flag, we’ll be reminded that our most precious inheritance is freedom and that history has bestowed on our nation the unique responsibility for its protection.

Remarks at a Flag Day Ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland
June 14, 1985

Rush Limbaugh on America’s responsibility toward freedom:

Liberation was at the core of America’s birth war. Our Founders revolted to establish a form of government which recognizes that man’s rights and liberty are not a birthright of monarchs, but rather bestowed by God. And less than a century later, another American war abolished the centuries-old practice of slavery. Those two wars sparked the liberation of millions beyond our borders, as democratic governments overturned monarchies around the world.

Since then, we have shed blood to liberate millions more from Nazism, Communism, and now Islamofascism. No other nation has created and spent as much wealth — both governmentally and privately — on the welfare of citizens and people of the world.

The liberated, liberating others — that’s America’s history. We are an exceptional nation. We’re not damned; we are blessed by God. The United States of America is the solution for the world.

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Our Liberal Friends April 27, 2008

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Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.

A Time for Choosing, Address on behalf of Senator Barry Goldwater,
Rendezvous with Destiny, October 27, 1964

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Romney, Not Huckabee, the Next Reagan December 29, 2007

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While the purpose of this blog is to quote Ronald Reagan, I wanted to declare my position given the upcoming presidential primaries and caucuses. I support Mitt Romney as a true conservative.

With Huckabee’s recent surge in the polls, I’m concerned that many people are looking to him as “a Christian” to be the great conservative that Reagan was. Curious to see what great conservatives thought of Mike Huckabee, I researched recent comments and writings from Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Robert Novak, Condoleezza Rice, the National Review, and others. I have compiled a list of quotes on Mike Huckabee. Based on his record, it seems he’s not the great conservative that many want him to be. From the statements below, one could conclude that he would not be another Ronald Reagan.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is much more likely to carry forward Ronald Reagan’s tradition of ensuring a stronger military, a stronger economy, and stronger families. Look at what Judge Robert Bork had to say in his endorsement of Romney:

“Throughout my career, I have had the honor of serving under several Presidents and am proud to make today’s endorsement. No other candidate will do more to advance the conservative judicial movement than Governor Mitt Romney. He knows firsthand how the judicial branch can profoundly affect the future course of a state and a nation. I greatly admired his leadership in Massachusetts in the way that he responded to the activist court’s ruling legalizing same-sex ‘marriage.’ His leadership on the issue has served as a model to the nation on how to respect all of our citizens while respecting the rule of law at the same time.”

“Our next President may be called upon to make more than one Supreme Court nomination, and Governor Romney is committed to nominating judges who take their oath of office seriously and respect the rule of law in our nation. I also support Governor Romney because of his character, his integrity and his stands on the major issues facing the United States.”

Thanks to Jeff Fuller at Iowans for Romney for helping to identify those who had spoken directly about Huckabee.

Conservatives on Huckabee…

Rush Limbaugh (12/21/07)

“More I see what Huckster’s — Huckabee’s (laughs) record was in Arkansas, there’s a lot of liberalism in there. There certainly isn’t a lot of Reaganism in there, and I think that the Huckabee campaign is trying to dumb down conservatism to comport with his record.”

“It’s the elites who want open borders, not middle America. It’s the elites who want higher taxes — and this is Huckabee’s campaign. It’s elites who want to talk to the Iranian regime, not middle America. It’s the elites soft on crime, want to release criminals from prison, not middle America.”

“I mean, individuals who have fought immigration for years are not happy with his open borders positions as governor. They’re just not. Anti-tax groups are unhappy with his tax increases when he was governor. Conservatives who helped defeat the Soviet Union under Ronaldus Magnus are troubled by his statements about our war effort and his desire to negotiate with Iran, for instance — and it raised eyebrows among longtime school-choice advocates when the New Hampshire NEA endorsed Huckabee. They endorsed Hillary on the Democrat side; Huckabee on the right.”

“I’m getting the sense that Mike Huckabee doesn’t want to debate the issues, and he’s relying on other things as a firewall to keep the issues from coming up.”

National Review (12/10/07)

“In sum, conservatives should have worries about the depth and soundness of Mike Huckabee’s foreign-policy views. And staying at a Holiday Inn Express is not going to be enough to allay them.” (In response to Mike Huckabee’s statement, “And the ultimate thing is, I may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.”)

Condoleezza Rice (12/21/07)

“The idea that somehow this is a go it alone policy is just simply ludicrous. And one would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is now a go it alone foreign policy.” (In response to Mike Huckabee’s criticism that President Bush’s foreign policy was an “arrogant bunker mentality.”)

Michelle Malkin (12/12/07)

“Every Democrat running for president thinks anti-illegal immigration activists are all racists and xenophobes. Do we really need a Republican nominee for president who thinks the same way? Breakout GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, the soft-on-border control former governor of Arkansas, scored a jaw-dropping endorsement Tuesday from Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project. Despite a long gubernatorial record opposing employer sanctions and pushing tax-subsidized illegal alien education benefits, Huckabee won Gilchrist’s support by unveiling a last-minute, tough-sounding homeland security plan. Trouble is, Huckabee has downright and longstanding contempt for his new bedfellows of convenience.”

Ann Coulter (12/20/07)

“As far as I can tell, it’s mostly secular liberals swooning over Huckabee. Liberals adore Huckabee because he fits their image of what an evangelical should be: stupid and easily led.”

“Asked on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Monday night about his beliefs on evolution, Huckabee rushed to assure King that he has no interest in altering textbooks that foist this fraud on innocent schoolchildren. I don’t understand that. Does Huckabee believe Darwinism is a hoax or not? If he knows it’s a fraud, then why does he want it taught to schoolchildren?”

Phyllis Schlafly (10/26/07)

“He [Huckabee] destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles. Yet some of the same evangelicals who sold us on George W. Bush as a ‘compassionate conservative’ are now trying to sell us on Mike Huckabee.”

Robert Novak (11/26/07)

“Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate. Now that he has pulled even with Mitt Romney for the Iowa caucuses and might make more progress, the beleaguered Republican Party has a frightening problem.”

Peggy Noonan (12/21/07)

“I didn’t see the famous floating cross. What I saw when I watched Mike Huckabee’s Christmas commercial was a nice man in a sweater sitting next to a brightly lit tree. He had easy warmth and big brown puppy-dog eyes, and he talked about taking a break from politics to remember the peace and joy of the season. Sounds good to me. Only on second look did I see the white lines of the warmly lit bookcase, which formed a glowing cross…. I wound up thinking this: That guy is using the cross so I’ll like him. That doesn’t tell me what he thinks of Jesus, but it does tell me what he thinks of me. He thinks I’m dim. He thinks I will associate my savior with his candidacy. Bleh.”

Charles Krauthammer (12/07/07)

“But part of his rise in Iowa is attributable to something rather less appealing: playing the religion card. The other major candidates — John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson — either never figured out how to use it or had the decency to refuse to deploy it. Huckabee has exploited Romney’s Mormonism with an egregious subtlety. Huckabee is running a very effective ad in Iowa about religion. “Faith doesn’t just influence me,” he says on camera, “it really defines me.” The ad then hails him as a “Christian leader.” Forget the implications of the idea that being a “Christian leader” is some special qualification for the presidency of a country whose Constitution (Article VI) explicitly rejects any religious test for office. ”

Laura Ingraham (12/03/07)

“ I’m very disturbed what I just heard. That is ridiculous. OK, the question is, are you creating a magnetic pull in your state for illegal aliens—yes or no? The answer: Yes.” (On Mike Huckabee defending his support for scholarships for illegal aliens)

Fred Barnes (11/23/07)

“The new 30-second ad that Mike Huckabee has put on the air in Iowa represents a quite remarkable step in presidential politics. Maybe my memory betrays me, but I don’t recall a major presidential candidate who made such an unabashed, unambiguous appeal for support on the basis of religious faith.”

Michael Barone (12/24/07)

“Mike Huckabee, leading in every December Iowa poll and No. 1 nationally in the Rasmussen poll, denounces “the Bush administration’s arrogant bunker mentality” in the current Foreign Affairs and says that after Iran was included in the axis of evil in 2002, “everything went downhill fast.” But the mullahs have been launching attacks on America since 1979. He sounds like almost as much of a populist as Edwards. Huckabee’s engaging personality and his status as a “Christian leader” (a caption in one of his ads) have propelled him ahead in Iowa. But Republicans should understand that his nomination would move the party left on foreign and economic issues. He’s more like William Jennings Bryan than like Ronald Reagan.”

Mark Steyn (12/17/07)

“Mike Huckabee’s declaration in his Iowa advertising that he is a “Christian leader” seems a barely coded dig at Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, and Mitt’s big speech Thursday was his own attempt to put the Mormon question to bed.”

“As far as Christian conservatives are concerned, Gov. Huckabee is obviously a sincere Christian. But he doesn’t seem to be any kind of a conservative – not if you look at his record on domestic policy.”

George Will (12/20/07)

“On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee’s role in the ’70s Show involves blending Jimmy Carter’s ostentatious piety with Nixon’s knack for oblique nastiness.”

“Huckabee’s campaign actually is what Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy is misdescribed as being — a comprehensive apostasy against core Republican beliefs. Giuliani departs from recent Republican stances regarding two issues — abortion and the recognition by the law of same-sex couples. Huckabee’s radical candidacy broadly repudiates core Republican policies such as free trade, low taxes, the essential legitimacy of America’s corporate entities and the market system allocating wealth and opportunity.”

“He represents wholesale repudiation of what came after the 1970s – Reaganism.”

Glenn Beck (12/12/07)

“This is some of the most unAmerican stuff I have seen. Good God almighty, have we really come to this? With all of the things that we are debating now, you’re telling me that a man’s Christian faith, whether Mullah Huckabee says that he is Christian enough to run this country, this is really a standard? This is really, this has something to do with our future, if he’s Christian enough?”

Matt Drudge (12/11/07)

“Democrat party officials are avoiding any and all criticism of Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee, insiders reveal. The Democratic National Committee has told staffers to hold all fire, until he secures the party’s nomination. The directive has come down from the highest levels within the party, according to a top source. Within the DNC, Huckabee is known as the “glass jaw — and they’re just waiting to break it.” In the last three weeks since Huckabee’s surge kicked in, the DNC hasn’t released a single press release criticizing his rising candidacy.”

David Limbaugh (12/18/07)

“Until now, Huckabee has been fairly Teflon, avoiding real damage with conservatives for some of the unappealing aspects of his record and policy agenda. But the Foreign Affairs article, “America’s Priorities in the War on Terror,” could be his “Howard Dean scream” moment – assuming Republicans are listening with a modicum of objectivity. For taken at face value, a number of his statements in the piece surely will, to paraphrase Huckabee, “alienate very important segments of the Republican Party.” Why? Because they wrongly trash President Bush in the words of ill-meaning Democrats who have slandered Bush’s foreign policy from the beginning for their own partisan ends.”

“Republicans might overlook some of Huckabee’s other anomalous policy positions, but his betrayal of President Bush, wrapped in a virtual endorsement of Jimmy Carter diplomacy, will require some real explaining.”

Kimberley Strassel (12/21/07)

“Mr. Huckabee is starting to get a look-see by the press, though whether the nation will have time to absorb the findings before the primaries is just as unknown. The small amount that has been unearthed so far ought to have primary voters nervous. It isn’t just that Mr. Huckabee is far from a traditional conservative; he’s a potential ethical time bomb.”

“On policy, Mr. Huckabee’s tenure in Arkansas has shown him to be ambivalent about tax increases, variously supporting sales tax hikes, cigarette and gasoline taxes and Internet taxes. Spending increased 65% from 1996 to 2004, three times the rate of inflation.”

“He’s so lackluster on education reform that he recently received an endorsement from the New Hampshire affiliate of the National Education Association–the first ever of a GOP candidate. The union cited Mr. Huckabee’s opposition to school vouchers. Mr. Huckabee is a fan of greater subsidies for farmers and “clean energy.” He’s proven himself a political neophyte on foreign policy, joining Democrats to skewer President Bush and glorify the “diplomacy, diplomacy, diplomacy” line.”

“In Arkansas, Mr. Huckabee was investigated by the state ethics committee at least 14 times. Most of the complaints centered on what appears to be a serial disregard for government rules about gifts and outside financial compensation. He reported $112,000 worth of gifts in one year alone, nearly double his $67,000 salary.”

Donald Lambro (12/03/07)

“Mr. Huckabee has campaigned as a tax cutter, and indeed he did slash some state taxes during his two terms as governor, but he raised far more than he cut. The Cato Institute, which monitors the fiscal records of the nation’s governors, gave him a poor-to-failing grade on spending and taxes.”

“The Club for Growth has also examined his tax-and-spend record and found it wanting. Its verdict: Mr. Huckabee could not be trusted to hold the line on taxes, let alone push it back.”

John Fund (10/26/07)

“Mr. Huckabee … is running hard right on social issues but liberal-populist on some economic issues.”

“[H]e is not the “consistent conservative” he now claims to be.”

“The business community in Arkansas is split. Some praise Mr. Huckabee’s efforts to raise taxes to repair roads and work with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. Free-market advocates are skeptical. “He has zero intellectual underpinnings in the conservative movement,” says Blant Hurt, a former part owner of, and columnist for, Arkansas Business magazine. “He’s hostile to free trade, hiked sales and grocery taxes, backed sales taxes on Internet purchases, and presided over state spending going up more than twice the inflation rate.””

Jim Geraghty (12/13/07)

“Huckabee already had questions about whether he really could appeal to economic conservatives or foreign policy conservatives. It seems, judging by his supporters and his rhetoric, that the one message that has worked like gangbusters for Huckabee since he entered the race, has been his message to evangelical conservatives, “I’m one of you.” Judging by the polls, that community has responded enthusiastically: “Yes, you’re one of us.” That’s a nice bond. But it’s not enough. And for those of us outside that bond, what’s the pitch to get us to mark Huckabee’s name on the box? Good jokes? The irony of seeing Hillary defeated by a guy from Hope, Arkansas? A campaign theme of “I’m one of you” only works for folks who see themselves as “you”, not as “the other guys.” At the end of the day, becoming the president of Evangelical America will do Huckabee no more good than being the “president of black America” did Jesse Jackson.”

Howie Carr (12/16/2007)

“Gov. Mike Huckabee has the soul of a Massachusetts state rep. Not to mention the ethics. What other conclusion can you draw after studying the squalid career of the current front-runner for the GOP nomination for president?”

“He commuted the prison sentence of the stepson of one of his staffers. He commuted the murder sentences of any number of depraved killers, including at least one who had been turned down for release a total of three times by Gov. Bill Clinton, who himself should have gone to prison, and Clinton successor Jim Guy Tucker, who did (go to prison, that is).”

Kathryn Jean Lopez (12/21/07)

“Since Mike Huckabee has found himself at the front of the Republican field, it’s been more The Mike Show than not. In a treadmill interview with the New York Times earlier this week, he claimed “I’m being questioned about the details of my faith like no one else.” Mitt Romney and Barack Obama might legitimately argue that point, Gov. He’s cast aspersions on another candidate’s religion. He’s highlighted hostilities among evangelicals and others in the Republican party. If he keeps this up, he’s going to do some unholy damage.”

Rich Lowry (12/13/07)

“The ghost of Howard Dean haunts the pundit class. As soon as a candidate of either party spikes up in the polls, he is compared with Dean, who had a spectacular boomlet in the second half of 2003 only to deflate as soon as people began to vote in early 2004.”

“After many false prophecies, Dean circa 2008 has finally arrived. He is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Not because he will inevitably blow himself up in Iowa. But because, like Dean, his nomination would represent an act of suicide by his party.”

“Like Dean, Huckabee is an under-vetted former governor who is manifestly unprepared to be president of the United States. Like Dean, he is rising toward the top of polls in a crowded field based on his appeal to a particular niche of his party. As with Dean, his vulnerabilities in a general election are so screamingly obvious that it’s hard to believe that primary voters, once they focus seriously on their choice, will nominate him.”

Dean Barnett (12/20/07)

“In an effort to answer these questions once and for all, Huckabee took to the pages of Foreign Affairs to dramatically lay out his foreign policy vision. As its name suggests, Foreign Affairs tends to be a dry read. The notoriously serious Counsel on Foreign Relations publishes the magazine, so Huckabee’s trademark wit would be of no service. Apparently sensing the sobriety of the occasion, Huckabee chose to write the essay under the handle “Michael D. Huckabee” rather than the more familiar and colloquial “Mike.”

“The essay was a disaster for both Michael D. Huckabee and Mike Huckabee. Their bid to persuade America’s most serious foreign policy analysts that Huckabee understands global affairs was equal parts embarrassing and unintentionally comic.”

Mark Hemingway (12/21/07)

“Your recent article in Foreign Affairs was widely panned, and justifiably so. It is also no surprise. The chapter in your book on restoring “America’s Prestige” may be well-intentioned, but, as you might put it, “Where’s the beef?” The chapter is ten pages long — the word “Iraq” appears on only three of those pages. Meanwhile, you talk about hunting rifles and dish out useless pearls of would-be wisdom such as “A true leader shares his power rather than shows his power.” Get serious, Mike.”

Walter Williams (12/05/07)

“Listening to people like Lou Dobbs, John Edwards and Mike Huckabee lamenting the plight of America’s middle class and poor, you’d have to conclude that things are going to hell in a hand basket. According to them, there’s wage stagnation, while the rich are getting richer and the poor becoming poorer.”

Austin Hill (12/23/07)

“But given the surge of the “Huckabee for President” campaign, it would seem that many Republicans have abandoned Reagan’s vision in favor of something more reminiscent of President Carter.”

“As a former Governor, Huckabee has a less-than-conservative track record on a wide range of crucial policy issues, from taxation to immigration to judicial appointments. But Huckabee speaks fluently about Jesus Christ, and theology, and for some people this is apparently all that matters.”

Deroy Murdock (12/14/07)

“The Republican presidential race has devolved into holy war. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney recently told voters he believes “Jesus Christ is the son of God and the savior of mankind.” Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee subsequently asked a writer, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?””

“How this will cut taxes or kill terrorists remains elusive. These theological niceties also distract from the urgent task of examining Huckabee’s Earthly record. His background and positions should scare the hell out of GOP primary voters.”

“The Arkansas Ethics Commission sanctioned Huckabee in five of its 14 probes. It found that Huckabee failed to report paying himself $14,000 from his 1992 U.S. Senate campaign, $43,000 from his 1994 lieutenant governor’s bid, and $23,500 from Action America, his non-profit.”

“According to The Politico, a $200 stadium blanket, $250 in dental care, a $600 chainsaw, and a $3,700 pair of cowboy boots were among 300 gratuities Huckabee accepted totaling $130,000. Like the Clintons loading their moving van with White House antiques, Huckabee tried to claim for himself some $70,000 in furniture donated to the governor’s mansion.”

David Frum (12/15/07)

“The currently front-running candidate in Iowa, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, has built his campaign on a plan to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax.”

“Economists and tax experts virtually unanimously agree that the plan is beyond unworkable — that it is downright absurd. (It does not help that it was originally drafted by the Church of Scientology.)”

“Huckabee and Paul have not the faintest idea of what they are talking about. The problem is not that their answers are wrong — that can happen to anyone. The problem is that they don’t understand the questions, and are too lazy or too arrogant to learn. But say that aloud and their partisans will shout back: Elitism!”

Jonathan Adler (12/21/07)

“It seems to me there are some strange bedfellows among Huckabee’s supporters.For instance, he’s reportedly received significant support from the home-schooling community. Given his evangelical roots, this is understandable. Yet Huck was also endorsed by the New Hampshire NEA affiliate (which also endorsed Hillary on the Dem side), largely because the teachers’ unions see Huck as the least supportive of vouchers and other school choice initiatives. Last I checked, teachers’ unions were also the biggest opponents of home-schooling, advocating various regulatory measures that make home-schooling more difficult. If both groups are enthusiastic about Huck, my question is which group understands who they’re really backing, and which is being taken for a ride?”

John Hinderaker (12/07/07)

“On fundamental issues like taxes and immigration his record is not at all conservative, and, not only does he have zero experience in foreign policy, his comments on security issues have been less than reassuring. As Republican voters learn more about Huckabee, most of them will like him less, not more.”

Bruce Bartlett (08/26/07)

“Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s unexpectedly strong second-place showing in the recent Iowa Republican straw poll is widely attributed to his support for the FairTax.”

“In short, the FairTax is too good to be true, and voters should not take seriously any candidate who supports it.”

(Note: Mr. Bartlett was deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy from 1988 to 1993.)

Victor Davis Hanson (12/20/07)

“But his essay in Foreign Affairs is flawed, poorly written, terribly argued, and self-contradictory — and since we don’t know much about his ideas on foreign policy, it was a bad start.”

Jonathan Tobin (12/21/07)

“Romney responded earlier this month with a speech defending not only his own religion, but also asserting his own belief that religious faith had a place on the public square.”

“It’s unclear whether it did him much good. It certainly did not deter Huckabee from continuing to harp on his Christianity. His latest gambit is a disarming television ad that seeks disingenuously to tone down the debate for the holiday season while still talking about the primacy of “the birth of Christ” while a cross-like image hovers over him in the background.”

It remains to be seen if this revival tent act can win Huckabee Iowa or any other state. He may turn out to be a 2008 version of Howard Dean, whose Democratic star peaked in late 2003 and then plummeted to earth with a scream in the Hawkeye state. Should the Republicans actually nominate Huckabee, there’s little doubt that almost any Democrat would dispatch this evolution-doubting foreign policy ignoramus in a landslide.”

Hugh Hewitt (12/13/07)

“Huckabee’s obvious attempt to salt the mine and get the reporter to carry anti-Mormon (-sic) rhetoric into the paper without Huckabee’s fingerprints on it backfired, and the transparent attempt to use the MSM to further the anti-Mormon message was repulsive.”

Frank Gaffney (12/19/07)

“[Regarding Huckabee’s foreign policy views toward Iran], I think that’s cockamamie, and in fact, I had an hour and a half, I think, conversation with with Governor Huckabee a couple of months ago over breakfast, and this was one of the main points on which I tried to educate him…. Just talking with them, you know, can’t we all get along, Rodney King style, is not a prescription for a serious foreign policy, I’m afraid.”

Lorie Byrd (12/21/07)

“Whether it be his stand on personal freedoms (“nanny state” issues) or immigration, or his statements and actions as governor on taxes and commutations, there are quite a few arguments that could be made that he is not a true conservative. The assertion in his recent essay that “American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out” and that “the Bush administration’s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad” gave me one more reason to believe he should not be the nominee.”

Peter Wehner (12/17/07)

“Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has written an article for Foreign Affairs magazine, the first two paragraphs of which are stunningly silly, misguided, and unfortunately for Huckabee, deeply revealing.”

Douglas MacKinnon (12/10/07)

“Chris Matthews, of MSNBC, recently asked, “Why is the liberal media giving Huckabee a free ride?” Could the answer be as obvious as the liberal media thinks that they have war-gamed this election better than conservatives? Did they look at the Republican field and try to ascertain who would be the weakest “non-fringe” candidate?”

“The liberals are desperate to take the White House back and desperate to start their global “The United States is evil” appeasement campaign. Many of these same liberals think Huckabee would make an outstanding Republican nominee. Why?”

Paul Mirengoff (12/04/07)

“My main objection to Huckabee — the reason why he’s my fifth choice out of five — is that I lack confidence in his ability to fight terrorism. It’s not just that he lacks experience in this realm, though that’s certainly the case. The real problem is that he’s too moralistic (which is not the same thing as moral). My first clue came when he said during an early debate that we need to remain in Iraq because “we broke it.” Not because we need to defeat al Qaeda; not because we need to limit Iranian influence or avoid a devastating defeat at the hands of terrorists; but because we injured this formerly peaceful state. Huckabee’s exaltation of moralism (in this case dubious) over policy calculation was difficult to miss.”

Jerome Corsi (12/19/07)

“In the Nov. 28 YouTube debate on CNN, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee misrepresented the historical record when asked if he had supported as Arkansas governor a program for granting in-state college tuition scholarships for illegal aliens.”

National Review Editors (11/19/07, before the Romney endorsement)

“Unfortunately, what Huckabee offers by way of solutions is a mixture of populism and big-government liberalism; the common theme of his policies is that they are half-baked. If an ill-considered slogan can be used to justify a policy, he is for it. He is a protectionist, because we need to have “fair trade.” He wants to put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship, because we need them “to do jobs that are going unfilled because nobody here wants to do them.” Energy subsidies and farm subsidies must be increased, because they’re a matter of “national security.””