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BestCenter Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:21 PM
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Mike Huckabee and the Coming Republican Realignment
A DailyKos journal entry

Does the scenario bear any merit?
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:27 PM
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1. Yes and it is a potential minefield
Huckabee represents a form of GOP populism that could be filled with landmines for our side.

In a sense he is the mirror image of Democrats trying to woo reeligious social conservatives.

Huckabee is basically a GOP conservative, but he couches it in terms that would appeal to the populist instinct against Big Power. And it is also gloose over with a degree of humanistic liberalism -- such as in calling for more art and music in the schools.

If the Democratic Party doesn't come out against the Corporate Status Quo, Huckabee could well mount a stealth campaign that could grab the "change" mantle.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:32 PM
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3. i love the DUers praying he somehow gets the nod
thinking he's the easiest opponent. it's wishful thinking at best, and whistling past the graveyard at worst.

he believes in a place called Hope too, y'know.
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:27 PM
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2. Only if Huckabee wins the Whitehouse and follows through...
on his promises to keep the corporate powers in check.
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zippy890 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:35 PM
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4. except that huckabee denies evolution
and thinks the earth is 6000 years old.

great article:

Mike Huckabee Is Not a Sane Man

By Matt Taibbi, RollingStone.com. Posted November 24, 2007.


http://alternet.org/story/68057 /
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BestCenter Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:00 PM
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6. That only hurts him with some voters
and he doesn't necessarily believe in Young Earth Creationism, only some form of creationism. And that doesn't matter if he can compensate in other ways. For one thing, he's open to anti-global warming measures, he's greener than some other GOPs.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:27 PM
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13. and these same people whom it doesn't hurt his standing with ...
are the ones who wonder why the US children are not stacking up well against other nations in science ...
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:08 PM
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9. I've seen him deal with that on Maher's show
He's a reasonable person (says, "it's a mystery to me" and, if you're not careful, you're the one who winds up having to prove how the earth was created). Painting this guy as a loon is misguided at best.
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zippy890 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:25 PM
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12. can I paint him as misguided

in my loony way?

:)

read the article, its quite well written
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:38 PM
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14. Good read
Thanks for giving me the extra push.

The End of the World scenario is the way I'd go after this guy; much more disturbing to the average Joe than his stance on evolution. I think most people have had enough biblical literalism coming from politicians to last a lifetime in this country.
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BestCenter Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:53 PM
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15. "We Stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord!"
Teddy Roosevelt, Progressive Party convention, 1912.

It depends on whether or not Huckabee is truly a dispensationalist End-Timer (or a Rushdoony dominionist). He may say some suspect things, and get the Tim Lahaye endorsement, but is he really in the same class as Bush or the Evangelicals Bush had around him? Huckabee's proposed Israel/Mideast policies will tell.
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 03:14 PM
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17. He'll probably impersonate a moderate...what runs against him, though, is Bush
Prior to him, few would have thought it plausible that a President could have a faith-based foreign policy. People should know better now...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:37 PM
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5. Huckabee will not be allowed to put his economic populism
into action, not while the party is controlled by the wealthy. They will allow him to push his dreadful social policies.

Look carefully at whoever gets his #2 spot. That is the Cheney spot in GOP administrations and that will be who determines the economic policy.

However, if the Democrats don't rein in the Wall Street Democrats, the second part of the scenario might just come true, leaving voters no options whatsoever.
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:01 PM
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7. I think that Huckabee Republicanism will play well
in the exurbs, but not out in the boonies, or among the urban. I cannot see a full scale realignment behind a platform that fugues as badly as
the Evangelical Progressive.
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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:03 PM
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8. he's the one i fear the most
unlike georgie, he can sell a used car.

and sweet talk amerikkka into another stupid move.
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Timmy5835 Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:23 PM
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11. But remember........
The GOP has a REAL money problem. Huckabee won't be able to fix that.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:23 PM
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10. Remember,
Bush needs somebody worse to follow him.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:54 PM
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16. He is pug from Arkansas - Has he done any of these things there?
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