Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bush Lite?

In spite of the fact that Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has recently garnered attention for his fairly sophomoric critique of President Bush's foreign policy and conduct of the war, Harrison Scott Key suggests that Mr. Huckabee bears a lot of similarity to candidate Bush in 2000.

Huckabee, in many respects, seems like just a more well-spoken, modest version of the current president. When President Bush was running in 2000, he ran as a plain-spoken, sometimes funny candidate (like Huckabee now). He had little foreign policy experience (also like Huckabee). And he seemed to be a non-politician in a field of Washington regulars (yet again, like Huckabee). Finally, he appealed to Evangelicals and Good Country People as folkish and regular (Huckabee).

If conservatives have learned something from Bush, it’s that plain-spoken regular nice guys might make good neighbors, but not necessarily the best presidents.

There is a fair amount of truth to that assessment.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mary Beth said...

I agree. What I am hearing and the impression I'm getting is that Huckabee represents Compassionate Conservatism, only is more sincere about the compassion. And that in both cases, Compassionate Conservatism goes along with a lack of fiscal conservatism.

I'm getting the feeling from your recent posts that you don't like the Huckster. I've gone pretty quickly from liking to not myself. At first he seemed sincere; now he's just seeming sanctimonious.

9:54 AM  
Blogger MCO said...

I would not cast aspersions on the sincerity of either Mr. Bush or Mr. Huckabee. However, I do disagree with their lack of fiscal discipline and with their seeming confidence in the ability of the federal government to dole out compassion.

12:02 PM  

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