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Monday, August 13, 2007

Bleeding Heartland: Is Huckabee's rise good or bad for us?

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

I've long agreed with Kos that Mike Huckabee is the guy in the Republican field I'd least like to see us face in the general. ... Particularly against Hillary, I think Huckabee spells trouble for us. That said, I am not sure whether Huckabee's surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa GOP straw poll is good or bad for Democrats. ... What interests me most about Huckabee's showing is that he did it despite attack ads that the Club for Growth has been running against him on Iowa television stations. ... Huckabee says it's unacceptable for CEOs to make 500 times the salary of their workers and get huge bonuses while they drive their companies into bankruptcy. He talks about coming from a working class family and how he remembers his dad struggling. I mean, does he sound like he's channeling John Edwards, or what? No wonder the Club for Growth hates this guy. ... when I think about Huckabee making the top tier, getting more mainstream media coverage while portraying the GOP as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street and big business, I smile. Having a Republican reinforce this stereotype will reach many voters who would tune out a Democrat making similar allegations.

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