Saturday, January 27, 2007

Huckabee Prepares for Run

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee plans to announce an exploratory committee for a possible run for the White House on Monday.

"My brand of conservatism is not an angry hostile brand. It's one that says 'conservative' means we want to conserve the best of our culture, society, principles and values and pass them on," MSNBC reports Huckabee as saying last month.

Huckabee took the office of governor in July of 1996 after the resignation of Governor Jim Tucker and served in that office until January, 2007.


Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

My brand of conservatism is not an angry hostile brand.

Unlike whose brands, Gov. Huckabee?

This is like "compassionate conservatism", implying strongly that "regular" conservatism is heartless.

My initial reaction to Huckabee was to begin to wonder what were his views on the issues most important to me.

But this quote tells me all I need to know: He's embarrassed by conservatism and conservatives, and he needs to differentiate himself from us.

My brand of conservatism is pro-life, and that means that, yes, I nurture a profound hostility to the culture of death that dominates in our society and structure of law. I believe that hostility to evil is a virtue.

We've seen before ("I'm a uniter, not a divider") how successful in our political landscape is the would-be standard-bearer who refuses to do battle with evil and its proponents.

"Can't we all just get along" cannot be the motto of conservatism.

Joe said...

Well said, Paul.

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