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Archive for December 15th, 2007

Forcefeeding the EU Constitution

Posted by Mike on December 15, 2007

I think I’ll break up this string of anti-Huck posts.

Gordon Brown signed the renamed EU Constitution the other day, and he is rightfully taking a lot of heat for it. The thing is, in the 2005 election, the Labour Party manifesto promised to hold a referendum before the UK would adopt the EU Constitution. The reason Brown is broke his promise is that he actually favors the Constitution, but his country does not. In fact, this Constitution is so unpopular that Brown couldn’t even bring himself to sign the document at the EU heads of state photo op. It’s quite a pickle for Tony Blair’s successor.

If he were to go through with the referendum, it would go down, and there would probably be a General Election. With the Conservatives polling higher right now than at any time since 1988, that would be mean his life-long ambition of living at 10 Downing Street would be short-lived.

I have a theory about Gordon Brown. Labour is going to lose the next election and he knows it. For this reason, I predict that he is going to hold off on calling an election for as long as he possibly can, maybe even until 2010, and simply implement the policies he supports regardless of how unpopular they are. In the mean time, Prime Minister’s Questions should continue to entertain. David Cameron has been wiping the floor with Gordon for several weeks now. Expect this to continue.

ETA: Some lefties argue that the EU Treaty isn’t the Constitution at all. Unfortunately for them, Angela Merkel was a little too candid for her own good when this idea came about.

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Huckabee Bashes Bush on Foreign Policy

Posted by Ryan on December 15, 2007

I have absolutely no use for Mike Huckabee anymore.  His new foreign policy article to appear in an upcoming issue of Foreign Affairs really does reinforce Huckabee’s own farce of his foreign policy experience: “I may not be the expert as some people on foreign policy, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night” (now wait for the obligatory chuckle).  Freudian slip anyone?

Love or hate Bush, as a Republican he is the sitting President and the de facto leader of that party.  I agree with Mitt Romney’s assessment of the speech: “I said, ‘Did this come from Barack Obama? Or from [She Who Must Not Be Named]? Did it come from John Edwards?’ No. It was one of our own. It was Gov. Huckabee.”  And as one of Romney’s aides continued:  “At a time when Republican voters want strength of purpose and resolve in foreign policy, Mike Huckabee has resorted to the Democrat playbook of just bashing the president.”

I agree that Huckabee sounded very much like a Democrat in his critique of Bush’s foreign policy: Monday-morning quarterbacking on General Shinseki’s view of too few troops in Iraq, criticizing Bush’s “arrogant bunker mentality” that has hurt us here and abroad, insinuating that it’s America against the world not the world against terrorism (I’m assuming he thinks “the world” is comprised of tin-pot third-world dictatorships and corrupt UN apparatchiks), criticizing the intrinsic allure of democracy, etc. 

His presumptions are intellectually insulting to this conservative and (like the Democrats) fails to account for historical context, reality on the ground, and information available at the time decisions were made.  Go ahead and distance yourself from Bush, make contrasts, but by saying these kinds of things Huckabee is reinforcing a false Democrat stereotype, throwing the President and the party that supported his policies for seven years under the bus, then claiming he wants to represent that party and the nation as their new President. 

This speech severed any chance that I might be a Huckabee supporter at some point in primary season.  If the Republicans all decide we want to nominate our version of a less intellectual Adlai Stevenson in Huckabee, I will hold my nose to vote against the Democrat/Socialist alternative, not for him.  His pro-tax record as Arkansas Governor, his low-blow against Romney’s Mormonism, his lack of depth on the issues beyond the clever quip and principled statements, and now his insulting of a President and a party that took quite a gamble making the tough historical decision to support Bush’s policies through tough political times for the future benefit of America, all inspire feelings of distrust and dislike of Huckabee to this conservative primary voter. 

He’s turning in into a more likable but fatally flawed churchy less conservative version of Ron Paul in my book.

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