A Must Read by Deroy Murdock. It summarizes all the latest catastrophe ideas of Mike Huckabee. You just have to wonder how these bigoted Evangelicals became so liberal?
Some highlights – which don’t do the article justice, you must read the whole thing:
The ordained Baptist minister has the preaching chops to wow the Religious Right, and his humorous, easygoing presence wins converts. But his background and positions on many core Republican issues should scare the hell out of GOP primary voters.
Huckabee just won the endorsement of the National Education Association’s New Hampshire branch. America’s top teachers’ union opposes virtually every school-choice reform known to man. This is the Granite State NEA’s first Republican endorsement. (It also backed Democrat Hillary Clinton.) Huckabee courted the union and is the only Republican presidential hopeful to address it. Huckabee also was the only such Republican at the union’s July national meeting in Philadelphia.
CFG also found that Huckabee’s state spending swelled 65.3 percent from 1996 to 2004 (triple the inflation rate), while state employee headcount rose 20 percent. Huckabee backed ARKids First, a government health plan for children.
Despite pleas by previous victims that Wayne Dumond be kept jailed, Huckabee promoted the rapist’s release. Once free, he raped and fatally suffocated Carol Sue Shields, 39, and allegedly raped and killed Sara Andrasek, 23. Dumond died while jailed for Shields’ death before facing justice in Andrasek’s murder.
This was no isolated case. Between 1996 and 2004, the Arkansas Leader’s Garrick Feldman calculated, Huckabee issued 703 pardons and commutations, more than his three predecessors combined. Huckabee’s turn-the-other-cheek policy toward serious criminals outstripped that era’s 624 clemencies in surrounding states: Louisiana (213), Mississippi (24), Missouri (79), Oklahoma (178), Tennessee (32), and Texas (98).
The Arkansas Ethics Commission sanctioned Huckabee in five of its 14 probes. The Politico reported
Huckabee accepted gifts as if every day were Christmas. A $200 stadium blanket, $250 in dental care, a $600 chainsaw, and a $3,700 pair of cowboy boots were among 300 gratuities Huckabee accepted totaling $130,000. Like the Clintons loading their moving van with White House antiques, Huckabee tried to claim for himself some $70,000 in furniture donated to the governor’s mansion.
Though already married 32 years, wedding registries at Dillard’s and Target let friends donate roughly $7,000 in gifts that the Huckabees selected for the home they occupied after departing the governor’s mansion.
Huckabee set eyebrows darting when he spent $13,000 in tax money to destroy the hard drives in almost 100 computers in his office. Alas, dead discs tell no tales.