Favorite

Huckabee for Beebe, not 

The last time I spoke with presidential contender Mike Huckabee, I asked him to go ahead and give me the scoop that he actually favored Mike Beebe for governor.

Huckabee gruffly dismissed my thoroughly logical suggestion as absurd. He favored me with a different scoop.

It was that he would give Iowa and New Hampshire a break and stay in Arkansas quite a bit in October. He said he would spend some of that time campaigning with his Republican mate who seeks to succeed him, Asa Hutchinson.

That’s despite the fact that Huckabee has long had a rivalry with, and aversion to, anyone named Hutchinson. And vice versa.

I’m a fair-minded fellow, not much for blindsiding politicians. I take time to think about what I write, occasional appearances to the contrary. Politicians deserve time to formulate their thinking as well.

Here, then, are a few questions for Huckabee on the occasion of his forthcoming joint appearances with Hutchinson. Answers will be due at the time of the first of those appearances.

1. Governor, you are supporting as your successor the candidate who says we need to keep open that tiny high school at a place called Paron. That’s the school closing ordered by the Bryant School Board that you and your Education Board approved on the basis that we dare not retreat on imposing course standards. Why do you now abandon lofty educational principles to support this fellow with whom you so fundamentally disagree?

2. This candidate you’re supporting says we need to keep open tiny rural schools in general, regardless of whether they teach all the classes they’re supposedly required to teach. But you were the one who went to the legislature to declare nobly and bravely that high schools simply had to be put together all across Arkansas. You said it was to achieve economies of scale to provide better and equalized instruction, facilities and materials. Again, I ask: Why Asa’s fortunes over our children’s?

3. Is the aforementioned merely a matter of your personal political expediency? Do you calculate that it would hurt your chances in the Republican presidential race if you failed to support your party’s nominee to succeed you as governor at home, no matter how hollow the exercise?

4. As the leading state senator, Beebe worked closely with you in the face of opposition from know-nothings in both your parties on two of your proudest and finest gubernatorial accomplishments. I refer to creating the ARKids First program and spending the tobacco money on public health. What is it that you know about Beebe that is so powerfully negative that it trumps this long-standing alliance? Is it that you think he’s corrupt because he was in the Senate when Nick Wilson stole all that money? But how much did Beebe actually steal? Which one — you or Beebe — has taken more gifts? Who cashed in more extravagantly — Beebe as state senator or Hutchinson as a leading federal bureaucrat?

5. You are famously compassionate toward illegal immigrants. But this gentleman you support says we need to certify our State Police as INS agents so they can round up illegals. He plainly implies that the state under your leadership hasn’t done enough to fight immigration and fill in for the federal enforcement that he was once in charge of. Hutchinson’s running mate for lieutenant governor wants to provide services to pregnant illegals only in exchange for deporting them, a proposal you found so repulsive that you declared that he was drinking a “different Jesus juice” from yours. What is Jesus juice? What flavor is Asa drinking?

Finally, a question for Hutchinson: You are accepting overt help from the only politician in Arkansas with higher negative ratings than your own. What’s up with that?


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by John Brummett

  • Obstruction is the preferred conservatism

    Is there greater conservative virtue in opposing federal health reform, period, or in saying it ought to be implemented locally instead of from Washington in the event we are unavoidably laden with it?
    • Oct 5, 2011
  • A fate not quite as bad as prison for Lu Hardin

    There is no crime in being overly and transparently solicitous for the purposes of aggrandizement and personal political advancement. That's simply acute neediness, a common and benign human frailty.
    • Sep 28, 2011
  • Can we talk? Can we get anywhere?

    Dialogue is good. It would be even better if someone would venture off script every once in a while.
    • Sep 21, 2011
  • More »

More by Max Brantley

Most Shared

  • Constituents go Cotton pickin' at Springdale town hall

    Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.
  • Stand up for Little Rock

    If Little Rock deteriorates because of substandard schools, there will be blame aplenty to share. But some elected leaders deserve special mention.
  • Hating the media

    Presidents, with the exception of George Washington, never found much joy with the media, although Donald Trump is the first to use the scarily freighted words "enemies of the people."
  • What's new and coming soon to Argenta

    A riverfront hotel, new residential development, food, drink and more.
  • Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock are back in business

    Main Street and beyond bustles.

Latest in John Brummett

  • Gone to the DoG

    We're now longer carrying John Brummett's column in this space.
    • Oct 12, 2011
  • Obstruction is the preferred conservatism

    Is there greater conservative virtue in opposing federal health reform, period, or in saying it ought to be implemented locally instead of from Washington in the event we are unavoidably laden with it?
    • Oct 5, 2011
  • A fate not quite as bad as prison for Lu Hardin

    There is no crime in being overly and transparently solicitous for the purposes of aggrandizement and personal political advancement. That's simply acute neediness, a common and benign human frailty.
    • Sep 28, 2011
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries

Event Calendar

« »

February

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Arkansas voters know what they want

    • Oh, they're doing the jobs they are paid to do. But first we must ask…

    • on February 26, 2017
  • Re: Stand up for Little Rock

    • Just tell us the whole deal like we were little children with no understanding. I…

    • on February 26, 2017
  • Re: Arkansas voters know what they want

    • It is inappropriate for disgruntled legislators to take revenge upon the citizens of the state…

    • on February 25, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation