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Huckabee's stock drops

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2006 at 11:41 AM

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On the heels of U.S. Sen. John McCain's Monday visit to Arkansas to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson, a conservative pundit says Gov. Mike Huckabee pales in comparison to the so-called "straight talker."

In a piece called "Huckabee: the anti-McCain" on Human Events' self-titled "right-wing blog," Matt Lewis says Huckabee's presidential campaign is already dead in the water.

Whereas McCain has run an almost flawless early presidential campaign (I know it's early, but that's what this is), the Arkansas governor seems to have squandered his golden opportunities.

Huckabee's problems became blatantly obvious when he failed to organize any support for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll in Memphis. ...

And while McCain has been working to cultivate cultural conservatives, Huckabee seems to be doing his best to alienate fiscal conservatives.

He has somehow become embroiled in a feud with the Club for Growth (which is currently being played out on their blog). It is one thing to support a minimum wage hike. It is quite another thing to take pleasure in picking a fight with one of DC's most effective conservative groups.

Traditionally, there has been room in presidential campaigns for a movement conservative candidate to carve out a nice niche in the primaries (think Pat Robertson or Alan Keyes). Many thought Huckabee would fill this void. ...

But Huckabee's recent missteps -- coupled with Sam Brownback's immigration position -- have conspired to leave this position vacant.

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