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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Huckabee's loose lips

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2006 at 6:06 AM

Brummett today is on the governor's repeat statements last week that he believed Win Rockefeller would have succeeded him as governor.

It was a nice thing to say, of course. But, first, it was politically dubious. The conventional wisdom was that Win Paul was decidedly too moderate and progressive to win a modern-day Arkansas Republican primary against an Asa Hutchinson who was further to the right and benefited from a regional base in Northwest Arkansas.

Yes, Rockefeller probably would have beaten Beebe in a general election, whereas Asa likely won’t. But Rockefeller probably couldn’t have gotten that far.

Second, Huckabee’s remark was a slight, even if unintended, to Hutchinson.

That was what Beebe couldn’t resist. Asked about Huckabee’s comment, Beebe issued a statement — one he actually thought about, presumably — in which he said he didn’t want to “politicize the legacy or the loss of a good friend and fine Arkansas public servant.” That was right after he had politicized it by saying, “Gov. Huckabee has his own reasons for feeling that way towards Asa Hutchinson.”

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