Farewell to Huckabee | Arkansas Blog

Monday, May 16, 2011

Farewell to Huckabee

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:02 AM

He's gone, but not forgotten. I thought Ross Douthat, the New York Times' Republican-friendly columnist, was worth a read on the Mike Huckabee decision to end a 2012 candidacy. It's largely favorable commentary about a populist social conservative, a strong anti-elitist blend in Douthat's view. But ...

Of course, his 2008 campaign also reflected populism’s inevitable flaw: a desperate lack of policy substance. Huckabee won votes by talking about issues that the other Republican candidates wouldn’t touch, but his actual agenda was a grab bag of gimmicks and crank ideas. And nothing in his subsequent television career has indicated a strong interest in putting policy meat on the bones of his worldview.

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