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Ron Fournier on Mike Huckabee's "greedy, cheesy money grabs as governor in Arkansas"

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click to enlarge SHAMELESS: The Huckster has drawn criticism for shilling for a phony diabetes "solution" and spamming his supporters with sponsored email content.
  • SHAMELESS: The Huckster has drawn criticism for shilling for a phony diabetes "solution" and spamming his supporters with sponsored email content.


Ron Fournier — National Journal columnist, voice of the mushy Beltway middle, and former AP reporter in Little Rock — unloads on Mike Huckabee's hucksterism, an issue we've made note of a few times this week. 

Behind former Gov. Mike Huckabee's warm smile, inclusive rhetoric, and gee-whiz populism lies an ethics record that would make a Clinton blush. His greedy, cheesy money grabs as governor in Arkansas were a preview of today's greedy, cheesy money grabs.

Fournier quotes Max at length running down Huckabee's long record of shoddy ethics, disdain for transparency, and feverish money-grabbing. "In Arkansas, we called him 'The Huckster,'" Fournier writes. 

Fournier compares Huckabee's ethics in Arkansas unfavorably to the Clintons: 

Say what you want about Bill and Hillary Clinton's ethical corner-cutting after they left Arkansas (or scroll my diatribes here), their conduct in the 1980s and early 1990s never approached Huckabee's depths. They didn't use the governor's office as a personal ATM. They didn't trade on the public's trust.

Gov. Bill Clinton registered historic ethics reform.

Gov. Mike Huckabee registered at Target.

The closing zinger: 

Hucksterism. The perfect word for Huckabee's conduct—and a warning against his concept of leadership and management. While Huckabee can claim legitimate accomplishments in Arkansas (he raised taxes for schools, highways, and children's health; he welcomed into the state refugees from Hurricane Katrina and the children of immigrants), there is a side of this complicated man that political reporters often miss or ignore. Kinda like the Clintons.

On CNN, Huckabee finally told Tapper, "I didn't actually run that part of my company." Listen closely and you might hear an embattled, scandal-scarred President Huckabee defending himself: "I didn't actually run that part of the country."

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