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Mike Huckabee says crazy stuff, contd.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 1:27 PM

I still think Mike Huckabee doesn't quite have his mojo for loco. But he's still saying goofy stuff and people are at least laughing at him. Better to be laughed at than to be ignored. 

Here's New York's Jonathan Chait on Huck's latest, a ludicrous promise of 6-percent growth based on nothing: 

Jeb Bush has made the ludicrous promise that, if elected, his still to-be-determined economic program will launch the United States into 4 percent economic growth. Reuters reported out the genesis of this promise a few months ago. “There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy,” it revealed. Just a bunch of guys on the phone pullin’ numbers out of thin air. ...

But there’s a weakness in basing your economic message on pulling a crazy number out of thin air: Another candidate can always pull an even crazier number out of thin air. And now Mike Huckabee has done it. The obvious choice would be to one-up Bush by promising 5 percent growth. But Huckabee, thinking two steps in advance, probably realized that if he went with 5 percent, another candidate could still leapfrog him. So he went with 6 percent growth ...

The beauty of this is that Bush can hardly call Huckabee’s promise unrealistic or made-up, without having to concede his own promise is also unrealistic and made-up, just less so. 

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