Jan 04 2008
Here’s a different view from conservative icon Richard Viguerie, who is NOT a basher of religious conservatives like some on the Right, and who is an expert on the Reagan coalition that has led to Republican dominance in presidential politics. What Viguerie fails to mention below is that among the other major contenders on the GOP side — especially Romney, McCain, and Giuliani — their “social issues” leg of the electoral stool was broken, leading to deep distrust among “values voters” who ultimately fled to Huckabee. — Peter LaBarbera
Richard Viguerie Says Huckabee Win is Bad News for GOP
MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 3 /Christian Newswire/ — Richard A. Viguerie, the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause (Bonus Books, 2006), issued the following statement regarding Mike Huckabee’s victory in the Iowa caucuses:
“Mike Huckabee’s victory in the Iowa caucuses is bad news for the Republican Party.
“Mike Huckabee is a Christian socialist. He is a good man, but with a Big Government heart. He is the most liberal of all the Republican presidential candidates on economic issues.
“Huckabee’s approach to every problem or perceived problem is to pass a law and launch another government program. If you like President George W. Bush, you’ll love Mike Huckabee.
“If, on the other hand, you’re a limited government conservative in the grand tradition of Robert A. Taft, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, you will want to redouble your efforts to make sure Huckabee doesn’t win the Republican nomination. Four years of a Huckabee presidency would ensure that there wouldn’t be a penny’s worth of differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party on economic issues.
“Much has been made of Mike Huckabee’s strong stance on social issues. In the 1970s, we conservatives had two legs on our stool–economic responsibility and a strong national defense–but that wasn’t enough to win many elections. It wasn’t until we added the third leg to our stool–social issues–that conservatives were able to win elections consistently.
“Now Huckabee wants to go back to a two-legged stool–social issues and defense. He would saw off the economic leg. That’s a recipe for disaster for the Republican Party. Economic and traditional conservatives would stay home in droves, turning the country over to the Democrats.
“Conservatives in New Hampshire and the other early primary states had better wake up, and make certain the Huckabee victory is confined to the subsidized ethanol fields of Iowa.”
NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered ideological and political direct mail and has been called “the funding father of the conservative movement” for his role in helping build dozens of conservative organizations. He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed–How George W. Bush and Other Big-Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause (Bonus Books, 2006).
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