I Don’t Like Stupidity

Filed under:Politics,Priorities,Rants — posted by Anwyn on December 5, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

I said this morning that I’m so angry about the Huckabee surge that I can’t even write coherently about it. So read Ace. Read his bullet points on how bad Huckabee shapes up to be on crime, finances, terrorism, and immigration. Then let’s answer this question together:

Can I ask a question here? Are there Americans, Republicans, Christians, etc. out there who actually believe the GOP can win an election on nothing except the Human Life Amendment and Federal Marriage Amendment?

And do these people realize the president has no role in the amendment process? He does not need to sign a proposed amendment, nor can he veto it; it’s entirely up to Congress and then (after securing 2/3rds support) the state legislatures (3/4ths of them)?

True, a president can support such measures rhetorically. But can anyone name for me the 66 Senators and 38 states they imagine will be signing on for the HLA and FMA just because President Huckabee talks them up?

Those of us with functioning brain cells are well aware that a candidate running on the HLA and the FMA would be far more likely to lose on those two issues alone … which no doubt is a big part of the political calculations of Thompson and Giuliani and Romney … if he didn’t also resemble the Democrats in every other imaginable way. So amesty shills who are a little wobbly on the Dems’ party line on abortion ought to love the guy and just overlook the bit about gay marriage. Except they really won’t, when they’ve got actual Democrats to vote for. He isn’t electable in the general and I would have to hold my nose to vote for him if he got that far. It will be a travesty if he wins the nomination.

Wake up, whoever is fueling the surge. If you are overlooking his positions on these other issues because of how soundly he talks on abortion and gay marriage, wake the hell up. You need to be doing your overlooking on positions over which the executive has very little or absolutely no control, not putting all of your eggs into the two issues that the executive cannot directly affect in any way, shape or form. Wake up.

If you agree with Huckabee on those other issues … then please switch parties and nominate somebody more in line with what you believe. Don’t screw up our primary.


  1. I really don’t understand the resistance to Guiliani as the nominee- in my eyes, although he may not be perfect, he is manifestly the only Republican who can beat Hillary! in the general election. All this smokescreen thrown up by disgruntled “base” is going to lose the election for us. I say to hell with the “base”. If they want to lose that badly, they can leave the party for all I care. I won’t support an empty suit like Huckabee, a liar and huckster like Romney, or a RINO like McCain. Rudy, while not my perfect candidate, is our best bet, and he’ll be conservative on appointing judges, which is all that really matters with a Democrat congress in charge.

    Comment by docweasel — December 6, 2007 @ 3:46 am

  2. Yeah, I’m about to give up hope on the GOP this year. The top four candidates just plain suck. Rudy, I’m a Democrat in GOP clothing; Flip-flop Romney; Yukabee who strikes me as a crossbreed between Carter and Clinton, and finally the ultimate RINO, McCain.

    I’ve voted in every Prez election since 1980, but it’s gonna be hard to motive myself to get out this year. Basically boils down to voting for someone who sucks, or for someone who sucks more. What kind of F*ck Up election is that. What the F*ck happened to the GOP??? We really don’t deserve the white house, not with that piece of Sh*t line up.

    Here’s to an outside prayer that Thompson or Hunter will pull off a miracle.


    Comment by Tater — December 6, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  3. heh…Tater, that’s the way I’ve seen every presidential election since I was of age in the early 90s.

    I don’t identify well with the two major parties, but I’m a realist when it comes to voting — a Libertarian vote is a wasted vote. So, I basically just choose the person I think will screw up the country less than the other one. It’s a tough choice sometimes…

    Comment by Chuck Foxtrot — December 6, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

  4. Just wanted to let you know I was here… and I will drop by again and read some more.

    Comment by Angry — December 6, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

  5. Thanks, Angry, glad to see you.

    Comment by Anwyn — December 6, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

  6. Good post, Anwyn. As the recent posts on my blog make clear, I’m just as irritated/angry/dumbfounded by Huckabee’s rise.

    Comment by Slublog — December 7, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

  7. I’m more concerned with the danger of nominating Romney, for reasons I go into in depth with much detail and profanity, so I won’t link them, but I believe Romney to be a racist, sexist, intolerant bigot. And before I get any grief, it doesn’t show tolerance to tolerate white supremacists.

    He would destroy the party. There would surely be a 3rd party candidate, handing the election to Hillary! Many Republicans officeholders would not even support their own party’s candidate. I can’t think of anyone other than Ron Paul who would be a worse disaster than Romney.

    I think Huckabee is a huckster, but while he would lose, and be a terrible president if he did eke out a win, he would not wreck the party. Romney would, as well as further cement some black and minority notions that Republicans are racists.

    Comment by docweasel — December 7, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

  8. Hi Slu! You’ve been doing great work on the Huckabee thing and I’m glad you’re doing it at Ace’s where tons of people see it.

    As I see it the only guy who has any hope of countering Huckabee is Thompson. He needs to light a fast fire.

    Comment by Anwyn — December 7, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

  9. Thanks, Anwyn. I’m trying.

    But my evangelical brethren are really, really starting to irritate me. I cannot believe two issues matter more to them than Huckabee’s entire miserable, liberal record.

    Comment by Slublog — December 8, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

  10. Abortion *would* matter more to me than a lot of that stuff at this juncture … if there were no other candidates willing to take the right steps on that issue who have better policies lined up in other areas. But there are, Fred obviously being one of them and, I believe, far and away the best choice. Making a commitment to a candidate like Huckabee because he has a more fervent commitment to the correct side of issues on which all the fervor in the world will not get him one tiny step more forward in those issues than Thompson could get is what makes me see red.

    Comment by Anwyn — December 8, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

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