Huckabee

The first paragraph is from the National Review. The second is from the Economist blog Democracy in America.

“Uniting the conservative coalition is not enough to win a presidential election, but it is a prerequisite for building on that coalition. Rudolph Giuliani did extraordinary work as mayor of New York and was inspirational on 9/11. But he and Mike Huckabee would pull apart the coalition from opposite ends: Giuliani alienating the social conservatives, and Huckabee the economic (and foreign-policy) conservatives. A Republican party that abandoned either limited government or moral standards would be much diminished in the service it could give the country.”

“The message to Mr Huckabee from one of the Right’s premier publications is crystal clear. For Republican presidential candidates, rejecting homosexuality and abortion remains perfectly acceptable, even necessary. But that social conservatism has to come with a commitment to economic conservatism. Equating gay people with corpse-lovers might win Mr Huckabee the votes of some social conservatives. Being a Baptist former pastor and a dyed-in-the-wool evangelical will almost certainly win him many more. But the economic conservatives are going to need a lot more convincing. “

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