Saturday, January 20, 2007

Oh the reflex what a game he's hiding all the cards

From our friend Mark Kleiman's Same Facts, we find this by Jonathan Zasloff:
It was only a matter of time before John McCain's support started cratering: his whole appeal was his independence, so when he sacrificed that, it figured to erode his standing. Combine that with his uber-hawkish position on Iraq, and it's no surprise that he is rapidly losing popularity.

Who fills the gap? Not Mitt Romney: his flip-flopping on social issues will, I believe, seriously injure him both in Republican primaries and with the GOP elite. He's damaged goods. Not Rudy Giuliani, who at least is more honest than Romney about his positions, but as Stuart Rothenberg persuasively argues, kills him with the Republican base.

Who does that leave?

Meet Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor. He's a Baptist minister, conservative enough for the base, outsider enough for the electorate, and he carries the argument that he can work across the aisle. He's an outstanding politician, and will be able to make the outsider argument better than anyone else in the field. Put another way, he's the George W. Bush of 2008. In fact, I think his whole argument will be about changing the tone in Washington.

Interesting. That's this Mike Huckabee:

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee depleted the governor’s office emergency fund in the final weeks of his administration in part to pay for the destruction of computer hard drives in his office.

That left Gov. Mike Beebe, who replaced Huckabee on Jan. 9, with no emergency funds for the last half of fiscal 2007.

Documents that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, describe the destruction of the computer drives, as ordered by Huckabee’s office, and Huckabee complaining strongly about his cell phone and Blackberry not working.

A memo dated Jan. 9 from a state Department of Information Systems official to Huckabee told of the “disposition of data maintained” by the department “for the office of the governor” during Huckabee’s tenure.

Why would as Republican leaving office order such destruction of data? Data, I remind you owned by the constituents of the state?

One can only speculate that he had something to hide. In fact, to quote crazy dolphin lady Peggy Noonan:
Is it irresponsible to speculate? It is irresponsible not to.

More from Wikipedia:
Huckabee has also received criticism for his apparent interest in positioning himself for national office, which has caused him to be out of the state more often than normal. Huckabee has used an airplane, a Beechcraft King Air turboprop, owned by the Arkansas State Police to travel to and from destinations outside of the state more than thirty times during 2005, according to flight logs reviewed by the Arkansas Times.[10]

Furthermore, Huckabee has been criticized for his support for the teaching of creationism in the science classes of Arkansas public schools. He was quoted in July 2004 on "Arkansans Ask," his regular show on the Arkansas Educational Television Network: "I think that [students] also should be given exposure to the theories not only of evolution but to the basis of those who believe in creationism." Huckabee also stated "I do not necessarily buy into the traditional Darwinian theory, personally."[11]

Sounds like perfect Republican Presidential material to me.

Oh, and he seems to have Michelle Malkin's support: