Saturday, December 22, 2007

Huck v. The GOP Establishment

Mike Huckabee's surprisingly strong campaign looks like it's about to set off a GOP civil war. The GOP establishment, from the National Review, to the Club for Growth, and now Rush Limbaugh are starting to call him out as a tax raising, immigrant coddling, criminal pardoning, Bush-basher (translation: liberal). Huck isn't taking this lying down and has started to fight back:

There is a level of elitism that has existed, the chattering class if you will who lives in that corridor between Washington and Wall Street and they sort of live in their protected world, and frankly for a number of years many of them thought of people like me--whether it was because we were evangelicals or because maybe we were out from the middle of America. They were polite to us. They were more than happy for us to come to the rallies and stand in lines for hours to cheer on the candidates, appreciated us putting up the yard signs, going out and putting out the cards on peoples doors and making phone calls to the phone banks and--really appreciated all of our votes. But when they got elected, behind closed doors, they would laugh at us and speak with scorn and derision that we were, as one article I think once said "the easily led." So there's been almost this sort of, it's okay if you guys get a seat on the bus, but don't ever think about telling us where the bus is going to go.

Here's a shorter video version of Huck making the same point:

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