Mike Huckabee Blasts CPAC as 'Too Libertarian'

by the Left Coast Rebel

I've always considered Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, to be a faux conservative. I never really trusted his credentials after researching him during the primaries. His fiscal record in Arkansas left much to be desired in the eyes of this activist. Apparently the honchos behind the scenes at CPAC feel the same too and Mike Huckabee feels snubbed by the bunch. Or is it that he hates libertarian leaning conservatives in the GOP? Or at CPAC? Both? Which is it? Politico:

Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential contender and potential 2012 candidate who had spoken at the conference for years, said the reason he blew it off this year was that the meeting has become dominated by libertarian activists.

“CPAC has becoming increasingly more libertarian and less Republican over the last years, one of the reasons I didn’t go this year,” Huckabee said in an interview with Fox News, where he is a paid analyst and has his own show.

He was responding to a question about whether he was upset by his single-digit showing in the conference’s straw poll, which was won by libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

Dating to his failed 2008 run, Huckabee has had tense relations with the Washington-based conservative leaders who run the conference. The conservative establishment types questioned his fiscal bona fides and the former governor was annoyed so few of them took his campaign seriously – even after he won the Iowa caucuses.

via Memeorandum


  1. The question is has it become dominated by the Ron Paul wing of libertarians, or just libertarians in general. If it's the former, I have to agree with Huckabee, and that's all for the worst. If the latter, than he should be condemned in the strongest of terms. He wasn't clear which group of libertarians are now influencing C-PAC.

  2. I have never been a huge fan of Huckabee. He seems like a genuinely nice guy, but I dont think he has the stones to do the job, and I too suspect him to be too far to the left on the wrong issues and too far to the right on others.
    As far as the libertarian movement, I think we have to be a little cautions of the pendulum swinging too far the other way as well.
    That being said I dont care which faction of the libertarians we are listening to, we need some more libertarian thought in Washington. Period.

  3. Too Libertarian? Is there such a thing?

  4. I'm not necessarily a Ron Paul fan (he's a foreign policy ignoramus), but Ron Paul libertarians or libertarians in general would both be 1,000 times better than froofy big-government religious bigot pseudo-Republicans like Mike Hucksterbee.

    If the Republican Party were doing what it was supposed to do, there would be little need for any separate "libertarian" movement. And if the Republican Party isn't "libertarian" in its philosophy, it's just another statist party, like the Democrats.

  5. @ Eric - I assume and suspect that the Huckster is chastising each and every one of us in the libertarian-conservative movement. He simply uses Ron Paul as the scapegoat although he doesn't call him out here as you say.

    @ KOOK - I totally agree, the GOP needs a MASSIVE libertarian shakeup in it to get it (and the nation) back to it's roots. Great comment!

    @ Keyboard - There isn't in my view - in the GOP establishment though, that's another story.

    @ Ossan - Well said and I totally agree. I think that many in the party power essentially hate Paul simply because he is a libertarian, not because of his foreign policy beliefs.


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