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.