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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

More Evidence of the Utterly Hypocritical Rudy/Huckabee Alliance

As an update to my "A vote for Huckabee is a vote for Rudy" post.

The New York Sun has a piece called "Giuliani, Huckabee Emerge as Strange Bedfellows"

Time's take is noted in the article "Giuliani's Huckabee Strategy"

Rich Lowry of the National Review sees this trend in his "The Corner" post "Rudy and Huck sittin in a Tree . . . "

These pieces in Time and the New York Sun point out something that's been increasingly evident over the last few days: how nicely Rudy and Huck's strategies mesh. They both are attacking Romney for a lack of authenticity, with Huck blasting the former Massachusetts governor on social issues and Rudy blasting him on everything else. Together, they've got all the ground covered. The division of labor works geographically as well — Huck is threatening Romney in Iowa, which could weaken Romney in New Hampshire, where Rudy is increasingly vested in a strong finish (so much for the old Florida and Feb. 5 strategy). At the end of the day, I'm sure that the Rudy folks would like nothing more than for Huck to win the "conservative primary" within the Republican primary and emerge as the alternative to Rudy. Huck would be the weakest anti-Rudy contender. This seems so obvious that if I were a calculating Rudy donor who had already maxed out for my guy, I'd be tempted to send some money Huck's way.

These kind of transparently calculating alliances tend to backfire. Evangelical Christians don't want to be used as a tool to elect a pro-choice nominee and then have to vote 3rd party to protect the pro-life cause. Talk about a "Lose-Lose" situation.


Anonymous said...

Is the politics of fear all Romney has to offer. What happened to "I'm the better candidate"?

This blog has the smell of fear in every post, Fear taht the better candidate -- Huckabee -- will win in Iowa and win the nomination.

rk said...

Well anonymous, what I am afraid of is that the people of Iowa aren't going to learn the truth about Huckabee. Iowans are very concerned about illegal immigration and the fact that Huckabee is doing well here tells me that people don't know much about him. He is very soft on illegal immigration and he is also a fiscal liberal. Mitt Romney IS the better candidate because he is conservative socially AND fiscally AND he will be tough on security and illegal immigration. As someone posted on another blog, Huckabee is strong on only one leg of the conservative stool. He's bouncing around on a pogo stick.

Anonymous said...

Huckabee's never been the better candidate. That's what makes his rise laughable, though concerning.

Experienced, credible conservative writers have been hammering Huckabee the last few days in the news. But to no avail. Iowa evangelicals continue to bury their heads in the sand. "We just won't believe his record or what bad things people say about Mike."

I think people will turn. Iowans are extremely sensible. I live in the Hawkeye State for 5 years.

Tax-hike Mike has peaked and will drop like Thompson did. Give him 2-3 more weeks. He can't keep the air in the sails for much longer. His slick, superficial talk with expire.

willie said...

Please consider what Charles Mitchell at Evangelicals for Mitt has to say about Huckabee.

He wrote a piece, "I'm one of you." Among other points, Charles explained that "picking a president based on whether he's "one of us" as opposed ot how he'd actually govern was a terrible idea."

Read the entire story here:

Charles Mitchell is not a Mormon. He's an evangelical Christian. He sees Mitt's abilities as important--not Mitt's theology.

Lisa said...

Hey Jeff--

I don't know if you already have a compilation like this, but it would be great to have a post that has links to all the different pundits, bloggers, conservative leaders, etc... who are saying that a vote for Huck in Iowa is a vote for Rudy. Also, those who are saying Rudy supporters should vote for Huckabee (ala Dick Morris). I'm seeing more and more people say these things and Huckabee supporters just refuse to believe it.


Bob Waters said...

Jeff, this is beneath you. Suggesting a conspiritorial alliance between Huckabee and Giuliani is not only absurd, but paranoid. This is a page out of the Democrats' playbook, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

The fact is that Huckabee is on the rise, not only in Iowa but elsewhere. Romney, on the other hand, is losing ground. Deplore this if you will, but don't start looking for conspiracies!

It makes you sound not just paranoid, but desperate!

Dan DiOrio said...

Check out my new video on Mike Huckabee and how weak he is on illegal immigration