Saturday, May 09, 2009

What Color is the Sky in Your World, Huck?

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee is smart guy. I mean that. He had a fairly good record as governor of Arkansas.

But that said, when it comes to the future of the GOP, he doesn't know what he is talking about.

Recently he has stated that the Republican Party should not "moderate." If they do, they will be as vital as the Whigs.

"Throw the social conservatives the pro-life, pro-family people overboard and the Republican party will be as irrelevant as the Whigs," he said in reference to the American political party that largely disbanded in the mid 1800s.

I find it interesting that everytime someone talks about the party being more accepting of moderates, social conservatives start thinking that we are asking them to leave the party. No one is saying that. If they want to run social conservatives in areas that are socially conservative, then let them. But you can't run a pro-life, anti-gay marriage, anti-stem cell research person in areas like the Northeast, Upper Midwest and the West. It just won't work.

The following paragraph is killer:

"They'll basically be a party of gray-haired old men sitting around the country club puffing cigars, sipping brandy and wondering whatever happened to the country. That will be the end of the party."

Funny, but the party is pretty much already looking like a bunch of grey haired men. They are just sitting in a church instead of in a country club.

I think more and more, others are starting to see that such a hard-line social conservatism isn't going to fly anymore. Relying on it to the extend that we have, has damaged the party.

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