Wednesday, December 26, 2007

More pretending that Elmer is a conservative

From The Wall Street Journal:

In Iowa, the Republican presidential race has come down to two former governors who offer caucus goers a stark choice. It's the pulpit vs. the boardroom, poverty vs. privilege, passion vs. preparedness.

Mike Huckabee loves homespun tales and self-deprecating jokes. Mitt Romney basks in PowerPoint slides and statistics. Mr. Huckabee, a firefighter's son, is a Southerner born and bred. Mr. Romney, son of a CEO-turned-governor, roamed from Michigan to Massachusetts to Utah.

They embody two wings of the Republican Party -- social conservatives and economic conservatives -- that sometimes sit uneasily.

We can stop right here because the WSJ had gotten it completely wrong. Huckabee is a conservative on only a few issues of concern to social conservatives. Yes on abortion he is right, but on illegal immigration he is dead wrong. On school choice, a massively important issue, he is dead wrong. On taxes, which is a social issue as much as a fiscal one, he is dead wrong. Does Huckabee really think that sucking more money out of a families bank account through higher taxes will help them? When a leading cause of divorce is financial difficulty - giving the family less is helping them????