Good stuff here. I think all this talk of Huckabee’s populism is mostly a projection ontoÂ him from an establishmentÂ thatÂ is in meltdown becauseÂ he doesn’t mouth the right rhetoric.Â I am not sure how Huckabee is really all that populist in reality. Just promising new spending projects is not really all that populist anymore. You could argue that budget cutting (at least the rhetoric) is the real populist position these days. And how can one be a populist and be soft on immigration. Opposition to the cultural and economic effects of immigration isÂ an essential element of populism, is it not.Â
Last week, National Review Online blogger Lisa Schiffren, a Giuliani backer, laid into Mr. Huckabee with a screed pithily summarized by Mr. Douthat as, “Go back to Dogpatch, you stupid hillbilly.”
Alas for the GOP and for the old guard religious-right leadership, the view from Dogpatch these days is looking up for the populist Huckabee. Could it be that cultural and religious conservatives are fed up with being treated like useful idiots by the Republican establishment?
Religious conservatives have been treated like useful idiots. Let’s hope they wake up to that. But Huckabee is not the right vehicle.