Huckabee, in CPAC Speech, Blasts McCain, Democrats, Socialisms
By Joel Achenbach
Socialism in America: That's a big theme we're picking up as we dip into the Conservative Political Action Conference, which kicked off this morning at the Omni Shoreham. The presence of thousands of conferees proves that conservatives still do exist in this country, though they're not exactly happy warriors at the moment. They're more like shipwreck survivors, marooned on a desert island.
And wondering who will come rescue them.
"There is nobody that combines the youth and character and intellectual capacity that's required of national office today," says a 70-year-old retired engineer from upstate New York who will give his name only as Neil. "Too many years of Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, John McCain. They dragged up George Bush as a young guy in 2000 in order to get somebody who was at least not an old man."
And how did that work out?
"From a conservative point of view, you had a guy who was basically a liberal, like the father."
If the Bushes were liberals, what does that make Obama?
A democratic socialist, he said. On the European model.
The somber mood of the conference perked up a bit when Mike Huckabee took the stage this afternoon, spraying verbal fire at Obama and the Democrats, but also at his former rival McCain. The Arkansas governor said that when McCain suspended his campaign last September and flew back to Washington to deal with the financial crisis, he "meekly" joined Obama and voted for the $700 billion bank bailout.
He noted the wasteful spending of congressional Republicans when they had power, and the botched response to Katrina by the Bush Administration.
"You know what kind of conservatives we need to be first and foremost? Competent conservatives," he said.
He said the free market should be permitted to engage in creative destruction to restore the economy to equilibrium. What's happening instead, he said, is the establishment of "socialist republics" in the United States.
"Lenin and Stalin would love this stuff," Huckabee declared.
He said the stimulus package should be called the Congressional Recovery Action Plan, because it smells like its acronym.
Posted at 3:08 PM ET on Feb 26, 2009
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