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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Huckster-bee: the Second "Man from Hope"

Another "Man from Hope"? The first "Man from Hope" actually left Hope, Arkansas when he was about six years old. But "Man from Hope" obviously is more politically attractive than "Man from Hot Springs."

by John Fund

Republicans have won five of the last seven presidential elections by running candidates who broadly fit the Ronald Reagan model--fiscally conservative, and firmly but not harshly conservative on social issues. The wide-open race for the 2008 GOP nomination has generated two new approaches.

Rudy Giuliani, for example, isn't running away from his socially liberal views, although he has modified them. But he is campaigning as a staunch, even acerbic economic conservative. Should he win the nomination, conventional wisdom has it he may balance the ticket by picking former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as a running mate.

Mr. Huckabee, on the other hand, is running hard right on social issues but liberal-populist on some economic issues. This may help explain why the affable, golden-tongued Baptist minister...Keep reading>>>

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