Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mike Huckabee and the "Mushy Middle"

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made a December 3 appearance on Hannity & Colmes and had this to say about Republican Saxby Chambliss's Senate re-election victory:

"Saxby Chambliss ran as a clear, unapologetic conservative, and he won. When Republicans stick to our stuff, we win. It's when we ran to the mushy middle, that's when we lose."

So, Mr. Huckabee what exactly is the "mushy middle"?

"Well, look at the marriage issue. 30 states, it's been on the ballot. 30 states, it's won. That's a pretty clear issue when it comes to traditional responsibility of marriage. And I think you're going to see that as Republicans continually take strong stands, they have a far better chance of winning. This is going all the way back to 1976. It's when we try to act like that we don't really want to believe anything or let it on that we really hold the same convictions, that's when we get our heads handed to us....when we were squishy on things like life, that's when we lost elections. When we take strong stands, I think we win."

Apparently, the defense of civil rights and the protection of a woman's right to choose are "mushy middle" issues (losing issues) according to Mike Huckabee, one of the GOP's likely top presidential candidates for 2012.

WANTED: a courageous, centrist leader to save the Republican Party.

(photo credit: Associated Press)