I was wondering when the internal attacks would start, now that the establishment candidates are lagging behind Huckabee. The blog of the year:
My main objection to Huckabee — the reason why he’s my fifth choice out of five — is that I lack confidence in his ability to fight terrorism. It’s not just that he lacks experience in this realm, though that’s certainly the case. The real problem is that he’s too moralistic (which is not the same thing as moral). My first clue came when he said during an early debate that we need to remain in Iraq because “we broke it.” Not because we need to defeat al Qaeda; not because we need to limit Iranian influence or avoid a devastating defeat at the hands of terrorists; but because we injured this formerly peaceful state. Huckabee’s exaltation of moralism (in this case dubious) over policy calculation was difficult to miss.
Now we learn (but are surprised) that Huckabee opposes waterboarding and would close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Huckabee reached this conclusion after meeting with a group of retired generals (the usual suspects, I assume) who are lobbying candidates to oppose Bush administration interrogation and detention policies.
I suspect that Huckabee required little lobbying. Waterboarding and long-term detention aren’t very “Christian”; they merely keep terrorists out of action and, in special circumstances enable us to find out where we’re going to be attacked next and/or where we can find those who are planning the next attacks. But if Huckabee actually did reach his position based on the views of a handful of generals, and without consulting the people actually charged with protecting this country from terrorists, then he’s even less qualified to be president than I suspect.
Huckabee, McCain, and Paul all outright oppose waterboarding. That leaves Tancredo, who is unelectable but enthusiastic about torture, Giuliani, who is proving to be quite the liability for the GOP, and Multiple Choice Mitt, who may or may not support waterboarding, but he will have to consult with the polls, his advisors, and, according to the last debate, John McCain. Unfortunately, Mitt is not the right kind of Christian or Christian enough (whereas Huckabee is too Christian) for the current GOP, so he isn’t so great a choice.
What is a wingnut to do? I have an idea- FOUR MORE YEARS!
As a side note, what does it say about your party when people are deemed unelectable because they oppose torture?