Huck = Harriett Miers?
A conservative counter-revolution is breaking out in the talk radio universe and on prominent conservative blogs.
The same forces that joined to force the White House to withdraw Harriett Miers' Supreme Court nomination, a tender by the president that was as explicitly grounded in Miers' identity as a born again evangelical as Huckabee's presidential campaign surge is based on his choice of career and religious affiliation.
Rush Limbaugh, still the most listened-to talk radio host on the planet, has taken to calling Huckabee the "Huckster." Not even Mitt Romney, in his most profane of moments, goes there.
Limbaugh theorizes that the media is rooting for Huckabee because they know he's the kiss of death in the general election. And he has compared Huckabee unfavorably to Jimmy Carter -- as a snake oil salesman in Southern Baptist garb who later sold his soul to liberals.
On the major conservative blog sites, Huckabee has almost no proud partisans; even the Club for Growth, perhaps Huckabee's biggest critic, has quietly receded into the background, allowing others to take up the attacks. Some conservative bloggers are suggesting that the only thing Huckabee's good for -- or bad for -- is a brokered convention.
Other conservative intellectuals have taken to arguing that he can never unite economic conservatives and national security conservatives, and that, in some ways, Hillary Clinton's instincts on defense policy might be better than the other man from Hope's
So far, these bad feelings haven't filtered down the chain of tissue to Iowa Republicans, but is there a cause, in recent memory, that the conservative echosphere hasn't influenced?
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