Pining Away for the Fjords

Fred Thompson's "not just, just sleeping" presidential campaign shows some vague signs of life with anti-Huckabee leafletting:


Yes, Mike Huckabee governed the same state as Bill Clinton! Shocking stuff. No, the actual argument seems to be that Huckabee is a tax-raiser. This tells you about what you need to know about the modern GOP: As governor, Huckabee cut some taxes and raised some taxes, dealing with the vicissitudes of highly volatile state budgets during a very long time as governor. As a presidential candidate, he's espousing a lunatic regressive tax scheme. His rivals attack him for the former signs signs of pragmatism and reasonableness are poison to the GOP base, whereas signs of fanaticism and ignorance don't really trouble anyone.