Well, at least there is one Republican leader with a modicum of integrity:
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had a message for his party's leadership, still licking its wounds after the November election, as he headed for Cincinnati on Tuesday for a book-signing session: Quit blaming others, and look at yourselves.
"You hear these Republicans bragging about not raising taxes, when they've been spending out of control, racking up huge deficits and then kicking the can down the road," the former Arkansas governor told The Enquirer, calling from the bus that is taking him on a 56-city tour to promote his new book[...]
Huckabee told The Enquirer that eight years of a Republican in the White House -- with Republicans in charge of Congress for six of those eight years -- produced nothing but record deficits and bigger government.
"Republicans didn't lose because they were social conservatives," said Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher who won the Iowa caucuses in January. "They lost because they have been irresponsible with the taxpayers' money."
That fact, Huckabee said, doomed GOP nominee John McCain and Republicans running for Congress from one end of the country to the other.
"If you advertise one thing and you deliver another, people are going to start reaching for another product off the shelf," he said.
Huckabee said that while "the headwinds were strong against Republicans" in 2008, he thinks McCain had a chance until he suspended his campaign in September to return to Washington to help fashion a Wall Street bailout package.
"That turned off the base, who didn't think it was right," Huckabee said.[...]
His book was written before McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate; and it now appears that Palin and Huckabee -- along with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- could become rivals in the next presidential election cycle.
Palin appeals to the same social conservatives who flocked to Huckabee's campaign earlier this year. Tuesday, he gave her credit "for bringing a lot of enthusiasm to the party; she excited the base."
She also contributed greatly to McCain's loss by turning off a huge number of moderates.
But just as the majority of Republicans continue to blame others for the huge losses a month ago, they also refuse to acknowledge or even recognize the disastrous choice of Sarah Palin as Veep.
Palin's ego wrote a $150,000 check that the voters bounced right back at her. The disastrous interviews revealed her simple-mindedness and propensity for lying when caught in the headlights, and in the end the steady trumpet of "Joe the Plumber's opinions" & "Obama's a Socialist who Pals with Terrorists" demonstrated that there really wasn't a platform for McCain and Palin to run on other than "don't elect That One."
Huckabee knows the GOP made mistakes. Fortunately for us Democrats the egos involved will never admit it.
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