Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful
11-12-2009
I would be remiss if I let the week pass without cataloguing the latest installment (it’s a recurring feature here) in former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s passive-aggressive behavior toward former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, only this time Huckabee’s behavior is less passive and more aggressive. It’s bad enough that his current book tour is being overshadowed by the Oprah-fueled, Palin battleground book tour extravaganza that kicks off next week, but Huckabee is especially irritated by what he sees as a double standard at work among some of the conservative elites who are enamored with Palin.
 
I don’t think this is even so much about jockeying for position for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Running for president is a cyclical exercise in which most losing candidates eventually recede from the spotlight, and it is not at all clear to me that Palin is even interested in competing for the office. But being viewed as the leader of a key constituency in the Republican Party’s base – in this case religious conservatives – is an ongoing source of individual political power, relevance, and revenue for whomever lays claim to the mantle. Huckabee has had a nice taste of this over the past few years, and now finds himself potentially upstaged by Palin. So, I knew it was just a matter of time before he would start to push back a little harder.


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