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While for­mer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huck­abee has been mov­ing up in pres­i­den­tial polls, the Repub­li­can has failed to im­press the edi­tors at Na­tional Re­view.

“Un­for­tu­nately, what Huck­abee of­fers by way of so­lu­tions [to do­mes­tic is­sues] is a mix­ture of pop­ulism and big-gov­ern­ment lib­er­al­ism; the com­mon theme of his poli­cies is that they are half­baked,” the con­ser­va­tive mag­a­zine said in a Nov. 19 edi­to­rial at Na­tion­al­Re­view. com.

“If an ill-con­sid­ered slo­gan can be used to jus­tify a pol­icy, he is for it. He is a pro­tec­tion­ist, be­cause we need to have ‘fair trade.’ He wants to put il­le­gal im­mi­grants on a path to cit­i­zen­ship, be­cause we need them ‘to do jobs that are go­ing un­filled be­cause no­body here wants to do them.’ En­ergy sub­si­dies and farm sub­si­dies must be in­creased, be­cause they’re a mat­ter of ‘na­tional se­cu­rity.’

“When he was gov­er­nor of Arkansas, th­ese in­stincts led Huck­abee to move farther and farther in a statist di­rec­tion. (Ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy of­fers a nice ex­am­ple of what hap­pens when his statism and his so­cial con­ser­vatism con­flict: He op­poses mean­ing­ful school choice.) The Cato In­sti­tute gave him a D on fis­cal pol­icy, not­ing that spend­ing had in­creased at three times the rate of in­fla­tion dur­ing his gov­er­nor­ship. Not sur­pris­ingly, Huck­abee is the one Repub­li­can can­di­date who flinched when Pres­i­dent Bush ve­toed the Democrats’ pro­posed ex­pan­sion of SCHIP. He says he is against so­cial­ized medicine, but don’t look for him to re­sist the drift to­ward it.”

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