If you thought that George W. Bush selected staff based primarily on personal loyalty rather than competence or ideas, you ain’t seen nothing until you get a good look at Mike Huckabee. The Huck’s indifference to ideas and obsession with building his personal political network, make Don Corleone look like an advocate for the civil service.
In the latest installment of Huckabee’s personal empire building, Huckabee is backing Doyle Webb for the next chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas over rival Joseph Wood. Why does Huckabee favor Webb? According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette: “Huckabee supports Webb because they’ve been friends since high school, said the former governor’s daughter and spokesman, Sarah Huckabee… ‘More importantly, [Webb ] and his wife have been faithful, loyal friends to [Mike and Janet Huckabee ] since they have known them,’ Sarah Huckabee said.”
Did you see anything in there about Webb promoting the ideas of limited government or lower taxation? Did you see anything about being effective at raising campaign contributions or recruiting quality Republican candidates? No, the Huck isn’t about ideas or competence, he’s about “faithful, loyal friends.” And we hear this from his spokesperson, who is his own daughter. If it got any more inbred, we’d have to endure all sorts of bad Arkansas jokes. With Huckabee there’s no avoiding the bad jokes.