Huckabee Thinks GOP Too “Ideologically Pure”

Jim Burroway

July 1st, 2011

Tom McClusky, Vice President for Government Affairs for Family “Research” Council, is furious — furious! that the Republican National Committee has tapped Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper to serve on its Finance Committee, where, according to an RNC news release “he will be playing a critical role in raising funds for the party’s efforts to elect Republicans to the White House and across the country.” McClusky is spitting bullets, telling his readers that they “should NEVER donate to the Republican Party” (all CAPS his). American Family Association trots out its concern troll as well.

These developments come on the same day in which Mike Huckabee (!) complained that the GOP has become too focused on ideological purity:

I’m not sure a guy like me can win in the atmosphere of the current Republican party. We’ve become a party of such fractured purity. It’s all or nothing, now or never. It’s not whether the government functions, it’s whether the government is ideologically pure.


July 1st, 2011

I thought I read the full text of the Huckabee “purity” critique in the GOP, and I got the impression that he’s all on board with purity on social issues. I think it’s the Tea Party “purity” on budget/debt ceiling, etc. that’s got him concerned.

Timothy (TRiG)

July 1st, 2011

But conservatism is all about purity (along with authority and loyalty).



July 2nd, 2011

it’s funny I just read the linked article on ideological purity

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from the above article and it is a very interesting piece. I don’t know anything about the author or prospect magazine and their ideologies, but as an information piece it is pretty well done.

One passage in particular was a bit disturbing considering the “purity” aspect of the southern baptists & tea partiers on the cruise.


Maggie Benedict and Jinx Drda from suburban St Louis were also greatly disappointed to hear Huckabee had bowed out of the presidential race. They’ve always voted but it wasn’t until Obama’s victory that they became more active in politics.

“It’s the first time I’ve felt the president wasn’t a true American,” Maggie says. “And that he wants to become a dictator. We didn’t like seeing him get elected because of his race.”

—————end snip————-

The second paragraph, last line is a kicker.

Which way to they mean that? do they think Obama only won because he was black? or do they dislike him being elected because he is black?

Depending on how you take in the context of the preceding paragraphs, it certainly leans toward their old lily white Jeebus-luvin asses not liking the black guy for being black.

we all know that publicly few of the right wing white folks are stupid enough to be publicly heard (near strangers with a mic) that they just don’t like him cause he is black. but my take on this article is that these southern baptists (paying 6 grand no less) are not that politically correct in their public speech. They don’t care if you hear them being racist or bigoted because Jeebus says it’s okay to hate in his name…


July 2nd, 2011

You know, I’m really okay with FRC and AFA telling people not to donate to the Republican National Committee. In fact, I completely agree with them on that particular matter.


July 2nd, 2011

As MikeNOLA noted, the full article in Prospect (a UK publication) is well worth reading.

Overall, it describes well the complete confusion in the Republican party, perhaps, even, in the nation as a whole. Mr. Huckabee makes some valid points about corporate power in America and about govt’s role in helping the poor. His solution to all the problems we face, though, is smaller govt and free markets. Except in areas of sexuality, where govt should play a stronger role in preserving the one man/one woman/lots of children family.

The idea that “the rich elites are ruining this country and wouldn’t it be great to be rich” is a central theme of the article, not race or, for that matter, religion.

Perhaps because the writer is from the UK, he was able to bring a perspective to the story an American writer would not. Well worth reading.

Richard Rush

July 2nd, 2011

GOP now stands for GOPurity.

The Grand Old Party died long ago.

Richard Rush

July 2nd, 2011

Perhaps GOPure would be a little more streamlined (more pure).
For purity-seekers, there is no such thing as being too pure.


July 2nd, 2011

@Richard Rush: Would make a good name for a political action committee, one “trying to unite the true conservatives in the Republican party” or something like that.


July 2nd, 2011

Nope. Won’t work. One meaning of “pure” is “unadulterated.” My impression is lots of Republicans, men at least, are, in fact, adulterated, if you get my meaning.


July 5th, 2011

The Republican Party has finally realized the bitter truth: the extreme right-wing religious wing of the party has turned into a monster the traditional GOP regrets courting.

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