Mike Huckabee is apparently going all in with the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party as he throws down on Karl Rove and other "elites" for being mean to Christine O'Donnell. Huckabee's comments on a radio show with WABC's Aaron Klein demonstrate once again the boulder-size chip he's always carried on his shoulder and the abiding insecurity he's always turned to combativeness.
"Unfortunately, there is an elitism within the Republican establishment," Huckabee told Klein. "And it's one of the reasons the Republicans have not been able to solidify not only the tea party movement but solidify conservatives across America."
"It's about, again, to be blunt, the kind of country club attitude that we're not sure there are certain people we really want as members of the club and we're not going to vote them in. And we don't mind showing up to events to put up signs and making phone calls and going door to door making those pesky little trips that we don't like to do, but we really don't want them dining with us in the main dining room," he said.
"I've been on the receiving end of some of that when I ran for president. A lot of the establishment types were very contemptuous toward me and treated me like some backwater," Huckabee said. "And that's one of the things that happens when you didn't go to the right school and you're not a regular [attendee] at the proper cocktail parties on the D.C. social circuit."
Huckabee demonstrates here the most unattractive feature of modern-day Republicanism. It is the demand for a solid front behind anyone identified as a Republican, no matter how big a blockhead. Rove's assessment of O'Donnell apparently is going to be correct. She and the Tea Party crowd seized a sure Republican defeat from the victory column in Delaware. The ultra-conservatives are going to be a factor in the nomination process, no doubt, particularly in South Carolina where Huckabee's last presidential quest effectively ended. Huckabee seems to think they will emerge as dominant. If so, it will be good for the Democratic Party in the long run. It's a can of mixed nuts.
Noted: the Republican Party has done more party-building under four years of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe than it did under 10 years of Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee.
UPDATE: The conservative Powerline blog and I agree on something. "This expression of self pity is beyond stupid ...."