Leader Blues

Friday, April 18, 2008

EDITORIAL >>Another Huck PAC

Mike Huckabee is most predictable when he sets out to surprise. The former governor and presidential candidate spawned a small frenzy of speculation when he revealed that he would have a dramatic announcement on Tax Day, April 15. His campaign Web site featured a doomsday clock ticking down to the fateful day.

Would John McCain tap him as his running mate on that day? Would he lead a tax revolt? Would he head a new evangelical movement, host a cable talk show? Bloggers had a field day.

But then came the announcement. Sigh. Mike Huckabee is starting still another political action committee to raise funds to elect conservatives. Nothing could have been more predictable.

It is called the Huck Political Action Committee, or Huck PAC.

Here is the governor’s explanation on the Huck PAC Web site: “Huck PAC is founded on the principles that make America great: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

People are asked to contribute money to the PAC and he will spend it to support Republican candidates around the country who he thinks will advocate tax reform, a strong national defense, border security, life, the family, less government and individual liberty.

One of them will be John McCain.

Does that sound familiar?

In 1994, while he was Arkansas lieutenant governor, Huckabee started Hope for America, which was supposed to support conservative causes. In its 2 ˝ year life, Hope for America raised some $65,000, much of it from cigarette companies, and spent it on . . . Mike Huckabee.

In 2006, he formed Hope for America, a political action committee that would support conservative candidates for political office. Almost none of it went to political candidates, unless you count Huckabee himself, who was gearing up to run for president.

Something tells us Huck PAC will be no different.