Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee takes a jab at John McCain:

“With all due respect, Sen. McCain dramatically suspended his campaign and flew back to Washington not to champion those conservative Republicans [in the House], but to join meekly with Barack Obama in voting for the bailout, a bailout most American opposed,” he said.

Huckabee said he went along with the Republican ticket because he was “a good soldier,” but that the bailout vote may have sunk McCain’s campaign.

“I tell you, that moment was not our best moment,” he said. “It would have been our best shot at winning the White House a chance to offer a true authentic, conservative choice rather than a big government echo, rather than a meek, ‘me too’ way of doing things.”

Seriously Mike. What happened to you? You used to be cool. Has someone been slipping douchebag pills into your Aquafina? What ever happened to the Eleventh Commandment?

The way that I see things, McCain did screw-up that opportunity to really draw a distinction between himself and Obama. However, it’s really easy to criticize him in retrospect — hindsight being 20/20 and everything — a real man would have criticized him in the moment. If John McCain had voted against the bailout last fall, then I would have said that you were right on. Today? Not so much.

In other news: does anyone else think that it’s a bit strange that CPAC brings out such negativity in these guys?

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