Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today said that Mike Huckabee’s labeling of the Bush administration attitude as an “arrogant, bunker mentality” was “ludicrous.”
“This is not a go it alone foreign policy,” she said.
Many Bush critics would disagree with her and back Huckabee’s assessment. There is increasing sentiment in the country that the Bush administration is arrogant and does have a bunker mentality, and does prefer to go it alone. Huckabee doesn’t have to be an astute diplomat to reach that conclusion.
But Huckabee is in a very tight race in Iowa, and the people who oppose him are as adamant as those who support him. He has been thought to be naive on foreign policy, and is likely to take some heat for his remarks. Being called “ludicrous” in public by Secretary of State Rice is not the sort of attention he needs from her.
On balance, the jibes exchanged probably cancel each other out. The big difference is that Rice is already in office, while Huckabee remains in a very tight race for his party’s presidential nomination. It certainly doesn’t help to be publicly derided by the secretary of state.