In a Thursday interview with the Visalia Times, Mike Huckabee warns against any moderation on social issues and, once again, dismisses the notion that the Republican party needs a leader.
On social issue adulteration:
"Throw the social conservatives the pro-life, pro-family people overboard and the Republican party will be as irrelevant as the Whigs [the short-lived 19th century political party].
They'll basically be a party of gray-haired old men sitting around the country club puffing cigars, sipping brandy and wondering whatever happened to the country. That will be the end of the party."
On the search for the new face of the GOP:
"I'm frustrated with all these people who are jockeying for the position to be the "leader." It's almost like we're worried about who's going to be the drum major and we don't have a piece of music yet."
The 3-page interview was conducted while Huckabee was in Visalia for a Thursday prayer breakfast.
UPDATE: Andy Barr has a must-read on the NCNA rift.