Why I fear Huckabee, more than any other Republican.

He is willing to say that conservatism has lost its grounding. He says all the right things to conservatives, that they care about all life, not just that in the womb. That they are supposed to be fiscally conservative, not running up big budgets.

Watch out, this is the wave of the future for Republicans. I wouldn't be surprised to see our state candidates using this approach as well. It is very alluring to those who would have been called conservative Democrats once upon a time, or Reagan Democrats since then. More videos after the break.

Here he is on The Daily Show.

Sounds like a Democrat doesn't he? Arts and music couched in conservative terms.

And, this, Energy Independence in TEN years.

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"I'm a conservative, but I'm not angry at everyone about it."

Watch the Daily Show clip all the way through. I'm telling you, if the Republican race were fair, this guy would wipe up the competition.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

If the Republican race were fair

it wouldn't be the Republican race.

Of course, given all the crap I'm hearing about the DSCC strong-arming here in North Carolina, I could say the same for the left side of the aisle too.

Huckabee is the guy

Allow me to add that he is the guy I hear conservatives say they wish were doing better, and nearly all say he is unavoidable as a choice for Veep...

Chuck Norris

I can't believe you forgot to mention the Chuck Norris endorsement!

Chuck Norris's endorsement is so powerful that half the Supreme Court has already inaugurated Huckabee.

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I wouldn't be so sure

Jack Bauer hasn't weighed in on this yet.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I welcome the return of honest Republicanism I can disagree with

I never thought I'd pine for the days of Reaganism, convinced I would go to my grave with him as the worst president of my lifetime.

But say this for the SOB -- the man actually did what he said he was going to do, even when it was a terrible idea that was bad for the country. When he tried to get rid of the Department of Education, he had already told everyone that he intended to do that. (Granted, he also had plenty of lying, cowardly creeps underneath him, but at least the "great communicator" was forthright about what he himself was doing.)

The current crowd of lying, dissembling, secretive, hateful trolls and their ring of fawning lackeys don't even have the balls to put what they're doing out in the light of day. I'm willing to go back to the days of having to beat out these neo-Goldwaterian ideas in a fair rhetorical fight, rather than having some dimwit parroting, "we do not torture," while signing the order to make people think they're drowning in order to get bad information out of them.

Oh no! A Republican who takes no neo-con prisoners

I'm willing to go back to the days of having to beat out these neo-Goldwaterian ideas in a fair rhetorical fight, * MTBinDurham

Good for you! Than you should be rooting for the amazing Ron Paul movement which is scaring the crap out the neo-cons in the Republican party and the Fox network. Now when the republican primary is over, where do you think those millions of new activists will go?

They are anit-war, love civil rights, hate torture, want to impeach Bush and Cheney, And will confront any stupid retarded neo-con republican that gets in their way.....

A bit...

Ron Paul is a libertarian. In as much as he's an honorable man, which he seems to be, I wish him well. However, I'm still going to have rather strident disagreements with him (and likely his supporters) over economic policy.

My concern is that, as with all libertarians, the fact that most of them are rather proud of the fact that they're not "joiners," they'll be more like Ross Perot voters. They'll jump on the bandwagon, but not do anything to keep it going after he loses the nomination. And the Republican party will once again be left to the toadies and sycophants and warmongers.

The "Real" Patriots are here. Get use to it!

My concern is that, as with all libertarians, the fact that most of them are rather proud of the fact that they're not "joiners," they'll be more like Ross Perot voters.* MTD

Sorry! The movement is massive and not the same old Perot story. It loaded with vast numbers of the young, aggressive, well informed, highly educated and the most important item or mission, it is on a real revolution and not the same old [ establishment] libertarian crap from the past....I suggest you get up to speed by visiting command HQ.....and don't freak out...The 3 rd American revolution is here....and it is not going away.....

http://www.wtprn.com/

Oops...

That was in reply to MaxtheDog2. Doh!

Huckabee

Huckabee could be a strong candidate... if he were to get the nomination. His big weakness is inability to build a good organization. With a good organization and his Christian Conservative message, he would be able to get the religious right to circle the wagons around him.

I think you are right.... Republicans might try to model his message in future elections.

Huckabee would be their best bet, really.

He would be far more appealing to the "middle", and I think would pick up a lot of unaffiliated voters who would be scared to death of some of the wingnuts his party seems to be pushing.

It would almost be refreshing - he's personable, well-spoken, even likeable. There aren't many other Republican candidates you could say that of. Imagine a general election between Huckabee and Edwards. What a change in tone there would be in politics.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

The fact that Huckabee is good, honest and true to his calling

will have no effect whatsoever in the Republican machine deciding the nomination.

Although true to his "root" beliefs which are, in fact, the closest to the Republican ideal, he is simply not the one of those who was blessed to run by the Republican masters.

Take note that he is not even getting the major backing of the evangelical core from where he comes and where his roots are deeply placed. Many of the heaveyweight "Christian" organizations are actually backing Romney , a Mormon. (In the greater "Christian" community "mormanism" is thought to be more of a cult than a "Christian" relegion) Yet many evangelicals are gravitating to Romney.

The Republican machine is powerful. The BEST candidate is the one THEY say is the best candidate. The people are largely irrelevent to the Republican Party.

In this case, Democrats benefit!!

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

I agree with everyone's analysis.

Huckabee has not been chosen by the cabal, so he stands no chance. At least I hope so. You know, we have had our Jimmy Carter, the southern outsider that no one gave a chance until Iowans had their say. I wouldn't be surprised if Huckabee ends up doing the same thing this election.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Joe Trippi agrees with me, we should do lunch : )

2) Trippi's GOP pick for Iowa. It's not Mitt Romney, who currently leads in the polls. Nor is it Fred Thompson, whose folksiness appeals to rural Iowans. When Trippi asked if I'd be spending the rest of the week with Edwards, I said no--I was heading north on Thursday to connect with the Huckabee campaign. "I see how it is," he said. "Leaving us for the new frontrunner." The other Edwards staffers chuckled. "No, I'm serious," Trippi said. "Huckabee will win in Iowa. You'll see." But that'll just hurt Romney and help Giuliani, I said. How can he compete without cash? "He doesn't need it," he said. "The other guys don't have enough cash-on-hand to blunt an insurgency. If he wins Iowa, he'll get a ton of media attention and money. Trust me--Huckabee has a shot." Spoken like a true underdog. Or at least a guy backing the other candidate who's running third in Iowa--and needs a win to survive.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

There was a very positive

There was a very positive New Republic piece about Huckabee recently. About the only bad things they could think of to say about him are that he personally doesn't believe in evolution and is opposed to abortion. But those aren't really negatives for a Republican candidate...

Evolution.

I heard him clarify his position on Evolution. He basically said that if "evolution" means there could be no hand of God, then he couldn't believe in it. But, if evolution and a higher power can coexist, then that sort of evolution he believes in. I don't think he is saying God sits up there and directs the process, but that perhaps "it" is the process.

Anyway, although I guffawed when he raised his hand and said he didn't believe in evolution, this is at least more palatable to me.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I haven't seen much pro-Huckabee

stickers or much around Alabama or Mississippi, but I can see how they would associate with him. What has really got these voters is our favorite "values" issues. But when it comes down to government helping children and providing necessary help to families from poverty to getting back on their feet, you'd be surprised how many students I know that sound liberal but are republican.

I've had the feeling all along that more fiscal conservatives would have things in common with social liberals, if they would get by that notion of how much money to raise. Budgets aren't fun, but I've seen here in the Bible Belt people do want to have gov't help out. Its just these silly values voter issues that are mucking it all up.

I think Huckabee's message will stick with Iowans, and wouldn't be surprised if he won.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

It's Easy to Forget

Most of the populist conservatives in the South, even the religious ones, had parents who voted for FDR four times.

The key thing that Democrats must do is start talking about fiscal responsibility (not "fiscal conservatism"). Instead in NC we have Democrats who saw the lottery as a way not to have to raise taxes in the face of the tax-cutting of the 1980s and 1990s.

Fiscal responsibility means that we have to get back on the track of paying down the national debt. Why? Because interest payments on the national debt are sucking up 1/4 to 1/3 of every dollar we actually pay in taxes. It is the perfect reverse Robin Hood scheme. Take from ordinary taxpayers and give to holders of federal notes-you know the ones that trade at thousands of dollars a unit. Guess who can afford those notes? Yep, the folks that got the big Bush tax cuts.

Can spending be cut at the federal level. Darn straight but you can't do it by holding the military-industrial complex harmless. And there has got to be some cost recovery suits from Halliburton (and its principals) and Blackwater (and its principals), and so on--think the corporate veil is impenetrable for acts of fraud?

But most of all it has to be investigated and documented.

You see. The size of the Democratic majority and its willingness to change is going to be key as to whether Democrats become victim to a third party. On this score, I have my doubts about Etheridge, McIntyre, and Shuler--and any other candidates who might win in heavily Republican areas. Can they turn their back on Bush and his policies?

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

Mike Sounds like Blue in Red Clothing

Betsy Hagan, Arkansas director of the conservative Eagle Forum and a key backer of his early runs for office, was once "his No. 1 fan." She was bitterly disappointed with his record. "He was pro-life and pro-gun, but otherwise a liberal," she says. "Just like Bill Clinton he will charm you, but don't be surprised if he takes a completely different turn in office."

Phyllis Schlafly, president of the national Eagle Forum, is even more blunt. "He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles," she says. "Yet some of the same evangelicals who sold us on George W. Bush as a 'compassionate conservative' are now trying to sell us on Mike Huckabee."