Skip to comments.Huckabee for President - Conservatives Need to Rally Behind a Single Candidate
Posted on 09/01/2007 9:13:44 PM PDT by Yomin Postelnik
To have a conservative candidate as our nominee, we need to rally behind a single candidate and need to do so fast. Mike Huckabee is an articulate defender of conservative values, likeable and electable.
When the choice of Presidential Candidates became clear, I wrote that both Rep. Duncan Hunter and Gov. Mike Huckabee are both true conservatives and effective communicators of conservative philosophy. They have common sense, yet compassionate, philosophies and would both make excellent presidents. While Rep. Hunter should be receiving far more publicity than he is, the fact is that, through no fault of his own, he's not. The media machine doesn't give much coverage to leading conservative voices and generally doesn't give much exposure to second tier candidates to begin with. A lot that says about a media that simply ratifies the frontrunner of the day, but it also means that Rep. Hunter is unlikely to win and efforts must be concentrated elsewhere to ensure that we nominate a conservative. Gov. Huckabee has shown himself to be a resiliant campaigner and is positioning himself for shot at the nomination. Those who do not want a nominee with a big government philosophy would do best by rallying behind him. The Governor would make a fine President. He has shown tremendous strength, coming across very well in every debate so far and is the best candidate who has a shot at the nomination. For these reasons I'm now endorsing Mike Huckabee. While it is my hope that he won't be a vice presidential running mate to a big government republican, he would make a fine president and an excellent candidate if he's on top of the ticket.
Simply put, we need a candidate who does not believe in enlarging a government that has already grown far too big. That candidate needs to be an articulate representative of conservative philosophy and needs the skills and organization to realistically be able to capture the nomination. Gov. Huckabee is one such candidate and has positioned himself as the best conservative candidate in the race.
Anyone interested in helping organize in Florida please get in touch with me. Thanks.
Kinda blows that whole "doesn't-believe-in-enlarging-government" thing out of the water, doesn't it?
Duncan Hunter won the Texas straw poll
Compared to the others, the National Smoking Ban in public is child’s play. He’s for protecting the family structure and voters rights against activist courts, something Thompson and Rudy are against and the other two can turn on a dime. We may disagree on some things (though the national smoking ban in public places has too sides to it and doesn’t go against conservative principals or threaten democracy - as do activist courts) but he’s one candidate who doesn’t come across as willing to sell his grandmother to get the nomination, is an articulate and sincere conservative and understands and connects with voters who realize the issues facing the public today. A smoking ban in public places will be supported by all candidates if it becomes popular and unlike the others, it would be his only big government stand.
The measure would give another seat to Utah. It gives DC residents a voice without hurting the conservative cause. Better this than an eventual push to include DC without the Utah balance.
Huckabee promotes ‘open door’ policy at LULAC convention
End of the Line, Huckabee
He’s excellent but he simply won’t win the nomination at this point while Huckabee does have a shot. Unlike Iowa, no major candidates competed in TX and while I wish the media would either give more coverage to this or that at least Republican voters stopped looking to the media to choose their candidates, we see that neither of these is happening. At this point we need to rally behind a candidate with some traction to ensure a conservative nominee as opposed to one of the four most commonly mentioned. Huckabee would also do far better as nominee against the Dem. candidate. He resonates with segments of the population we need. If people were smart and independent thinkers, Hunter would be in the top tier. But we need to win and Huckabee’s a good man on our side who gives us a shot.
So I take it you’re saying that Fred Thompson isn’t a conservative? Please tell us why it is that you think so.
At this point, Hunter’s not going to win. We need to see who can prevent the race from going to a liberal candidate, one who supports these plus, unlike Huckabee, a whole lot more. Reagan put it best saying that if we agree with someone 80% of the time, chances are we’re friends. At this point we really need to look at how to prevent someone who either disagrees on 80% of the major issues or someone who’d probably embrace the hippie lifestyle if it would help him get elected from getting the nomination. Huckabee seems to be the only one who can help do that.
Is Fred better than the other 3? Yes. A whole lot. But his refusal to support a constitutional ammendment to protect marriage (and to also protect republican democrary and prevent rule by fiat on the part of judges) is a serious problem.
I see a lot criticizing Huckabee on immigration. Fred has an even more liberal policy, as do the others. Fred isn’t an articulate defender of conservatism, he’s a nice guy but it almost ends there. He’s not going to shape anyone’s ideology. Huckabee can.
I was just looking for those links.
Rationalization is the second strongest human drive.
I just don’t see the DC vote as a big issue the way it’s being done b/c we get an extra seat in Utah to balance it out. With the other stuff, I agree on the issues but we need to be pragmatic to prevent someone who disagrees with us a lot more than him from being the nominee. If Hunter makes a surge I’ll be ecstatic but Huckabee is clearly on our side a lot more than the others.
- You like his liberal positions
-You call yourself a conservative but are willing to push a liberal if that is what you think it takes to win.
I think the general voting population has had enough of both Texas and Arkansas presidential candidates.
Like you I’d like to prevent a big government lib who belongs in the other party from getting the nod. I don’t see another way than supporting someone who’s basically on our side, is sincere, will stop activist judges and is electable.
Reagan had some liberal positions too, but few and far between. Huckabee is similar in this regard. I see the party willing to sell its conservative values down the whole by nominating one of two northeastern big govt fanatics. Huckabee seems to be the only candidate who can stop this. Who do you support and how do you see him winning? At this point our eye has to be on the ball - preventing the establishment of two defacto Dem parties. Huckabee’s not perfect but he’s no Dem.
He also raised taxes in Arkansas while guv. No thanks. bloomberg with a theology degree.
You don’t even know the person you’re trying to pimp on this board. Read ob1knob’s page for links to the truth about hucksterbe.
There is no way I would support a candidate that is the food police, the cigarette police and many other areas that the government does not belong. Stay out of our lives and perhaps I would support him.
Pro-amnesty does it for me.
I don’t need no steekin’ other ‘scuses.
He is a federalist and believes it is up to the various states.
Something’s got to be done to stop activist courts from usurping the power of the inhabitants of these states. Hamilton would have had these judges removed and given them free one way trips to Canada. Letting what happened in MA and IA happen isn’t Federalism, it’s looking the other way at Hedonism and furthers economic socialism (a reason socialists promote immorality). Judicial rule by fiat usurps republican democracy, both the Federalist (which I prefer, as the way Hamilton supported it was very limited and just enough to avert chaos) and the Republican/Democratic (Jeffersonian) versions of it.
It's going to take a miracle for any of the other primary candidates to catch up with him in the polls because of this. LOL!
No, we do not. We need to have a nice primary where they fight it out by promoting themselves and their ideas without attacking each other.
Which, by the way, you did very well. Good job!
It's refreshing to see a reference to federalism for it is rapidly becoming an extinct reference in politics these day's.
Thompson came in second and he also did not show up
Well, Mike Huckabee has an entertaining way with words, two soulful big browns, and a quick wit, but Mike Huckabee is no conservative!
He is soft on the open border problem, panders to Hispanics, praises sanctuary cities, and he refused to sign to No Amnesty bill, calling it silly.
He is big on national health care and high taxes. And I am not so sure about his stand on the rights of the unborn.
There is only one, count them one, consistent conservative Republican candidate running for Commander in Chief, who has all the credentials required to take this country off the suicide course it is now on, and that man is Rep. Duncan Hunter.
His disingenuous way of handling the immigration and border security issue makes him unacceptable to me--I have a candidate anyway, his name is Duncan Hunter--winner of yesterday's Texas Straw Poll...
I love Hunter but see it as imperative that we rally behind a conservative candidate who can win instead of letting this go to the Rockefeller wing. If you look at Huckabee’s stand of taxes, he only increased based on a federal reduction in spending that all states picked up, other states raised taxes in different ways. He’s for a fair tax and that’s the best way it could be done. He’s definitely a social conservative, very pro-life and for the defense of marriage.
If you love Hunter, and feel that it is imperative that we rally behind a conservative candidate, Duncan Hunter, IMO, is your man. He is the ONLY candidate with a full quiver of the qualifications so desperately needed in today’s world. He is a “get it done” kind of guy, with a solid conservative record. We can’t afford to settle for less than the best this time around, and in my book, Duncan Hunter is the very best.
Every time FDT is asked a question, he dodges it by saying it is up to the states. I’ve never heard him answer a direct question in a direct manner yet. Sorry, he might be a heck of a fellow, but he’s not presidential material.
Read a few of the following links excerpted from my profile page and then consider thowing your support behind a real conservative for president, Duncan Hunter. - OB1
Reasons why Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is a RINO and no longer fit for public office:
From TheBattman - 6/7/7:
Long and short on Huckabee from his record:
1. Has been very strong on gun rights (CCW, protecting gun makers from stupid lawsuits).
2. Pro-Marriage: Marraige protection Act was his baby along with covenant marriage.
1. Supported taxes (Old-fashioned Tax-and-Spend politician)- engineered a 3% state income tax surcharge (a tax on the tax you paid in income tax) that was supposedly to make up for budget shortfalls - and then kept in in place a year longer than was necessary (and promised).
Raised fuel taxes
Encouraged the use of sales tax as an easy means of revenue boosting.
Opposed all efforts to reduce the sales tax on groceries and prescription drugs, even in years with a budget surplus. Heck, our new Democrat (liberal at that) Governor, under public pressure, agreed to a reduction in grocery sales tax...
2. ArKidsFirst - One of the larges social spending programs in Arkansas history was his baby. I dont have a problem with helping low income folks get medical care, but I know many folks on it that could afford regular coverage - but why when big gubmint will give it free?
3. Big Government - Huckabee, between his socialist healthcare moves, his heavy hand regarding tobacco use, his mandatory search lunchboxes of school kids health initiative, and massive expansion of most social programs...
4. Poor record of political appointments - just one example - Sheffield Nelson on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - who has single-handedly tarnished the organization and really pissed off sportsmen in the state with his obstructionist and blatantly anti-regular Joe initiatives.
5. Illegal Immigration - Huckabee actually called anyone against illegal immigration (those who wanted to prevent free tuition to illlegals, free social benefits to illegals, etc.) non-Christian.
6. Party Affiliation - Huckabee has chosen in the last couple of elections to not be supportive of Republican candidates, including Lt. Governor, when they were a solid conservative choice, preferring more moderate or even liberal candidates.
Im sure there is plenty more (maybe both pro and con) that others can add...
Check out these previous articles:
You MUST read these articles BEFORE considering the Huckster for federal office! You have been warned!!!
BWAHAHAHA! Thanks, I needed a good laugh this afternoon. Mr. National Smoking Ban is a conservative?
Under the 10th Amendment, most things are supposed to be up to the states. Duh. I guess you LIKE activist federal government.
Horsecrap. Huckabee was all-for amnesty until just recently. Fred has never been for a blanket shamnesty - his two amnesty votes were for immigrants from repressive regimes, including Nicaraguans.
Duncan Hunter is that man in ‘08!
I’m very worried that at this point as to who will be the nominee. Hunter, who I did support, hasn’t shown any organizational ability. Part of this is because of being shut out by the media, but still, I can’t see him winning.
Huckabee is at least a good social conservative. The “checking kids lunch boxes” scares me most but he is the only social conservative who represents a challenge to the big four (McCain can come back). He has a lot of positives but with Hunter effectively out he seems to be the only conservative (though not conservative on all issues) with a fighting chance. If Hunter suddenly surges, something that just doesn’t look possible, I’ll be ecstatic. ‘til then we’ve got to go with someone who has at least an outside shot.
Paperdoll’s right. This just isn’t a good example of states rights. Allowing unelected state courts to undermine society by judicial fiat was never the intention of any of the fighters for states rights. The right of the people to remove such judges would be.
As long as the Defense of Marriage Act stands, Massachussetts can allow gay marriage and Oklahoma is not bound to recognize such.
>Duh I guess you LIKE activist federal government.<
Don’t hurt yourself when you jump to conclusions, dirtboy.
Fred Thompson could still have an opinion without taking Federal action. That’s all that has been asked of him. I have yet to hear FDT give a clear answer to any question.
If Huckabee's nominated, I'm voting 3rd party. I want a President, not a Daddy.
No. If you like a candidate and believe he is fully qualified on every issue, you stick with him through the primaries. That way he has a good chance to take the nomination. Then you work your heart out to get him elected. That is the way it works. You don’t settle for less when elections are this far down the road.
It's bad enough that special-interest groups under the guise of working "for the children" are enacting local and state smoking bans. After smoking bans, it'll be national bans on trans-fats, sugar, sweets, porn...you get the drift. Huckabee will alienate a lot of libertarian and swing voters.
Fred has stated that as long as DOMA is law of the land, he does not see the need for an amendment.
OK. Well, you have a right to your opinion although I respectfully and strongly disagree, but hey, that’s why we have FR, to debate the points, right? The Huckster epitomizes exactly what’s wrong with the GOP now. He’s not really either a social nor fiscal conservative anymore. He’s whatever you want him to be. I should know. I’ve lived under his governorship his total career in Arkansas. What he started out as (conservatively) and what he’s developed into, are two very different political animals. But hey, support him if you will, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Ciao - OB1
“To have a conservative candidate as our nominee, we need to rally behind a single candidate and need to do so fast.”
But “Give three Congressional Seats to Washington D.C.” Huckabee isn’t it.
Sorry. Hunter is the man, failing that, Thompson.
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