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Mike Huckabee Wonders Why Sarah Palin Gets So Much Attention (And NPR Pimps Gomer)
National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | December 6, 2010 | Frank James

Posted on 12/06/2010 2:12:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who had a good run during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries before Sen. John McCain went on to win the nomination, is thought by some in the White House to be the likely GOP nominee.

But he hasn't been getting the kind of excited frequent media attention of Sarah Palin and this has apparently begun to bother him.

According to Politico.com which interviewed Huckabee, he expressed some consternation:

“The polls are consistently favorable, putting me either at the top of every poll or right near it. It’s hard to ignore that, having swum in that water before when I barely registered in those very kinds of polls,” he said...

... “She’s brought an enormous amount of energy to the party. As to why she seemingly draws ten times the attention, I don’t know,” he said, touting recent book signings of his that had drawn up to 1,400 people, with no note in the media.

“You’re never going to read that. I’m never going to be breaking news because I made a comment on Twitter and Facebook. Why is that? I don’t know,” he said.

Even so, Huckabee could be Obama's worst nightmare which might explain why some in the White House are thinking he will be the nominee.

As the New York Times' Peter Baker reported in a New York Times magazine piece right after the election:

They doubt Sarah Palin will run and figure Mitt Romney cannot get the Republican nomination because he enacted his own health care program in Massachusetts. If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

In contrast with the president's urbane coolness, Huckabee emanates folksiness from his pores. While Obama can seem distant, Huckabee has an everyman quality.

As a white southern male and the former governor of Arkansas, he would have wide appeal not just in the South.

He could make it harder for Obama to win the independent men who helped put Obama over the top in 2008.

Huckabee could make it even more difficult than the economy is likely to make it, for Obama to put together the electoral map of 2008.

North Carolina, for instance, would be a heavier lift for the president. So, too, would battleground states with large rural and suburban swaths like like Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Obama could try to marginalize Huckabee as a former governor without experience on the world stage.

But if the unemployment situation hasn't changed substantially, and there aren't many economists who think that it will have, the economy is likely to be the top issue, negating Obama's foreign-affairs advantage.

Also, it's worth remembering that approach didn't work for the last sitting president, George H.W. Bush who found himself running against a folksy Arkansas governor in 1992.

Meanwhile, as a former practicing preacher, Huckabee talks the talk of evangelical Christians. If many Americans have doubts about Obama's Christianity, they'll have very little doubt about Huckabee's.

Politico suggests Huckabee's building of a $3 million home on the Florida Gulf Coast could be an impediment to a presidential run since he'll need to make a lot of money to pay his $2.8 million mortgage. He may want to keep his Fox News Channel contract as well as his lucrative speaking gigs, the thinking goes.

But the Florida house could actually work for Huckabee. It could enhance his stature in Florida, helping him in his effort to win not just the Republican primary there but, if he were to become the nominee, the state's electoral votes.

Again, on paper, it appears Huckabee would be a formidable challenger to Obama.


TOPICS: Alaska; Arkansas; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; freepressforpalin; gomerhuckleberry; huckabee; huckabooboo; huckster; palin
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On paper, the Maginot Line looked impregnable, too. I'm sure the nice people in Mr. Obama's campaign team wouldn't think of bringing up those pardoned felons that went on to kill again, since that wouldn't be polite.
1 posted on 12/06/2010 2:12:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But he hasn’t been getting the kind of excited frequent media attention of Sarah Palin and this has apparently begun to bother him. .................................... Maybe if he put one of his kids on DWTS, it might help???


2 posted on 12/06/2010 2:16:57 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Which kid? The fat boy who decapitated a pet dog?


3 posted on 12/06/2010 2:17:50 PM PST by Palladin (Stand and fight.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Again, on paper, it appears Huckabee would be a formidable challenger to Obama.

Ugh. Here we go with Nanny Huckabee making his pitch for the nomination. If this free spending, amnesty-loving, crminial coddling, foreign policy dove nanny-stater gets the nomination, I seriously may sit this election out. It would be better for the GOP to lose than have him as president because at least that way the GOP would do better in Congressional elections in the off years.

4 posted on 12/06/2010 2:18:28 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who had a good run during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries before Sen. John McCain went on to win the nomination, is thought by some in the White House to be the likely GOP nominee.

Nice try NPR, you far left, feckless, tools, but this time around the State-Run Media will NOT get to pick our candidate and you can take it to the bank (as Baretta used to say) that it ain't gonna be no F'n RINO.

So why don't yall slither back under whatever rock you came from.

5 posted on 12/06/2010 2:18:37 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor....is thought by some in the White House to be the likely GOP nominee.

Wishful Lib thinking. The Huck hasn't got a ghost of a chance in 2012, but the Dims would love to run against him so they try to pump him up in the Lamestreammedia. Won't work...he's toast.

6 posted on 12/06/2010 2:19:32 PM PST by GoldenPup
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Because she is ineluctable, Huckleberry.

ineluctable

7 posted on 12/06/2010 2:19:39 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; sybilll; jessduntno; LibertyRocks; Nepeta; PowerPro; Irish Eyes; jennings2004; ...
Shes brought an enormous amount of energy to the party. As to why she seemingly draws ten times the attention, I dont know, , said Huckaboob.

SARAH PALIN'S PING LIST

8 posted on 12/06/2010 2:19:47 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As to why she seemingly draws ten times the attention, I don’t know,

There's a pretty good reason that he's not qualified.

/johnny

9 posted on 12/06/2010 2:19:56 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He has his own TV show, if nobody pays attention to him, maybe its because he has nothing new to say.


10 posted on 12/06/2010 2:20:19 PM PST by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pimpin’ Gomer because they fear Palin. They will also pimp Myth, McCain, and any other RINO they can to avoid a conservative. They fear losing their funding. I love it.


11 posted on 12/06/2010 2:20:47 PM PST by johniegrad
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

“...and you can take it to the bank (as Baretta used to say)”

I can picture Zero in the Huggy Bear outfit ... hahahaha .....


12 posted on 12/06/2010 2:23:20 PM PST by jessduntno (TSA: "Because screwing you with your pants ON just wasn't enough.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I soooooooo dislike him. He was on Ingraham radio show a bit ago saying how he had no problem with government being involved in our school system...


13 posted on 12/06/2010 2:23:45 PM PST by ColdOne (Notice how many times the left says this? " Level the Playing Field" Code for Socialism.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

hasn’t he had a cable show for 2 years. I think he get’s enough attention.


14 posted on 12/06/2010 2:24:21 PM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: ColdOne

“I soooooooo dislike him. He was on Ingraham radio show a bit ago saying how he had no problem with government being involved in our school system...”

did Miss Laura play nice with him?


15 posted on 12/06/2010 2:24:58 PM PST by jessduntno (TSA: "Because screwing you with your pants ON just wasn't enough.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah gets more attention because she is far more interesting and important that you Mike. You are as exciting as bird watching.


16 posted on 12/06/2010 2:24:58 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: ColdOne

Maybe because she is much better looking than Gomer ?

Just saying.....


17 posted on 12/06/2010 2:25:44 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

You have to know the liberal media like NPR are going to try to push whatever the easiest pubbie to beat they can. Just like last election with all those open primaries and Juan McLame was foisted upon us.


18 posted on 12/06/2010 2:25:44 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ok, they tried the Romney balloon and it came down, now it’s the Huckster balloon with his why isn’t anyone paying attention to me? LOL! Next..


19 posted on 12/06/2010 2:26:10 PM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: onyx

If Sarah gave one of her balls to the Huckster, she’d still and three. And, Huck ... one.


20 posted on 12/06/2010 2:28:06 PM PST by maggief
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah is lit with the candle of Christ. She glows with His love so that few can resist. The Huckster is a side show. Sarah was a conservative governor. The Huckster was a nanny governor. So far Sarah Palin is incomparable.
So much for the Huckster.


21 posted on 12/06/2010 2:28:36 PM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah is lit with the candle of Christ. She glows with His love so that few can resist. The Huckster is a side show. Sarah was a conservative governor. The Huckster was a nanny governor. So far Sarah Palin is incomparable.
So much for the Huckster.


22 posted on 12/06/2010 2:28:45 PM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...the economy is likely to be the top issue, negating Obama’s foreign-affairs advantage.”

LOL. So now the old media thinks Obama has an advantage because of his brilliant foreign policy?


23 posted on 12/06/2010 2:28:55 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“She’s brought an enormous amount of energy to the party. As to why she seemingly draws ten times the attention, I don’t know,”

He doesn't realize that if he reverses this sentence structure, he answers his own question?

“I don’t know. As to why she seemingly draws ten times the attention, she’s brought an enormous amount of energy to the party."

HuckleBoob...indeed!

24 posted on 12/06/2010 2:29:22 PM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Lazlo in PA
You are as exciting as bird watching.

Yeah but I wouldn't want to feed those birds.
25 posted on 12/06/2010 2:29:26 PM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: All

Remembers these four things boyos and girlos...

9.8% (and growing)

high engery bills

bailing out union and state worker pension funds

your crappy 401k (while Obama cronies get rich)

At this rate, sparky the wonder dog can get elected and the RNC bigwigs know it. They see Sarah’s appeal and will try to nip it in the bud with a slew of hit pieces and “yadda-yadda” BS mantras.


26 posted on 12/06/2010 2:29:39 PM PST by ak267
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But he hasn't been getting the kind of excited frequent media attention of Sarah Palin and this has apparently begun to bother him.

Oh noes! Huck is whining to his friends in the liberal media again.

Huckabee could be Obama's worst nightmare which might explain why some in the White House are thinking he will be the nominee.

LOL. What a crock! These people DREAM about, and promote Huck getting the nomination because they know how easy he would be to beat.

As a white southern male and the former governor of Arkansas, he would have wide appeal not just in the South.

There they go again, with those racial bigoted stereotypes!

Joy Behar's Favorite Republican

27 posted on 12/06/2010 2:30:04 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe!)
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To: All; 2ndDivisionVet
I have two words for Huckabee's 2012 aspirations:


28 posted on 12/06/2010 2:30:52 PM PST by newzjunkey (expired "Bush tax cut" = Obama Tax Increase)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No more RINOS, ever!


29 posted on 12/06/2010 2:31:34 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You deserve an Emmy just for that headline.


30 posted on 12/06/2010 2:32:00 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: jessduntno
did Miss Laura play nice with him? Kinda, it was the day she had Rowe on too. Really disappointing me.
31 posted on 12/06/2010 2:32:42 PM PST by ColdOne (Notice how many times the left says this? " Level the Playing Field" Code for Socialism.)
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To: ModelBreaker
advantage because of his brilliant foreign policy?

because he can bow easier than the Huckster?
32 posted on 12/06/2010 2:32:56 PM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Also: she is attractive and does not have an annoying Elmer Gantry accent.


33 posted on 12/06/2010 2:33:36 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, NPR prefers Huck to Sarah. That’s quite an endorsement you’ve got there, Huck.


34 posted on 12/06/2010 2:33:55 PM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For one thing - if Huckawhatchacallit were standing across from me, I wouldn’t recognize him. Whereas Sarah has true star quality and magnetism. We won’t get fooled again.


35 posted on 12/06/2010 2:34:28 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Joe Boucher
You have to know the liberal media like NPR are going to try to push whatever the easiest pubbie to beat they can. Just like last election with all those open primaries and Juan McLame was foisted upon us.

Darn straight!

McCain was all but forgotten about until the plague of open primaries hit.

Heck my vote in Indiana didn't mean squat in the primary, it was already over .

36 posted on 12/06/2010 2:34:40 PM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Bristol went on of her own accord - she wasn’t “put on” DWTS.


37 posted on 12/06/2010 2:36:44 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Vertical stripes are supposed to make you look thin, aren’t they?


38 posted on 12/06/2010 2:37:14 PM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Because she is ineluctable, Huckleberry.

She'll get my vote. Huck won't.

39 posted on 12/06/2010 2:38:27 PM PST by GingisK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
40 posted on 12/06/2010 2:39:04 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: ModelBreaker
So now the old media thinks Obama has an advantage because of his brilliant foreign policy?

Obama's foreign policy has three legs, "America sucks", "Israel sucks", and "bow to the bad guys". Inspired by Reagan's "three legged stool", no doubt.

41 posted on 12/06/2010 2:43:05 PM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Huck - it’s because she’s Sarah Palin and you’re not!


42 posted on 12/06/2010 2:43:19 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: maggief
If Sarah gave one of her balls to the Huckster, she’d still and three. And, Huck ... one.

LOLOL. He's pathetic and he's regaining all that weight he lost.

Talk about a snarky, backstabbing, wimp with that geeky-goofy smile, that's Huckaboob.

43 posted on 12/06/2010 2:44:02 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: hattend

Did everybody else’s ping list go hinky or is it just at my end?

No longer shows the text, just the title, date time stamp and who it’s from?

I didn’t touch my settings...just wondering.


44 posted on 12/06/2010 2:46:48 PM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a hoot! Go Sarah!


45 posted on 12/06/2010 2:46:55 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Google News results for the Huckster in the past 24 hours: Results 1 – 10 of about 2,017 for huckabee

And for Palin: Results 1 – 10 of about 7,043 for Palin

Considering that about a thousand of these articles mention both Palin and Huckabee, Sarah is leading by close to 6:1 on unique news mentions. I can see why Huckabee is complaining (except for the detail that he deserves to be ignored).

46 posted on 12/06/2010 2:48:14 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: 3niner

“Obama’s foreign policy has three legs, “America sucks”, “Israel sucks”, and “bow to the bad guys”.”

Funny, but sad.


47 posted on 12/06/2010 2:48:25 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
According to Politico.com which interviewed Huckabee, he expressed some consternation: “The polls are consistently favorable, putting me either at the top of every poll or right near it. It’s hard to ignore that, having swum in that water before when I barely registered in those very kinds of polls,” he said...

So he's verified he's either an attention_who__, or a drama queen. Whining is a huge turnoff IMHO.

48 posted on 12/06/2010 2:51:03 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: 3niner
Vertical stripes are supposed to make you look thin, aren’t they?

Lol! This is turning into a classic FR thread, a real keeper.

49 posted on 12/06/2010 2:53:09 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: ModelBreaker

Wow, you may have missed the superior “bows” to the vermin of the Earth by our Dear Leader and his Cairo and Paris and Bonn speeches dissing our great Country....right...he is a real “foreign policy” guru...yuck!


50 posted on 12/06/2010 3:02:26 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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