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Hes a Preacher! Hes From Hope! (Gov. Huckabee, Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball article)
Washingtonian Online - Capital Comment ^ | January 2005 | SUZI PARKER

Posted on 01/02/2005 7:02:42 PM PST by tgslTakoma

Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee likes to rock. And he’s bringing his bass guitar to Washington, plus some strong political ambitions.

Huckabee’s eight-member group, Capitol Offense, is the only band with a sitting governor as leader. It will play at an inaugural ball hosted by the Web site Free Republic. In 2001, the band played for a party at George W. Bush’s first inauguration. Last summer, they jammed at a Republican National Convention party.

“We play the tunes baby boomers danced to during high school and college,” says Huckabee, 49. “We try to bring back good memories and make new ones.”

They’ve opened for Dionne Warwick, Percy Sledge, and Charlie Daniels. One of Huckabee’s favorite moments: hanging out backstage with guitarist Richie Sambora in Nashville.

Huckabee will be strumming and networking in Washington—the GOP governor is eyeing a 2008 run for president. Does he stand a chance? Note this: He’s originally from Hope—yes, the same place as Bill Clinton—and he has spent his political career studying Clinton’s folksy style. While Clinton blew on a sax, Huckabee plays guitar.

In the last year, Huckabee lost about 110 pounds. Healthy living landed him a book deal with Time Warner.

Huckabee’s political ace in the hole? He’s a Southern Baptist preacher.


TOPICS: Free Republic; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bush43; huckabee; inaugural; inauguralball; w2; w2ball
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If you haven't gotten your tickets to the Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball yet, you'd better hurry!

I'm telling you now, as word gets out around DC that we're hosting an encore of 2001's most exciting Inaugural Ball, you'll be hard-pressed to find a ticket.

You don't want to miss out on the fun.

Order you tickets here.

1 posted on 01/02/2005 7:02:45 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Jim Robinson; Angelwood; kristinn

The press is waking up ping...


2 posted on 01/02/2005 7:03:52 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma
Site Meter
I did a double take when I saw the source for this article - at first look my eyes thought it said "Washingtonienne"...which indeed would have been very bad...
win Autographed Copy of Hugh Hewitt's Best Seller
3 posted on 01/02/2005 7:05:43 PM PST by KMC1
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To: tgslTakoma

Probably if FreeRepublic had a Seal of Approval, Mike Huckabee would be among the candidates.


4 posted on 01/02/2005 7:16:47 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: tgslTakoma

Cool!


5 posted on 01/02/2005 7:30:09 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Neat, isn't it? LOL.


6 posted on 01/02/2005 7:34:37 PM PST by patton (The Louisiana crawfish is disrupting breeding areas for frogs and other amphibians)
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To: patton

Yeah buddy!


7 posted on 01/02/2005 7:44:33 PM PST by kristinn
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To: tgslTakoma; kristinn; JustAmy; Tami; John Robinson; Angelwood; ironman; Mama_Bear; Syncro; ...

Great Post!!

HUCKABEE in '08!!

I'll tell you one thing for sure, the '08 FReeper Ball featuring PRESIDENT HUCKABEE and Capitol Offense is gonna be a real ROCKER!!

Get your tickets early!!


8 posted on 01/02/2005 7:58:04 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

I can't wait. Heheheheh. Filling my dancecard already!


9 posted on 01/02/2005 8:00:03 PM PST by patton (The Louisiana crawfish is disrupting breeding areas for frogs and other amphibians)
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To: patton

It's gonna take you 4 years to do................(ducking now)


10 posted on 01/02/2005 8:03:51 PM PST by Gabz (Happy New Year)
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To: Gabz

You are just picking on me because I am a geek amthematician, like all the girls on that IQ for girls thread.


11 posted on 01/02/2005 8:05:22 PM PST by patton (The Louisiana crawfish is disrupting breeding areas for frogs and other amphibians)
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To: patton

No, I'm picking on you 'cause I like you!!!!!

I don't think I've seen more than this or the FReepathon thread tonight!!!


12 posted on 01/02/2005 8:07:55 PM PST by Gabz (Happy New Year)
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To: Gabz

And because I am dislexic.


13 posted on 01/02/2005 8:08:22 PM PST by patton (The Louisiana crawfish is disrupting breeding areas for frogs and other amphibians)
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To: tgslTakoma

It's going to be toooooo much fun! Govenor Mike and a group of Freepers.......What more can you ask for? Yes, maybe W? Wouldn't that be cool?


14 posted on 01/02/2005 8:08:49 PM PST by missanne (Go to work, write letters to the editor!)
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To: Gabz

Don't work so hard - we are doing fine.


15 posted on 01/02/2005 8:09:14 PM PST by patton (The Louisiana crawfish is disrupting breeding areas for frogs and other amphibians)
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To: Jim Robinson
You stole my thunder! :-)
16 posted on 01/02/2005 8:10:15 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (God bless FReeper Incindiary's work in Malaysia)
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To: patton

FReeper Ball '01, FReeper Ball '05, FReeper Ball '09...

Save those invitations, programs, name tags, dance cards, corsages, awards, pressed flowers, photos, flags, and other inaugural memorabilia. They'll be a part of history your great grandchildren will treasure. You'll want to collect the entire set. LOL!


17 posted on 01/02/2005 8:10:27 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Yep! They're a very talented group!


18 posted on 01/02/2005 8:10:41 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Cicero
He'd definitely be in the running.

Along with-and this is just me, rattling names off the top of my head-Bill Owens, Mark Raicot and Mitt Romney, who would make a fantastic dark horse candidate for the next primary season.

19 posted on 01/02/2005 8:11:08 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("Irish blood, English heart, is what I'm made of. There's no-one on earth I'm afraid of.")
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To: Jim Robinson
http://www.arkansas.gov/governor/

Fair sight better than California's Guv.

I can do this. We'll see.

20 posted on 01/02/2005 8:11:33 PM PST by Tarpaulin (Look it up.)
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To: patton

I wouldn't miss a FReepathon for anything - they're far too much fun!!!!!


21 posted on 01/02/2005 8:11:44 PM PST by Gabz (Happy New Year)
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To: Jim Robinson

Darn right. Started my collection already. LOL.


22 posted on 01/02/2005 8:12:09 PM PST by patton (The Louisiana crawfish is disrupting breeding areas for frogs and other amphibians)
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To: missanne

Woo hoo!! Go Huckabee!!


23 posted on 01/02/2005 8:12:51 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Tarpaulin
Plus, he's actually a non-Austrian, native born citizen.

Isn't that a refreshing change of pace?

24 posted on 01/02/2005 8:13:18 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("Irish blood, English heart, is what I'm made of. There's no-one on earth I'm afraid of.")
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To: patton

Me too. Haven't missed a FReeper Ball yet!! LOL!!


25 posted on 01/02/2005 8:13:43 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Looks like they weren't too quick picking up on who Huckabee played for in 2001.


26 posted on 01/02/2005 8:22:16 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservat)
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To: tgslTakoma

Uh-oh... you've been "Outed".

You're gonna need Snerdley at the door, to screen the yuppie scum out and let the humans in...


27 posted on 01/02/2005 8:33:16 PM PST by fire_eye (Socialism is the opiate of academia.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Maybe a letter to the editor would set him straight!


28 posted on 01/02/2005 8:34:53 PM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Jim Robinson; All
i still want the ball to move to Bagdadh!

free dixie,sw

29 posted on 01/02/2005 8:40:13 PM PST by stand watie ( being a damnyankee is no better than being a racist. it is a LEARNED prejudice against dixie.)
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To: tgslTakoma
Huckabee will be strumming and networking in Washington—the GOP governor is eyeing a 2008 run for president. Does he stand a chance? ...not to be negative, but Newt said in a C-Span interview tonight, taped in mid-December, that he expects Dick Cheney to be the 'pub nominee in '08 - should be interesting....
30 posted on 01/02/2005 8:42:18 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Jim Robinson
Neither has Capitol Offense and Governor Huckabee!


31 posted on 01/02/2005 8:48:01 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Jim Robinson; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; Syncro

Please remember your old FReeper FRiends sitting in the fog hearing about your wild parties and great times in DC.


Perhaps all of us Left Behind Freepers should have our own party.


32 posted on 01/02/2005 9:26:53 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked; Jim Robinson; All
We won't fergetcha!

Gov Huckabee sent a message to Free Republic two days after the Ball in 2001:

Our band had the time of our lives with you at the Inaugural Ball. From all I can hear, the Freep Ball was THE real deal where people had fun, while most reports of the other balls were of long lines, crowded settings, and music for old people.

We have been blown away by the kind comments about the band from those who attended--we usually have to play behind chicken wire to keep from being hit by flying bottles and chairs! You guys were the VERY BEST crowd we've EVER played to! People were more than nice--they were simply awesome!

It was a great honor for us to be with you and experience the energy of that room--enough to make a liberal squeal like a pig!

Thanks! You guys are more fun than is probably legal in most states!

Gratefully,

Mike Huckabee, Governor

33 posted on 01/03/2005 12:35:11 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
"...we usually have to play behind chicken wire to keep from being hit by flying bottles and chairs!"

That's my cue:

Toby Keith's I Love FR:

Source: http://channels.netscape.com/ns/music/videos/archive.jsp?cat=k

34 posted on 01/03/2005 12:59:36 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: patton
>>>>And because I am dyslexic.

Add insomnia, and agnosticism to your dyslexia, and you'd be sitting up at night wondering "Is there a doG?"...
35 posted on 01/03/2005 1:03:51 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Common Sense is an Oxymoron)
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To: Jim Robinson

He has my vote as long as he picks JimRob for VP, and selects his cabinet from the ranks of Free Republic.

Now wouldn't THAT be something?

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

(I'd like to be secretary of transportation.)

See ya'll in a few weeks!


36 posted on 01/03/2005 4:04:20 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ne Zot! I had no idea it was THE Governor Huckabee! Make sure you book him for the J.C. Watts Inauguration in 2008 (unless he's Vice President or something ...)


37 posted on 01/03/2005 7:35:17 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: Huber

*ping*


38 posted on 01/03/2005 8:22:56 AM PST by TaxRelief (Happy New Year!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Now that song is downright awesome!

I had never seen him perform that, what irony.

Now I know where you got the lyrics for your rendition of I Love FR that you have posted in the past.

We have to get him to sing it that way.

39 posted on 01/03/2005 10:14:29 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Jim Robinson

Hey Jim... Can I get onto the stage and lead the Hog Call for the Razorbacks!!!? Every good Freeper needs to know how to do it right and Gov Mike would love it!


40 posted on 01/03/2005 10:22:27 AM PST by missanne (Go to work, write letters to the editor!)
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To: missanne; kristinn

Sounds great to me! (but you've gotta get it past the stage manager). LOL


41 posted on 01/03/2005 10:30:40 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: tgslTakoma

bttt


42 posted on 01/03/2005 11:06:32 AM PST by RobFromGa (End the Filibuster for Judicial appointments in January 05)
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To: missanne

I like Arkansas, it's a beautiful state, and Ilike Arkansans..but you all have a lot to atone for. See, you never told the rest of the country what the Clintons were really like. Now, I understand why you all did that..it was the only way you would ever get they two of them the hell out of your state..but it was a tough price to make the rest of the country pay for 8 years, and counting..


43 posted on 01/03/2005 11:11:38 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: tgslTakoma
Huckabee’s political ace in the hole? He’s a Southern Baptist preacher.

Why? i believe one prime minister of the Scandinavian countries is a Lutheran priest.

44 posted on 01/03/2005 12:55:34 PM PST by paudio (Darn... how come the MSM doesn't have the "Report Abuse" button?)
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To: paudio
I heard him preach during Adrian Rogers absence at Bellevue Baptist Church months ago. He's a powerful speaker.
45 posted on 01/03/2005 2:40:57 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Why do Red States have Blue Senators?)
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To: ken5050

Hey...you can't blame me!!! I went all over the country in 1992 to tell the world what a low life Klinton was! People weren't listening! Don't blame it on Arkansas!


46 posted on 01/03/2005 3:36:56 PM PST by missanne (Go to work, write letters to the editor!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Haven't heard the band, and hate to poop the party, but this is one Arkansan that will be glad to see this disaster out of office.

Frankly, I doubt the boy could win a statewide primary in '08, and I can't see another "Huckster" Arkansas governor being given a shot at the big white house for a long, long time.

I'm sure Gov. Huckabee is a likeable sort of fellow, but he has been a whopping failure as a governor; he is no conservative and hasn't the leadership qualities this country -- or this state, for that matter -- needs.


47 posted on 01/03/2005 4:25:48 PM PST by thelastvirgil (Idiot-proof ANYTHING, and someone will build a better idiot.)
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To: ken5050
See, you never told the rest of the country what the Clintons were really like. Now, I understand why you all did that..it was the only way you would ever get they two of them the hell out of your state..but it was a tough price to make the rest of the country pay for 8 years, and counting..

Ya gotta believe me when I say that I tried like hell to convince others that the media spawned beliefs about Clinton were false, but I had little success.

I even tried to convince a classroom full of people in N.Carolina when I was attending a seminar. They said it was bull crap, but they would consider my warnings.

But,in the end,you cannot blame us in Arkansas for the second term election. What blame could we possibly hold for that?

Yes, we did want to get rid of them.

48 posted on 01/04/2005 8:41:03 AM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: Cold Heat

I was being a tad tongue in cheek, tough I do take it personally, since now they live right next door..ergo..it's all "ya'lls" fault..(g)


49 posted on 01/04/2005 8:43:39 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: thelastvirgil
he is no conservative

Perhaps not by your definition.

Much blame has been assessed on the governors office, but the office has little power in this state. It has been gutted by successive Democrat controlled House and Senate actions and has never had much to do with anything but social initiatives, which Clinton took advantage of quite well.

Huckabee's failures, as you state, are to be blamed on those who had the power to correct them.

The recent battle regarding schools was a good example. The legislature failed and the courts took over. Huckabee did all he could do, IMO. His signature, or lack of it would not have changed anything. He used what little power he had, but it was not enough to divert funds from the various district pet projects in order to fill the gaps. The legislature sat on it's collective asses and Huckabee took the blame.

Now the notoriously weak Arkansas Republican party has joined the smarmy dems to criticize Huckabee as a scape goat for legislative failure.

I refuse to participate in these Arkansas blame festivals. The real problem is the Democrat legislature, and until the morons in this state figure that out, they will continue to be laughed at.

50 posted on 01/04/2005 8:56:15 AM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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