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Huckabee says he's a threat to the GOP establishment
Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan. 13, 2008 | By Rick Pearson

Posted on 01/13/2008 6:35:51 AM PST by jdm

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Mike Huckabee broadened his populist-inspired appeal for support in Michigan on Saturday, saying he viewed his presidential campaign as a "cause" that represents a threat to the Republican establishment in Washington.

With polls showing support in Michigan's Republican primary Tuesday to be extremely fluid among Mitt Romney, John McCain and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor also lashed out at candidates who campaign on a theme of opposing abortion but do little about it when they get into office.

"We're people who will no longer just allow people to get elected, promising that they're listening to us about the sanctity of human life," Huckabee said. "We want to elect people who will do something about protecting human life."

Speaking to about 400 people in a ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Huckabee said he loved being in the GOP, "but I love my country even more."

"I'm asking you today to be a part of something that is a lot more than just a campaign. I want to think it's a cause," Huckabee said.

"Apparently my candidacy comes as somewhat of a threat to a lot of the Republicans in the Republican establishment -- some of the folks who have run the party in the Washington circles," he said. "They've maybe not understood that the heart and soul of the Republican Party is only as strong as the heart and soul of the rest of America."

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Huckabee says he's a threat to the GOP establishment

LOL. Got that right.

1 posted on 01/13/2008 6:35:52 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

He a threat to the party. Hello Whigsville GOP!!


2 posted on 01/13/2008 6:36:48 AM PST by Sybeck1 (McCain or Huckabee will never see my support at the ballot box)
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To: jdm

Yeah, Huckabee is a “THREAT”! Huckabee is correct; he is a
“THREAT” to America!!


3 posted on 01/13/2008 6:38:19 AM PST by Paige ("Facts are stubborn things." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: jdm

Can he say it any clearer, “Vote for me... I’m a RINO?”


4 posted on 01/13/2008 6:38:25 AM PST by TN4Liberty (Fred Thompson - the candidate for grownups.)
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To: jdm

“Huckabee says he’s a threat to the GOP establishment”

In exactly the same sense that the Communist Party is a threat. :-P


5 posted on 01/13/2008 6:38:45 AM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: jdm
He is no threat to the GOP as it is now a Big circus Tent. He is just wants to be the main ringmaster over the rest of the clowns.
6 posted on 01/13/2008 6:39:09 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: jdm

“Huckabee says he’s a threat to the GOP establishment”

No, he’s more of the same.

Another “compassionate” (read: big government) conservative.

No thank you!


7 posted on 01/13/2008 6:39:15 AM PST by GovernmentIsTheProblem (We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jdm
This calls for popcorn..



8 posted on 01/13/2008 6:40:06 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Huck vs.Truck...... ........ the Truck wins................... Fred08)
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To: jdm

How does he threaten the GOP establishment? He agrees with that establishment on every issue except abortion.


9 posted on 01/13/2008 6:40:30 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: jdm

Huck is once again appealing to liberals. Huck should change his party to Democrat and get it over with.


10 posted on 01/13/2008 6:40:41 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Fred will crush the beast and send her back through the gates of hell.)
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To: HerrBlucher

Huckabee was a Democrat.


11 posted on 01/13/2008 6:42:47 AM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Sybeck1

What we are afraid to see is that the American people have become more and more attuned to government taking care of them, and I don’t just mean welfare recipients. We want gov’t. to educate our kids, pay for their college, watch after our health, tell us what to eat and drink, make sure the old folks are taken care of, let them tell us what we can drive, and on and on and on. We have abrogated responsibility for our own lives and for caring for our families and ask Uncle Sam to be our daddy.

This seems to be what most people expect now. How can you believe people want to be free when they meakly allow bureaucrats to dictate even the most mundane aspects of our lives, such as toilets, light bulbs, and household appliances?

I hate to be so pessimistic, but it seems that we are going the way of Europe. Conservatism is pretty much dead, even among those who still think of themselves as being conservative. We all line up for the government goodies when we can get them.


12 posted on 01/13/2008 6:44:07 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: jdm

He’s a threat to CONSERVATISM!

a threat to small government,
a threat to a strong foreign policy,
a threat to a strong national defense.


13 posted on 01/13/2008 6:44:47 AM PST by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: jdm

Well DUH! sure you are, your a liberal Dimwitt in a red suit.


14 posted on 01/13/2008 6:46:34 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Id rather be hunting with dick than driving with ted)
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To: jdm

The people screaming loudest about the danger of Huckabee are the ones that have been the most critical of the inside the beltway Republicans.

It is laughable that the Dope from Hope lumps Rush, Ingraham and Ann Coulter, and presumably 75% of Freepers in with the NY / DC Axis. Give me a break.

Huckabee is a pandering populist and he picked the wrong party.


15 posted on 01/13/2008 6:50:57 AM PST by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it defend in the General Election)
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To: jdm
Speaking to about 400 people in a ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Huckabee said he loved being in the GOP, "but I love my country even more."

Wow, the Huckster is channeling Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, McInsane and even (drum roll) ...... Rudy.

(there's a joke there somewhere about 'Amway Hotel')

16 posted on 01/13/2008 6:51:44 AM PST by Condor51 (I wouldn't vote for Rooty under any circumstance -- even if Waterboarded!)
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To: G Larry

The sad thing is when he finally loses, the MSM will claim that his Christian, pro-life, traditional family views were the reason. When in fact, thats the reason he’s drawing the support that he is. Its the liberalism stupid.

Hmmmmmm.....”Its the liberalism stupid.”

A sign that should greet the Huckster everywhere.


17 posted on 01/13/2008 6:52:55 AM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: jdm

He is a treat to the very EXISTENCE of the GOP.


18 posted on 01/13/2008 6:54:56 AM PST by Moby Grape
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To: HerrBlucher

My flaming liberal friend LOVES Huckabee! That’s all I need to know. Mike Huckabee will just be another George Bush. We don’t need no more “compassionate conservatives”.

I’d like to see Thompson take the Huckster out ASAP & Romney work on McCain. Then, they can gang up on Rudy.


19 posted on 01/13/2008 6:56:06 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: jdm

IOW, he’s confirming Fred was right.


20 posted on 01/13/2008 6:56:26 AM PST by rintense (Thompson / Hunter 2008!)
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To: jdm

This schmuck is way beyond annoying.


21 posted on 01/13/2008 6:57:08 AM PST by webschooner
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To: jdm

Yeah - he’s a threat to the party because he hides his liberalism behind his faith.

If he ran saying “I let prisoners go and they kill again” and “I want open borders, and you are a racist if you don’t” and wasn’t a Baptist Minister, no one would give him the time of day - at least in the Republican party.

Think “Jesse Jackson” in his pre-pro-abortion days and you have Huckabee.

There is no moral imperative to expand government: Huck and his idiot followers don’t see that.


22 posted on 01/13/2008 6:57:45 AM PST by Salo
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To: jdm

“Huckabee says he’s a threat to the GOP establishment”

He should have just said that he’s a threat to the GOP.


23 posted on 01/13/2008 7:03:05 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: jdm

..you too can fly Huckleberry Air, climb on board!

24 posted on 01/13/2008 7:03:05 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: jdm
Wow, what an over inflated “self importance” gene.
25 posted on 01/13/2008 7:04:14 AM PST by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: tiredoflaundry

Popcorn for breakfast? Not me. I have a T-boner and red peppers getting nice and brown. There will be 2 eggs sunny side up and toast with butter and honey. Hmmm. I have some coleslaw too. Burp! No need for lunch after pigging out this way!


26 posted on 01/13/2008 7:09:58 AM PST by BobS
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To: Pining_4_TX

Bingo!


27 posted on 01/13/2008 7:10:29 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (Do class-warfare and disdain of laissez-faire have their places in today's GOP?)
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To: jdm

Huckabee is a threat to all Republicans everywhere, the same as Hillary Clinton and Obama are.


28 posted on 01/13/2008 7:12:21 AM PST by TennTuxedo
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To: HerrBlucher

The big problem I see right now is Huckabee has such a huge ego and his win in Iowa has given him a taste of power I could see this TV maniac creating a third party ticket.

Unfortunately, his IQ doesn’t match Perot, but he would nothing more than be a spoiler in this election.

It’s just second nature to the guy, IMHO.


29 posted on 01/13/2008 7:16:36 AM PST by not2worry ( What goes around comes around!)
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To: alicewonders
Mike Huckabee will just be another George Bush.

It's a BS comparison. President Bush does badmouth CEO pay, company profits, free trade, the Club for Growth, a tough foreign policy, trans fat foods, tobacco, etc. Big, big difference.

30 posted on 01/13/2008 7:17:20 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (Do class-warfare and disdain of laissez-faire have their places in today's GOP?)
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To: All

correction:

Does not...
31 posted on 01/13/2008 7:18:35 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (Do class-warfare and disdain of laissez-faire have their places in today's GOP?)
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To: jdm

I was going to post my very witty reply but then I noticed that 28 other very witty people posted my reply for me! :^)


32 posted on 01/13/2008 7:20:16 AM PST by CAluvdubya (I won't stop supporting Hunter until he tells me to...GO HUNTER '08)
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To: BobS

I’ll be right over! ;0)


33 posted on 01/13/2008 7:21:48 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Huck vs.Truck...... ........ the Truck wins................... Fred08)
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To: jdm
Oh--You mean Mr Metamucil?

"The Drive-By Media will always tell you who is and who isn't a conservative, by who they try to prop up and who they try to destroy." RUSH LIMBAUGH

34 posted on 01/13/2008 7:23:46 AM PST by radar101 (Duncan Hunter-The only possibility)
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To: G Larry
a threat to small government, a threat to a strong foreign policy, a threat to a strong national defense.

And, a threat to school choice (teachers unions love the Huckster)
And, a threat to lowering taxes (raised taxes $500 million)
And, a threat to legal immigration (supports college tuition for illegals)

35 posted on 01/13/2008 7:28:07 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Ever see a Clinton '08 bumper sticker and catch yourself looking to see what the driver looks like?)
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To: LowCountryJoe

You’re right, I should have said “worse” than George Bush.


36 posted on 01/13/2008 7:29:33 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: jdm

Semms to me he fits in fine with today’s GOP.

A RINO in an elephant suit.


37 posted on 01/13/2008 7:31:29 AM PST by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: jdm

A shadow is a threat to the GOP. The GOP leadership is so feckless ... they are Democrats. The Huckster would not have a chance if there was actually a leader to choose from. No candidate is perfect but the GOP itself is vulnerable on 3 key issues:

1. Immigration
2. Big government
3. Trying to get along with Democrats.

All 3 are failures of the Bush Administration.


38 posted on 01/13/2008 7:36:20 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (RINO cleaner - the backbone restorer)
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To: jdm

Asshat is a threat to Republican PRINCIPLES.


39 posted on 01/13/2008 7:39:55 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: Salo

Thompson basically invited the Huckster to leave the GOP. He should. Some Southern Baptists can be as stupid like anyone else. They are not that way. I went to services and I’m a Catholic. I also went to Synogogue. And Orthodox Mass. That one is a physical endurance test for hours and you have to dress up too.


40 posted on 01/13/2008 7:41:37 AM PST by BobS
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To: marajade
Huckabee was a Democrat.

and still is a demorat! Probably aways will be.

41 posted on 01/13/2008 7:43:37 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: radar101
mean Mr Metamucil

Mean Mister Metamucil sleeps in the park

Shaves in the dark trying to save paper

Sleeps in a hole in the road

Saving up to buy some clothes

Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose

Such a mean old man

Such a mean old man

42 posted on 01/13/2008 7:48:32 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Fred will crush the beast and send her back through the gates of hell.)
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To: HerrBlucher

http://bearcreekledger.com/

43 posted on 01/13/2008 7:55:37 AM PST by radar101 (Duncan Hunter-The only possibility)
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To: jdm
Huckabee says he's a threat ...

Hey, no one can say that word "threat" like President GWB.

Remember that big press conference GWB had not too long ago when he kept referencing, 'if there is a threat... I will stand up to that threat" ... and so on.

Something about the way GWB's lips form the word threat that just sticks in my mind.

It's like strategery and misunderestimate and other words GWB has added to the lexicon.

44 posted on 01/13/2008 7:59:08 AM PST by Edit35
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To: holdonnow
Mark Levin speaks about the latest Huck strategy....

Deplorable Campaigning [Mark R. Levin - NRO, 01/13 10:49 AM]

Mike Huckabee: "Many of us who have been Republicans out of conviction . . . the social conservatives," he told reporters, "were welcomed in the party as long as we sort of kept our place, but Lord help us if we ever stood forward and said we would actually like to lead the party." More here.

Huckabee continues to use his faith as a weapon against those who question not his faith, but his political populism — much of which he shares with secular progressives. And he is clearly hoping to stir up resentment among Evangelical Christians against the other elements of the conservative movement and Republican Party as a way of encouraging them to vote in the caucuses and primaries. This is a tactic right out of Saul Alinsky's playbook. Of course he wants us to believe the Reagan coalition is dead because he cannot win with it intact. But he cannot win either the nomination or presidency with the narrow focus of his appeal. This is why I find Mike Huckabee's tactics and candidacy so deplorable.

45 posted on 01/13/2008 8:13:26 AM PST by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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Huckabee says he's a threat to the GOP establishment

With the CFR in charge of his foreign policy, not hardly.

46 posted on 01/13/2008 8:14:04 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: marajade

Notice how the MSM forgets to mention this?


47 posted on 01/13/2008 8:18:47 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: webschooner

Maybe Huck-a-bass and Clinton-blow-sax can play together for a fund raiser for Hildabeast?


48 posted on 01/13/2008 8:22:11 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: not2worry

If Huck does well in the primaries, but doesn’t get the nom and lists to run as an independent....the GOP will lose and I think Rhino-Schmuck is in bed with the Clinton’s to do just that.


49 posted on 01/13/2008 8:25:32 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: jdm
Stick it to the establishment that gave us all liberals R's?

Sounds good to me!

50 posted on 01/13/2008 8:34:36 AM PST by Earthdweller
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