Skip to comments.Seven good reasons to support Mike Huckabee [be sure to read reason number seven]
Posted on 01/31/2008 2:09:25 PM PST by Jim Robinson
My friends, I have to admit that I've been in a bit of a quandary since the Real Conservatives ® Thompson and Hunter dropped out of the race leaving us to to place our bets on one the four headless horsemen. But after having a day or three to sort it all out, I'm beginning to see a ray of hope.
Number one, my worst fear that the pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-gun social liberal Rudy Giuliani might be nominated, and thereby bring an abrupt and unholy end to the pro-life conservative movement within the GOP has been allayed. His evil culture of death platform has been soundly rejected by the Republican voters. Thank God! If nothing else is gained, that alone is a huge victory for us!
And that leaves us with the unwelcome slippery task of having to determine and select the least evil of the three remaining RINOs. But wait! When choosing between evils, why not choose the good?
McCain is insane and there are many good reasons not to choose him, but I'll list just five: McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, McCain-Lieberman, the Keating 5, and the Gang of 14. No thanks. McCain is out!
Romney ran on a pro-abortion platform, is pro gay rights, is prone to BIG government solutions, promises anything to anyone for a vote, and flip-flops on important issues. Can't trust him.
Now Governor Huckabee. Could this be the good vs evil? He's a Baptist minister. A genuine 100% pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, Southron Christian social conservative!
And that would be my reason no. 1 to support Huckabee. He has the trust and backing of the Christian evangelicals and the support of the Bible Belt. You cannot win the presidency without the South, and I believe the pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-America Mike Huckabee is the most likely of the three GOP hopefuls to carry the South. And that's a pretty darn good reason!
My number two reason is that he is NOT McCain (and that's a pretty darn good reason too).
Number three (and this will be a tough one for a lot of my FReeper Friends) is that he is NOT Romney.
Numbers four and five are he's NOT Hillary and NOT Obama. Oohrah!
Number six, he plays a mean bass and he's a traditional favorite at Free Republic's infamous quadrennial Inaugural Balls in Washington, DC. Perhaps we could persuade President Huckabee to drop by our ball and perform his rocking rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama!" Now, wouldn't that be a hoot!
Number seven, if we can keep Huckabee in the race all the way through, thus preventing McCain or Romney from gaining enough delegates to win the nomination, then maybe, just maybe a deadlocked convention might seek out another candidate. One who can re-unite the Reagan Coalition, save the GOP, and put us back on the conservative track. Of course, my personal favorite to be that man would be FRed Thompson.
Let it ring out through grassroots America and on to the convention! Support life! Support the GOP! Support Huckabee! And re-draft FRed Thompson!!
Never give in, never give up, and never lose hope.
Long live the Reagan Revolution!
The only reason needed not to support Huckabee, HE IS NOT CONSERVATIVE. Gee that applies as well to McCain and Romney.
Better Romney than McCain.
I was not a Huckabee fan at first, but I think your thinking is sound.
There is NO reason for Huckabee to drop out.
P.S. I think the Southrons were characters in “The Lord of the Rings”.
I think this is the first time I disagree with you Jim.
He does play a mean bass ... He is also the only guy left that has a real shot of beating the dems. McCain will fold in a general election when his media buddies turn on him and Romney is a rich business owner who is also a Mormon. The media will have a field day with him.
Interesting hypothesis - I must think on that. Is it precedented?
Jim, did you hit your head this morning?
Mike Huckabee is everything you said Romney was. Romney isn’t perfect, but he understands the free market and our terrorist threats better than Huckabee could ever dream of.
Too bad Huckabee is going to sell out and throw his lot with McCain.
Start drinking early today or something?
Sorry but I think Huck is as unqualified as anyone left in this race. Romney was my 3rd choice at best due to things that I support him on. If he’s out then I’m done.
Jim I respect you and we all owe you a debt of gratitude for FR. That said, Romney has enough money to beat Clinton, and Huckabee does not. I’m not happy about our choices this year either...
Huckabee will not win; the result of this will be that McCain will be the nominee.
Yep, I’m with you, Jim.
I’m with Jim Robinson. What about a Republican General Convention in the summer and no clear winner! What if after the 3rd vote, all of the delegates were free and could vote for someone who has not been sullied, with millions of sound bytes, video clips and things that so easily can be taken out of context. I think there are a lot of candidates that are GREAT, but who wants to rigors of the campaign trail, having to face off with vicious competition. Someone that could unite the party, that didn’t have baggage of comments like Voodo Economics.
Even if you take a minimum stance that is 5% of the normal “slam dunk” GOP vote, we lost 2000 and 2004 by less votes than that.if we can get someone else at convention we at least still have a chance, going into it with these three clowns is a sure fire loss, even if McCain wins.
“Number seven, if we can keep Huckabee in the race all the way through, thus preventing McCain or Romney from gaining enough delegates to win the nomination, then maybe, just maybe a deadlocked convention might seek out another candidate. One who can re-unite the Reagan Coalition, save the GOP, and put us back on the conservative track. Of course, my personal favorite to be that man would be FRed Thompson.”
Think “Brokered, brokered, brokered..” I’m with you on that point. Not so much with Huckabee though.
Well, at least Huckabee’s always been a consistent, pro-life social conservative. The others have just discovered it.
Aside from the fact that the idea of Elderly Rage Boy or Mr. Liberal Mormon Bishop as president of the US is too freaky for words, I want a pro-life person who is going to appoint pro-life justices. Huckabee is the only one I think I could trust. Plus, after the dismal performance of the others last night, he’s the only one who even looks sane.
Money is not enough, even his...
In this field that makes him the most palatable for sure.
Expect to see him in the VP slot at a minimum.
I obviously respect your opinion, but I just can’t get behind Huckabee -— he really is a Christian Socialist.
That said, I can’t get behind any of the existing candidates, so I “feel your pain.”
:-) In before the ZOT!
But man, not by much..
Other than the remote possibility of a brokered convention bringing us a completely different candidate (Newt?), I see little upside to voting for Huckabee. Romney cannot carry the south by himself — but he can with a VP like Thompson.
Gonna have to respectfully disagree here, Jim. Neither Huckabee nor Romney is particularly conservative, both are better than McCain — but only one of the two has an actual shot at beating McCain.
Because I respect you — I will consider your position further ... but I’m leaning against you at this point.
Not that it matters much — I don’t get to vote until March (Texas).
I am hoping for a brokered or “broke” convention as I call it.
Which is more likely?
a) Huckabee staying in causes McCain to get the nomination, or
b) Huckabee staying in causes a deadlock at the convention
The chances of this going to a deadlock are very very slim and will probably be resolved by the RNC prior to the convention.
If there IS a deadlock, how will it be resolved? by picking Thompson? No. It will be resolved by giving Romney something to appease him.
Long live the Reagan Revolution!
Amen to this.
I am astonished. You’re joking, right?
Are there any past instances in which a deadlocked convention ultimately selected a candidate who had run in the primaries but did poorly and dropped out early on?
You forgot Huck’s: (1) Jesus-tells-me-to-let-in-illegal-aliens and (2) Casto’s-not-bad-guy.
I tried to like Huck, but I just can’t do it.
He’s Jimmy Carter, Part Deux.
I don’t trust Huckabee. His record belies his “conservative” credentials and he is a sure loser in the general elections. We have no conservative in this race, but Romney is the lesser evil. A Romney/Thompson or other Romney/Conservative ticket would be the best thing now.
Hard times, but nothing would get me to vote for Huck.
Which is more likely?
a) Huckabee staying in causes McCain to get the nomination
>> See post 33
One problem...none of the candidates left (except maybe RuPaul) want or will allow a brokered convention. Watch for more drop-outs starting next Wed.
In Louisiana, our brilliant politicians prefer to place Mardi Gras a priority over participating on Super Tuesday, so I won’t be voting until Feb. 9. If it’s close, I’ll vote for the Huckster, off of Congressman Hunter’s recomendation. If Huck drops out after Tuesday, or it’s a given that one candidate has the nomination wrapped up, then I’m casting my vote for Hunter as he’s still going to appear on the ballot.
#8- Mike Huckabee is a Freeper.. your bass playing comment jolted my memory..
Abraham Lincoln, no?
Dan, I’ve said I wouldn’t vote for Mike, and in the fall I would stand by that.
The reason is that by supporting in state tuition and a free Mexican embasssy in Arkansas, he telegraphed to me that he is a real threat when it comes to our southern border, and by extension border security in general. When it comes to taxes, I will never get that video out of my head where the begged for them. Then he cut short the sentences of far too many people. I can’t support that.
The people of Arkansas that I respect have been just about anything but pro Huckabee.
Now, that being said, there is actually something to be said for a brokered convention.
My choice right now rests with a write-in in November. That being the case, what do I have to lose by forcing a brokered convention where the rank and file might actually by some odd chance remember that conservatism is what used to drive our party under Ronald Reagan.
I think Jim provides an excellent alternative to not voting in the fall, if by supporting Huckabee we can force a brokered convention.
While I can’t support a Huckabee vote in the fall, I can certainly support a vote for Huckabee to force a brokered convention.
Count me in. I’ll try to help force a brokered convention. It’s better than what our prospects are now.
Florida numbers may reflect “identity politics”, the blue-hair vote.
A contested convention will allow the party elites to pick McCain anyway.
The only way to stop McCain is to give the nomination to Romney out.
Right now the choice is between McCain and Romney. One of these 2 will be the Republican nominee. To pretend otherwise is just wishful thinking.
I say this as a disappointed Thompson supporter.
I have been debating in my heart since yesterday over something I was going to do thank you for helping me to come to my senses!
Your hopes and dreams notwithstanding, that's a fact.
Hey Jim...you didn’t jump over to the dark side? did ya:)..Huckabee loves McCain..he would give his delegates up in a second not giving to bits about us or Reagan Revelution..Huckabee thinks McCain is part of it..
Yeah we are pro-life while we all go broke with government entitled program raising our taxes to the 40% mark and bilking us for billions supporting illegal immigrants all the while we are getting our butts handed to us overseas both trade wise and policy wise.
Like I told my wife if we are broke as a country due to spending and taxing; speaking Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic; or having our malls and school blown up by ragheads all your social programs and pro-life mantra mean bupkus. Get it.
Huckabee’s continued presence in the race will ensure that McCain is the nominee.