Skip to comments.Huckabee Tackles Romney for Team McCain
Posted on 02/03/2008 1:51:42 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
On this Super Sunday, it's fitting I suppose that Mike Huckabee would be out there blocking and tackling for Team McCain. Appearing on this morning's Today show, the former Arkansas governor made a pro forma claim that he's still running for president and not the veep slot. But Huckabee certainly seemed to be acting as what Mark Steyn described in a recent Hugh Hewitt interview as McCain's "wing man."
Consider Huckabee's reply to a question from Sunday co-host Jenna Wolfe [a resident, coincidentally, of Chappaqua, NY, home to Bill and Hillary.]
Video at link.
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Huck tackles Romney for Team McCain. Ping to Today show list.
But, how can Huckabee divide the conservative vote if he isn't a conservative?
conservative (kən-sÃÂÃÂ»r'və-tĭv) pronunciation
1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
2. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit.
3. Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate.
4. 1. Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism.
2. Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.
So conservatives oppose *changing* Roe v. Wade?
Was Reagan not a conservative when he wanted to *change* the
punitive income tax laws?
You don’t understand conservatism if you think conservatism is just about preserving the status quo.
But why was Huck so vehemently denouncing Mitt’s criticism of McCain?
Romney needs to quit throwing good money after bad and call it a campaign.
Huckabee - The Spoiler.....................
Romney is ahead by 3 points in CA. He’s behind only by 2 points in GA. Republicans are beginning to realize that McCain is not palatable as our candidate for numerous reasons, all which have been discussed many times on FR.
Romney is turning this thing around. The MSM are going to get a rude awakening.
That is the description of a turd! Huck is the description of the drug emitrol.
Huck is an opportunist A hole. Mark my words, he will destroy any clout the evangelical vote ever had.
He did it for himself folks, you were the fools.
One of the following:
a. because Mitt hurt Mike's feelings
b. simple religious bigotry
c. he is in collusion with McCain
d. any combination of the above.
I honestly believe if the tables were reversed and it was McCain criticizing Romney by calling him a liberal, then Huckabee would defend Romney as well. McCain has criticized Romney and his differing positions depending on political expediency, and although I haven’t heard Huckabee speak on this, I agree with McCain on that one.
Here is what Huckabee said about McCain’s criticism of Romney and the subject of timetables:
If Huckabee can be proven untruthful, then I will agree that the accusation that Huckabee is carrying McCain’s water has merit.
Has Huckabee even criticized McCain - ever?
Could you site a few of these polls please?
Doesn’t Huckabee consider lying to be a sin?
I would imagine so. Will you be the person to identify that sin?
The recent Fox News poll showed that if Huckabee wasn’t in the race, McCain would ahead of Romney 62-29%. Polls out of Florida showed 54% of Huckabee voters would have voted McCain as opposed to 32% that would have went to Romney.
ah ok. I see you can only cite ambiguities.
But, how can Huckabee divide the conservative vote if he isn't a conservative?
And, since therefore, he's consevative...and has been invited to play at TWO FREEPER Inaugural Balls...where in the hell is the love around here?
...waiting for an answer [crickets]
About as much as Fred Thompson criticized McCain in South Carolina.
So, after falsely casting Huckabee as a liberal, he is suddenly a conservative? How convenient.
Huckabee’s screwing with our judges... that’s what he’s doing.
I have enough problems identifying my own sins, but I don’t need some hypocritical minister setting such a bad example.
“The recent Fox News poll showed that if Huckabee wasnt in the race, McCain would ahead of Romney 62-29%. Polls out of Florida showed 54% of Huckabee voters would have voted McCain as opposed to 32% that would have went to Romney.”
Especially since I am wavering between Huckabee and Romney myself, I have to doubt the accuracy of that poll.
Most Huckabee supporters are strong social conservatives and know Willard’s abysmal record on those issues. Most despise Romney.
That's OK. For every additional $10 buck he spends, that's 1 buck less coerced out of him to go into the Mormon church. (In the LDS church, no tithing = no temple recommend; no temple recommend = no eligibility for godhood in the "celestial kingdom"). Can you imagine? The gods are coerced into tithing on earth. (So much for "free" agency)
Why wouldn’t you continue to support Huckabee? Romney is a Massachusetts liberal and lies and flip-flops like Bill Clinton. He is absolutely no better than McCain.
“I am wavering between Huckabee and Romney myself..” ~ Sun
You might want to read this excerpt VERY thoughtfully:
You Feelin’ Hucky?
BY MARK STEYN
January 7, 2008
“...As for Huckabee, the thinking on the right is that the mainstream media are boosting him up because he’s the Republican who’ll be easiest to beat. It’s undoubtedly true that they see him as the designated pushover, but in that they’re wrong. If Iowa’s choice becomes the nation’s and it’s Huckabee vs Obama this November, I’d bet on Huck. As governor, as preacher and even as discjockey, he’s spent his entire life in professions that depend on connecting with an audience and he’s very good at it. His gag on “The Tonight Show” “People are looking for a presidential candidate who reminds them more of the guy they work with rather than the guy that laid them off” had a kind of brilliance: True, it is, at one level, cornball (imagine John Edwards doing it with all his smarmy sanctimoniousness) but it also devastatingly cuts to the nub of the difference between him and Romney. It’s a disc-jockey line: the morning man on the radio is a guy doing a tricky job he’s a celebrity trying to pass himself off as a regular joe which is pretty much what the presidential candidate has to do, too. Huckabee’s good at that.
I don’t know whether the Jay Leno shtick was written for him by a professional, but, if so, by the time it came out of his mouth it sounded like him. When Huck’s campaign honcho, Ed Rollins, revealed the other day that he wanted to punch Romney in the teeth, Mitt had a good comeback: “I have just one thing to say to Mr. Rollins,” he began. “Please, don’t touch the hair.” Funny line but it sounds like a line, like something written by a professional and then put in his mouth.
This is the Huckabee advantage. On stage, he’s quick-witted and thinks on his feet. He’s not paralyzed by consultants and trimmers and triangulators. Put him in a Presidential debate and he’ll have sharper ripostes and funnier throwaways and more plausible self-deprecating quips than anyone on the other side. He’ll be a great campaigner. The problems begin when he stops campaigning and starts governing.
In The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan observed of Huck that, “his great power, the thing really pushing his supporters, is that they believe that what ails America and threatens its continued existence is not economic collapse or jihad, it is our culture.”
She’s right. It’s not the economy, stupid. The economy’s fine. It’s gangbusters. Indeed, despite John Edwards’ dinner-theatre Dickens routine about coatless girls shivering through the night because daddy’s been laid off at the mill, the sub-text of both Democrat and Republican messages is essentially that this country is so rich it can afford to be stupid it can afford to pork up the federal budget; it can afford to put middle-class families on government health care; it can afford to surrender its borders.
There is a potentially huge segment of the population that thinks homo economicus is missing the point. They’re tired of the artificial and, indeed, creepily coercive secular multiculti pseudo-religion imposed on American grade schools. I’m sympathetic to this pitch myself. Unlike Miss Noonan, I think it’s actually connected to the jihad, in the sense that radical Islamism is an opportunist enemy which has arisen in the wake of the western world’s one-way multiculturalism. In the long run, the relativist mush peddled in our grade schools is a national security threat. But, even in the short term, it’s a form of child abuse that cuts off America’s next generation from the glories of their inheritance.
Where I part company with Huck’s supporters is in believing he’s any kind of solution. He’s friendlier to the teachers’ unions than any other so-called “cultural conservative” which is why in New Hampshire he’s the first Republican to be endorsed by the NEA. His healthcare pitch is Attack Of The Fifty Foot Nanny, beginning with his nationwide smoking ban. This is, as Jonah Goldberg put it, compassionate conservatism on steroids big paternalistic government that can only enervate even further “our culture.” So Iowa chose to reward, on the Democrat side, a proponent of the conventional secular left, and, on the Republican side, a proponent of a new Christian left. If that’s the choice, this is going to be a long election year.
We are all sinners. I am, you are, McCain, Huckabee, Romney all are. All of us require redemption if we are to live eternally in the Glory of God.
As for hypocritical, that is a serious charge that I don’t agree with. If your opinion differs, so be it.
Ultimately, one of these men will be our nominee. Huckabee is the only one I won’t have to hold my nose to vote for.
To tell you the truth, I’m not happy with either Romney or Huckabee; Duncan Hunter was the only one I was enthused about.
Huckabee is soft on illegal immigration (but he claims to have changed his mind), and Romney forced Massachusetts citizens to buy health care, and wants a partnerhsip with Red China.
I am leaning toward Huckabee, but in my liberal state it doesn’t matter, anyway, because McCain is leading in the polls 2 to 1 over Romney, and probably more over Huckabee.
I kinda think you over-looked that last paragraph. Not good.
You are right about the Huck voters, but the MSM in our region (central coast ca) feature Huck's attacks on Mitt time after time. M Savage may be right that Huck is doing the bidding not of McQueeg, but working for the butt boys of the MSM because the MSM thinks that Romney's family culture would not favor gay marriage etc.
I already knew that and can’t stand the NEA.
As I said, I don’t care for the politics of any of them, and when I vote in the primaries, and the General Election, I will vote for the candidate who will do the least amount of damage.
I’m very upset that I have to do this, but that’s the way it is.
Why post that to me? I don’t support Romney either. All three suck.
Process of elimination based on your tagline.
Ron Paul sucks, too.
Mike Huckabee picked up a glowing character endorsement today.
From CBS Evening News, Feb. 4, 2008.
“Mike Huckabee has been subjected to the millions of dollars of attack ads by Mitt Romney.....I think He’s a very good and decent man and I admire him. And I admire his humor and I think he’s elevated the entire presidential debate and campaign.”
That was the answer given when Katie Couric asked what the shortcomings of Huckabee were. The answer was quite the contrast to the same question about Mitt Romney. And who was giving this praise to Huck?
JOHN McCAIN! He went on to attack Romney with the usual unqualified sound bites and insulted Rick Santorum as a ‘defeated candidate’ who had no right to question his temper.
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