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Huckabee, Finally, Settles His Campaign Scores
Time Magazine ^ | November 17, 2008 | Michael Scherer

Posted on 11/17/2008 6:47:16 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is not the sort of politician who likes to bite his tongue. But that's just what he has found himself doing over eight months since he ended his surprising and colorful presidential campaign.(See pictures of Huckabee's campaign here.)

What does he think is wrong with the Republican Party? What does he think of his former primary rivals? What is the best direction for the conservative movement? To each question, he answered only in broad strokes, refusing to get too specific or pointed. He was writing a book, he would say. It will come out after the election. He will "name names." Just wait and see.

On Tuesday, that book will arrive on store shelves, and in terms of payback it will not disappoint. At once a memoir of his campaign, a treatise on the ills of the Republican Party, and a blueprint for his own political future, "Do The Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America" is filled with sharp words for fellow Republicans who frustrated his bid for the party's nomination.

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: circularfiringsquad; election; huckabee; madsquirreldisease

1 posted on 11/17/2008 6:47:17 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

A bash Fred book?


2 posted on 11/17/2008 6:49:21 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Million Minuteman March (Spring 2009))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What does he think is wrong with the Republican Party?

I know what’s wrong. They spend too much money and want to impose a nanny state and are too soft on illegals.


3 posted on 11/17/2008 6:50:46 AM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: ari-freedom
I know what’s wrong. They spend too much money and want to impose a nanny state and are too soft on illegals.

So basically they need to stop acting like Dimmies and libtards

4 posted on 11/17/2008 6:53:23 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

God has opened doors for Huck that I’m sure he never dreamed of, especially his FOX show. It’s still getting its footings, but seems pretty decent. Kind of weird when he has EXTREMELY liberal people on (I couldn’t watch the Bill Maher interview though to save my life) and to watch what appears to be mainly conservative/Republican live audience’s reactions, LOL.

I do like the “Little Rockers”—kind of rough, but I think in time they’ll improve too.


5 posted on 11/17/2008 6:54:21 AM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: verga

or at least be no worse than Clinton from 94-2000


6 posted on 11/17/2008 6:55:46 AM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
What does he think is wrong with the Republican Party?

I think doofuses (doofi?) like Huckabee are what is wrong with the Republican Party personally. I was hoping he'd go away, but as with everything else this election cycle, he instead gets his own television show and now a book, which is fitting, because his campaign toward the end was nothing more than an extended book tour.
7 posted on 11/17/2008 6:57:22 AM PST by IMissPresidentReagan (Join me now in the NEW Reagan Revolution, to bring Conservatism BACK! www.reaganaction.com)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Isn’t he the SOB who withheld his primary votes from Romney and the rest to give McCain the upper hand? Schmukkabee is a jackass and a jerk . . . exactly what’s wrong with our party . . . no common sense . . . selfish . . . not looking out for the interests of America . . . hence, we have this Kenyan-born, America hating, empty suit about to live in our White House . . . disgusting and disgraceful.


8 posted on 11/17/2008 6:58:17 AM PST by laweeks
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To: ari-freedom

What’s wrong with Republican party? Nothing that couldn’t be fixed by placing a few thousand right leaning individuals in the MSM.


9 posted on 11/17/2008 6:58:22 AM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: TruthWillWin; laweeks
You are both sooooo right on. Huckabee seems very nice and funny on his show; but the truth remains, it was because of his political collaborative move with McCain that we ended up with McCain.

Thanks for nothing Huck.

10 posted on 11/17/2008 7:02:54 AM PST by NordP (PALIN POWER: She's Reagan in heels, Teddy Roosevelt in a dress & like Rummy at a press conference!)
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To: ari-freedom
LOL....that would be the shortest book in history, and absolutely correct.
11 posted on 11/17/2008 7:04:45 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (((The hell with buckling the seat belts - Load the guns!)))
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To: NordP

Mark Levin blamed Huckabee and Governor Suntan Crist for throwing the election. Huckabee needs to stick with his show or start a mega church. He needs to stay away from the GOP.

Notice it is insipid Republicans like Huckabee that get attention from the MSM so that they can make fun of us. Look at who Cnn has on—David Combover Gergen and Ed Nasty Rollins.


12 posted on 11/17/2008 7:09:22 AM PST by lone star annie
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Looks like Mike won’t be running for POTUS again.


13 posted on 11/17/2008 7:09:33 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
He accuses Bauer of putting issue of national security before bedrock social issues like the sanctity of life and traditional marriage.

What a poltroon. National Security is THE fundamental responsibility of government. If the government isn't doing that, there's no reason for it to exist... and it won't do so for very long.

14 posted on 11/17/2008 7:09:41 AM PST by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Ex Preacher Huckabee should revisit the 11th commandment.
15 posted on 11/17/2008 7:10:21 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Hucksterbee's major contribution to this campaign was as a Judas Goat who ensured McCain would be the nominee by forcing out any serious alternatives (Fred, Romney).

Like Newt Gingrich, he might be able to redeem himself by pushing the FAIR tax, selling books or helping wishy-washy conservatives like Saxby Chambliss get elected over far worse alternatives. Huck might even be as good a senator as Lindsey Grahamnesty if he will go for it.

But he can do the conservative movement a favor by never running for president or vice president again.

16 posted on 11/17/2008 7:11:17 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Ew...Huckabee...please go away


17 posted on 11/17/2008 7:11:25 AM PST by Def Conservative (Palin, Jindal, Pence, Sanford, Steele= the new GOP...out with the old)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Huckster has constantly shown himself a flim flam man who was able to fool just enough of the rubes to be a vote splitter to get mccain in.

This GOP primary was only about vote splitting.

If we eliminate the dead end vote splitters like huckabee, mccain would never have been an issue.


18 posted on 11/17/2008 7:13:15 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: lone star annie

Yep...all the GOP has to do is LISTEN to Laura Ingrahm, Mark Levin, RUSH, Glenn Beck and others and change from the Country Club to Sam’s Club in their heads and we’ll be fine. I hate the elites in our own Party....they’ve ruined us. Do what Sarah did when she got elected...fire everyone and let them interview to get their jobs back.


19 posted on 11/17/2008 7:13:23 AM PST by NordP (PALIN POWER: She's Reagan in heels, Teddy Roosevelt in a dress & like Rummy at a press conference!)
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To: laweeks

both romney and huckabee prevented the real conservative, fred, from having a chance


20 posted on 11/17/2008 7:17:25 AM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: ari-freedom

Democrats became marxist-socialists so the stupid party filled the void by morphing into democrats.


21 posted on 11/17/2008 7:26:53 AM PST by winodog
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To: ari-freedom

“both romney and huckabee prevented the real conservative, fred, from having a chance”

I’m sure that a Fred Thompson/Sarah Palin ticket would’ve given us more than enough reason to keep that Kenyan-born muslim out of the White House.


22 posted on 11/17/2008 7:28:39 AM PST by laweeks
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Ah, the good old days, when Huckabee was running for president. Remember this photo?


23 posted on 11/17/2008 7:31:09 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: laweeks

Let’s be honest, the reason we didn’t have Fred on the ticket was due to Fred.

The reason we didn’t have Mitt on the ticket was due to Huckabee publicly questioning Romney’s religious beliefs.

Huck didn’t kill Fred, he killed Mitt. Huck may be bitter about both men, but in the end, we were down to three choice, all of which stunk in one way or another...and none of which could have beaten the metrosexual Obama.


24 posted on 11/17/2008 7:38:38 AM PST by Lightfinger (Obama is the mirror image of the British PM in V for Vendetta)
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To: ari-freedom

both romney and huckabee prevented the real conservative, fred, from having a chance.
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Fred, who was my #1 choice, just didn’t seem to have the “fire in the belly”. He stayed out of the race for so long, it passed him by.


25 posted on 11/17/2008 7:40:44 AM PST by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: laweeks

“both romney and huckabee prevented the real conservative, fred, from having a chance”

I’m sure that a Fred Thompson/Sarah Palin ticket would’ve given us more than enough reason to keep that Kenyan-born muslim out of the White House.

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You forgot “illegal alien”


26 posted on 11/17/2008 7:42:54 AM PST by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: Lightfinger; A. Patriot; lone star annie; ari-freedom

Seems to me that the reason we wound up with John McCain as the candidate is not so much due to Huck, or Fred, or Mitt, or Crist but due to the people who voted in the primaries.

The major issue during the primaries was the war and the war-hero seemed the best choice. The major issue during the actual election was the economy and the war-hero was never able to articulate a coherent economic message.


27 posted on 11/17/2008 7:54:09 AM PST by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: A. Patriot

maybe because he realized that before he could run against michael moore and obama, which is fun, he also had to beat other republicans.


28 posted on 11/17/2008 7:54:36 AM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: steve-b

One word for Huckabee- Loser.


29 posted on 11/17/2008 7:57:28 AM PST by swatter
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To: swatter

One word for Huckabee- Loser.
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I think the term applies to all of the Republican candidates and especially to McCain, the “designated loser”.


30 posted on 11/17/2008 8:24:27 AM PST by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: laweeks
Isn’t he the SOB who withheld his primary votes from Romney and the rest to give McCain the upper hand?

Huckabee was the last one out. Had Romney sent his delegates Huckabee's way, on the other hand, we could have forced a floor fight at the convention. (Assuming Huckabee remained in the race and continued getting delegates at the rate he was earning them.

31 posted on 11/17/2008 8:59:36 AM PST by Ingtar (For the first time in my adult life, I am NOT proud of America.)
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To: NordP

BINGO


32 posted on 11/17/2008 8:59:52 AM PST by NYC Republican (This Too Shall Pass- in 8 years.. how much destruction will they create?)
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To: NordP
... but the truth remains, it was because of his political collaborative move with McCain ...

Truth? Truism, you mean. The majority of Huckabee voters questioned in exit polling expressed McCain as their second choice. If he had not been in the race, McCain won even more quickly. As much as I wanted Fred, he allowed himself to be labelled and cast aside.

33 posted on 11/17/2008 9:02:09 AM PST by Ingtar (For the first time in my adult life, I am NOT proud of America.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

More whining from Huckabee.

I hope someday a Mormon moves next door to him.


34 posted on 11/17/2008 9:08:06 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Mitt Romney...””anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” He notes that Romney declined to make a phone call of congratulations after Huckabee beat the oddsmakers to win the Iowa caucuses, “which we took as a sign of total disrespect.” He mocks Romney for suggesting, during one debate, more investment in high-yield stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes.

His treatment of former candidate Fred Thompson, a rival who helped sink Huckabee’s upstart ambitions in South Carolina, is somewhat more favorable, if only because it is less personal. Huckabee maintains that Thompson’s biggest mistake was strategic: he didn’t understand the need to expand the Republican Party beyond its base. “Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy,” Huckabee writes.


I still think he is Jim Nabors in drag.


35 posted on 11/17/2008 9:13:46 AM PST by MN_Mike (ObamACORN, BelaPelosi, and Howie Screed - Trangle of Doom)
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