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Huckabee unloads on Mitt; Romney camp hits back
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Posted on 11/17/2008 12:28:36 PM PST by Chet 99

November 17, 2008

Categories: Huckabee

Huck unloads on Mitt; Romney camp hits back

Mike Huckabee is using his new book, out this week, to settle a few scores, not the least of which is with his fierce primary rival, Mitt Romney.

Per Michael Scherer, Huckabee picks up where he left off earlier this year, tweaking Romney as a rich guy and firing what may be the first shots of the 2012 primary.

Romney, Huckabee, writes, was "anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.”

At another point, Huckabee portrays a Romney proposal to encourage more investment in the market as, "Let them eat stocks!”

The former Arkansas governor also takes a shot at Fred Thompson – who ensured his defeat in the pivotal South Carolina primary – as well as those evangelical leaders who didn’t get behind his bid.

But none of these people may emerge again in four years as political rivals of Huckabee.

Asked to respond, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said Huckabee was acting small.

“This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee,” Fehrnstrom. “If we’re going to move the party forward, we need to offer more than personal recriminations. Unfortunately, in this book, Mike Huckabee is consumed with presumed slights, and he seems more interested in settling scores than in bringing people together.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: 2008rncconvention; 2012gopprimary; booktour; circularfiringsquad; gopprimary; huckabee; psyopsjournalism; romney
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1 posted on 11/17/2008 12:28:37 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

Very sad. I knew Hucksterbee was a fraud, but this is just reinforcing it.


2 posted on 11/17/2008 12:30:57 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Chet 99

I’ll have to side with Huckabee on this one.


3 posted on 11/17/2008 12:30:59 PM PST by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
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To: Chet 99
This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee

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Not really.

4 posted on 11/17/2008 12:31:07 PM 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: Chet 99

These two guys have as much relevance as two homeless guys fighting over a cardboard box.


5 posted on 11/17/2008 12:31:27 PM PST by Stentor (b. July 4, 1776 - d. January 20, 2009 sorely missed.)
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To: Chet 99
“This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee,” Fehrnstrom. “If we’re going to move the party forward, we need to offer more than personal recriminations. Unfortunately, in this book, Mike Huckabee is consumed with presumed slights, and he seems more interested in settling scores than in bringing people together.”

No, this type of pettiness is typical of Mike Huckabee, the Southern Fried McCain without the military heroism and with the religious bigotry. In a saner era, Huck would have been laughed off-stage and Fred would have been the nominee.

6 posted on 11/17/2008 12:32:32 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Chet 99

Purse fight


7 posted on 11/17/2008 12:32:41 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Chet 99

The antipathy towards Romney is misplaced. Conservatives spend no small amount of time complaining about Republicans drifting left to appease the MSM– well here’s one who’s actually drifting right.

We have a hard enough time keeping conservatives from becoming moderates. Surely, we ought not exacerbate the problem by shunning moderates who become conservatives.


8 posted on 11/17/2008 12:32:53 PM PST by exist
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To: Chet 99
The huckster seems to be a little, petty man...like most liberals.

His only saving grace was being pro-life...ala mccain. What mccain & huckster did to Romney in WV was disgusting.

None will be Prez as we expose more of the liberal RINOs.

9 posted on 11/17/2008 12:33:09 PM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Chet 99

“This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee.”

No, it’s not. It defines him.


10 posted on 11/17/2008 12:33:20 PM PST by lady lawyer
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To: Stentor

LOL


11 posted on 11/17/2008 12:33:36 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Chet 99

I would take Hucklebee any day of the week over what we have now.


12 posted on 11/17/2008 12:33:40 PM PST by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism and BO is a WHINING marxist)
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To: Chet 99
These guys are history. It's time for some new blood.
13 posted on 11/17/2008 12:33:45 PM PST by McGruff (Read my lips. No new bailouts!)
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To: Chet 99

If these two are in the offing for 2012, I won’t be voting with the GOP.

It was bad enough this year. The losers need to back away from entertaining an idea that they have a remote chance.


14 posted on 11/17/2008 12:34:21 PM PST by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: Chet 99

I hate to, but I’ve got to agree with Fehrnstrom here.


15 posted on 11/17/2008 12:34:23 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Chet 99

I’d take Romney over the Huckster anyday. At least Romney has some intelligence, which I think the Huckster is lacking.


16 posted on 11/17/2008 12:34:37 PM PST by beandog
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To: Chet 99

Other than a remark or two about playing football in college without a helmet, I don’t recall Ronald Reagan taking these kinds of shots as Gerald Ford.

I voted for Huckabee in the primaries, but these type of shots remind me of modern kids movies that resort to potty humor for laughs because its easy.


17 posted on 11/17/2008 12:34:50 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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Huckabee has always had it in for Romney. Maybe he is jealous that Romney’s sons are not fat and don’t like to kill dogs. Huckabee was so drunk on his “fame” that he was the last person to realize that he should drop out of the race.


18 posted on 11/17/2008 12:34:52 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: Chet 99

go away, both of you


19 posted on 11/17/2008 12:35:21 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: Chet 99

The preacher running on the appeal that he is a rino preacher slamming the made for the media pretty boy rino with executive hair. This is exacty the crap that led to McCain being the candidate. These two need to shut up and need to be ignored. They still believe that they matter and they don’t. They both put their personal agendas and pursuit of office ahead of what might be right for the party and the constitution.


20 posted on 11/17/2008 12:35:30 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: exist

Romney is more conservative than McCain that’s for sure. Imagine if it were Romney in those debates against Obama...


21 posted on 11/17/2008 12:35:30 PM PST by petercooper (1/20/13 - Change I can believe in.)
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To: Chet 99

RINO vs RINO


22 posted on 11/17/2008 12:35:49 PM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: petercooper

I’ve had enough of Slugabee.


23 posted on 11/17/2008 12:36:13 PM PST by Charles Bronson Forever
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To: Chet 99

Huckabee is a crab egg on the pubes of life!


24 posted on 11/17/2008 12:36:27 PM PST by spacejunkie
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To: Stentor

“These two guys have as much relevance as two homeless guys fighting over a cardboard box.”

I’m afraid you are very wrong. The hucksters fans are loud and donate! He will run in 2012, insuring the conservative base is split and we’ll get another Rino... And before the huckster fans start... No I won’t support the huckster, he is a Rino with a bible in his hand.


25 posted on 11/17/2008 12:37:01 PM PST by Robbin
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To: petercooper

not on spending. and even huckabee was against the bailout.


26 posted on 11/17/2008 12:37:04 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: Chet 99
Isn't that special!

Personally I don't want to see or hear anything from either of them. But that just might be my opinion!

27 posted on 11/17/2008 12:37:21 PM PST by ImpBill ("America ... where are you now?")
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To: ImpBill

I say nobody from 2008 should run again for 2012


28 posted on 11/17/2008 12:38:14 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: Chet 99

Much ado about nothing.

Neither of these represent Conservatism, and neither can win the presidency.


29 posted on 11/17/2008 12:38:55 PM PST by roamer_1 (Proud 1%er... Reagan Conservatism is the only way forward.)
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To: Stentor

That was hilarious but (hopefully) true. I have no intention of supporting either of these two in the primary.


30 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:04 PM PST by Looper
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To: ari-freedom

The bailout sure pointed out who the socialists are in the party. The socialists include the entire misnamed “leadership”.


31 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:06 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Chet 99

Campaigns are brutal. Everyone wants to win and they will play every advantage they have to become the nominee.

I like to see the behind the scenes because then we know what is really going on and how the smiles on the outside really don’t show what is going on internally with the candidates campaign.

A person who survives to be the nominee is generally tested by the process.


32 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:09 PM PST by Moconservative
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To: Chet 99

Huck is just terrible. What a joke. Both these guys lost to a dreadful candidate who tanked in the general election. Neither should be in the conversation for 2112 unless they do something to up their game as a national candidate in the meantime.

Romney, who I ended up voting for at least talked the talk in terms of conservatism. No one else did. I was not 100% convinced he genuinely believed everything he was saying, but the others were acting like Democrats. As someone said above, I will take the guy moving to the right over the other guys drifting full speed to the left.


33 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:13 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: Chet 99

Meanwhile the conservative candidates keep their mouth shut and let the RINOs fight among themselves.


34 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Chet 99
Political is an impresively pathetic site.
35 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:18 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: Stentor
"These two guys have as much relevance as two homeless guys fighting over a cardboard box. "

ROTFLMAO...Post of the day!
36 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:24 PM PST by FrankR (Where's Waldo ([W]here [A]re [L]egal [D]ocuments [O]bama? (i.e. birth certificate))
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To: All
KEEP BURNING THOSE BRIDGES HUCKSTER!!
37 posted on 11/17/2008 12:39:27 PM PST by Mitt Romney (Text "SLATE WRIGHT" to 98999 to get a Reverend Wright ringtone)
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To: Reagan79

Siding with a fraud? Tell me: is this your first time?


38 posted on 11/17/2008 12:40:04 PM PST by Ben Reyes
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To: Chet 99

I don’t want either of these two. I hope they “destroy” each other (meaphorically speaking) before the next race even begins.


39 posted on 11/17/2008 12:40:17 PM PST by kalee
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To: Reagan79

RINO Fight, RINO Fight.


40 posted on 11/17/2008 12:40:24 PM PST by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: Chet 99
Oh but Huckabee is a Christian!!!! /s

Whatever. He's a jackass. Knew it from the get go. And I'm certainly not a Romney fan, but Huck is far worse. He's a Christian socialist hell bent on the 'touchy feely' crap.

He's a charlatan. Period.

41 posted on 11/17/2008 12:40:50 PM PST by rintense (I don't wanna gain the whole world and lose my soul~ TobyMac (are you listening Obamabots?))
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To: Chet 99

If they want to truly “move the party forward” both of these clowns need to sit down and be quiet.

Remember who couldn’t even beat John McCain!

They are of the past, both of ‘em.


42 posted on 11/17/2008 12:41:34 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Stentor

Huckabee would be registered at Target to decorate said box and Mitt would have an illegal sweeping the sidewalk in front of it. Obama would have given the box to Al Qaeda without a fight.


43 posted on 11/17/2008 12:42:02 PM PST by Massghanistani
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To: petercooper
Romney is more conservative than McCain that’s for sure. Imagine if it were Romney in those debates against Obama...

Romney is more combative, more competitive, but is not conservative by any measurement, although neither is MccAin't.

44 posted on 11/17/2008 12:42:19 PM PST by roamer_1 (Proud 1%er... Reagan Conservatism is the only way forward.)
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To: KC_Conspirator

Very sad. I knew Hucksterbee was a fraud, but this is just reinforcing it.”

Huckabee is setting himself up for a major fall, IMO.

No matter what soneone thinks of Mitt as a Morman, this is just not necessary.
Huckster just doesn’t get the Republican 11 commandment by Reagan, does he.

I don’t trust Huckabee. Wouldn’t vote for him if he were the only name on the ticket.


45 posted on 11/17/2008 12:42:39 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Chet 99

It’s the “born agains” beating up on the Mormons.....what else is new :0)


46 posted on 11/17/2008 12:42:45 PM PST by RooRoobird20 (1/20/2013: "Change We Can Believe In")
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To: Chet 99
Huckabee is fine at being a talk show host and promoting The FairTaxx. Fred Thompson is better at being an actor and should go back to it. Mitt Romney ought to go back to work in business or industry.

The old guard has-beens need too make way for the new up-and-comers.

McLame and his pal Lindsey Grhamnesty are crossing the aisle to give Obama a Lewinsky and will join his global warming inititave and other big-government agenda along with the rest of the RINOS. They have their 60-seat super-majority.

47 posted on 11/17/2008 12:42:52 PM PST by KriegerGeist ("Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of War on Socialism")
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To: Chet 99

Go Huckabee! Romney was McCain but without the military service, and without a pro-life or even remotely socially conservative history. No redeeming qualities, IMHO. He’d be fine in some government position where none of these things relate to his duties, but not as President!

That said, I hope none of this year’s folks come back as retreads the next time around. The GOP has a terrible tendency to run the same people over and over again, hoping at some point the electorate will forget why they didn’t like them the first time around. I like Huckabee and I’d like to see him run again, but obviously, other people don’t and the best thing to do would be to come up with other candidates altogether. Palin/Jindal!


48 posted on 11/17/2008 12:43:03 PM PST by livius
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To: ari-freedom
go away, both of you

"They're dead. They just won't lie down". (Don't know who said it first but it wasn't me.)

49 posted on 11/17/2008 12:43:06 PM PST by Stentor (b. July 4, 1776 - d. January 20, 2009 sorely missed.)
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To: roamer_1

McCain, Romney, and Huckabee are all RINOs. To argue who is more conservative is like banging your head on a brick wall.


50 posted on 11/17/2008 12:43:35 PM PST by rintense (I don't wanna gain the whole world and lose my soul~ TobyMac (are you listening Obamabots?))
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