Skip to comments.Huckabee Backed Winner in George: What's teh Big Deal?
Posted on 08/11/2010 10:44:41 AM PDT by grassboots.org
The headline could have read "Deal, Huckabee and Gingrich beat Handel, Palin, and Romney in Georgia GOP Governor Run-Off."
Of course only Deal and Handel were running. Each candidate rises and falls on his or her own merits. As I posted earlier, endorsements may actually do more for or against the candidate doing the endorsing rather than the one being endorsed.
But in Georgia Tuesday, Nathan Deal upset conventional wisdom and Karen Handel with a come-from-behind win in Tuesdays run-off election. Handel lsot to Deal by only about 2500 votes after beating him handily in the primary race. Deal had a rally with backer Governor Mike Huckabee on the Sunday before the vote while Handel got a boost from her own supporter Monday, Governor Sarah Palin. This is just the latest state race that may have implications for the national presidential candidates. Will there be fallout from Palins support of a candidate who, a few years ago, joined the homosexual rights group, the Log Cabin Republicans, and then denied it during her campaign (Handel, that is)? Handel also supports abortion in the so-called special cases of rape and incest.
Huckabee, on the other hand, has pledged to only support candidates who are 100% pro-life and pro-marriage. If there is a political advantage to this it would quickly dissipate if he reneges on this promise. I am not claiming that Huckabees reasons for this are political. (As a supporter of his campaign in 2008 I believe they are based on principle, instead.)
Romney supported Handel, too, but he has already backed at least two candidates that are decidedly pro-abortion (Governor candidates Meg Whitman of California, and Bob Ehrlich of Maryland). Newt Gingrich sided with Deal in this race but had previously endorsed Whitman and DeDe Scozzafava, the liberal Republican chosen by "the establishment" in the famous NY-23 House race eventually won by the Democrat. Conservatives, including Palin, had rallied around Doug Hoffman.
2012 is a long way off, but...
teh, the, duh...
Huckabee has no shot at 2012 - he is socially conservative, but a little to liberal on the fiscal side.
If you cannot do better then this on your own turf, your boys are toast everywhere else.
George and Georgia are two different people
I'm not sure I'd call him socially conservative what with his pro-amnesty stance during the last go-around.
But both these candidates are pretty well known to Georgians. The folks who turned out (and turnout was light) made their judgment on Handel and Deal, not who showed up to endorse them.
Handel ( IMHO ) was poorly served by her campaign near the election in that the Handel robo calls were ‘ugly’ negative.
They turned me off. I voted for her anyways, because I wanted to send the message that establishment ‘Pubbies are not my first choice. Deal is arguably more conservative that Handel, but he’s been in DC too long to be fully supported.
He is not too socially conservative either.
Handle went totally negative on Deal at the last second.
I am on a number of mailing lists of politically active groups in GA since I am planning to live there soon. A number of them switched from Handel to Deal this weekend because of those attack ads.
Handel made a bad mistake making her last minute appeal on ethic charges filed against Deal by wacko Leftist group CREW. Those ads rally pissed quite a few people in GA.
But looks like the writer did some mangling of his own:
But in George Tuesday, Nathan Deal upset conventional wisdom and Karen Handel
Apparently, caring about what you write is a lost art...
Oh Great and Wise Mods,
Can you help this poor guy out? He is a victim of headline-no-spell-check-itis. Also, you may want to move this out of ‘news’ and into ‘bloggers’ before the mafia arrive and inform him of his faux pas.
I haven’t followed him that closely, but I know he is pro-life and pro-marriage. However, he is also pro-tax and pro-spending, at least based on his record in Arkansas.
is it true that Deal was a registered Democrat until ‘95?
He didn’t have a pro-amnesty stance last time around.
Gov. Mike Huckabee Thursday denounced a bill by Sen. Jim Holt that would deny state benefits to illegal immigrants as un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life.
“I don’t understand how a practicing Christian can turn his back on a child from this or any other state,” Huckabee said.
Izzy, I admit this was a failure. I am used to do-overs on the main site I post on and got in too big of a hurry. By the way, I am the writer, if you will look at my profile.
I care very much what I write about.
I think if you followed him more closely, you would find that he is not pro-tax and spend. Not perfect, but not inclined that way, overall.