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Mike Huckabee wants some respect
Politico ^ | December 6, 2010 | Jonathan Martin & Ben Smith

Posted on 12/06/2010 7:35:06 AM PST by Hawk720

Dial down the deafening Sarah Palin buzz for just a moment: The most consequential decision in the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes could be whether Mike Huckabee decides to run again – and associates say the former Arkansas governor may well take the plunge.

If Huckabee gets in, he will unquestionably be a force to be reckoned with in the fight for the nomination. He’d be the undisputed frontrunner in lead-off Iowa, where he won by nine points in 2008. He’d be the candidate to beat in South Carolina, which he narrowly lost to John McCain two years ago in part because of a divided conservative vote. His weekly Fox show, thrice-daily radio program and Grisham-like ability to crank out a book-per-year has given him a direct media presence akin to Palin’s – but without the sky-high negatives.

And should Huckabee stay out, it would create a vacuum on the right among both religious conservatives and tea party activists that would significantly re-order the race and potentially create a larger opening for Palin. He polls well with self-identified evangelicals, women and low-income voters – all blocs that also favor Palin. And a PPP poll conducted last month found that 34 percent of Huckabee supporters said that Palin is their second choice.

Yet a potential Huckabee candidacy has been little discussed, in part because of his place well outside the Republican establishment, and in part because of a conventional wisdom that he’s enjoying his current career and income too much to risk it on a run.

Huckabee, for one, is tired of being left out of the conversation and sounds increasingly like a candidate.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkansas; fairtax; huckananny; iowa; justsayno2huck; mikehuckabee; nannystater; politico; southcarolina
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1 posted on 12/06/2010 7:35:10 AM PST by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

I welcome a strong challenge from Huck. If the two top GOP contenders for White House are conservative moral Christians, then what does that tell wanna-be’s like Guilianni, Gingrich, McCain and their ilk.


2 posted on 12/06/2010 7:38:12 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Hawk720

He’d be the undisputed frontrunner in lead-off Iowa, where he won by nine points in 2008. ..........................That was 2008, this is 2012. Different players are entering the scene.


3 posted on 12/06/2010 7:38:50 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: Hawk720

Sorry Mike. You have your own TV show and you are “left out”??

Maybe the fact that people aren’t watching or caring should be a clue or a hint about a Presidential run. Don’t.

You could always try to bag a caribou, it might help.


4 posted on 12/06/2010 7:38:59 AM PST by GeronL
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To: Bringbackthedraft

but he’ll split the vote again


5 posted on 12/06/2010 7:39:29 AM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: Hawk720

Please don’t Huck, your pardon will sink you. Shadow groups from Mitt will make commercials, don’t waste your donors’ $.


6 posted on 12/06/2010 7:41:17 AM PST by toddausauras
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To: Hawk720
Huck is a lightweight. Imagine this yokel in a debate. He'd bring out his guitar and play Old Clementine.


7 posted on 12/06/2010 7:42:00 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Hawk720

Ok, I’m on the board, selecting a new CEO for my very large corporation. This corporation has great potential, but also huge problems and it’s very complex.

In looking for a new CEO, do I focus my search on experienced CEOs and executive management types currently employed, (Govenors, Senators, Congressmen)? Or would it be wise to look at someone who has been semi retired, and only involved in the business in a commentary capacity?


8 posted on 12/06/2010 7:42:06 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: Hawk720

I think Glen Beck said it best. Do you damn job, and do it well. If you do, people will ASK you to run for President.

Huck wants to be President to salve his bruised ego, he wants it because it will make him feel good.

Meanwhile, we have some outstanding candidates who have done their jobs VERY well - Chris Christie and Sarah Palin come to mind.

Huck - just please go away and get a hug from your Mommy.


9 posted on 12/06/2010 7:42:11 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: GeronL

“Maybe the fact that people aren’t watching or caring should be a clue or a hint about a Presidential run. Don’t.”

There are a LOT of people who like huck for some reason. If it was up to freepers, Fred would have won every state but the conservative base doesn’t revolve around us all the time.


10 posted on 12/06/2010 7:42:34 AM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: GeronL

Did the article mention Huck has a “Willie Horton” problem.


11 posted on 12/06/2010 7:44:33 AM PST by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: Hawk720

I hope the party is smart enough not to allow the media to pick the ‘forces to be reckoned with’ in the GOP primaries this time.


12 posted on 12/06/2010 7:44:43 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Hawk720

I respect him - but not enough to want to see him run for president. He should stay on TV as a prattling-head.


13 posted on 12/06/2010 7:46:08 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Hodar

Govs Christie and Palin didn’t even complete a single term so I’m not quite sure how you could compare them to someone who was re-elected and served for 10 years.


14 posted on 12/06/2010 7:46:28 AM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: Hawk720
Mike Huckabee wants some respect


"Do it the old fashioned way. Earrrrrrn it."

15 posted on 12/06/2010 7:46:46 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Hawk720
It's not like Huckabee is the only Christian in the race. Having said that, we need someone with some courage to save the country, we have plenty of preachers for the saving of souls. While I would hope that a President would believe in and abide by Christian principles, the atmosphere of the country right now needs a warrior, not a peacemaker.

The opposition that currently exists to the Constitution and to America is not open to words, it will take action - drastic action - to set things on the right path.

I don't believe that Huckabee is the man for the job.


16 posted on 12/06/2010 7:47:26 AM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: Hawk720

If you want open borders you will love Mike in the Whitehouse.


17 posted on 12/06/2010 7:50:44 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2
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To: ari-freedom

Let’s nominate McCain again or even McConnell.

They have the longest record of continuous service!

Agree?


18 posted on 12/06/2010 7:51:09 AM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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To: toddausauras
Please don’t Huck, your pardon will sink you.

As it should. Huckabee ignored the will of a judge and a duly selected jury for no particularly good reason, and as a result four good police officers were later murdered in cold blood by that vicious psychopath.

We can't afford yet another guy with such poor judgment in the presidency in this day and age.

19 posted on 12/06/2010 7:51:48 AM PST by jpl (Our forebears really gave their lives so we could be groped by bureaucratic retards at the airport?)
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To: Hawk720

I would like to see Huckabee run again. I did not look
closely at him last time, but would be interested in
choosing between he and Palin. Palin comes with a huge ego which I don’t see in Huckabee, but Palin seems to be more
forceable. She at the same time seems like a more revengeful person. But we need a Christian who will stand up for Christian Americans. I think the thing that put me off on Huckabee in the first place is the connection of Baptist and President Carter. It makes one wonder if we want another Baptist for President... being a Baptist I never understood Carter’s thinking on Christianity.


20 posted on 12/06/2010 7:53:07 AM PST by Ramonne
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To: Responsibility2nd

A conservative Christian who attempts to walk off with furniture from the Govorner’ s mansion when he leave’s office?

No thanks.

And his proposed solution to almost every issue has been more government.
Let him and Mitt and all of their
supporters go away, and if it makes the lot of them feel better they can while away the hours whining that they were rejected for their religion rather than their socialism.


21 posted on 12/06/2010 7:55:27 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: Hawk720

If Huck wants my respect, he shouldn’t run for president in ‘12, and he should tell us who was bankrolling him to be #2 in ‘08.


22 posted on 12/06/2010 7:56:47 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: Hawk720

Huckster is DannyH !


23 posted on 12/06/2010 7:58:00 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: FrankR

Huckabee is a Christian and I give him credit for that. However, other than the abortion question (which is the most important as far as I’m concerned) he is a social liberal. We cannot afford someone in the White House who is for open borders and increasing entitlements. Huck would be a nice guy to have over for dinner, but a disaster as president. Think conservative Jimmy Carter.


24 posted on 12/06/2010 7:58:50 AM PST by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: Hawk720
I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest. Rodney Dangerfield
25 posted on 12/06/2010 8:01:54 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Ramonne

If it makes you feel better, Carter left the Southern Baptists, about a decade ago.

It seems that the Baptist Democrats lose interest in the Baptist church once their political life is over, if they don’t formally renounce it like Carter did, then they just quietly cease to become involved in it like Clinton, and Al Gore.

>”””And yet the Bush ideology is tinged with religious belief, I said. Not everything comes with a price tag attached.

Gore’s mouth tightened. A Southern Baptist, he, too, had declared himself born again, but he clearly had disdain for Bush’s public kind of faith. “It’s a particular kind of religiosity,” he said. “It’s the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim. They all have certain features in common. In a world of disconcerting change, when large and complex forces threaten familiar and comfortable guideposts, the natural impulse is to grab hold of the tree trunk that seems to have the deepest roots and hold on for dear life and never question the possibility that it’s not going to be the source of your salvation. And the deepest roots are in philosophical and religious traditions that go way back. You don’t hear very much from them about the Sermon on the Mount, you don’t hear very much about the teachings of Jesus on giving to the poor, or the beatitudes. It’s the vengeance, the brimstone.”

...We passed the Southern Baptist Convention building. Earlier in the day, Gore had made a point of telling me that he and Clinton used to pray together in the White House. I asked him which church in Nashville he and Tipper attended now.

There was a pause in the front seat.

“We’re ecumenical now,” Gore said, finally.

Tipper said with a laugh, “I think I follow Baba Ram Dass.”

“The influx of fundamentalist preachers have pretty much chased us out with their right-wing politics,” Gore added.”””<


26 posted on 12/06/2010 8:04:20 AM PST by ansel12
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To: ari-freedom; Hodar
Govs Christie and Palin didn’t even complete a single term so I’m not quite sure how you could compare them to someone who was re-elected and served for 10 years.

And Abraham Lincoln had two years in the House and no executive experience.

What's your point PDS Sufferer?
27 posted on 12/06/2010 8:04:31 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Clyde5445

Well Palin has a Couric problem.


28 posted on 12/06/2010 8:05:27 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Hawk720

“His weekly Fox show, thrice-daily radio program and Grisham-like ability to crank out a book-per-year has given him a direct media presence akin to Palin’s – but without the sky-high negatives.”

A media presence akin to Palin’s? Are you kidding me?

When Palin is on the TV or radio, people actually tune in...


29 posted on 12/06/2010 8:05:44 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: GeronL
Sorry Mike. You have your own TV show and you are “left out”?? Maybe the fact that people aren’t watching or caring should be a clue or a hint about a Presidential run. Don’t. You could always try to bag a caribou, it might help.

No, bagging a caribou on TV is not working out either.

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Ratings Plummet In Week 2 ..... "Sarah Palin's Alaska" set a TLC ratings record when it debuted to 5 million viewers last week, but the second episode showed a huge drop-off in viewership. Episode two of the Palin reality show averaged just 3 million viewers, down 40% from the previous week.

After the Obama celebrity worship fiasco, the majority of America voters now hunger for proven leaders in the Oval Office, not celebrities who devote their lives to chasing the Big Bucks on TV and on the $100,000 per speech circuit.

30 posted on 12/06/2010 8:06:10 AM PST by Polybius
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I tell ya if I run,wez gonna lose Utah!


31 posted on 12/06/2010 8:07:08 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Polybius
After the Obama celebrity worship fiasco, the majority of America voters now hunger for proven leaders in the Oval Office, not celebrities who devote their lives to chasing the Big Bucks on TV and on the $100,000 per speech circuit.

And the show is still the highest rated show TLC has ever had, as well as, what you so conveniently forgot to mention, is that the 3rd week of the show rocketed back up, something that hardly ever happens.

Oh, and do tell us all, which other potential POTUS candidate for 2012 is getting $1,000,000 dollars an episode for what is basically a hour long campaign ad?

And one final point: which other potential POTUS candidate for 2012 has way more than 3,000,000 potential voters that they are reaching each and every week?

Get your facts straight PDS Sufferer!
32 posted on 12/06/2010 8:10:16 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Hawk720

"I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect! "

33 posted on 12/06/2010 8:10:30 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: MrEdd

That’s right. Trash talk viable candidates so that we end up with another John McCain.

Makes perfect sense to me.

/s


34 posted on 12/06/2010 8:10:50 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Polybius

Sorry Charlie, your ratings post is old news.

Ratings for the conservative cheerleader’s Alaska-based reality show grew for her third episode, reversing course after a 40% slide the previous week.

“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” delivered 3.5 million viewers Sunday night, a 17% rebound. Normally when ratings go down double digits for a second episode, the third outing generally falls at least a little. Palin may also have benefited from some weaker competition (ABC had the American Music Awards the previous week). Even so, this is great news for TLC.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B00SA20101201

We’ll see later what the numbers were for last nights caribou episode.


35 posted on 12/06/2010 8:11:06 AM PST by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Hawk720

My take:

Huck is still a republican.

He’s not my ideal man for the top job.

But the Politico article is not doing any good for Huck. The Politico guys are painting him as “whiny”.

So, to Martin and co.: STFU! Your article is unfairly condescending to a Republican.

To Huck: Grow a spine and never use LSM like Martin and what his name as your apologists! They mean ill to you and to us, all conservatives.


36 posted on 12/06/2010 8:12:16 AM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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To: Hawk720

I like Huck. My standards for a president have gone way down. I didn’t know who he was last time. I’ve seen enough of the TV show now to understand why some people like him so much. He’s... affable. I don’t think he’d be great, but I think he’d manage the levers of government in a reasonably competent manner, and he has good core principles.

I like Palin too. If McCain had not turned out to be such an enemy to us, I would probably have supported him. In fact, I DID support him against Bush in 2000. I thought his ideas about campaign finance reform were great until he was actually allowed to implement them. I like Romeny too, and Newt. They all have baggage. We may be forced to pick from a flawed field again. But we are all flawed.


37 posted on 12/06/2010 8:12:16 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Hawk720

Don’t you guys see what Politico, which is no friend of any Conservative is doing? Martin and Smith want to split up the conservative/christian wing of the party and take out Palin, they don’t care for Huckabee either but they are pumping him up......btw Hucks problem has been raising money


38 posted on 12/06/2010 8:12:54 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Polybius

Yah. Plummeting at 3 million.

Do you know what that means?

3 million viewers against tight competition.

I wish I could be a star of that plummetting 3 million viewers show. I COULD BE RICH AND FAMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!


39 posted on 12/06/2010 8:15:58 AM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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To: jpl

He looks like Gomer Pyle to me.


40 posted on 12/06/2010 8:16:41 AM PST by Waco (From Seward to Sarah)
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To: FrankR
It's not like Huckabee is the only Christian in the race. Having said that, we need someone with some courage to save the country ... While I would hope that a President would believe in and abide by Christian principles, the atmosphere of the country right now needs a warrior, not a peacemaker ... I don't believe that Huckabee is the man for the job. [emphasis mine]
I like your commentary, but I would add that the country right now needs a Catholic warrior, one who partakes in the sacraments frequently! using them to do battle against a very dark administration. And that Christian warrior, to me anyway, is Bobby Jindal. Of course, with everyone else tossing their hats into the ring (and I would probably vote for Huck over Palin; I think ultimately a man should run the country), there's not much room for Jindal, although still maintaining a 28-inch waist, maybe he can slip in there anyway.

Jindal/Palin 2012
Huck/Palin (not likely, I know) 2012

41 posted on 12/06/2010 8:17:24 AM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’d love to see Palin do a Lincoln-Douglas debate. :)


42 posted on 12/06/2010 8:17:34 AM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: ari-freedom
If it was up to freepers, Fred would have won every state but the conservative base doesn’t revolve around us all the time.

That is among the most interesting statements I have read on FR in a long time. You may receive thirty lashes for speaking wisdom.

43 posted on 12/06/2010 8:17:40 AM PST by newheart (Please don't shoot at the thermonuclear weapons. --Vic Deakins)
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To: Cobra64

He is actually a good debater. His performance in the debates is the reason he was in the mix in 2008. He started out as an unknown with less than 1%.


44 posted on 12/06/2010 8:18:27 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Hawk720
"Well, I supported the president’s tax cuts then. I support them now. I think anytime you can cut taxes, it is a good thing. And I don’t believe that those tax cuts only affected those at the top. But certainly, good tax policy ought to even things out for everybody.

It’s the reason I support the FairTax, which is a whole lot better than just cutting a few taxes here and there and making winners and losers. It’s the reason that a completely new tax approach is really preferable because it empowers everyone in the economy, those from the top to the bottom. But the people at the bottom actually end up getting the best deal out of the fair tax. So I hope more people will start looking at it and realizing that’s the direction we really need to go."

~Mike Huckabee

Source: CNN Late Edition: 2008 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer Feb 3, 2008

45 posted on 12/06/2010 8:18:53 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: Polybius

You are incorrect.......the Sarah Alaska show actually rebounded with a 3.5 million viewers for the 3rd week....the second week had so many things on the TV on that Sunday...it’s the highest rated show ever on TLC.


46 posted on 12/06/2010 8:19:05 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Ramonne
paragraphs are your friend ...

Palin comes with a huge ego which I don’t see in Huckabee ... She at the same time seems like a more revengeful person

Huckabee's revenge?

Mike Huckabee: I don't want to use the word 'conspiracy' (but I just did)


Huckabee's humility ... (and evidence that the MSM REALLY wants this guy to be the GOP nominee in order to lose)

47 posted on 12/06/2010 8:20:11 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe!)
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To: Hawk720; Salamander; Allegra; TheOldLady; humblegunner; Eaker; 50mm; Larry Lucido; Markos33
"Mike Huckabee wants some respect "

Mike Huckabee is really DannyH?

Who knew?
48 posted on 12/06/2010 8:23:46 AM PST by shibumi (Wily Pablo lives in someone's head - rent free!)
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To: ari-freedom
...but he’ll split the vote again...

Exactly. Then the candidate anointed by the media and 'independents' (Democrats) will grab the brass ring. Watch that open GOP primary in New Hampshire...

49 posted on 12/06/2010 8:24:12 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: ari-freedom
I’d love to see Palin do a Lincoln-Douglas debate. :)

So would I.

She'd wipe the floor with Douglas.
50 posted on 12/06/2010 8:26:43 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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