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Republicans have a new favorite for 2016 (the Establishment does, we don't)
dailycaller.com ^ | 1/29/14 | Alexis Levinson

Posted on 01/29/2014 1:16:59 PM PST by cotton1706

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who made headlines last week after Democrats jumped on a comment he made about their treatment of women, is the new 2016 favorite of Republican primary voters, according to a new poll out Wednesday.

Huckabee leads the primary field with 16 percent of the vote in Public Policy Polling’s new national poll, up three points from PPP’s poll last month. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also on the rise: he jumped to second place with 14 percent, up from 10 percent last month.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was the frontrunner in December with 19 percent of the vote, has fallen to 13 percent this month in the wake of the bridge scandal that has dogged him the past few weeks. But he still ranks third among the possible candidates.

Huckabee’s rise has come, in part, at the expense of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose numbers fell from 14 percent last month to 8 percent this month. In PPP’s December poll, Cruz was the favorite among Republican primary voters who identify as “very conservative,” with 23 percent saying they favored him, compared to 14 percent who preferred Huckabee.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: 2016election; 2016gopprimary; arkansas; election; election2016; huckabee; huckabee2016; mikehuckabee
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The whispers in the ears has begun, but we're not fooled by these machinations. They're obviously lining up moderates in case one of them falters. Christie falls, up pops Huckabee. And there's always Jeb Bush to fall back on.

Anything to prevent a Paul or a Cruz. They must have a new Bush or Dole or McCain or Romney, whoever fits the bill...so they can continue to pretend be in opposition to the democrats.

1 posted on 01/29/2014 1:16:59 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Very well put cotton1706.


2 posted on 01/29/2014 1:22:45 PM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: cotton1706

Huckabee?

NOT EVEN!!!


3 posted on 01/29/2014 1:23:20 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: cotton1706
lol...What evidence is there that Republican establishment would ever endorse a hardcore pro-lifer opposed to gay marriage that would put judges on the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe?

Huckabee repulses the Republican establishment. There is no chance it would ever risk getting behind him.

Now, one could make the case the liberal media is pushing Huckabee to divide the conservative vote and prevent a Scott Walker or Ted Cruz from winning the nomination.

4 posted on 01/29/2014 1:27:35 PM PST by Kazan
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To: cotton1706

so they can continue to pretend be in opposition to the democrats

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I think the GOPe deception game is nearing its end. A lot of people now see them for what they are: weak, unprincipled, and totally lacking in conviction.

Time for changing of the guard.


5 posted on 01/29/2014 1:28:10 PM PST by Starboard
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To: cotton1706

The Establishment does not like Mike Huckabee. He is the opposite of what they want: Socially Conservative and Fiscally Moderate. He would appoint very Conservative judges to the Supreme Court.

The GOP-E wants Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal or Libertarian candidates who will produce a Supreme Court with a majority of Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative Justices.

He may not be my choice, or a Freeper favorite, but he is definitely NOT a GOP-E darling.


6 posted on 01/29/2014 1:28:25 PM PST by TitansAFC ("I'm not much different from A.Cuomo.I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues." - Gov Christie)
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To: SandRat
Mike, mike, mike, mike, mike -


7 posted on 01/29/2014 1:29:47 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cotton1706
Huckelberry? I might die laughing, and if I did, I'd probably vote Demorat forever.
8 posted on 01/29/2014 1:30:55 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: cotton1706

“Favorite” is a tricky term here. It may just mean somebody who’s available and hasn’t been eliminated yet. Very few people — even in the “Establishment” (whatever that’s supposed to mean nowadays) — are that enthusiastic about Huck. I’d say the same was true of Chris Christie, but Ann Coulter (Establishment?) really did like the guy.


9 posted on 01/29/2014 1:31:23 PM PST by x
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To: cotton1706

Follow the money. Amnesty pimp Adelson was Newt’s big backer. Huckabee would be the conservative vote sapping stalking horse for a RINO type like Christie.


10 posted on 01/29/2014 1:33:03 PM PST by lodi90
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To: TitansAFC

“The Establishment does not like Mike Huckabee. He is the opposite of what they want: Socially Conservative and Fiscally Moderate. He would appoint very Conservative judges to the Supreme Court.”

You’re missing the point of their game, which is to lose to the democrats.


11 posted on 01/29/2014 1:34:23 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: TitansAFC

Huckabee is a no hoper who would just distract from viable conservatives like Paul and Cruz. The GOPe could use him like they used Newt to grease the slate for Mittens.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 1:35:02 PM PST by lodi90
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To: cotton1706

Yawn. Hucka-who?


13 posted on 01/29/2014 1:37:25 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: cotton1706

The GOP-E loathes Huckabee. They just want to use him... whisper sweet-nothings in his ear, puff him up. All calculated to split the social conservatives away from the tea-party element, weakening them both.

Huckabee is probably too clueless to notice how he’s being played. He’s always toadying up to the establishment, aspiring to have a voice with them, at the expense of the tea-party grassroots, as it is.


14 posted on 01/29/2014 1:38:10 PM PST by greene66
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To: Kazan
What evidence is there that Republican establishment would ever endorse a hardcore pro-lifer opposed to gay marriage that would put judges on the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe?

Most of the people who get accused of being Republican Establishment nowadays aren't pro-abortion (or at least they don't claim to be). Whatever the GOPe is today, it's not what it was forty or fifty years ago.

15 posted on 01/29/2014 1:39:26 PM PST by x
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To: cotton1706

They must also have effective candidates to split the conservative vote as many ways as possible in addition to manipulating rules in conservative states to diliute delegate strength while making RINO states winner take all or preventing committed delegate slates from running committed to a conservative candidate like they do here in Pennsylvania.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 1:48:32 PM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Nextrush

“They must also have effective candidates to split the conservative vote as many ways as possible in addition to manipulating rules in conservative states to diliute delegate strength while making RINO states winner take all or preventing committed delegate slates from running committed to a conservative candidate like they do here in Pennsylvania.”

Yup! All that too. Since 1988 they have set up things so that a Reagan type NEVER again gets the nomination. Because they do not want victory. And they do not want to vanquish their enemies, because their supposed enemies are their friends. Conservatives are the real enemy, and those 44 and 49 state landslides scared the hell out of them!


17 posted on 01/29/2014 1:53:30 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Huckabee will fold when he is called RINO.


18 posted on 01/29/2014 1:59:16 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: SeminoleCounty

he might even cry


19 posted on 01/29/2014 1:59:50 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cotton1706

Great another RINO retread.


20 posted on 01/29/2014 2:01:57 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: cotton1706

Huckster-bee vs. Hill-liar-y in ‘16? Might be time to head for a certain hidden location deep in the mountains of Colorado.


21 posted on 01/29/2014 2:02:20 PM PST by ssaftler (Obama speaking is like the Fat Lady warming up: "Me Me Me Me Meeee")
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To: headstamp 2

Let’s go with Bob Dole! He’s only 90 this year.


22 posted on 01/29/2014 2:08:35 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: cotton1706

I agree with ya.
I feel quite positive for 2014 but I in no way want like 20 candidates fighting for 2016. I’m from Texas and really like Cruz. I know for a fact with Cruz’s debate skills he’ll win out in 2016.
I wish the has beens and the losers sit out 2016


23 posted on 01/29/2014 2:12:05 PM PST by Undecided 2012
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To: cotton1706; All

Anything to prevent a Paul or a Cruz.
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It’s a shame the Prez and Vice Prez candidates can’t be from the same State. I’m sure Rand Paul would want to pick his buddy Mitch McConnell, whom he has endorsed for the KY Senate Race, for his running mate. Damn the luck!

Hell yes I’m bitter over is endorsement!


24 posted on 01/29/2014 2:12:25 PM PST by Din Maker
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To: lodi90
Huckabee would be the conservative vote sapping stalking horse for a RINO type like Christie.

Hard to imagine any sentient conservative falling for Huck.


25 posted on 01/29/2014 2:17:24 PM PST by 867V309 (I love potatoes-except, of course, Lena Dunham)
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To: cotton1706

I promise to actively work against any RINO the party may nominate.

No more McCains or Romneys.

I will vote Libertarian or Constitution party. That’ll make ‘em hurt. The bastards don’t get to just be Democrats in pretty dresses and get my vote or support.

Gawd, I’m tired of this junk. Christie? Huckabee? Bush? PHHHHHTTTT!!!!


26 posted on 01/29/2014 2:17:39 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: cotton1706

There is a plus side to all of this: The “It’s his turn” meme is now completely broken, and someone can freely be chosen. This is the nexus in GOP defeat in the last few decades of running for President: “It’s his turn.”

Bush 1988: It was his turn.

Bush 1992: It was his turn. He was the incumbent. He lost.

Dole 1996: It was his turn. He lost.

Bush 2000: He bucked McCain, who’s turn it was. He won.

Bush 2004: It was his turn. He was the incumbent. He won.

McCain 2008: It was his turn. He lost.

Romney 2012: It was his turn. He lost.

I see a pattern here. When a Pubbie gets the nomination who bucks the “turn,” he wins.


27 posted on 01/29/2014 2:30:48 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: cotton1706

Scott Walker, maybe, but no vote for anyone else.


28 posted on 01/29/2014 2:59:23 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: cotton1706

I ain’t voting for another RINO! I’ll write in who I want.


29 posted on 01/29/2014 3:01:13 PM PST by McGruff (I'm a conservative. Not necessarily a republican.)
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To: familyop

Scott Walker, maybe, but no vote for anyone else.

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I like Walker. I also like Cruz. Huckster? No!


30 posted on 01/29/2014 3:26:06 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: cotton1706
Gomer? A favorite?

Can he even get viewers on FOX?

31 posted on 01/29/2014 3:38:34 PM PST by lewislynn (What does the global movement and te Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: Bigg Red

Cruz, Walker, or Paul in that order.


32 posted on 01/29/2014 3:42:28 PM PST by Luke21
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To: cotton1706

They keep recycling these people. How about running Romney again? Or McCain?


33 posted on 01/29/2014 3:48:19 PM PST by madprof98
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To: cotton1706

Huckabee....nah...not even close. HE’d not stand a single vote against Hillary.

Have been wondering if the Republicans even want to win the next election.


34 posted on 01/29/2014 4:00:25 PM PST by caww
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To: madprof98
..."They keep recycling these people"...


35 posted on 01/29/2014 4:03:25 PM PST by caww
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To: Cyber Liberty

Reagan 1980: It was his turn.


36 posted on 01/29/2014 4:04:58 PM PST by x
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To: cotton1706

Mike Lee should be POTUS. I adore Cruz, but dems will say he is not eligible. Heh


37 posted on 01/29/2014 4:08:29 PM PST by dforest
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To: cotton1706

I love Ted Cruz, and dearly want him to be president. That being said, he needs more time in office. My eye is on Gov. Scott Walker. Having a former governor is ideal, and from what I know of Walker, he’d do a great job.


38 posted on 01/29/2014 4:34:49 PM PST by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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To: cotton1706

I am in it for Mike Lee. He is Presidential in the Reagan vein. I love Cruz, but the dems will all at once declare he is not eligible. Why? Because the GOP overlooked the fact Obama is really, and never was, eligible to be President.

If the GOP wants to win, they must go really bold. A RINO will lose miserably.


39 posted on 01/29/2014 4:39:37 PM PST by dforest
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To: cotton1706; fieldmarshaldj; sickoflibs; BillyBoy

Break me off a piece of that kit kat bar!


40 posted on 01/29/2014 4:44:50 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: cotton1706

As if very many conservatives voted in the PPP poll. This means absolutely NADA!


41 posted on 01/29/2014 5:14:26 PM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: x

Yes, it was. But he was tossed aside in ‘76 because it was not his turn yet. I figured going back over 30 years was sufficient. No, huh? It was Ike’s turn once, but I wasn’t borned yet. :^)


42 posted on 01/29/2014 6:16:27 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: cotton1706

The DNC would be licking their chops if Huckabee gets the nomination. Hillary would serve his head up on a platter. I doubt he’d carry a single state outside the South.

But it’ll never happen. The establishment will use him as a stalking horse again. And I’m pretty sure he’s in on the joke.


43 posted on 01/29/2014 6:46:49 PM PST by CowboyJay (Cruz'-ing in 2016!)
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To: Impy; cotton1706; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Huck the favorite? Figures.

Over this Huck ‘uncle sugar’ and ‘woman’s libido’ nonsense I was on thread after thread posting that I have ZERO sympathy for him.

In fact I argued that Huck pulled this nonsense simply to create a smoke screen to divert from him standing behind Grahamnesty.

Well it looked liked it worked with some.

Say something stupid to get the libs to go after you, then cry victim and suddenly you are a hero with the drones.
A Huck scam.

Well I don’t respond to the dog whistle.

You can see how McCain and Romney got the nominations.


44 posted on 01/29/2014 11:27:28 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: sickoflibs; Impy; cotton1706; BillyBoy

I’ve stated many times I don’t like Huckster. I think he was a lousy Governor and he left the AR GOP in the worst state it had been in in 4 decades when he left office in 2007. Saying that, regarding the speech he made, there was nothing in it that he said that was wrong. It was deliberately and willfully misrepresented by the media, just like anything and everything ever said by a Republican (Conservative or RINO). I’m still not going to support him for any office.


45 posted on 01/30/2014 1:08:02 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; cotton1706; BillyBoy
RE :”Saying that, regarding the speech he made, there was nothing in it that he said that was wrong. It was deliberately and willfully misrepresented by the media,..”

I saw the full clip a few times and it phrased very carelessly which gave them the opportunity.

I could easily write a script to get to the same point that wouldn't be so easy for them to do that to.

Many shows on MSNBC were playing the entire clip including the part where he says ‘Democrats think that.....’ and it was still an easy target\.

46 posted on 01/30/2014 1:36:52 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: sickoflibs

Nobody sane gives a $hit what runs on MSNBC. If I had a speech being ripped apart by that whiter-than-white Stalinist propagandist channel, I’d wear it like a badge of honor.

Anyway, no skin off my nose. If he wants to insult rodents and teevee network nervous hospital patients, that’s fine. I’m still never going to vote for Huckster.


47 posted on 01/30/2014 1:49:21 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
RE :”Nobody sane gives a $hit what runs on MSNBC. If I had a speech being ripped apart by that whiter-than-white Stalinist propagandist channel, I’d wear it like a badge of honor.”

Huck must of, he got on Kelly show and tried to claim that his comment had NOTHING to do with birth control or women.

My point was the GOP talking points over at FNC are claiming Dems are not playing the full seg in context, but they are.

48 posted on 01/30/2014 4:48:48 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: fieldmarshaldj

you fault t-paw and huckabee for failing to grow the gop during their time as governor. well, the fl gop experienced great growth under jeb. therefore. should jeb deserve consideration as the smart bush?


49 posted on 01/30/2014 7:52:40 PM PST by yongin
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To: yongin

On those grounds, he could. But I would not support him for President.


50 posted on 01/30/2014 8:00:33 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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