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Mike Huckabee’s Maurice Clemmons problem
The Seattle Times ^ | 12-18-2013 | Jonathan Martin

Posted on 03/19/2014 3:42:47 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016

If former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is going to run for president in 2016, his campaign is going to have to run through the Forza coffee shop in Parkland, Wash. That’s where one of Huckabee’s many parolees, Maurice Clemmons, assassinated four Lakewood police officers in 2009, depriving nine children of a parent and setting a national perception that Huckabee abused his powers of clemency.

Huckabee told The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin (the other Jonathan Martin) that he views a 2016 presidential bid as “a real opportunity for me.” The Washington Post quickly called Huckabee “a long shot” because he is a disinterested fundraiser who has credibility problems with the GOP’s fiscal conservatives.

He’s had those problems for a while, but still came in first in the Iowa caucuses in 2008. But back then he didn’t have a Maurice Clemmons problem.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.seattletimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016; 2016election; arkansas; election2014; election2016; forzacoffeeshop; huckabee; jonathanmartin; mauriceclemmons; mikehuckabee; newyorktimes; parkland; seattletimes; washington; washingtonpost
There is no way Huckabee is politically viable to win the White House. Horton was the end of Dukakis, and he didn't even kill anyone after his release.
1 posted on 03/19/2014 3:42:47 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016

My dog is more politically viable than Hucksterbee.


2 posted on 03/19/2014 3:44:37 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo

Yeah no more of this RINO-circus of 2008. What was it again... Rudy McRomneyBee??? Enough already of these limp wristed RINOs.


3 posted on 03/19/2014 3:49:48 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: RIghtwardHo

Huckster is not trusted by the right and center, and hated by the left. What could go wrong?

His “opportunity” is to last long enough to raise money, and not spend the money on the campaign except to hire family and friends at outrageous salaries.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 3:51:02 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: PaulCruz2016

don’t like Huckleberry but had forgotten his pardons while in the governors house. thanks..


5 posted on 03/19/2014 3:53:10 PM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: DariusBane

And don’t forget write another book.


6 posted on 03/19/2014 3:53:32 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: PaulCruz2016

If Huckabee jumps in, it’ll be strictly as a spoiler role to siphon votes away from conservatives.


7 posted on 03/19/2014 3:53:59 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: PaulCruz2016

Huckster exists to get dupes who for a preacher-in-chief, so a RINO can get the nomination. He’ll fill his role again.

Huckabee wrote terrible letters making fun of the prosecutor that told Huckabee that this guy would kill again. Complete arrogance and stupidity worthy of Obama.

Those letters should be Exhibits 1 in attack adds before the Huckster gets off the ground again.


8 posted on 03/19/2014 3:54:17 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Bratch

+1. Same with Santorum.

Huckster and Santorum exist to trick good-meaning, but stupid, Christians.


9 posted on 03/19/2014 3:55:34 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: PaulCruz2016

You’re right of course, but that won’t matter to the chattering class who need something to speculate about for the next year. It will be good for Huck’s TV ratings.


10 posted on 03/19/2014 3:56:41 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Amen


11 posted on 03/19/2014 3:57:05 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: PaulCruz2016
We've been through this before. Need to add more names to this list for 2014...


12 posted on 03/19/2014 3:58:22 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: PaulCruz2016

I could never see what folks saw, or see, in the Huckster


13 posted on 03/19/2014 3:58:49 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: PaulCruz2016

Mike Shmuckleberry’s biggest problem is that he is an unelectable douchebag, which counts as a blessing for everyone else.


14 posted on 03/19/2014 4:03:40 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: goat granny

Yeah, I forgot too. I remember most his lust for taxes.


15 posted on 03/19/2014 4:08:48 PM PDT 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: PaulCruz2016

This article is silly. Huckabee is done. A big spending, nanny-state Republican is radioactive in this environment. And he has porked back up so he isn’t serious about running. If he was, he’d be losing weight again.


16 posted on 03/19/2014 4:10:07 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: PaulCruz2016
Huckabee's job is to split the evangelical vote. Make no mistake, he's received marching orders from the two-party cartel to keep conservative candidates out, so a RINO wins by default.

Unfortunately, evangelicals love Huckabee.

17 posted on 03/19/2014 4:14:55 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Bratch
If Huckabee jumps in, it’ll be strictly as a spoiler role to siphon votes away from conservatives.

Huckabee is very popular with the Pat Robertson wing of the party - now often thought of as the Huckabee wing. His support is very strong among voters for whom religion and social conservatism are the primary issues. Many of these voters aren't actually conservative on anything other than the traditional values positions. Many, perhaps most, of these voters have no real problem with big government - as long as it dealing with the problems they consider most important (banning porn, etc). There aren't many of these types on FR because they aren't necessarily politically active or loud, but there are lots of them out there. Once upon a time their solid values represented a silent majority, now not so much. The problem is many are not real conservatives, they just have different priorities for government and someone like Huckabee can get a lot of these people out to vote. It's why no matter who the ultimate nominee is, and it won't be Mike Huckabee, they will be asking Huckabee to support and help campaign for them. Trying to get these voters out for the GOP is a goal every election cycle, but it is very difficult since they really are very much only willing to come out and vote for someone who they feel has very traditional, Christian values and will make that a focus of an administration should they win.

18 posted on 03/19/2014 4:16:49 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> ... the Forza coffee shop in Parkland, Wash... where one of Huckabee’s many parolees, Maurice Clemmons, assassinated four Lakewood police officers in 2009, depriving nine children of a parent and setting a national perception that Huckabee abused his powers of clemency.


19 posted on 03/19/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Huckabee's job is to split the evangelical vote. Make no mistake, he's received marching orders from the two-party cartel to keep conservative candidates out, so a RINO wins by default.

Meh, I don't like Huckabee at all, but there is no evidence that he is taking marching orders from some nefarious group trying to select our nominee. That's just conspiracy stuff.

If Huckabee runs he either thinks he can win, or thinks it will give him a bigger platform on TV, radio, or whatever in the future. Huckabee appeals mostly to a specific group of social conservatives who care almost only about traditional values issues, but he is a folksy guy and has just enough cross over appeal to possibly survive longer than we think in the primaries. Besides if Santorum also enters the race, and I suspect he will try again, they split that voter block and cancel one another out.

20 posted on 03/19/2014 4:23:09 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Bushbacker1

He *is* a really good speaker, quick on the quip and almost likable even no matter how much what he is saying disgusts a person.

Can’t stand him, of course; to me he kind of rolls everything bad about both the Democratic and Republican parties into one phoney pile of ... words.. but as a campaigner? Darn good.


21 posted on 03/19/2014 4:25:28 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

That is the leaster of the Hucksters problems


22 posted on 03/19/2014 4:26:16 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: DariusBane
He does send out spiffy Christmas cards, however.....

"Holiday wishes from the trough!"

23 posted on 03/19/2014 4:29:56 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: PaulCruz2016

If not for the FOX gig, America would have forgotten this dope from Hope.

BOR, the Huckster and Rove. I am seeing a pattern.


24 posted on 03/19/2014 4:36:11 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
Huckster and Santorum exist to trick good-meaning, but stupid, Christians.

Thank you.

Santorum has entirely too much good will on FR. He's used his family's travails to disguise the lies he made to his constituents over the years.

25 posted on 03/19/2014 4:38:02 PM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

What conservative was even running, if not Santorum?


26 posted on 03/19/2014 4:45:58 PM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: PaulCruz2016

27 posted on 03/19/2014 5:24:52 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: PaulCruz2016

Huckabee hasn’t got what is needed.


28 posted on 03/19/2014 7:00:38 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: ErnBatavia

Which son is the gay dog-killer?


29 posted on 03/20/2014 9:12:03 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: chae

Santorum was a big-government social conservative.

Basically, a non-fat version of the Huckster.

Give me Cruz, or failing that, Paul.


30 posted on 03/20/2014 9:13:50 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

I just think if I had to choose between Santorum or Romney, I pick Rick. In 201y, go Cruz!!!


31 posted on 03/20/2014 9:57:37 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: chae

Probably, but I don’t pretend to defend the field of crappy candidates we had last election.

I can’t remember if I actually liked any of them.


32 posted on 03/20/2014 3:25:08 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Does the Club for Growth PAC look at social issues when considering a candidate endorsement?

“No, our focus is only on economic issues. A candidate’s stance on social issues does not impact the Club’s PAC’s decision in whether or not to make an endorsement.”

I prefer to have a candidate who cares about social issues plus the second amendment Gov. Huckabee does care about social issues and the second amendment. I have not decided
who I want to support but,the candidate of my choice MUST support social issues and the second amendment.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 6:26:17 PM PDT by make no mistake
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