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Geist: Take Away the Charm and Huckabee's a Crackpot
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 01/15/2008 4:24:20 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

If a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, does Mike Huckabee's sweet way with a word make tolerable views that would be rejected as extreme in the mouths of others less verbally gifted?

That's Willie Geist's view of the matter. The genius of the Morning Joe panelist normally resides in his ability to avoid the controversial while remaining interesting. But the anodyne-if-endearing Geist went out of character in today's opening segment on the subject of Mike Huckabee. And he did so in a manner the former Baptist preacher might not find so fetching.

The subject was a speech Huckabee gave yesterday in which he advocated changing the Constitution to adapt to the word of God.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: constitution; joescarborough; mikehuckabee; williegeist

1 posted on 01/15/2008 4:24:21 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Huckabee charming crackpot? Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 01/15/2008 4:25:18 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Finally! Conservative comedy: http://youtube.com/newsbusted)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

He’s a crackpot even WITH the charm.......


3 posted on 01/15/2008 4:26:43 AM PST by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Nevertheless, he is sort of charming.


4 posted on 01/15/2008 4:26:50 AM PST by imd102 (Mitt & Fred in '08 - the only chance vs. Obama)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
So I guess Scarborough's a hatchet man for McCain too, then.

What a maroon.
5 posted on 01/15/2008 4:29:31 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Take Away the Charm and Huckabee's a Crackpot

Charm = Moralizing quips... Crackpot = Huey Long populist. What you got here is an Arkansas poison-pill for the Republican party in 2008.

6 posted on 01/15/2008 4:31:44 AM PST by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: The Pack Knight

Actually Scarborough blasted McCain yesterday for being a hypocrite and using “dirty campaigning” for circulating negative fliers about Romney after promising not to go negative.


7 posted on 01/15/2008 4:31:53 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Finally! Conservative comedy: http://youtube.com/newsbusted)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Huckabee's a crackpot and McCain is a maniac....

ARRRRRRR MATEY!!!!

8 posted on 01/15/2008 4:32:59 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

well that pretty much sums it up for me.


9 posted on 01/15/2008 4:35:19 AM PST by BipolarBob (I've been stung by honey bees and bumblebees. I don't want no huckle bee.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Actually, I was referring to when Scarborough whined about Fred Thompson attacking Huckabee at the debate.

Maybe Joe sees now that there's a good reason for Fred to be going after Huckabee that doesn't involve his wild conspiracy theories.
10 posted on 01/15/2008 4:37:28 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: The Pack Knight

Thanks for the clarification.


11 posted on 01/15/2008 4:38:03 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Finally! Conservative comedy: http://youtube.com/newsbusted)
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To: Vaquero

NEeds his Metamucil.


12 posted on 01/15/2008 4:38:13 AM PST by ichabod1 ("Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I've never seen any charm in Huckabee...then again maybe thats because I'm listening to what he says, and looking at what he's done.

Huckabee is a national disaster waiting to be elected.

13 posted on 01/15/2008 4:38:37 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

HAHAHHAHAHAAHAAHAHHAHAHA! Tru dat.


14 posted on 01/15/2008 4:38:46 AM PST by rintense (Thompson / Hunter 2008!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That’s about right.
Though I would add that *uckabee’s “charm” doesn’t wear well over time.
It’s gotten pretty thin already.


15 posted on 01/15/2008 4:39:38 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Interesting...I don’t find Huckabee all that charming.


16 posted on 01/15/2008 4:52:17 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I believe the original Constitution was in Gods standards. Huckabee is way to naive on foreign policy and domestic policy. He needs to explain his strategy for amending the Constitution and how his administration would get it done. I don’t believe he has any idea. I think he is just telling evangelicals what they want to hear. I think he knows he can’t get a life amendment passed.
17 posted on 01/15/2008 4:53:20 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: normy

He is overreaching. In politics that usually means a flame-out is on the way.


18 posted on 01/15/2008 5:57:00 AM PST by sr4402
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To: johnny7
an Arkansas poison-pill for the Republican party

But, so far, it is the Republican voters in OTHER states who have voted Huckabee to his current position in the 08 race.

Of course, the Republican Party has never been accused of being the Party of Smart.
19 posted on 01/15/2008 5:59:27 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Kakaze
Huckabee is a national disaster waiting to be elected.

A motto for Huckabee's campaign:

Huckabee -- because the Republicans need their own Jimmy Carter


20 posted on 01/15/2008 6:01:05 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Did you catch the part about Joe tweaking Mika about being subservient to her husband like Gov. Huckabee said his wife is. Joe said that's the one thing she's remembered about Gov. Huckabee's positions so far.
21 posted on 01/15/2008 6:11:11 AM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: McGruff

That was funny, and Mika did manage a pretty good deadpan while pretending to agree. I did mention it in passing in the original article.


22 posted on 01/15/2008 6:18:45 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Finally! Conservative comedy: http://youtube.com/newsbusted)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

but he is the effete elites establishment crackpot...

pro-amnesty
pro-taxes
pro-nanny state


23 posted on 01/15/2008 6:22:20 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Vaquero
My husband commented to me yesterday that he thought McCain was mentally unstable. I agree.
We are in deep $@#&, if either McCain or Huckabee are nominated.
24 posted on 01/15/2008 6:40:27 AM PST by rose
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To: Kakaze

Yes, I find accomplished men much more charming.


25 posted on 01/15/2008 6:51:44 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Kakaze

I couldn’t agree with you more.


26 posted on 01/15/2008 8:04:05 AM PST by YaYa123
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If Huckabee fizzles, his followers will be looking for another prolife evangelical to fill the void. Hunter fits that bill, no one else in the race is evangelical.

The GOP doesn’t get it. They need to let this faction find a home. The amount of invective aimed at evangelicals is surprising, but then everyone wants their votes.

Huckabee has surged because he won a couple of debates and he’s got evangelical support. If a quick rise can happen to the liberal pro-life evangelical Huckster, it can happen to the conservative pro-life evangelical Hunter.

Prolife evangelicals will be very comfortable in Hunter’s camp, since he’s a prolife evangelical staunch conservative.


27 posted on 01/15/2008 8:04:34 PM PST by Kevmo (Duncan Hunter won't "let some arrogant corporate media executive decide whether this campaign's over)
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