Arkansas (GOP Club)

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  • Will Mike Huckabee Win Presidency in 2016?

    11/14/2014 12:48:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | November 14, 2014 | Floyd Brown, Chief Political Analyst
    The Republican sweep of November 2014 is now fully in the rearview mirror. And the focus in D.C. is squarely on the 2016 presidential election. Who will win the biggest prize of all and finally replace Barack Obama? With Hillary Clinton perched high atop the Democratic Party polls, it appears as though she’ll sail to her party’s nomination almost unimpeded. On the Republican side, the race is as divided and contentious as ever… Of the prospects, though, one particular man stands out from the crowd. And for this reason, I followed him all the way to Poland so I could...
  • Fox News executive: Huckabee's political activity getting 'serious look' (About to get 86'd?)

    11/12/2014 1:34:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 12, 2014 | Brian Stelter
    Fox News and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson went their separate ways last week. Is Fox host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee next? The tension between Huckabee's current job and possible future job has been laid bare in a number of recent news stories. Huckabee, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008, is clearly considering a second run -- which would mean he'd have to give up his Saturday night show on Fox News. On Wednesday, Fox News executive vice president of programming Bill Shine indicated that a decision might be made soon. "We are taking a...
  • Ted Cruz on Democratic ticket: It’s like ‘That ’70s Show’

    10/26/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Political Insider ^ | October 25, 2014 | Greg Bluestein
    More GOP cavalry arrived in Georgia today as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with David Perdue and Gov. Nathan Deal in Canton, invoking memories of long gas lines and stagflation as he attacked their Democratic rivals. “Here in Georgia, we’ve got on the ballot Jimmy Carter and Sam Nunn,” he said. “It’s like ‘That 70’s Show.'” The Texas firebrand echoed Perdue’s talking points by saying that an election of Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee, equals a stamp of approval for President Barack Obama’s agenda. Republicans need a net gain of six Senate seats to take control of the chamber, and...
  • New poll shows Cotton 8 points ahead

    10/22/2014 1:14:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Power Line blog ^ | October 21, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will be no more debates between the two). The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percent. According to Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College, the survey shows that both Cotton and Pryor have locked up the support of their respective Party faithful. However, “Cotton has a strong advantage among the state’s voters who term themselves Independents...
  • Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor: Desegregation an ‘Unwilling Invasion’

    10/21/2014 9:23:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor argued that the federal government’s desegregation of Arkansas’s largest public school in 1957 was an “unwilling invasion” that took “a local problem out of the local authorities’ hands” and led to deep suspicions of democracy in the state, according to a copy of his college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Written in 1985, the 30-page paper—which also suggested that the state’s Democratic Party was hindering economic progress, and attributed policies such as welfare and the Equal Rights Amendment to “wild-eyed liberals”—could add to Pryor’s difficulties as he fights to protect his seat from...
  • Bill Clinton tells Arkansans: Don't protest Obama in midterm vote

    10/06/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 6, 2014
    CONWAY, Ark. - Former President Bill Clinton urged voters in his home state Monday not to use the midterm election as a protest against the White House, as he toured the state to help Democrats' efforts to prevent a GOP takeover in Arkansas. Clinton kicked off a series of rallies in Arkansas on Monday, praising Democratic candidates in close races for U.S. Senate, House and governor as people willing to work with both parties for the good of the state. He also criticized Republicans' efforts to tie Democrats to President Barack Obama, who lost Arkansas in the 2008 and 2012...
  • John McCain Touts Jeb Bush’s 2016 Potential

    09/18/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 18, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) touted former governor Jeb Bush (R., Fla.) as a potential contender in the 2016 presidential elections while discussing the merits of nominating a governor as opposed to a senator. “I think that governors who are successful obviously have a cachet that is probably helpful to them, particularly, since the Congress is held in low esteem,” McCain tells National Review Online. “I think there will be some who are very competitive, including Jeb Bush if he decides to run.” McCain says he hadn’t decided to back Bush. “I keep hearing that he may be considering a...
  • High fashion, expense for Hillary travel (´presidential suite,´ stenographer, G4 or larger, etc..)

    08/16/2014 9:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | August 16, 2014 | Laura Myers
    Hillary Rodham Clinton likes to travel in style. She insists on staying in the “presidential suite” of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas. She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation — only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do. And she doesn’t travel alone, relying on an entourage of a couple of “travel aides,” and a couple of advance staffers who check out her speech site in the days leading up to her appearance, much like a White House...
  • Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be '100 Percent In Her Corner,' Especially Women

    07/20/2014 9:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim Graham
    In May, Politico's reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary's hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president...The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.” In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the...
  • Giorgio: Impeachment, Immigrants and Sarah Palin (Hurl-licious)

    07/16/2014 4:39:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    GoLocalWorcester ^ | July 16, 2014 | Paul Giorgio, GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™
    We have an immigration problem along our southern border, mostly with the Texas portion. The border is leaking like a sieve, with hundreds of children fleeing Central America and the drug induced bloodshed that has moved recently from Mexico down to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. A child has a higher chance of being killed in Central America than they do in Chicago’s South Side. Who are buying the drugs that are causing all the violence in Central America? Americans are. So if we want to stop the influx of children from Central America we need to do something about...
  • Up in the air: Mike Huckabee’s private plane habit

    07/14/2014 6:52:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alexander Burns
    Huckabee is flying more comfortably than during the 2008 race.As a presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee made a name for himself as the regular Joe on the debate stage, a threadbare underdog who couldn’t afford his opponents’ Madison Avenue-style commercials, plush hotels and chartered planes. In his campaign memoir, Huckabee proclaimed that he “kept in touch” with ordinary people while eating food-court fare and waiting for long-delayed commercial flights as “other candidates were stepping onto their Gulfstream jets.” These days, the former Arkansas governor is living — and flying — far more comfortably. Now a Fox News commentator and highly paid...
  • Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

    05/31/2014 5:31:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | May 31, 2014 | Conor Finnegan
    Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders. The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week. Cruz finished in first place in the annual conference's presidential straw poll at 30.33%. Dr. Ben Carson, a Fox News commentator and conservative activist, finished in second with 29.38% while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was third with 10.43%. Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry rounded...
  • Happy Huckabee Gets Mad (Oh, good grief!)

    05/06/2014 7:10:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 6, 2014 | David Freedlander
    Gone is the sunny, compassionate candidate of 2008. In the run-up to 2016, the former Arkansas governor is downright angry. He’s learned his lesson from his last campaign, ex-aides say. In 2007, Mike Huckabee stood impassively on a Republican presidential debate stage while Mitt Romney tried to embarrass him. A program that Huckabee had instituted in Arkansas gave undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children the right to in-state tuition at Arkansas’s public universities. Huckabee sounded, Romney said, like a Massachusetts liberal. “Are we going to give taxpayer-funded benefits to kids that are here illegally and put them...
  • Poll: GOP voters like Huckabee most, say he's best qualified

    04/30/2014 12:39:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | April 29, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Republicans like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee the most and consider him the best qualified potential GOP presidential candidate among the major contenders. But, as with the rest, they aren't psyched for him to run, according to a new Economist/ survey. Some 72 percent of Republicans like Huckabee, a Fox host and conservative populist. That beats Sen. Rand Paul, at 66 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 62 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 60 percent. And 51 percent of Republicans also view him as qualified to be president, more than the rest again. But as previous...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle. Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run. Donald Trump also spoke. Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each...
  • RNC Members Rally to Huckabee After Media Frenzy

    01/25/2014 5:22:38 AM PST · by gooblah · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 Jan 2014 08:57 | John Gizzi
    Members attending the Republican National Committee meeting rallied behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for his remarks attacking the Democrats for "insulting" women with birth control subsidies. Read Latest Breaking News from Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • Huckabee on the “RINO” label: The Nazis devalued people too, you know

    01/23/2014 3:56:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 23, 2014 | Allahpundit
    IÂ’ve looked for a transcript but canÂ’t find one so IÂ’m forced to rely on HuffPoÂ’s account of what he said. On the one hand, theyÂ’re a lefty news site, doubtless eager to put his quotes in the worst possible light. On the other hand, their reporter is Jon Ward, who used to work for the Daily Caller and is respected in the field. On the other other hand, the rhetoric sounds kind of Huck-ish, doesnÂ’t it? With some pols, you can look at a quote thatÂ’s attributed to them and say, nah, no way. With Huck, you never know...
  • Upset: Republican wins surprise blowout in Arkansas Senate special election

    01/17/2014 8:47:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 17, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Let’s read some 2014 tea leaves, shall we? First, some background on an Arkansas special election that was decided earlier this week: The special election for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations will be an early bellwether on the fight to protect the state’s Medicaid expansion, as well as Democrats’ chances in the November election. Voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the special election between Democrat Steve Rockwell and Republican John Cooper for state Senate District 21 seat that covers the Jonesboro area. The winner will serve the...
  • Huckabee Scolds the Tea Party Groups: ‘Politics Is Not Theology’

    12/15/2013 4:46:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 14, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee weighed in on the escalating feud between establishment Republican politicians and conservative activist groups on Saturday. Asked for his thoughts on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) admonition of the idealized purism advocated by some outside groups, Huckabee sympathized with Boehner saying that governing is more difficult than activism and “politics is not theology.” Huckabee began by saying that Boehner was not scolding the tea party movement but conservative groups that capitalize on that movement. He added that some of those groups appear to have an “all or nothing mindset” and...
  • Why a Mike Huckabee presidential run is Chris Christie's worst nightmare

    12/13/2013 1:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Week ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jon Terbush, Boston-based columnist
    Mike Huckabee sat out the 2012 election, but he may be game in 2016. The former Arkansas governor — who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses and emerged as the strongest challenger to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the race to capture the GOP nomination — ended his daily radio show Thursday and said he was considering another run at the White House. "I'm keeping the door open," he told the New York Times. "I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I'm mindful of the fact that there's a real opportunity for me." Huckabee hasn't been...
  • Mike Huckabee eyes 2016 presidential bid; pastors press him to run

    12/08/2013 7:43:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | December 7, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate turned media personality, is looking at another bid for the presidency, this time backed by ministers eager to put an evangelical into the White House. Huckabee will test the waters when he returns home to Little Rock, Ark., December 12-13 to address the Arkansas Renewal Project, part of evangelical organizer David Lane's American Renewal Project. Huckabee had the support of pastors in his 2008 fight against eventual winner Sen. John McCain. Among the potential candidates looking at a GOP bid, Huckabee is closest to the pastors. He is a social...
  • Mark Pryor May Soon Have A Bloomberg Problem

    04/24/2013 12:42:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 24, 2013 | Ron Fournier
    Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the well-funded group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is seriously considering a months-long television, radio and direct-mail campaign against Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, one of four Democrats who opposed expanding a background check for guns. The goal: Make an example of him. Senior members of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns met at length Sunday to debate potential responses to the failure of President Obama’s gun regulation package, including a watered-down background check provision that fell five votes short. In addition to Pryor, three Democratic senators abandoned Obama: Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska...
  • Great news: Chelsea Clinton open to running for office someday

    04/08/2013 2:45:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 8, 2013 | Allahpundit
    George H.W. vs. Bill was Bush/Clinton I. Jeb vs. Hillary could be Bush/Clinton II. And if we’re very lucky, George P. will win his race for Texas land commissioner and Chelsea will ease into public service with a Senate seat in New York or something and we’ll be on track for Bush/Clinton III circa 2032. Two points about this. One: It’s proof of how insatiable the media’s appetite for dynastic politics is (especially Democratic dynasties) that this is biggish news today even though she said the same thing six months ago. You get the feeling that Chelsea could go on...
  • Should the GOP dump social issues?

    03/31/2013 10:26:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Laura Ingraham Show ^ | March 31, 2013 | Laura Ingraham
    Recently reporter Thomas Edsall - who has spent most of the last 30 years covering politics for the Washington Post and the New Republic - had some advice for the GOP. He draws upon some recent polling data to argue that "the Republican Party can afford to marginalize . . . Christian right leaders because evangelical social conservatives . . . are not going to vote Democratic." Thus, he reasons that Republicans can, as he puts it, "concede defeat in the culture war" in the hopes of picking up more socially liberal voters. Mr. Edsall might want to check with...
  • Democrat Running for Governor of Arkansas Promises Free College

    03/21/2013 7:00:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | March 21, 2013 | Aleister G.
    Of course! Democrats love to promise expensive things for free. Free healthcare, free cell phones, free money. Why not free college? Meet Bill Halter who’s running for governor of Arkansas. The emphasis below is mine. Bill’s letter to Arkansans Young adults who receive a college degree today on average can expect to earn $1 million more over the course of their working live than similarly situated Arkansans who do not. But Arkansas currently ranks 49th out of 50 states in the percentage of our workforce with college degrees – behind Mississippi and ahead of only West Virginia. And we’re not...
  • Huckabee Hints at 2016 Presidential Run

    03/20/2013 12:08:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has revealed to Newsmax that he is looking at a possible bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. Asked in a Newsmax TV interview if he is considering another White House run, Huckabee declares: “Yeah, I’m not ruling it out at this point. “I’m not sitting around having meetings with the strategic team, but it’s something I will certainly look at and I’m talking to some people just to determine whether it’s a kamikaze raid or whether it has potential and possibility.” Huckabee, who was governor of Arkansas for more than a decade up...
  • Huckabee to Newsmax: Romney Will Be a ‘Pro-Life’ President

    10/11/2012 1:02:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 10, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee insisted in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be a “pro-life president” and he also predicted that Republicans will step up their campaign in the critical swing state of Ohio in the days leading up to the election. “I do believe that people know that this is not the front and center issue for Mitt Romney, never has been. But they’re comfortable that he really is going to be a pro-life president,” said Huckabee on Wednesday...
  • Steve Schmidt: Mike Huckabee could have been nominee (Rest of the story even funnier!)

    08/28/2012 1:21:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 27, 2012 | Kevin Cirilli
    This year’s cast of GOP convention speakers could be future rivals, each jockeying for prime positioning in case 2016 opens up, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said on MSNBC Monday night. The emerging five: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Rep. Paul Ryan. “All of these people in their own right are people who may have presidential aspirations and the ability to run a formidable campaign,” he said. “You maybe see the next generation of rivalries in the Republican Party.… You may see them all previewing what’s going...
  • Army Pulls Candidate's Mistakenly-Awarded SF MOS (Democrat, naturally)

    07/10/2012 7:55:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies ^ | July 4, 2012 | Bryant Jordan
    The Army has revoked the Special Forces military occupational specialty of an Arkansas political candidate who claimed he served as a Green Beret in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kenneth Aden, a Democrat running against incumbent Rep. Steve Womack for Arkansas' 3rd District, has said in interviews he served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Green Beret, though a DD-214 and other documents he released to substantiate the claim only raised questions. In a statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Special Warfare Training Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., said Aden was dropped from Special Forces training in April 2008 "after failing...
  • Arkansas Dems show little excitement over Obamacare ruling

    07/01/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Arkansas News ^ | July 1, 2012 | John Lyon
    LITTLE ROCK — In Arkansas, it’s the Republicans who are trying to make political hay out of the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of the federal health care law, a big victory for the Democratic president’s signature policy issue. Reaction from Arkansas Democrats has been muted, likely an election-year reflection that the law known as Obamacare is as unpopular in the state as its namesake. GOP officials brushed aside any notion that the high court’s ruling had repudiated their vehement opposition to the law as a takeover of health care. “To the people of Arkansas I say this: I heard your...
  • Dems Disenfranchise Voters After Polls Show Obama in Close Primary Race

    05/18/2012 12:07:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 18, 2012 | Michael Warren
    After a poll released this week showed President Barack Obama only beating his Democratic primary opponent John Wolfe Jr. by seven points, 45 percent to 38 percent, in Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District, state Democrats moved to practically disenfranchise Arkansas voters. "[D]elegates Wolfe might claim won't be recognized at the national convention," national party officials are telling state Democrats. Wolfe is being accused of not following the party rules. “They want a coronation,” Wolfe tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “They’re conflating [Obama] with the party. Are we supposed to call him ‘Dear Leader’? Is this some kind of North Korea thing?” Wolfe...
  • Obama Could Lose Arkansas Democratic Primary, Poll Shows

    05/16/2012 1:28:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 16, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    President Barack Obama faced a stiff challenge from an unlikely opponent in the Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia on May 8. A federal inmate in Texas drew 42 percent of the Democratic vote in the Mountain State — about 52,000 votes to Obama’s 70,000. While the President squeaked by with a victory in West Virginia, he could lose an upcoming Democratic primary in Arkansas where he faces an opponent who polls show is running a competitive race. Tennessee attorney John Wolfe, who is an official candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012, is drawing a surprising amount of...
  • Huckabee Weighs in on Race, but Offers No Endorsements (Milt "most electable")

    09/12/2011 3:37:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday that Mitt Romney may be the Republican Party's "most electable" presidential candidate and dinged Texas Gov. Rick Perry for comparing Social Security to a "criminal enterprise." Huckabee's endorsement remains one of the most coveted among Republicans this election season, as the former pastor brought droves of evangelical Christians to the polls for his 2008 presidential run. On Monday, Huckabee noted what some see as another potential hurdle for Perry: his seeming likeness to President George W. Bush, the last Texas governor to occupy the White House. "It gives the Democrats the opportunity to...
  • Meet Tom Cotton, from Yell County, Arkansas, near Dardanelle

    08/08/2011 5:37:20 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 8, 2011 | Kenneth Y. Tomlinson
    Many linked his decision to his desire to run for governor in 2014, but insiders also recognize that next fall Ross was about to be confronted with the strongest challenger of his congressional career, in the person of Republican Tom Cotton of Yell County near Dardanelle. That’s the same place that was made a household name in True Grit, as in “My name is Mattie Ross of near Dardanelle in Yell County.” But the story of Tom Cotton which is about to unfold in his congressional campaign is strictly nonfiction. A rural Arkansas farm boy, Cotton made his way to...
  • In Iowa, Bachmann, Paul, Palin on the Rise: Romney can't capitalize w/Huckabee, Trump, out of race

    07/13/2011 5:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | July 13, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A poll unveiled this week from American Research Group shows that three Republican presidential candidates -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska -- are gaining serious momentum in Iowa, site of the first presidential caucus. Bachmann, who declared her candidacy in June and has been surging in polls at both the national and state levels, topped the poll with 21 percent. Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts placed second with 18 percent. Paul, who was the Libertarian candidate in 1988 and ran for the Republican nomination in...
  • Pres 2012: So By Now You Probably Heard, The Huckster Is Out (Predicts it's Palin vs. Romney)

    05/15/2011 10:21:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Blue Arkansas ^ | May 15, 2011
    I took a much needed break this weekend with friends and family and so I wasn’t around to blog the big news. Mike Huckabee is out of the running for the Presidential nomination. Now, I said as early as February 22nd that I was betting Huckabee wouldn’t run. So I’m happy to have a winning prediction under my belt. But besides that, this really shakes up the calculus for 2012. Iowa is now going to be wide open, and it leaves the “not Mitt Romneycare” position as one much easier to fill. The question is, who does this benefit? Palin?...
  • House Republicans, Mike Huckabee Blink on Budget Showdown, Sarah Palin Says Don’t Retreat

    04/09/2011 4:44:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 116 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | April 9, 2011 | Shane Vander Hart
    Well it would seem that Republicans in Congress blinked agreeing to a last minute deal where they compromised everything and Democrats gave nothing. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing a victory lap, and President Obama was thankful that funding Planned Parenthood was avoided. "We protected the investments we need to win the future. At the same time, we also made sure at the end of the day this was a debate about spending cuts — not social issues like women’s health and the protection of our air and water. These are important issues that deserve discussion, just not during...
  • Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president? Has made lot of money — since bowing out in 2008

    03/13/2011 11:02:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | February 21, 2011 | Karen Tumulty
    Anyone who thinks presidential ambition is an incurable condition hasn’t spent much time lately with Mike Huckabee. The man who came in second in the 2008 GOP primary isn’t exactly ruling out another run in 2012. But he doesn’t sound all that eager to jump right back into the fray, either. “I’m not one who thinks the future of the world is depending on whether I run for president,” the former Arkansas governor said in an interview. The truth is, there were many things about the presidential campaign grind that Huckabee didn’t much like the last time around. Don’t look...
  • Is Mike Huckabee going to get away with this? (The Kenya Kerfuffle)

    03/03/2011 1:21:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Salon's War Room ^ | March 2, 2011 | Steve Kornacki
    In a radio interview on Monday, Mike Huckabee said that President Obama was a) raised in Kenya; and b) as a consequence of this Kenyan upbringing, probably indoctrinated with anti-Western views by his father and grandfather and their stories about the Mau Mau uprising of the early 1950s. When the comments made national news on Tuesday, Huckabee, through a spokesman, claimed that he'd "simply misspoken" and that he'd "meant to say the president grew up in Indonesia." This explanation made little sense, because Huckabee hadn't merely said the word "Kenya" -- he'd discussed at length and in detail some of...
  • Why Mike Huckabee probably won’t run for president in 2012

    02/24/2011 5:43:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 24, 2011 | Linda Feldmann
    Mike Huckabee is the Hamlet of the 2012 presidential cycle. The former governor of Arkansas says he really, truly has not decided whether to run for the Republican nomination, and we believe him. He says he’ll decide this summer. His just-released book, “A Simple Government,” and accompanying book tour – which happens to include six stops in Iowa and five in South Carolina, two early nominating states – would appear to point to “yes.” But at a tea with reporters Wednesday sponsored by the Monitor, he seemed to plant the seeds for “no.” First, let’s go through the reasons Mr....
  • Mitt Romney-Mike Huckabee feud flares up again

    02/22/2011 1:05:02 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 12 replies
    The deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | Tad Walch
    Does Mike Huckabee really hate Mitt Romney so much he'd run for president just for the chance to throw haymakers at his old rival? As a new poll shows the two Republicans running neck and neck against President Obama in the 2012 presidential race, the rivalry between Romney and Huckabee that began during the 2008 campaign resurfaced Monday when Politico published a story titled "Huckabee throws a Mitt fit." Click to enlarge Associated Press Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee From the archive News analysis: Analysis: Why Jon Huntsman Jr. may be running for president – Jan. 31, 2011 Huckabee: Israel...
  • Do Birthers Know That Mike Huckabee Is Not a Birther?

    02/15/2011 7:41:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | February 15, 2011 | Dan Amira
    According to a new poll, 51 percent of Republicans who intend to vote in their party's primaries do not believe that President Obama was born in the United States. Among these birthers, Mike Huckabee is the preferred candidate with 24 percent of the vote, followed by Sarah Palin at 19 percent, "someone else" at 15 percent, Newt Gingrich at 14 percent, and Mitt Romney at 11 percent. Unfortunately for the birthers, though, Huckabee, the winner of the birther primary, has made it clear that he doesn't subscribe to such conspiracy theories. As he said on Geraldo at Large on July...
  • Mike Huckabee: I'm Fine with Bloated, Overweight Government

    02/14/2011 9:36:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Government | A.W.R. Hawkins
    When former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ran for President in 2008, he did so in the guise of a conservative. But those of us who listened closely to his speeches heard a message that was far from compatible with the ideals of limited government and expanded liberty: two benchmarks of conservatism by any measure. Instead we heard Huckabee openly support a nationwide, federally mandated smoking ban, and expanding the powers of the federal government to mandate limits on carbon emissions via cap and trade. Because of the exponential growth things like a national smoking ban and cap and trade legislation...
  • Huckabee of Judea (Gomer actually has a good idea)

    02/07/2011 9:10:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fact Checker ^ | February 7, 2011 | Glenn Kessler
    "There are vast amounts of territory that are in the hands of Muslims, in the hands of Arabs. Maybe the international community can come together and accommodate" the Palestinians --Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Feb. 2, 2011 Once and possibly future GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee visited Israel last week. A hallmark of many politicians running for president is expressing support for symbolic measures that hold deep meaning for various ethnic or religious groups. One typical example is promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital. The State Department maintains the embassy in Tel Aviv...
  • Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee: Who Gets Your Vote?

    12/13/2010 4:37:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 192 replies
    The Stir at CafeMom ^ | December 13, 2010 | Julie Marsh
    Supporters of Sarah Palin seem to view her as the second coming of Christ, and given her self-appointed code name of "North Star," it seems that she agrees with them. Speculation on a 2012 presidential run by Palin almost sounds as if her candidacy is divinely ordained. Next thing we know, she'll tell us she was born in a barn because all the hospital beds were occupied. Not so fast, cautions Politics Daily. Mike Huckabee could pose fierce competition for Sarah Palin, even among those Republicans who, inexplicably, think she's a well-qualified candidate. Ever play that game on long road...
  • Is Mike Huckabee the GOP's 2012 Sleeper Candidate? (Stop pushing Gomer on us)

    12/07/2010 2:44:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 7, 2010 | Ray Gustini
    In 2008, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee emerged from a crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls to win the Iowa caucuses and become the preferred candidate of social conservatives. Could Huckabee play the dark horse again in 2012? A sampling of opinions as to how Huckabee presence (or lack thereof) will shape the fight for the Republican nomination: •Under The Radar Politico's Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith note Huckabee's position right now is similar to where he was at this point in the 2008 cycle, operating in relative obscurity while boldfaced names like Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani gobbled...
  • Don't forget about Huck (Another rah-rah piece for Gomer!)

    12/06/2010 7:43:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSNBC's First Read ^ | December 6, 2010 | Mark Murray
    Politico's Martin and Smith remind the political world not to forget about Mike Huckabee when looking ahead to the 2012 GOP presidential contest. 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...
  • Why doesn't Mike Huckabee get any respect? [Miss Rubin explains Gomer's lack of viability]

    12/06/2010 2:46:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | December 6, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    Mike Huckabee puts on his best Rodney Dangerfied routine, whining to Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin that no one shows him any respect as a 2012 contender: "I just don't understand how it is that a person can read these polls day after day and the narrative is constantly everybody but me," he told POLITICO. "Whether I do it or not, the fact is that if one looks at the overall body of information that's available, nobody would be in a better position to take it all the way to November." There are a few good reasons for this. Most...
  • Mike Huckabee Wonders Why Sarah Palin Gets So Much Attention (And NPR Pimps Gomer)

    12/06/2010 2:12:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | December 6, 2010 | Frank James
    Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who had a good run during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries before Sen. John McCain went on to win the nomination, is thought by some in the White House to be the likely GOP nominee. But he hasn't been getting the kind of excited frequent media attention of Sarah Palin and this has apparently begun to bother him. According to which interviewed Huckabee, he expressed some consternation: “The polls are consistently favorable, putting me either at the top of every poll or right near it. It’s hard to ignore that, having swum in...
  • Huckabee's clemency revisited

    11/30/2010 11:43:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Arkansas Times ^ | October 18, 2010 | Max Brantley
    Maurice Clemmons, the former Arkansas prison inmate who gunned down four police officers in Washington is back in the news, and it's not the kind of news good for potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Seattle Times reporters have completed a new book on Clemmons and it illustrates even more graphically how thoroughly unsuited for clemency Clemmons was when Huckabee extended it — without consulting prosecutors first. Even as he was writing letters proclaiming his rehabilitation, Clemmons was extorting other inmates, assaulting them and participating in gang rapes. There's more, lots more. Paired with Wayne Dumond, he makes a matching set...