Duncan Hunter endorses … Huckabee? What?

posted at 3:37 pm on January 23, 2008 by Allahpundit

Mr. Border Fence is backing a guy who accused opponents of Bush’s immigration plan of nativism? Two days after Fred drops out because he can’t pull enough conservatives to beat John McCain?

Dude?

“I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail,” Huckabee said in a statement. “Of the remaining candidates I feel that he is strongly committed to strengthening national defense, constructing the border fence and meeting the challenge of China’s emergence as a military superpower that is taking large portions of America’s industrial base.

“Along with these issues of national security, border enforcement and protecting the U.S. industrial base, I see another quality of Mike Huckabee’s candidacy that compels my endorsement,” he added. “Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity. I saw that character over the last year of campaigning and was greatly impressed. The other Republican candidates have many strengths and I wish them all well.”

The man who wants his foreign policy driven by the golden rule is the man to tame the Chinese dragon?

Am I hallucinating?

Update: What’s even odder is that Hunter’s often touted as a SecDef in the next Republican administration. Endorsing McCain, the frontrunner, would have helped him in that regard and given Maverick a boost with conservatives. Instead he throws his endorsement away on someone who’ll be done by February 6th.

I guess he just likes the guy.

Update: Joe Carter, Huck’s former research director, e-mails to say the nativism quote is being taken out of context:

Here is what he really said:

“I do believe some of it is driven by racism or nativism,” he said of the opposition within his party to Mr. Bush’s view that illegal aliens should not be deported but rather fined and eventually allowed U.S. citizenship.

When asked directly by the reporter if there wasn’t some xenophobia behind the opposition, Huckabee made the error of telling the truth. Having talked to more than a few anti-immigration extremist while on the campaign trail, I can attest that there is a segment of voters that is all for “throwing out the brown people.” Is that the majority of Republicans? Of course not. But it’s silly to pretend that the GOP doesn’t include its share of extremists.

Fair enough. Huckabee’s record on immigration goes way beyond that quote, though. Trot through Lonewacko’s archives sometimes and drink it in.


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Dude, what is he thinking?

petit bourgeois on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

“I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail,” Huckabee said in a statement.

Was that “independent Huckabee” talking about “relationship Huckabee”?

Editor on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Well, there goes a bit of my opinion on Hunter now. I still think he would be a great Sect. of Defense in some Conservative’s administration.

Are there any conservatives left though?

azcop on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Mitt is too weak on defense and McCain is too weak on the fence.

William Amos on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

*Hanna-Barbara triple take*

Vizzini on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Wow there goes all my respect for Hunter. Incredible stupid. Huck offer VP?

lan astaslem on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Oh, and, DUDE!

Editor on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Well, thank goodness Hunter never got more than 2% of the vote. He’s apparently one of those crazy people who hides it really well. Plus, if his supporters actually take his endorsement to heart, it won’t be much of a boost for Huck.

aero on January 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

You guys need to take a second look at Huckabee. It’s not so surprising.

tommuck on January 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Never cared much for Hunter anyway.

Keljeck on January 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Second look at looking for a parallel universe!

Darksean on January 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

More evidence that the world’s GONE MAD!!!

Alamo on January 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

loser

yo on January 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Well he just dropped off my list.

TroubledMonkey on January 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

You MUST be hallucinating. An imposter said those words. Duncan could necer back Hucklberry.

countywolf on January 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

LOL! This is great. Sorry, I can’t help it. I guess the cynic in me just loves this sort of thing.

bnelson44 on January 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

I was gonna vote for him for CA govenor too. It’s just like the minute men guy Gilcrest. It makes no sense at all. Not to mention Hucks gonna be out of this thing very soon.

Go Mitt GO!

HotAirExpert on January 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

What What WHAT?!!

I don’t get it. Huckabee will be out soon. So how’s that gonna make Hunter look. What’s more, as much as I like him, I will not follow this endorsement. I doubt others will.

He must have been promised a VP slot. Tancredo wasn’t an option, since he endorsed Romney (too early for any promises).

Leaves Thompson in a corner to endorse Romney (who may have already reached out to Thompson for VP).

Agrippa2k on January 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

You guys need to take a second look at Huckabee. It’s not so surprising.

tommuck on January 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

I’ve looked about six times, and it just keeps getting worse! Seriously. I took a very serious and hopeful look at Huck several months ago after he did such a great job in those first couple of debates, but I recoiled in horror at what I found in his record. His passive-aggressive underhanded behavior on the campaign trail has only compounded the negative feelings I have for Mike Huckabee.

aero on January 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

What do the Clintons have on our people?

RushBaby on January 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Must think Huck’s gonna get the nod, and wants a job.

Gotten to know him my ass.

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

WTF?!?!?

The GOP is upside down. The party has gone mad.

Theworldisnotenough on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Are you sure this was really Duncan Hunter? It wasn’t some goateed alternate universe one?

doubleplusundead on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Actually, shortly after CPAC, several high level insiders with the Duncan Hunter campaign, ok his mom, told me that he was just angling for a VP slot under President Huckabee all along.

I have been sworn to secrecy until this moment. It’s why the Duncan Hunter campaign never caught fire and why media support never rallied behind him. It was like a Dark Star that everyone knew about, yet could not speak of…

see-dubya on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Duncan Hunter will track down and kill every one of Huckabee’s parolees with his bare hands. VEEP!

Cuffy Meigs on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

I’ve been saying Huckabee’s going to win, like it or not.

Trust your Master!!

Your Jewish Master on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Isn’t it obvious. Hunter’s Christian identity means more to him than his nativist leaning.

Alan on January 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

There can be no question about who benefits most from this. You guess it – Mitt Romney.

Sincerely,

Hugh Hewitt

thirteen28 on January 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Dude.
Duuude.
Dude.
Duuuuude.
Dude.

Sugar Land on January 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

No wonder he got no traction… his decision-making sucks.

beatcanvas on January 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

You know, I think this is further evidence of a fact I’ve long suspected.

Politicians don’t follow the political discourse.

What I mean by this is that it is entirely possible that Hunter has absolutely no idea what the his opponent’s positions are, what his base is thinking, and the arguments his base is making.

If Hunter had followed the debate raging among conservative voters, he would know not to trust Huckster’s current positions and have a better familiarity with his past ones. Instead he was taken in by the most recent pandering and positions.

This phenomenon was most in effect during the Amnesty fiasco, where Republican senators were totally shocked at the level of antipathy toward amnesty. Another great example was when Sen. George V. Voinovich of Ohio was asked by Sean hannity if he supported the Fairness Doctrine and astoundingly, he said “oh yeah, sounds good.” Hannity quickly proved the Senator was clueless.

All these guys are. The initial appeal of Fred, btw, was that he seemed to be tuned into the base, with his Red State postings and radio spots. But, alas, twas not to be.

Nessuno on January 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

……uck.
*twitches*
……*gurgle*

Double effing yoo
Tee
Eff

All right, this has to be a bad dream. Nothing makes sense. This whole web of endorsements is making me dizzy.

I’m just going to pretend Bush is still president in ’09. It will make little difference at this rate.

MadisonConservative on January 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

What do the Clintons have on our people?

RushBaby on January 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Question of the year.

MadisonConservative on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Congratulations, Allah.

Slublog on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

You guys need to take a second look at Huckabee. It’s not so surprising.

tommuck on January 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

The problem with my supporting him is I’ve looked too much at him. The more I look, the more I find. The more I find, the better I feel about my decision to vote against him.

amerpundit on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

The statement on CNN’s political blog contains either a typo, or a freudian slip of the wrist. Could the statement have been made by HUCKABEE (as is stated in the article)?

JustTruth101 on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

You have got to be kidding me. Stunned.

Grimpond on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Huck offer VP?

lan astaslem on January 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Possibly. Freeper Hunter fans are in shock and offering “wait until McCain chooses Thompson” if you want to see heads explode.

What do the Clintons have on our people?

RushBaby on January 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Their 3rd stint in the White House, I think.

Connie on January 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

This really is turning out to be one bizarre election year.

JetBoy on January 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Oh, geez. I bet Huck doesn’t know two things about China.

someguy on January 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Congratulations, Allah.

Slublog on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

LOL

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Very weird.

Spirit of 1776 on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

see-dubya on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

good one!

JustTruth101 on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Awesome news!

I’ve been saying over and over again that Mike Huckabee is the true conservative!

Everybody acknowledges that Duncan Hunter is the true conservative and who does he endorse….Mike Huckabee.

Pay attention everyone

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Oh I am sooooo pissed off right now at Hunter!!!

Defector01 on January 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

this is a test

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Congratulations, Allah.

Slublog on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

HA! Goodun, Slu.

Cuffy Meigs on January 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Well, that’s it then. Now that Huckachuck has that overwhelming 1% of the vote from Hunter, nobody else stands a chance.

Now, if he can only pick up the Alan Keyes votes, the others will surely drop out.

Sarc off

Gregor on January 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Mitt is too weak on defense and McCain is too weak on the fence.

Huck-a-muck installed revolving doors on Arkansas prisons.

This whole thing just gets stranger and stranger.

Wake me up when it’s over. Duncan, you’ve disappointed me more than Fred.

stenwin77 on January 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

HA! Well, this is certainly turning into a wacky primary, isn’t it. Maybe Hunter is really impressed with all that “pledge” signing Huck has been doing. Well, if everyone else is going to act crazy…then I’ll join them…Ron Paul ’08 Baby!

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

I guess he just likes the guy.

Or he really hates McCain and Romney.

Bill C on January 23, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Congratulations, Allah.

Slublog on January 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Now, that is funny.

ChrisM on January 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Well, he said he wasn’t going for Romney. Hep probably thinks McCain’s soft on the fence and Rudy’s too liberal for him. Huck it is then, I guess.

Big S on January 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Dizzy eh?

SECOND LOOK AT COLT 45!?!?

(Billy Dee’s version – not the handgun, unless your a FredHead and all this last 24 hours just driving you mad, of which we can set up a support group for you (did that for years with drug rehab folks.)

SkinnerVic on January 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

I’ve been saying over and over again that Mike Huckabee is the true conservative!

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Oh…stop…you’remakingmysideshurt. Whew.

amerpundit on January 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Isn’t it obvious. Hunter’s Christian identity means more to him than his nativist leaning.

Alan on January 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

According to Wiki
His family attends First Baptist Church of Alpine, which is affiliated with the San Diego Southern Baptist Association.

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

I never understood why decent conservatives liked Hunter. His support for protectionism far outweighed his common-sense stance on defence issues. No one should be surprised he came out for the most anti-free trade guy left in the race.

JamesP on January 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Something stinks….and it ain’t shinola!

captivated_dem on January 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

see-dubya on January 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

There ya go!

Connie on January 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Uh huh. Gotcha. A real conservative.

amerpundit on January 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

I guess he just likes the guy.

I met Duncan Hunter last August in San Diego. He’s a nice guy too. But, that’s all he is. Many of you have been attributing way more to what never was there.

Everybody acknowledges that Duncan Hunter is the true conservative and who does he endorse….Mike Huckabee.

Pay attention everyone

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Couch wating for you. First 3 hours of therapy are free.

Entelechy on January 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Isn’t it obvious. Hunter’s Christian identity means more to him than his nativist leaning.

Alan on January 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

According to Wiki, Hunter is a S. Baptist.

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

You guys need to take a second look at Huckabee. It’s not so surprising.

tommuck on January 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

And you need to take a 1st look. The guy’s a walking sermon. He’s a car salesman, a phoney, a liberal.

stenwin77 on January 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Hunter should have said, “I was going to make an endorsement today, but I decided against it at the last minute. It just wouldn’t be right. But–this is a secret, so don’t tell anyone–I was going to endorse Mike Huckabee.”

aero on January 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Second look at a pro-amnesty, pro-tax hike, Big Brother, Nanny State policymaker… who has changed all his stances, while claiming he hasn’t changed.

Ok, can we stop looking now? He still creeps me out.

gekkobear on January 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Ms. E.
In this one case, allow HH his triumph. There is a certain disagreeable and malodorous logic to his comment.

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Couch wating for you. First 3 hours of therapy are free.

Entelechy on January 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

I’m afraid it would take more than 3 hours just to calm him down enough to find the couch.

ChrisM on January 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Huckabee/Hunter 2008!

We can still save this country! Let’s stop all of the disastrous candidates: Hitlery/HusseinObama/McShamnesty/Romney

Vote for the true conservatives…Mike Huckabee/Duncan Hunter 2008!

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Huck/Giuliani?

What are the Huckster’s chances in CA now?

Connie on January 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Honestly, at this point, if I felt Ron Paul could actually win it … I’d vote for him just to finish off the humiliation of America. What’s left to worry about really?

Obviously, the massive amounts of drugs being used by American citizens has eliminated any claim we once had to being an intelligent species.

Gregor on January 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

…His support for protectionism far outweighed his common-sense stance on defence issues….

JamesP on January 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

I think once you get outside of the Club for Growth, most conservatives will look at free trade as an abstract good but not lose a whole lot of sleep over some protectionism in practice, especially if it’s directed at China.

see-dubya on January 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Oh for goodness sake!

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2008 at 4:02 PM

According to Wiki, Hunter is a S. Baptist.

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Errr … that would be Christian.

Gregor on January 23, 2008 at 4:02 PM

I’ve been saying over and over again that Mike Huckabee is the true conservative!

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Ok, who spiked the Kool-Aid again?

someguy on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

1st time I’ve ever seen a pol do serious damage to himself with an endorsement.

silverfox on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Awesome news!

I’ve been saying over and over again that Mike Huckabee is the true conservative!

Everybody acknowledges that Duncan Hunter is the true conservative and who does he endorse….Mike Huckabee.

Pay attention everyone

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Nanny Stater=True Conservative? Pu-lease!!

Grimpond on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Anyone who thinks Huckabee is a true conservative is more batty than the Ron Paul whackjobs.

matd on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

maybe Hunter knows something we do not about Huckabee? like maybe Hucks game plan is to communicate to moderates and bring them into conservative base?

jp on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Either Duncan Hunter’s an idiot, or folks have been seriously wrong about Huckabee. I’m thinking it’s most likely the latter.

medguy on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

I’ve been saying over and over again that Mike Huckabee is the true conservative!

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Fight crack.

thirteen28 on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

To further confirm the bizzarro world we now live in…

THE DOW IS UP 300+ !!!

Go figure !

Mitt’s gaining = improved economic outlook !

stenwin77 on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Ok, who spiked the Kool-Aid again?

someguy on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Well, it appears that HH is taking my SECOND LOOK AT COLT 45 seriously. Typing drunk must be hard…

SkinnerVic on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Errr … that would be Christian.

Gregor on January 23, 2008 at 4:02 PM

ding ding ding. you win the kewpie doll.

I meant he was the same denomination as Hucky.

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Couch wating for you. First 3 hours of therapy are free.

Entelechy on January 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

That’s very kind of you E but unfortunately some disorders just aren’t amenable to “talk therapy”.

Deety on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Either Duncan Hunter’s an idiot, or folks have been seriously wrong about Huckabee. I’m thinking it’s most likely the latter.

medguy on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

There are a few more possibilities present that you…uh…left out.

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Doesn’t mean spit.

saved on January 23, 2008 at 4:06 PM

I am not surprised.

In one of the debates he was making a real strong point that we needed to buy American products for Christmas and that was how we could support the troops.

At that point, I realized that he didnt understand Econ 101 and wasnt the sharpest tool in the shed. I think everybody else understood it too…just didnt bother saying it out loud….given the fact that my dead grandma could get more votes than him.

Roger Waters on January 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

stenwin77 on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Hugh Hewitt, is that you?? j/k

jp on January 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Nessuno on January 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

What you said is true, but only up to a certain point. The fact is that a majority of government officials JUST DON’T CARE what the base wants or thinks. The real reason the Senate was ‘shocked’ at the response of the majority of Americans during ‘shamnesty’ is because we somehow found out what they were up to and told them ‘no’. How dare the peasants!
No worries for those in power however. They will just get what they want eventually. Need an example: Border fence. Sure they will vote for it, but they will never fund it. After all, what consequences will they face?

SwampRat on January 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

That’s very kind of you E but unfortunately some disorders just aren’t amenable to “talk therapy”.

Deety on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

That depends on who the patient and the therapist is. Believe me.

Entelechy on January 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

I would like to translate Duncan’s statement:

“I, Duncan Hunter, have found Mike Huckabee to be the most maliable candidate running on the republican side and that suits my purposes perfectly. The Conservatives who did not send me money and did not attend my events are going to regret those actions.

Mike Huckabee is the only candidate running for President who promised to make me CO-, er, uh…, I mean Vice-President and that right there is proof he is the best man for the job.”

EJDolbow on January 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

stenwin77 on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Hugh Hewitt, is that you?? j/k

jp on January 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Busted. Darn it.

stenwin77 on January 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Either Duncan Hunter’s an idiot, or folks have been seriously wrong about Huckabee. I’m thinking it’s most likely the latter.

medguy on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

I’m thinking Hunter’s been given too much credit by the base.

amerpundit on January 23, 2008 at 4:10 PM

I meant he was the same denomination as Hucky.

JiangxiDad on January 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Sorry. I thought Southern Baptist was different from Evangelical. Feeling stupid here.

Gregor on January 23, 2008 at 4:10 PM

After Newt dropped out, the only candidate on my radar was Duncan. Good grief, did Duncan hide his deep seated convictions and closely held beliefs well. Even the debates didn’t ferret out this kind of nonsense (or, perhaps they did and I wasn’t tracking). I think I’ll turn in my voter registration card. If I can be that easily fooled, I’m obviously too dumb to vote. As far as VP, no way would I vote for a candidate that would choose him now. Mama used to say “you’re known by the company you keep.”

24K lady on January 23, 2008 at 4:10 PM

jp on January 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Exactly! Mike Huckabee will expand the base more than anyone since Reagan. Mike will be able to include Black Christians and Christian democrats and independents and anyone who hates Hildebeast!

Mike Huckabee has consistently gotten 48% of the black vote.

Not to forget the most important part..,Mike Huckabee will be able to keep the GOP unified and will keep the Christian vote.

The Republican party is trying to leave us conservatives behind…if it does you can kiss the prospect of winning any more elections goood bye!

HaraldHardrada on January 23, 2008 at 4:11 PM

GOML08!

AZCON on January 23, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Please tell me this is all just a bad episode of Dr Who. That at any minute this insanity is going to stop. Or maybe I am the one insane. None of this real, This is all just my imagination. OMG Helppppp!!!I no longer know who or what to belieive.
/retreats to corner babbling and sucking thumb slight drool at corner of mouth

Just A Grunt on January 23, 2008 at 4:11 PM

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