Huckabee: This is a two-man race — and Romney ain’t part of it

posted at 10:41 pm on February 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

He won West Virginia and Arkansas, surprised Maverick in Alabama, and is poised to steal Tennessee, Georgia, and winner-take-all Missouri. Romney’s got nothing yet but Utah, Massachusetts, and the North Dakota caucuses. If he can’t take California an hour from now, he’s a washout.

This is how the race is fated to end, isn’t it? RINO vs. RINO, with Biblical verses a-flyin’. SECOND LOOK AT McCAIN!

Update: Huck takes Tennessee and Georgia, says Fox.

Update: Heh. “What does it say that after conservative talk show hosts rail against McCain for a week, we do see a bunch of deep red states go for a candidate besides McCain… but it’s not Romney, but Huckabee?”


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offroadaz on February 5, 2008 at 10:42 PM

Second look at trying to take back the house in 08! The last hope. The best hope. For humanity!

lorien1973 on February 5, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Smackdown. Jesus people strike again!

Drtuddle on February 5, 2008 at 10:43 PM

I have to say I am taking a second look at Huckabee. I can’t remember why I didn’t like him, other than religiosity. I don’t see excessive religiosity in him now. He’s not pro-ethanol, is he?

indythinker on February 5, 2008 at 10:44 PM

If it’s between Huck and McCain, I’ll take McCain anyday.

doodleduh on February 5, 2008 at 10:45 PM

*Sigh*

McCain, I can vote for.

McCain/Huckabee, though? No.

I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Mike Huckabee.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 10:46 PM

If it’s between Huck and McCain, I’ll take McCain anyday.

doodleduh on February 5, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Id rather vote for Huck then Mccain

offroadaz on February 5, 2008 at 10:46 PM

SECOND LOOK AT CANADA!

BJ* on February 5, 2008 at 10:46 PM

It’s a disaster, truly.

At least if either of these two jokers win the nomination, they’ll get some of that smarm knocked out of them when they get crushed in the general election.

Asher on February 5, 2008 at 10:46 PM

huck vs McCain sign me up for….neither…looks like I need to make dinner plans for Nov since I won’t be voting…

unseen on February 5, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Why do so many conservatives feel that McCain will lose the genaral? I feel that McCain will win the general (even though I’d rather have Mitt).

doodleduh on February 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM

What a sick feeling I have in my stomach. A lousy feeling not being able to support any candidate for president. I’ll still vote republican, but I won’ like it.

Ballistic on February 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Uffffffff. My first impulse is that long, loving second look at the old red-faced man. But man, this is really lose-lose. A Christian Socialist (talk about lose-lose!) or a cranky old guy who seems more beholden to the Kennedy family than to his country.

SECOND LOOK AT SWITZERLAND!

Hannibal Smith on February 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM

It is a 2 man race…Romney vs. Field

Greenhorn on February 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

SECOND LOOK AT WEEPING FOR MY BELOVED COUNTRY!

BlackCapitalist on February 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Neither McCain nor Huckabee will have the base behind them in a general election. I know I would NEVER vote for either of them.

davenp35 on February 5, 2008 at 10:51 PM

I say it’s a 3 man race head toward a convention to decide the winner… just like the Dems. Huckabee is definitely the surprise Cinderella at this ball, but it’s far from over. At least half the delegates are out there and I highly doubt anyone will drop out before this thing is over. Unless Paul forgets to take his crazy-pills that is.

Luckedout on February 5, 2008 at 10:52 PM

The media act as if they are surprised by Romney’s showing. Well, I don’t know why any of this is surprising. Romney never had a chance in the South. As soon as the National Review endorsed him I wrote Rich Lowery a letter explaining why Romney couldn’t win our nomination–namely, he couldn’t win the South. But, even if he made it through the primary gauntlet, his weakness in the South would mean doom in November.

If only Fred had run a good campaign I’ve got to believe we would be debating his running mate tonight.

flyfisher on February 5, 2008 at 10:52 PM

indythinker, I’m sure Huckabee is for ethanol subsidies. McCain is not.

funky chicken on February 5, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Fox has had different numbers than CNN all night, which seems odd.

Too bad about Tennessee, but I knew Huck would take GA and AL.

funky chicken on February 5, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Neither McCain nor Huckabee will have the base behind them in a general election. I know I would NEVER vote for either of them.

davenp35 on February 5, 2008 at 10:51 PM

I think Huckabee could get more of the base then John McCain but McCain would get a good amount of moderates whilst Mike will hardly get any.

Complete7 on February 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

i agree with ann: president hillary is sounding better and better to me.

reliapundit on February 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Second look at that bottle of sleeping pills.

liberrocky on February 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

This shows conservatives are the force. Also shows too many of them are just a little clueless.

JellyToast on February 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

I don’t think I can stomach a McCain/Huckabee ticket.

roux on February 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

You all have run the gammit. Fred–>Mitt–>McCain. Anybody but Huckabee. You all are just as out of touch with the Conservative base as anyone possibly can be.

medguy on February 5, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Well, off to throw some filty lucre to McCain. Should I do it in honor of Coulter or Dobson?

funky chicken on February 5, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Romney had that comment coming to him after he asked Huckabee to get out of the race. Turns out that the voters had a different idea than Romney. Turns out that Americans thought that Huck should be allowed to stay in for awhile. Not sure yet if Americans believed the same about Romney — we’ll see. California is a big, big state, but it’s not a winner takes all state.

Wise Golden on February 5, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Pax americana on February 5, 2008 at 10:46 PM

It’s all Romney’s fault. If he hadn’t stayed in the election to be Huck’s stalking horse, McCain would have wrapped it up tonight.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 5, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Heh, I have a friend in New Zealand I’ve been wanting to visit, maybe take an extended vacation.

atxcowgirl on February 5, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Oh for the love of Allah, I just flipped back to Fox News and heard Hillary say that she won’t be “swift boated”… I think I’m going to be sick.

RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 10:57 PM

To quote the real Gomer Pyle, “Shazam”…

d1carter on February 5, 2008 at 10:58 PM

“What does it say that after conservative talk show hosts rail against McCain for a week, we do see a bunch of deep red states go for a candidate besides McCain… but it’s not Romney, but Huckabee?”

It says there are a lot of evangelicals in the south who will vote for a fellow evangelical over either a Mormon or a RINO.

Purple Fury on February 5, 2008 at 10:59 PM

I just got home from my caucus. I refused to volunteer to help in presidential campaign because there is no way I will campaign for Huckabee or McCain. The guys running for state offices are worried because the conservatives probably will be sitting this election out. Only good news is turn out was incredible and Romney has 39%, McCain and Huck each have 23%.

conservativegrandma on February 5, 2008 at 10:59 PM

I have to say I am taking a second look at Huckabee.

He is the best debator and he loves the Jesus

Drtuddle on February 5, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Hey Huck, STHU!

Nosferightu on February 5, 2008 at 11:00 PM

I just had some bile almost make it out of my throat.

Vigilante on February 5, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Okay, this entire day has been an annoying/depressing one so I have tried to stay away from the cable news coverage… but can anyone give me a synopsis on what happened so far? Is McLib now a lock for the GOP nomination, or does Mitt still have a chance (crosses fingers)? Also, it’s still open for the Dems, right?

RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 11:01 PM

SECOND LOOK AT McCAIN!

Rejected, again.

Enoxo on February 5, 2008 at 11:02 PM

So, according to Drudge, McCain has 7, Romney 6.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:03 PM

I’m going to look on the bright side.

That donation I was setting aside for the GOP nominee? It will be just enough for a nice dinner with my wife.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:03 PM

So, according to Drudge, McCain has 7, Romney 6.

Yeah, but McCain’s states are winner take all and have vastly more delegates. Romney’s states are crap.

Allahpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Heh, I have a friend in New Zealand I’ve been wanting to visit, maybe take an extended vacation.

atxcowgirl on February 5, 2008 at 10:57 PM

You too?

I’m sticking with Australia though. It has plenty of room just in case NZ falls to Huck/McCain too. :-(

Darnell Clayton on February 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

I am ashamed for the people who I thought had principles…and yes, I’m talking about you “I’m not voting” whiners. For eight years I’ve yelled that conservatives wouldn’t pull the not voting/move to Canada crap that the liberals did every time GWB won. Guess not. And that goes double for Hannity, Rush, and Ingraham.

Darin on February 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Yeah, but McCain’s states are winner take all and have vastly more delegates. Romney’s states are crap.

Allahpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Oh, I know. But I hadn’t heard Fox call the others.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Weren’t Mullets popular during Reagan? I think I might grow one.

kahall on February 5, 2008 at 11:05 PM

That donation I was setting aside for the GOP nominee? It will be just enough for a nice dinner with my wife.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Ditto. I’ve saved money this year.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:05 PM

huck vs McCain sign me up for….neither…looks like I need to make dinner plans for Nov since I won’t be voting…

This attitude is why we’re seeing the country lean left and why no one is happy with the direction of the country. Washington only does the right thing when we people pressure them to.

If we refuse to be a part of this thing, we deserve EVERYTHING that happens to us as the Republican Party and as a nation. As distasteful as it may be, take part in the process.

Skidd on February 5, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Hey! What are the gun laws like down under?

MarkoMancuso on February 5, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Yeah, but McCain’s states are winner take all and have vastly more delegates. Romney’s states are crap.
Allahpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Woo Hoo! That calls for another sip of the Newcastle!

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:07 PM

SECOND LOOK DOWN THE BARREL OF A .44

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Ok, now Fox predicts Romney wins Montana.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:09 PM

I hear cyanide’s nice, too; I like almonds.

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:09 PM

MONTANA! Is that like three delegates?

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM

CNN and Fox news are thinking that MO may be leaning McCain.

Complete7 on February 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Second look at the bottom of a glass of Old OVerholt (hic)

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Woo Hoo! That calls for another sip of the Newcastle!

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:07 PM

Pffffft… Oooooh, Newcaslte, pish posh! Snob! I’ll be grabbing another silver bullet, thank you. (j/k.. but serious about the Coors Light)

RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 11:11 PM

MONTANA! Is that like three delegates?
see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Four, if you count that nice family that just moved in down the street…don’t they have the nicest car?

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

If we refuse to be a part of this thing, we deserve EVERYTHING that happens to us as the Republican Party and as a nation. As distasteful as it may be, take part in the process.

Skidd on February 5, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Skidd’s right. Its sort of like “choose your own adventure.”

Do you want to be stabbed in the back by a RINO, or in the front by Hillary?

Exciting year this is turning out to be. :-(

Darnell Clayton on February 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Maybe I’m just over-interpreting, but was that “stone/armor” metaphor a pro-Palestine dogwhistle?

Hiney Von Pewps on February 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Pffffft… Oooooh, Newcaslte, pish posh! Snob! I’ll be grabbing another silver bullet, thank you. (j/k.. but serious about the Coors Light)
RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 11:11 PM

Hey, Hannaford had a sale.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

So how do we get Newt to run?

The Hayekian on February 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Second look at hope for a brokered convention!

Kid from Brooklyn on February 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Just when I think I have seen the last of Huckabee, here he comes back, just like a cockroach. How depressing.

katieanne on February 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

I’d love to hear the McCain supporters thoughts now as they contemplate a potential McCain-Huckabee ticket. Many of them, while supporting McCain, have been virulently opposed to Huckabee … and now this ticket is starting to look like the most logical one if tonight’s results are any indication. So McCain supporters … let’s hear it.

thirteen28 on February 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

For all of those who say they couldn’t vote for Huckabee, I ask two questions:

Question 1: Could/would you vote for Huckabee if he chose Michael Steele as his VP running mate?

Question 2: If one or more Supreme Court nominations need to be made, who would you rather see making those nominations: Huckabee, or Clinton/Obama?

If you think that abstaining from voting (or voting for a Democrat) is your best option to get a real conservative in the White House in 2012, remember that one thing makes the impact of a presidency last a whole lot longer than 4 or 8 years: the judges they get confirmed.

I personally could live with a RINO in the White House a whole lot easier than I could live with more Ginsbergs on the Supreme Court for life.

ITookTheRedPill on February 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Colorado goes to Obama.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Darin, hey, they can go to France with Alec Baldwin! He did move there, right?

snort

funky chicken on February 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Hey, Hannaford had a sale.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Hannaford!!!??? You tellin’ me you’re a New Englanda, Slu?

RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 11:14 PM

How many delegates are left in play? I don’t see how anyone can catch McCain now. (sigh)

- The Cat

MirCat on February 5, 2008 at 11:14 PM

Well, if Mitt keeps his word, he’ll stay in all the way to convention, and drop another $30 million in negative advertising on McCain along the way. I am so down with that.

He doesn’t need my money. But I’m going to write Mitt a check. I want some of that action.

paul006 on February 5, 2008 at 11:15 PM

SECOND LOOK AT JIMMY CARTER AS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN 4 YEARS !

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 11:15 PM

MirCat on February 5, 2008 at 11:14 PM

McCain has 349. 1,191 are needed to take the nomination.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:15 PM

I am beginning to think Huckabee has a man crush on Romney.

EJDolbow on February 5, 2008 at 11:15 PM

Obama takes Idaho.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Hannaford!!!??? You tellin’ me you’re a New Englanda, Slu?
RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 11:14 PM

Yep. Maine.

The only NE state other than MA that rejected McCain-mentum.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:16 PM

thirteen28 I vote for them over Hill/Obama. Neither Huck or McCain hates our military. Our military are in harm’s way and it is fraying at the seams in a lot of ways. Yeah, Hill/Obama will leave them in the fight, they just won’t fun them appropriately. And if you thought the ROE were too restrictive until Petraeus took over, just wait until the Hill/Obama Joint Chiefs get in there.

And expect a sudden resurgence in show trials of our guys based on “civilian casualties” a la Haditha too with a Hill/Obama Pentagon.

funky chicken on February 5, 2008 at 11:16 PM

“fun” should be “fund” of course

funky chicken on February 5, 2008 at 11:17 PM

I wish I could say the same for PA, Slu. I’m sure McCain will win.

MarkoMancuso on February 5, 2008 at 11:18 PM

My wife was adamant that she wouldn’t support either McCain or Huckabee, no matter who the democrat was.

Then we heard Hillary’s speech from New York.

She said, “Okay…if it’s Hillary and McCain, I’ll vote McCain. But if it’s Hillary/Huck – we go back to Ireland.”

I concur. Huck will never, ever get my vote.

sulla on February 5, 2008 at 11:18 PM

Second look at the bottom of a glass of Old OVerholt (hic)

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Now ya talkin’!!! The drink of the founding fathers!!!!!!

RW Wacko on February 5, 2008 at 11:18 PM

SECOND LOOK AT DRAFTING NEWT!

Kid from Brooklyn on February 5, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Heh. “What does it say that after conservative talk show hosts rail against McCain for a week, we do see a bunch of deep red states go for a candidate besides McCain… but it’s not Romney, but Huckabee?”

I guess pissing and moaning wasn’t enough. Maybe next time those geniuses, should, you know endorse a freaking candidate. Endorsements of desperation do not seem to have had the intended effect. The fervent listeners/commenters of these blogs and talkshows had a favorite candidate before South Carolina…

Yeah, look in the mirror Rush/Laura/Sean/Michelle, look where your lack of endorsements has left us with. Awesome. Way to wield your influence…

Theworldisnotenough on February 5, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Yep. Maine.

The only NE state other than MA that rejected McCain-mentum.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Haha… Well, I moved back here in 2006 and wasn’t sure (until just now, after you said that and prompted me to look it up) that we even had a primary here in VT… looks like March 4 here.

Anyway, Hannaford, huh? Shop and Save baby! Haha, did they used to be called “Martin’s” over there, or was that just here? Either way, I’ve always been more of a Shaw’s man…. I actually worked there when I was 17.

RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 11:20 PM

SECOND LOOK AT BUILDING A BUNKER!

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Ahh hell…

ronsfi on February 5, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Will no one rid me of this insolent priest?

brak on February 5, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Go to hell, Huck

ToddonCapeCod on February 5, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Woo Hoo! That calls for another sip of the Newcastle!

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:07 PM

Newcastle? I’m switching to gin.

fiatboomer on February 5, 2008 at 11:21 PM

has left us with

Theworldisnotenough on February 5, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Now ya talkin’!!! The drink of the founding fathers!!!!!!

RW Wacko on February 5, 2008 at 11:18 PM

I’m thinkin’ when Lincoln was drinkin’, it was Double-O-Rye.

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Anyway, Hannaford, huh? Shop and Save baby! Haha, did they used to be called “Martin’s” over there, or was that just here? Either way, I’ve always been more of a Shaw’s man…. I actually worked there when I was 17.
RightWinged on February 5, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Heh. How many names have those stores had? They were “Shop and Saves” and “Dave’s” here for awhile. Of course, I’ve only been in Maine for, um, 18 years now.

I go back and forth between Shaw’s and Hannaford. Whatever is closer.

Shaw’s does have good sushi, though.

Slublog on February 5, 2008 at 11:22 PM

William Amos, only if the purists help give us Obama shudder.

funky chicken on February 5, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Theworldisnotenough on February 5, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Talk radio was repugnant for the last two weeks.

I may start listening to Sean, Rush and the rest after Mitt finally concedes. For now, it’s Miller, Medved or Music. The others have tarnished their brands.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 5, 2008 at 11:24 PM

ITookTheRedPill on February 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Question 1: Could/would you vote for Huckabee if he chose Michael Steele as his VP running mate?

Nope.

Question 2: If one or more Supreme Court nominations need to be made, who would you rather see making those nominations: Huckabee, or Clinton/Obama?

Huckabee/McCain’s nominees will be just as bad as Clinton/Obama’s. see Souter/Kennedy/Stevens/Jones/O’Connor

billy on February 5, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Update: Heh. “What does it say that after conservative talk show hosts rail against McCain for a week, we do see a bunch of deep red states go for a candidate besides McCain… but it’s not Romney, but Huckabee…

Not that any of it matters. The site meter clicks and Allah rakes in the dough. Needless to say, you, the stupid, impotent, lumpen proletariat, are screwed blue and tattoed. And those of you who can still afford internet access will voice your outrage.

Rage, rage agianst the dying of the light. And you will do so here, on Hot Air. And every click of impotent, useless, worthless outrage will be financial music to Allah’s ears.

Allah, you magnificent bsatard…I read your book!

God almighty, life is good. For some of us.

NemoParticularis on February 5, 2008 at 11:25 PM

First choice – beaten by the MSM?
Second choice – ditto
Third choice – outmaneuvered?
Fourth choice – Him?
Final choice – write in first choice and hope for a brokered convention?.

USCitizen on February 5, 2008 at 11:26 PM

MONTANA! Is that like three delegates?

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Yes, but the great thing is they let you move there and form your own closed society if you want. It’s easier to get to than the Outback.

Nosferightu on February 5, 2008 at 11:27 PM

I am beginning to think Huckabee has a man crush on Romney.

EJDolbow on February 5, 2008 at 11:15 PM

I know, kinda makes you wonder about their stance on gay marriage.

billy on February 5, 2008 at 11:27 PM

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