Huckabee at CPAC: We need “competent conservatism”

posted at 9:31 pm on February 26, 2009 by Allahpundit

Parts two, three, and four of today’s stemwinder to the faithful in D.C. Where’s part one, you say? Good question. This comes from Huck’s PAC YouTube account and part one is nowhere to be found. Pity, too, because he evidently went off on McCain over TARP and Obama over everything else (“The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may be dead, but the Union of American Socialist Republics is being born.”). If anyone can find the video of that, please e-mail us.

If you only have the patience for one clip, watch the middle one. I confess, I perked up at the mention of “strong, defensible borders.” Exit question: I know you guys hate him, but come on. Tell me he wouldn’t have rocked that rebuttal speech to Obama if they’d given it to him instead of Jindal.


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Let’s face it. Romney is too wooden to win against Obama. He’s like the conservative version of Kerry. Jindal has an uphill battle because he is dorky. Palin has a small chance, but she has been ravaged by the media. Huckabee has charisma and would be the third-best nominee. Sanford has libertarian values that many people can relate to, and would be a good second. The best, most principled man in the running, the only one unafraid to speak truth to power, is Ron Paul.

The Dean on February 26, 2009 at 11:49 PM

The best, most principled man in the running, the only one unafraid to speak truth to power, is Ron Paul.

The Dean on February 26, 2009 at 11:49 PM

How’d that rEVOLution turn out for ya? Did everyone on Stormfront not vote?

MadisonConservative on February 26, 2009 at 11:54 PM

That said, I might…MIGHT…get behind a ticket with Huck as second fiddle. However, it would require a real, small-government, anti-tax, anti-amnesty conservative in the main slot. Fred Thompson, Bobby Jindal, Eric Cantor even(though nobody seems to like that idea).

MadisonConservative on February 26, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Huckabee and Palin both have that special “It” factor as far as appealing to a wide range of people.

They pass the “I’d sit down and have a beer with him/her” test

jp on February 26, 2009 at 11:21 PM

I hope you forgot to out the /sarc at the end of your statement. If not, how you could even put the 2 of them in the same statement is appalling. A backstabbing, fake, in it for himself jerk VS an honest, upstanding, wonderful woman who has and sticks to her principles, has true leadership abilities, and that would wipe the floor w/ his sorry A$$.

The ONLY thing Huckster did right by getting McShame the nomination is giving us Palin. And I’m sure he has nightmares about her every night just like Obama!!!

davek70 on February 26, 2009 at 11:57 PM

How’d that rEVOLution turn out for ya? Did everyone on Stormfront not vote?

MadisonConservative on February 26, 2009 at 11:54 PM

We had a tough time because the establishment media did its best to ignore and ridicule Dr. Paul. We had some cash flow, but were way behind in that department because of the money pouring into other Republicans because of big business and lobbyists. And alas the voters for us just didn’t turn out like we planned. Oh well, hope you liked our liberal nominee…

The Dean on February 26, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Huck and Palin may split the same voting block and leave an opening for someone else to win nomination?

jp on February 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

However, it would require a real, small-government, anti-tax, anti-amnesty conservative in the main slot.

MadisonConservative on February 26, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Does that not describe my proposed ticket?

The Dean on February 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Huck gave a great speech. Better than I expected.

He ain’t the right candidate in ’12, but he gave a very good speech.

Sapwolf on February 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

davek70 on February 26, 2009 at 11:57 PM

why do you think Huckabee received so many votes and did so well in the primaries without hardly any Funding???? Voters like Huckabee, they feel at ease with him.

constrast that with Whackjob Ron Paul who got tons of money, much of it from our enemies overseas though, and he couldn’t break 5%, it’d be lower than that if the media or political process vetted him.

jp on February 27, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Huck and Palin may split the same voting block and leave an opening for someone else to win nomination?

jp on February 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

That could happen except for one key point:

The Cuda is slowly making inroads to other parts of the party such as fiscal, economic and government reform conservatives.

She is a bigtent candidate. I even hear people saying she has Reagan in her (which is obsurd, but probably reflects their belief that Sarah is a big-party Repub.)

Sapwolf on February 27, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Huck and Palin may split the same voting block and leave an opening for someone else to win nomination?

jp on February 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Anyone who would vote for this guy over Palin clueless. She would quickly smack him out of the way early in the primaries.

davek70 on February 27, 2009 at 12:02 AM

davek70 on February 26, 2009 at 11:57 PM

why do you think Huckabee received so many votes and did so well in the primaries without hardly any Funding???? Voters like Huckabee, they feel at ease with him.

constrast that with Whackjob Ron Paul who got tons of money, much of it from our enemies overseas though, and he couldn’t break 5%, it’d be lower than that if the media or political process vetted him.

jp on February 27, 2009 at 12:02 AM

They obviously don’t pay attention and know nothing about him then which puts them on par with Obama supporters.

Man, this thread is getting nasty. And I thought the Joe the Plummer one was bad.

davek70 on February 27, 2009 at 12:04 AM

The Dean on February 26, 2009 at 11:58 PM

We had moderate McCain, and in response, you cook up a neo-Bircher, who denies that racist newspapers named after him have anything to do with what he thinks, yet nearly all his supporters are avid Lew Rockwell fans? A guy who is on Alex Jones’ show every other week, talking about the mythical NAU which everyone stopped talking about the minute the SPP dried up?

There are a lot of views on domestic policy of Paul’s that I respect, regarding the borders, gun rights, and taxes. However, his foreign policy reviews are Wilsonian isolationism, his approach to military funding is suicidal, and his frequent meetings with secessionist groups really put him on the paleo-con wacko scale. And suggesting Buchanan? Don’t even get me started on that anti-semitic old fool that even Buckley spurned.

MadisonConservative on February 27, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Does that not describe my proposed ticket?

The Dean on February 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Huckabee is not anti-tax. He loves them, and uses them as mechanisms for social behavior control. Fascism through finance, same as the way environmentalism is used to create legislation to control the masses. Exactly the kind of stuff that the people you like claim to be against(NWO!!! NWO!!!).

MadisonConservative on February 27, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Tell me he wouldn’t have rocked that rebuttal speech to Obama if they’d given it to him instead of Jindal.

I don’t know… He may have talked about the value of (government funded) music education for the children… Too risky.

Upstater85 on February 27, 2009 at 12:09 AM

The best man for 2012 is a woman: Palin 2012!

Captain America on February 27, 2009 at 12:22 AM

his foreign policy reviews are Wilsonian isolationism

MadisonConservative on February 27, 2009 at 12:06 AM

I think you must be thinking of someone else as Wilson was hardly an isolationist.

MB4 on February 27, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Oh good Lord!

Why is this man still relevant?

highhopes on February 27, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Huckabee/Jindal

with Ben Stein as Secretary of Education…

Charles Johnson’s head explodes in 3, 2, 1…

jp on February 26, 2009 at 11:25 PM

As much as I can’t stand Huckabee that sure is tempting ;)

aikidoka on February 27, 2009 at 12:28 AM

How about getting out of American’s pockets and stop standing on the constitution. Using it as a carpet is bad form IMO.

Too many RINOS in the house now. We need people that actually believe the government being small and not spending like a drunk crack whore would be a good thing versus what we have now on BOTH sides of the isle.

I’m about ready for a 1 week general strike by Americans to get the attention of these dolts. They’re screwing things up even worse (as if you didn’t think that was possible) than ever. It needs to stop. 1 week where everyone possible soesn’t go to work or buy a damned thing and the gov’t will be on it’s knees, or show their true colors, in which case we’d have a REAL and meaningful revolution to take this country back.

Spread the word, we need to set a start date for the general strike. Even if only conservatives do this it’ll have a mega huge impact on the sock puppets regime.

Spiritk9 on February 27, 2009 at 12:31 AM

If nothing else, the Huckster has used his time wisely, on his Fox show to gain exposure, and on the road to get the words right to stir up the hardworking masses who have no time for elitist network TV news programs.

He is a self-trained psychologist, who learns quickly. But his downfall is his own self-perception and ego. He can’t tolerate when others mischaracterize him, and obsesses over any perceived wrongs or mischaracterizations, or the taking of his words out of context that leaves a negative impression… hence his recent book.

I don’t like the man. I don’t like how he handled himself during the presidential election. I don’t like that he’s so obsesses with the presidency that he’ll even do a jig/gig on Fox weekly just to woo a major crowd of supporters.

I’ll take a wooden Jindal, or an at-times ill-informed Palin, over the Huckster, any day. In the early days of running last election cycle I kept flashing back on that old movie: “The Rainmaker”. Burt Lancaster, I think, in the title role. And every bit the same type of shyster.

KendraWilder on February 27, 2009 at 12:40 AM

Huckashuck is just another politician, with every other politicians skills……bullpie production.

Time for the Huckashucks to retire or fort up.

Limerick on February 27, 2009 at 12:46 AM

Huck bugs the crap out of me and I can’t even pinpoint exactly why, I would not be excited to see him as the frontrunner in 2012. I don’t think he is genuine and he seems to think he is much more clever and amusing than he actually is. I would take Jindal, Palin, Romney or Duncan Hunter over him any day.

echosyst on February 27, 2009 at 12:49 AM

I think you must be thinking of someone else as Wilson was hardly an isolationist.

MB4 on February 27, 2009 at 12:26 AM

He formed the League of Nations, true. However, he spent much of the war trying to stay out of it, even after the Lusitania. It seemed to me that Harding and Coolidge were just taking up that mantle once again.

MadisonConservative on February 27, 2009 at 1:11 AM

Huckabee at CPAC: We need “competent conservatism”

Well that pretty much rules out Huckabee.

Dreadnought223 on February 27, 2009 at 1:27 AM

Oh good Lord!
Why is this man still relevant?
highhopes on February 27, 2009 at 12:26 AM

He’s a conservative Republican who supports the War on Terror. That’s all you need to know to vote for him in 2012.

popularpeoplesfront on February 27, 2009 at 1:28 AM

He’s a conservative Republican who supports the War on Terror. That’s all you need to know to vote for him in 2012.

No, I would say that is more of a bare minimum. And I don’t really believe Huck is all that conservative except on social issues. There are better choices.

echosyst on February 27, 2009 at 1:33 AM

Dreannought223 on February 27, 2009 at 1:27 AM

I may be one of the few people on this thread that likes Huckabee, the politician. But what I didn’t like about Huckabee is how he treated Romney by spreading false rumors and attacking his religion.

That has no place in modern politics. Mike: everybody has a flaw but your flaw just alientates too many people and divides rather than unites.

It’s one thing to stand on principle-I am four-square with you on that. If only you weren’t so spiteful.

technopeasant on February 27, 2009 at 1:34 AM

Yeah hucksbee’s great at telling people with short memories exactly what they want to hear while disclosing nothing about what a slimy backstabbing self serving opportunist he really is. Perfect.

Zetterson on February 27, 2009 at 2:01 AM

Sarah/FRED! 2012…Huck can ride in the back of the truck

Gohawgs on February 27, 2009 at 2:54 AM

Mike Huckabee made one comment to a reporter about he Mormon religion, he then apologized to Romney and on Larry King show to all the Mormons. On one of his first shows on Fox News, he complimented the Mormons for their support of Prop 8. He didn’t have to do that. He does not dislike Mormons, but he does dislike Mitt Romney. All the Republican candidates could not stand Romney because he was the only one who initially placed ads against his fellow Republicans. His ads contained partial truths. When he was confronted about that one time, Mitt said, “Well I couldn’t tell everybody everything, so, of course, he picked only the worst information to give the worst opinion. You all need to get over Mike Huckabee not liking Mormons, that’s not true. I have been on the Huckpac and Huckarmy websites for 2 years almost every day and I never saw anybody put down the Mormon religion. Yes, they put down Romney, but never his religion. Mike Huckabee does not like Romney because he was for pro-choice and gays when he was Gov. of Mass. Then, conveniently, he changed his mind about 2 yrs. before he ran for Pres. His actions when he was Gov. showed different. Mitt Romney some of you say is a “real conservative”. What a joke that is…would a “real conservative” have mandated healthcare just like Hillary wanted for the whole U.S. when she ran for Pres. Isn’t that a very liberal thing for Romney to do? He raised fees, didn’t call them taxes, but the same thing, but he’s not blasted for that! I have lots of information that shows that Mitt Romney received a letter in 2006 from attorneys, judges, Christian leaders, and lots of high officials in Mass. who were telling Romney he should have tried to stop the Homosexual bill that the judges want. I can send it to you if you want.

Don’t believe all the half-truths you people have spouted. If you listened to the people who put this information out there, at least go to hucksarmy.com, hit discussion and scroll down to Mike Huckabee on the issues and hear his side of it. Not only is Mike Huckabee the most charismatic speaker in the Republican Party and the only one who can hold a candle to Obama, but did you know that when he ran for Gov. he had 48% vote from the African Americans in Arkansas? What other Republican candidate can say that? Mike Huckabee has had relationships with the African Americans for years, not just during a campaign when he tries to get their votes. He has many African Americans on his Fox News show. During the primaries, there were Black American groups in Washington, D.C. and Georgia who came out in support of Gov. Huckabee. I saw a post from somebody in Arkansas who said that the judges there were very unfair to the African Americans who they gave much longer sentences than the white people. Maybe that’s why he had a large number of pardons in Arkansas. He saw that they had already done the time that a white person would have served for the same crime. You or I were not in his shoes, we don’t know the reasons. There are a lot of liberals who watch his show and realize that this man is nice and fair to all people. He is our best bet for 2012 to beat Obama.

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 3:03 AM

If we never give Jindal a chance to speak he’ll never gain the experience needed to address the whole nation. We should also make sure Palin has a national audience frequently. We need to cultivate our up and coming politicians. The old pols my age can look out for themselves quite well.

{^_^}

herself on February 27, 2009 at 3:50 AM

(PS: Add Jindal and Palin to your spell checker.)

{^_-}

herself on February 27, 2009 at 3:51 AM

The commentors on this thread making derogatory comments about Mike Huckabee are not representative of grass roots conservatives. They are faux-cons, anti-God, helping to bring America down ·´¯`·.¸ These are the ones who attack Huck at every opportunity no matter what he does or says to prove to them that he is conservative – in fact, far more conservative than they are. They aren’t fooling anybody though. (Most) who say bad things about Huck do so because he loves the Lord, and they don’t want Him in their lives. That is what this is about for a lot of people. They hate God. They would have anybody in the White House other than somebody who is truly committed to the Lord. Thing is, instead of admitting they won’t vote for a man because he genuinely appreciates the Word of God, they make up lies about him condemning a decent man. That is who Satan is and what he does. Anyways, you’re not fooling anybody you cowards. I promise you this. You won’t get away with lying. You might in this lifetime, but not in the next.

apacalyps on February 27, 2009 at 3:57 AM

They hate God.

That is who Satan is and what he does.

apacalyps on February 27, 2009 at 3:57 AM

You are truly insane. You are beyond science. Best try an exorcism.

Sigmund on February 27, 2009 at 4:19 AM

Get behind me, Satan apocalyps.

Matthew 16:23 (pretty much almost)

silverfox on February 27, 2009 at 4:20 AM

The commentors on this thread making derogatory comments about Mike Huckabee are not representative of grass roots conservatives. They are faux-cons, anti-God, helping to bring America down apacalyps on February 27, 2009 at 3:57 AM·

You use a broad brush to discount and attempt to discredit any who have criticized Mike Huckabee.

His own actions and words, past and present, are what is causing the problem. If he were to be honest and forthright, and admit that he had attempted to shoot down his (then, in the 2008 elections) opponents through unseemly methods, it would not even be an issue. Mike knows that. He screwed up. Mike knows how to use the ‘first out first impression sticks’ strategy, and quite well.

Had he acknowledged that the election process damaged many, and many used the ammo to unseemly lengths, then today there would be no problem with his attempts to reestablish himself as a force to be reconned with, and things would be much different. Unfortuantely, Huckabee’s book was so filled with whining and attempts to excuse his own not-quite-so honorable behavior that he lost the ‘moral high ground’ soundly. If he wants to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate again, he’s got a lot of screwups to overcome first somehow.

For me, for now, I’ve read a lot and observed a lot, and watched his weekend Fox program a lot, just to learn more about the man. I’ve heard his speeches, and have been impressed with his words and how they hit to the very heart of core conservatism. But being smart enough to size up your challenges and address them is not the same as living the principles you draw on to express yourself in the hopes of winning the faith of the base. What more can I say?

KendraWilder on February 27, 2009 at 4:53 AM

Looks to me like – Just playing to the crowd and loving the one he’s with – he should just stick to his day job.

Done That on February 27, 2009 at 5:24 AM

Huckabee is part of the problem.

And yes, I voted for him in the primaries. There…I feel cleansed!

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2009 at 5:51 AM

We must listen to all the candidates and learn all we can so that we may decide if they speak truth or “just words”. But in the end, we have to judge each candidate by whatever yardstick we hold. For myself, I trust my instincts about people even if I can’t scientifically quantify those “feelings”. They have seldom let me down in my life. And my instincts tell me I can’t trust Huckabee. All your flowery rhetoric, charts, graphs and “proof” just don’t mean spit when my gut tells me to beware.

SKYFOX on February 27, 2009 at 6:34 AM

Leave it to the Huckster to come up with another gimmicky term to package conservativism in. GWB had compassionate conservatism, now this.

Why are they so afraid of conservatism. I think it shows that the two of them really aren’t … CONSERVATIVE.

stenwin77 on February 27, 2009 at 6:44 AM

Huckabee is a slightly more charismatic Bush.

No thank you!

blue13326 on February 27, 2009 at 7:16 AM

why do you think Huckabee received so many votes and did so well in the primaries without hardly any Funding???? Voters like Huckabee, they feel at ease with him.

jp on February 27, 2009 at 12:02 AM

I think this is why I dislike Baptists and Penticostals the most. They can look you right in the eyes and boldly lie about why they supported this self-serving loon (and about many other things).

You picked Huckabee because he is (a) in your religious tribe and (b) in your political tribe, and for no other reasons.

TMK on February 27, 2009 at 7:41 AM

Oh wow did i see some one invoke the name Fred Thompson, good lord madcow. I would argue the cript keeper gave us McCain. McCain gave us Obama.

All of you can wine, bitch, mown and grown, Huck was the only person that could have beat the One. And we would have been better off.
you get what you wish for.

kara26 on February 27, 2009 at 7:42 AM

How can a lot of you support Mitt Romney? In my post above I have posted information that is true…just check it out on the internet. Yet, I don’t hear you putting him down! He will give a speech today and everybody will rave about it. What is it with you, don’t you realize that his connections with Wall Street and being rich will be against him next time around, even if people don’t realize that he voted for the bailout. Lots of you said you would never vote for anybody who was for the bailout. Well, are you for Romney?

As for your gut, could it be influenced by people on this site, by information that is not true? Find out the whole truth before you judge Mike Huckabee. I agree that he is too thin skinned, but that is nothing compared to the bad things about other candidates. He can beat Obama in 2012 if only the Conservatives will find out about him and not believe the MSM reports that were filled with half-truths. Do you know any other Republican candidate that the Blacks would EVER consider but Mike Huckabee, especially if Obama’s ever-living spending goes on and on? I don’t!!

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 7:54 AM

http://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2008/01/25/the-case-against-mike-huckabee/

Let us not forget that the Huckster has a record that people can run against. Fun speech though, but I didn’t appreciate the cheap shots.

Chuck Norton on February 27, 2009 at 7:56 AM

I can’t tell if the Huck is a conservative before he’s a politician – or if he’s a politician before he’s a conservative.

AubieJon on February 27, 2009 at 8:02 AM

I don’t think Mike Huckabee should have been whining in his book either, but with ALL the MSM, the Republican establishment, newspapers, internet sites like this saying how great Mitt Romney is how else could he get the information out there about how fake, and flip-flopping Romney really is? Every time he would open his mouth about Romney, people say “bigot” or Mormor-hater, and people believe that. He has never been against other religions, he didn’t govern like that in Arkansas, and that’s all you can go on…actions, not just words. Romney can say all he wants, but his actions in Mass. showed him to be a big liberal. Yet, Hannity who is supposed to be a social conservative, would support Guiliani who is pro-choice, or Romney without really checking out his record. Does money talk or what? Huckabee doesn’t have money…he didn’t give chairs to the Christian leaders before the primary like Romney did to get their support. He hasn’t paid the Republicans in the House $1,000 to try and “buy” their support again. How else would he be able to reach so many people to tell them the truth about Romney?

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 8:02 AM

As a friend, Huckabee’s a great guy.

As far as silky smooth voices go, Huckabee’s got milk.

Huckabee is an outstanding spokesman. He would make a great White House spokesman, and THAT is an incredibly important role given the complete emphasis on image that people under 50 have been raised to trust (that’s yesterday’s story). Huckabee has good looks and great delivery, competent good sense, and the honed skill to kill varmints on air.

btw, I like milk

–and I repudiate hollywood for polluting another word, MILK, to reference commie homo loving sons of guns.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 8:14 AM

morons, a friend need not endorse another’s mistake

The GOP POTUS Candidate should NOT have suspended his campaign if winning mattered.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Remember when Club for Growth spent lots of money on ads against only Huckabee during the primaries? Did you know that Romney and his surrogates gave over $500,000 in donations to Club for Growth? Isn’t that kind of suspicious especially because Huckabee was his biggest competition in Iowa? Huckabee’s poll were huge then, but when he won Iowa, the Republican elites and insiders decided they didn’t want him to be their candidate..he wouldn’t have supported them (like Romney) because he had already said that he supported the people on Main Street, not the people on Wall Street. About that time, all those half-truths came out and Huckabee didn’t have the money to put ads out to dispute that info.

Do you know that most of his speeches were off the cuff..he didn’t even use a teleprompter, like his speech when he conceded after Texas. It’s kind of sad because I saw probably over 20,000 notes to him on Huckpac from the people who were so sorry to see the best person for President out of the race.

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Get real people. We need to embrace WHOMEVER can win. Huck can win. He connects with a broad spectrum of people. People (outside this Palin forum) LOVE HUCKABEE. A Huckabee/Palin ticket would STEAM ROLL Barry and the Marxists.

marklmail on February 27, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Huckabee and Romney camps need to bury THAT hatchet.

Get over yourself, knock the chip off your own shoulder to be united to preserve* our nation’s “Glorious Cause” that gave the world our Constitution and ratified our Constitutional Government.

Three books are must reads to synthesize historical and contemporary contextual meaning of America:
*1776
Liberal Fascism
The Forgotten Man
Of course, other books augment the awareness factor.

Yesterday, Sean Hannity did a JayWalk interviewing folks on their way home from work. Young adults with career employment, “well educated” have been indoctrinated since elementary school in Socialism, and espouse federal communism as their ideal motivations in the voting booth, but do not know who Karl Marx was or that what they believe is Marxist, and do not relate how Marxism has failed everywhere it has been practiced to the extent that it has been practiced.

Ayers’ successes in nationally authoritarian Marxist education are to be repudiated, constantly and relentlessly exposed.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 8:32 AM

I usually bristle when accused of “eating our own” while offering up much needed criticism for problems that I hope will be fixed, rather than a cadidate tossed aside.

However, I will totally eat our own with a steak knife and a fork if Huckabee runs in another presidential primary.

If he is serious about helping the country and his ideas, let him run for the Arkansas senate seat in 2010.

myrenovations on February 27, 2009 at 8:37 AM

In my opinion Huckabee’s philosophy is: If it’s a conservative position I like, I’ll pledge to use the full force of the federal government to make sure it happens, and let’s not worry whether it’s constitutional, because we all want it right? He’s basically the right’s version of a leftist-progressive.

AuH20 on February 27, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Huckabee can’t win any easier than any other candidate.

The Democrats didn’t get where they are by selecting the most qualified candidate. Nor did the Democrats leave the candidate to build the Democrat platform. Their platform, constructed by FDR, has augmented into its present permeation coercing Federal Socialism beyond the scale of the USSR, NAZI Germany and Fascist Italy combined, given the bigger is better US mentality. Given their ESTABLISHED PLATFORM, all the Democrats needed/wanted was the packaging gift wrap, Obama.

Forces wishing to preserve the Constitution, named conservative, are left with the structure of the RNC to do battle with the DNC.

CLARIFY THE PLATFORM.
Fred Thompson polished that ready for battle.

GATHER TO THE PLATFORM.
Regardless of your particular favorite candidate or most important regard to personal interest beyond preserving the Constitution, agree on the platform for all to unite, project and defend in battle.

DETERMINE BATTLE STRATEGY AND TACTICS
Each candidate has his strengths. But those strengths become obsessive self destructive means when launching solo before the conductor’s baton coordinates the ensemble performance for ultimate effect. As a unified party, accept role assignments these four years under Obama, preparing for the party to advance preservation of our Constitution and the American Dream to life, liberty and happiness.

DESTROY THE BEAST OF MARX-SOROS IN POWER TODAY
Given 4 years, there’s no time to waste. We must be well disciplined in order to survive, and exceptionally effective in order to return the Constitutional platform to victory.

THE LAST THING IN THE PROCESS IS TO WRAP AND TIE THE PLATFORM WITH A CANDIDATE.

So stop all of this juvenile demand for your favorite piece of candy before dinner, and help with the chores. And quit the belly aching that you didn’t get what you wanted last time. That was because we didn’t unite on what we wanted for all the infighting over whom we wanted, so we all got nothing but Obama: more Socialism and less Constitution.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 9:01 AM

If he is serious about helping the country and his ideas, let him run for the Arkansas senate seat in 2010.

myrenovations

THAT IS BRILLIANT. The same could be said for Romney; Teddy Kennedy won’t be around much longer.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 9:06 AM

My mom likes Huckabee. I think she has good taste. Huckabee/Palin or Palin/Huckabee, maybe/

Frivolous on February 27, 2009 at 9:11 AM

It would do for Steele to utilize our think tank as he is, gathering the momentum of solid ideas from outstanding performers. Not all performers should be on the stage at once; and not every performer stands in front of the curtain!

The GOP has such a rich ensemble of players to cast. The most important right now are the planners, those with the most experience with the most brilliant minds. Each time we see Newt projecting solid conservatism, applaud that work without the off topic distracting cat calls. Each time we enjoy a Giuliani pep talk, revel in the energy and direct it yourself into effect. Each time you get a glimpse from Fred Thompson, value his concise quips that are the quintessential result of long, laborious, thorough study into each subject broached. What others manufacture for sound bites are whole cloth. Not so with Fred! These are the players who know the score from the inside out. I hope that Steele conferences in depth with them. They, even Newt, aren’t really going to run for POTUS again. But we can’t unite to win the big picture without WHAT THEY KNOW in our arsenal.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 9:25 AM

I am sticking with Jindal / Palin with Mitt as Labor / Economic Sect, Huck as Press Sec. and we would reverse the four years of hell we are about to endure…

I stand by this as the best for America and our futures.

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Unfortunately, Maverick Muse, Newt has already said on several shows that he intends to run in 2012.

Remember, it was Mike Huckabee who first said that we were in a recession…all the other Republican candidates during the primary said everything was just fine (including Fred). It was Mike Huckabee who said we should be supporting Main Street, not Wall Street when all the TV and radio conservatives were supporting Romney. Guess who the people of America can’t stand..Wall Street! Mike Huckabee is the person who doesn’t just say what everybody else is saying..he knows the heartbeat of America…the middle class and the poor, not just the rich. Michael Steele should be talking to Mike Huckabee who got 48% of the black vote in Arkansas when he ran for Gov. He has relationships with the Black people and they like him.

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 9:36 AM

If Jindal is not charismatic, he won’t stand a chance against Obama. Yes he’s smart, but as we saw in this last election, likeability and excellent communication skills are very important. Remember the voters selected McCain knowing he was a terrible speaker…look what happened.

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Huckabee would make a great Press Secretary.

chansen9 on February 27, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Mark, Huck would never stand for being only Press Secretary. He’s overqualified for that position.

I agree with VFT about the charisma issue. A modern President needs charisma.

Frivolous on February 27, 2009 at 9:48 AM

No one can criticize Romney for not putting his money where his mouth was. My skepticism remains intact, however, though I would give him my vote were he the final GOP candidate.

I love Sarah. Palin needs to be careful not to put her mouth where the money is. These four years will be her best friend if she studies in depth and gets coaching from Thompson and Newt to build from weakness, strength. She adds zest to a ticket.

Jindal is the real brain who analyzes horrifically complex problems to realize solutions. I’d vote for Jindal first and foremost. I trust him, precisely as he is, without the make-over. [Who is really proud to admit or willing to admit that they are fooled by slick con jobs like Obama?]

Huckabee would do our nation the greatest service by not politicking for his next Presidential bid, rather be the media rep for official GOP news. Lord knows we need his finesse with the camera and microphone. And Lord knows that Huckabee won’t win nationally, but can make others lose by campaigning for himself. Sour grapes ruin communion for party unity. Keep the role of ministry by sacrificing worldly honors for power of the spirit. I am not separating church from state. I am expressing my opinion of Huckabee’s talents and how he personally and professionally affects politics best.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 9:51 AM

…now that Palin’s had her personal say post campaign, let it go. Buckle down to brass tacks.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Didn’t Hucklebuck get caught in an extramarital affair when he was governor of Arkansas? No wonder he reminds me so much of Jimmy Swaggart. I wouldn’t sit down to have a beer with him. I might pour beer on his head though. The guy is nothing but a sleazy hillbilly preacher. You Hucksters live in a dream world if you think he can beat Bambi. He’d win Arkansas, Oklahoma, and maybe two or three other Southern states and that’s it. The guy needs to go back to Arkansas where he belongs and start groping female choir members again. His fifteen minutes are up and he is the weakest link. Goodbye.

Percy_Peabody on February 27, 2009 at 10:01 AM

VFT: Remember the voters selected McCain

NO!

The primary election process permitted McCain to defeat strong primary GOP candidates.

Many early states permit open primaries, and Democrats DID vote for McCain in order to defeat the GOP votes for Romney in particular. Then Huckabee had to play the tick on the GOP ass by sucking the wind from Romney’s sail to endorse McCain. And the YEAR LONG POTUS CAMPAIGN itself was designed to strengthen the progressive socialist efforts and drain the GOP, Obama’s calculation to get McCain off to financial disaster. It wasn’t simply the GOP voters who of themselves chose McCain by vote. It was the process.

THE PRIMARY ELECTION PROCESS NEEDS COMPREHENSIVE REFORM TO CUT IT DOWN TO SIZE. Waste not, want not.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 10:03 AM

popularpeoplesfront on February 27, 2009 at 1:28 AM

Look at how he governed, and look at his past statements on illegal aliens. He’s no conservative. He’s another maverick wannabe. Pass. He’ll lose worse than McCain did.

austinnelly on February 27, 2009 at 10:13 AM

With all due respect the last thing the Republican Party needs and especially the country needs is another Obama. One facist maniac is quite enough.

Huckabee is power hungry. He would be the answer to Obama alright. Our rights and freedoms would be further threaten but this time from a mix of far far wacko right and far far wacko left that Huck’s position have been. Huckabee has a split personality with belies his lack of true conviction and his ambitious pursuit of power for powers sake.

Obama is destoying the country, turning us into rats that are controlled by a master mind in the whitehouse.

Huckabee is in this same mold. But his lack of dedication to personal freedom in his government of Arkansas proves that although maybe better at hiding his need for power behing his fake folksiness, he would be just as bad as Obama.

I’m done with dictators as President thank you very much.

petunia on February 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I have a migrain this morning. I hope my post is readable… please read my mind not my words in the last post.

petunia on February 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

As someone who does not like him I will concede he would have rocked the rebuttal speech. He is the best debater we have (as a politicican) and one of the best speech givers.
Fred Thompson is not bad either when he brings his A game.
You never know, by 2012 all of us will not care who the canadate is as long as he/she can win.
I think I am already there.

kangjie on February 27, 2009 at 10:55 AM

The Huckster is not who we need in ’12. He had his chance in ’08 and blew it. He virtually guaranteed the McCain victory by derailing Romney, not to mentioned that he alientated all of conservative talk-radio, most fiscal conservatives and just appeared as a slimeball to most average Americans.

Come to think of it, none of the 2008 GOP primary contenders should run in 2012. That includes Romney, Fred, Ron Paul or any of the others. Running rethreads just guarantees defeat. If they couldn’t defeat McCain, they certaintly won’t defeat Obama.

My money is on Palin (literally, as I have already donated 2 grand to her PAC). But I could see the field widen to other candidates as well. I like Jindal, but his wooden performance on Tuesday shows that he is not ready for primetime yet. He might be in 2016 or certainly 2020. Sanford is a absoulute no-go with his flip-flop on Porkulus and his asinine “If you don’t want Obama to succeed you’re an idiot” statement the other day.

Just my 2 cents.

Norwegian on February 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM

If I had to choose the candidate most hated by the upper echelon of the GOP it is Romney, hands down.

That is the best endorsement any conservative could have. Huckabee’s animus toward Romney includes religion as well as the political venom revealed by non religious Fred, Giuliani, and McCain

The party tossed out guppie Jindal for the Obama rebuttal so the party has decided to like him for now. They might have done him a favor if he learns from it

The party doesn’t seem to like Palin much. I guess she appeals to much to the talk radio crowd despised by the elites.

Since the party elite has proven itself to be incompetent, and even Huckabee declareds we need competents, the logical conclusion is to go with the ones the party loves to hate.

Meanwhile the party continues to send out their pundits to castigate the masses who refuse to support the program. There is no better proof of their incompetence and arrogance.

entagor on February 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Mike Huckabee has never had any hint of extramarital affairs. Just another lie this time, no half-truth from you people.

It was the voters who sucked the wind from Romney’s sail. Did you ever stop to think that it was Romney who stood in the way for Huckabee? Who ran the campaign on a very small budget? Who spent millions and won only the states he lived in at one time. Haven’t you read any of my posts about Romney? How could you vote for someone who advised McCain to accept the original bailout? How could you accept a man who mandated healthcare (just like Hillary’s U.S. plan) in Mass. and almost caused that state to go bankrupt? How could you trust a man who has flip flopped more than Kerry? The Dems would have a field day with him, and the public would too because he’s rich and a Wall Street man. Both of these points would really go against him being accepted in the general.

He supported paying for tuition for the children of illegal immigrants WHO WOULD GO THROUGH THE PROCESS TO BECOME CITIZENS! He was the only candidate to sign the pledge not to accept illegal immigrants. BTW, Rommey accepted them before he was against it. If you all can accept Romney’s fake claim to be pro-life and against gays after all he did to help them win acceptance in Mass. how come you can’t accept the change in Huckabee’s illegal immigration policies? Seems like a double standard doesn’t it, just like the media against the Republicans. You think Huckabee is power hungry, but I don’t hear you saying Romney is power hungry…double standard again.

How can anybody ever think Huckabee is faking the folksy mannerisms. He has always had that, and he’s not a hick. Obviously he’s a lot smarter than all the other Republican candidates during the 2008 primaries that only repeated what each other said…no original thoughts.

Mike Huckabee never forced his religion on Arkansas and pledged he would not on the Federal level either. That’s not to say he wouldn’t want to change Roe vs. Wade, but ALL real Conservatives want to do that.

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Ron Paul is covered with warts, but there is value to his belief in the constitution.

Obama believes that victim class black people are too far gone (content of their character stinks) to raise their children satifactorally, therefore the government must do it. What he doesn’t get is that transfering responsibility from individuals to the goverment creates more deadhead dependents.

Like Reagan said, if you subsidize something, you get more of it, and if you tax something, you get less of it.

Obama seems to believe that the upper class white folks are so galvanized in their ambition and capability, that they can rise above any financial obstacle. The reality is, like with Ronald Reagan, upper class white people are smart enough to know when exerting effort isn’t worth it.

This wild spending will hurt this country badly both financially and culturally to be sure.

The Huckster has that right.

saiga on February 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM

What an outright lie again, it is Romney the Party loves. Didn’t you ever listen to all of talk radio, Limbaugh, Ingraham, Coulter, Hannity, Beck all were in the tank for Romney no matter how liberal he was…he was rich and would keep in line with what they wanted him to do. They all disliked Huckabee. MSM was for Romney, internet sites like Townhall, Politico, Drudge were for Romney. He was the one they talked about every day. But you know what the people in the U.S. had Romney’s number, they saw him as a fake, flip flopper. Mike Huckabee was never accepted by the Republican establishment. That’s another reason to back him, the people in this country do not want the rich, elitist who are back by the Washington bigwigs. That leaves Romney out.

Mike Huckabee got from 9-13% of the votes in most the states after he dropped out of the primary race. He wasn’t campaigning, he wasn’t on Fox News yet, and they sure didn’t support him, but people like Mike Huckabee. They see him as a real, authentic person. Romney didn’t get near as many votes, if any, as Huckabee in those states I mentioned. If Mike Huckabee could be that successful on so very little money in 2008, just think what he could do with lots of campaign donations coming in to him as the Republican nominee. He has good political sense, he knows how to use humor to get his point across without appearing like he’s bashing the other candidates, like Obama in 2012. The way he explains things everybody understands the message. There are lots of Reagan Democrats who aren’t so left wing liberals who like Huckabee now who might vote for him in Obama’s spending doesn’t reap results.

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 11:25 AM

These comments about who of Romeny and Huckabee is “hated most” among the GOP is a clear indication of the following:

Neither should run in 2012.

Norwegian on February 27, 2009 at 11:29 AM

I believe the key to Obamas success or failure with his budget is the Education part. The education business suffers from group think worse than any other realm. The unions keep the status quo locked in, and the status quo, (particularly in dealing with victim class minorities) is a unmitigated disaster.

For this education spending to work, Obama must bust the unions and install school choice. I don’t think he will, which will guarantee an ongoing crop of ignorant and fairly useless victim class government dependents.

The result will be just like the Katrina people. The government trains them to be useless and keeps them barely alive so they can pull them out of the refrigerator every 2 years to vote more slop for the trough.

It is criminal, but it looks like thats what Obama wants to expand.

saiga on February 27, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Read this post I just saw…it has lots of good stuff about Huckabee, of course, but good stuff about Romney too. You see the Republicans are beginning to understand that Huckabee is the only charismatic person who can go up against Obama.

[url]http://www.americasright.com/2009/02/huckabee-is-ready-is-gop.html[/url]

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I love how there is already a re-writing of history going on here! C’mon people!!

Putting feelings aside about any of the candidates, everyone knows that Huck and Mcain took Romney out. That’s well known. So don’t go trying to give us a Huckster history lesson… Romney should have won. And I blame all of the mess we are in right now on Mcain and the Huck!

Thanks to both of them I can get over my “white guilt” while the country goes into a great depression! Yay!

johnnyboy on February 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Romney is an OK guy, and Huckaby is also a likeable guy. I just don’t think either one is very Presidential.

We need a guy with the right pricipals that naturally encourages followers. Reagan had it, Roosevelt had it, and Nixon had it. Obama had it to the extent that young people and Bush haters fell for him.

I think Obama probably is a nice guy, but his plan really is not best for America.

saiga on February 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Huck supports the FairTax.

For that alone I am willing to overlook a few of his sins. He was the ONLY candidate in the primary who was even willing to talk about it.

Perfect Huck isn’t, but if this country doesn’t do something about its economy-killing confiscatory tax system very soon, we’re toast.

Of course, at the rate the Obamanistas are going after private enterprise, it might be too late already.

-Dave

Dave R. on February 27, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Of course, at the rate the Obamanistas are going after private enterprise, it might be too late already.

-Dave

I fear you might be on to something. as a side note, I saw that bonehead Geraldo on Fox & Friends with Donald Trump this morning, and Geraldo was chastizing the bailout because it rewarded bad behavior. What a hypocrite. He had no problem rewarding bad behavior with amnesty.

saiga on February 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM

There is something to be said about the argument that conservativies were out to lunch while the ceos and others Raped wall street..

But the republicans will have to do much more to even begin to regain any trust from the american people..

When i see republicans standing up for
Secure borders
Balanced budjet
Watching the rip off ceos
Watching wal street
Stoping hedge funds from bankrupting the system
then maybe i will vote but not until then..

jcila on February 27, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Establish the platform foundation first upon the corner stone, our Constitution. Design construction how to realistically achieve security, prosperity and happiness, respecting individual dignity and national unity. Knowledge is power, and people must know Karl Marx, not just reference him by name and label. The devil is in the details.

Small Talk: Combine Jindal with Palin, brilliant pizazz.

NO ONE has more charisma than Sarah Palin. Whatever managerial business prowess Romney boasts, Jindal matches as LA Govenor. Don’t be a moron over who has the biggest personal bank account, since that is determined by many factors. That kind of wealth inevitably includes sell-out/manipulative corruption; face that fact of life. Romney ventures have been bankrolled by the Mormon hierarchy; that’s their choice, and I’m fine knowing he’s their poster boy. Just don’t presume that Romney “made” all that money by his own brain and brawn. Romney was the primary progressive GOP POTUS candidate whose own platform was federal socialism. Not until after the Bush bail-out passed did Romney voice an opinion, which was understandable that he’d not interfere where he felt he wouldn’t be appreciated or heard. But timing matters. And waiting until too late to give advice is rude.

As per current “bests” at actual debate (not prefabricated “speech”) recognize Jindal putting meat on the bone journalists were whipping to keep bare. But today, no one bests Gingrich in debate, no one. I loved the smack down Newt gave the “journalist” at the GOP Convention over candidate “experience”. And no one works up the crowd with more fervor than Giuliani introducing Palin at the GOP Convention. Obama Nada! The naturally talented Palin should study with Rudy to combine speech content with delivery for the ultimate effect upon public opinion.

Romney does not have the metal under fire to match the likes of Putin as Thompson or any other of the former leading candidates. Palin, in all her former naivete, proved more guts under fire than Romney. You don’t “learn” guts by faking whole cloth. Anyone who claims to be a hunting enthusiast for having shot at a varmint once is just silly to use that puff as basis for being the Commander in Chief. There are places, like Wall Street, where Romney shines. Nationally, he would serve our Constitutional Government best as a strong Cabinet Member, a liaison between Congress and the President.

People of particular religious denominations, or lack of, need to get over their own prejudices to define a unified party platform. THEN, call all on board. THEN study all candidates together, who will effect the platform in reality. FINALLY vote on Captain and crew. No candidate need apply if position on crew is unacceptable.

Quit ignoring the problem/solution out of the childish habit of clinging to one’s favorite charismatic-image binky and expecting to be recognized as responsible adults while throwing temper tantrums for not being born the only child. Let’s quit sucking our thumbs.

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Geraldo was chastizing the bailout because it rewarded bad behavior. What a hypocrite. He had no problem rewarding bad behavior with amnesty.

saiga

Add to that Geraldo’s dogmatic defense of ACORN, corrupt legalization of federal fiscal fraud, coercive legislation requiring banks to fail so that our global economy could fail to get the Socialist Make-Over From Hell. Geraldo can take the cake for best hypocrite evah. (Only Obama can have his cake and eat it, too, though.)

maverick muse on February 27, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Maverick muse,

I didn’t see Huckabee’s name in your post. I would like to say that everybody on huckspac and hucksarmy were very enthusiastic supporters of Sarah Palin after she was chosen for the VP position. We saw in her the same qualities of Mike Huckabee, except he has a lot more executive experience and can handle the press much better. They both relate to the middle class and the poor. They give great speeches, are authentic and likeable. Cannot compare how they governed their states because Mike Huckabee had to deal with very difficult situations with the Democrats and didn’t have oil revenues to help meet the budgets.

Just remember what I said earlier, Mitt Romney was on the economic panel that McCain picked to help him determine what he should do about the $700 B Bush bailout plan. Check the internet and you will find this info. Romney didn’t want the public to know in case there would be fallout…how’s that for being everything to everybody..only not really true.

VFT on February 27, 2009 at 1:18 PM

I wonder why St. Olaf changed his handle to VFT.

Percy_Peabody on February 27, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Base to Huck: you ran, you lost big, STEP ASIDE.

argos on February 27, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Matthew 16:23 (pretty much almost)

silverfox on February 27, 2009 at 4:20 AM

You quoted from the New International Perversion, uh, I mean Version (NIV). That is one of the most liberal translations of the Bible out there. If there is a God and there is a Devil, it would be smart for the Devil to do that very thing, to corrupt God’s Word. Get yourself a real Bible, a 1611 King James. The Evidence Bible is a good choice. Thank you.

apacalyps on February 27, 2009 at 3:26 PM

You use a broad brush to discount and attempt to discredit any who have criticized Mike Huckabee.

KendraWilder on February 27, 2009 at 4:53 AM

You misquoted me. Re-read what I said please. I said, “(Most) who say bad things about Huck do so because he loves the Lord, and they don’t want Him in their lives. That is what this is about for a lot of people. They hate God.”

I put “most” in parenthesis for a reason, to specify that I was not speaking about everybody who criticized Huck. Those who offer reasonable and even sharp criticism of him and can debate respectfully, I have no problem with. I’ve said that several times here.

His (Huckabee’s) own actions and words, past and present, are what is causing the problem. What more can I say?

Nothing, thank you. You’ve said enough. When you mischaracterize what I am trying to say, excuse me if I am skeptical of your characterization of Governor Huckabee. I do hope that you have a change of heart in the future and get on board with us though. Thank you, and have a nice rest of the day.

apacalyps on February 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Norwegian on February 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM

The fact that you claim the MSM was pro-Romney leads me to question anything else you say that would require any sort of deductive reasoning or comprehension on your part.

thecountofincognito on February 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Anyone who feels the need to put a descriptor in front of conservative, is no conservative.

HonestConservative on February 27, 2009 at 5:17 PM

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