Huckabee: The Republican establishment dislikes me because I didn’t go to the right schools

posted at 4:24 pm on December 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

That must be it. After all, when have prominent Republicans ever idolized someone who went to a small, lesser-known college? (Noted Beltway cocktail-party RINO Karl Rove also managed to do okay for himself without an Ivy diploma.) Skip ahead to 4:00 for Huck’s harangue about that or listen to the whole clip to hear him and Laura Ingraham chat about the DREAM Act. The best part? Ingraham, a Dartmouth grad and Connecticut native, slyly egging him on to vent about the chip on his shoulder by telling him “you lived in America,” unlike us cloistered metropolitan types. She knew it would set him off and darned if it didn’t. Great radio, just as her Palin interview was.

I posted the link to this earlier on Twitter and someone immediately piped up that Huckabee was stealing Palin’s act here. Alas, no: As noted in last week’s “blue bloods” post, it was Huck who was grousing about snooty Republican elitists before grousing about snooty Republican elitists was cool. That was a hard sell in 2007, before the financial crisis and TARP lit the populist fuse, and he wasn’t as well positioned as Palin now is to sell it because the media — avatars of “elitism” — have always been hostile to her but relatively cordial to him. She can use them as a foil in a way that he can’t, which leaves his complaints about the “establishment” sounding tinny by comparison. See Ace’s post this morning about “anti-elitist panic” for a critique of that. He says he’s already tired of it, but there’s going to be a lot, lot more of it before a GOP nominee is chosen. And not just from Palin, as this clip demonstrates.

Exit question: Should we read anything into the fact that Huckabee’s former campaign manager is now posting screeds like this at CNN?


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Exit question: Should we read anything into the fact that Huckabee’s former campaign manager is now posting screeds like this at CNN?

Yes.

Ms. Palin, serious stuff needs to be accomplished in Washington.
If you want to be a player, go to school and learn the issues. Put smart people around you and listen to them. If you want to be taken seriously, be serious. You’ve already got your own forum. If you want to be a serious presidential candidate, get to work. If you want to be an imitator of Ronald Reagan, go learn something about him and respect his legacy.
If you want to be a gadfly, just keep doing what you’re doing.

I like Palin, and never thought much of Rollins, but he’s pretty much dead on here. Of course, that doesn’t make Shmuckabee any less of a squish.

peski on December 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I haven’t seen anything presidential in this man and now he’s crying about not being liked?

The victim card is a great start to get the lame stream media to endorse him in the primary. The media loves to praise limp republicans for the nomination so they don’t have to work so hard to demonize him so the obamacrat will win the election. John McCain: your thoughts on the issue?

toongoon on December 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Ugh.

Murf76 on December 1, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I don’t remember the Republican beltway elites embracing Reagan all that much in the 1970s, although I was a high school kid at the time.

OxyCon on December 1, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Your disliked because your a douche.

Vigilante on December 1, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I like Palin, and never thought much of Rollins, but he’s pretty much dead on here. Of course, that doesn’t make Shmuckabee any less of a squish.

peski on December 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Dead on? Seems to me she’s been doing these things for some time now, not that these DBs would ever notice — and without his advice I might add.

littleguy on December 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM

So this comes across as Mike jumping up and down and yelling “Hey, look at me! The elites don’t like me either!” in order to try and keep Palin from grabbing up all the anti-status quo conservative voters — which in turn means he’s decided from his 2012 presidential candidacy standpoint, Palin is now a bigger danger to him than Romney. Combine it with Rollins’ comments, and I doubt Huck is going to be having a long, friendly sit-down with Sarah on his Fox show any time during 2011.

jon1979 on December 1, 2010 at 4:44 PM

This is EXACTLY what it is. It shows what Sarah is doing is working and working well.

Huckabee is a greasy little bastard. You can’t trust him as far as you can throw him.

And no, he won’t have Sarah on his show. He can’t stand her.

Remember a while back he was advertising an episode that was going to have a Sarah impersonator as well as a Billy Jeff impersonator? Ran a ton of ads, but the show never aired.

From what I understand it was quite nasty, and it just so happens Greta got wind of it and raised holy hell and got it canned.

Huckabee is a loser. He needs to stay on Hee Haw where he belongs. He is the one cat who doesn’t belong in the race.

gary4205 on December 1, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Huck is not only a squish, but he is a PROGRESSIVE deep down. This man has no business being anywhere NEAR the oval office.

karenhasfreedom on December 1, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Way to go Huckabee. The modern guide to political campaigns: immunize yourself from glaring flaws in your record by saying “they don’t like me, they’re elitists.”
Grow up and get off the playground Huckster, go peddle your snake oil somewhere else.

Raisedbywolves on December 1, 2010 at 6:08 PM

OH MY GARSH!!

Huckleberry is a complete sham and a sellout to small government Conservatism!!!

PappyD61 on December 1, 2010 at 6:16 PM

If he had a Princeton degree no one would care about the 5 cops he inadvertently killed. Yeah right.

Tasha on December 1, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Ed Rollins is a Reagan barnacle like Peggy Noonan

Anyone that would be the Campaign Mgr for The Amnesty Hillbilly is just RINO scum.

PappyD61 on December 1, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I dislike you because you’re a RINO, Schmuckabee.

Ricohoc on December 1, 2010 at 6:40 PM

If they want to beat Obama, Republicans have simply got to come up with more viable candidates.

1 Huckabee. A cry-baby hypocrite and serial pardoner-one of which went on to murder five policemen.

2 Romney. Masscare. One need say no more.

3 Palin. What she doesn’t do herself, her daughter, Bristol, does for her. Her own hand-picked candidate in Alaska beaten by a WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN.

MaiDee on December 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Exit question: Should we read anything into the fact that Huckabee’s former campaign manager is now posting screeds like this at CNN?

Yeah, that Ed Rollins is a steaming pile of ****, pushing the “YOU DISSED RONNIE!” meme, ever so popular amongst the squishies and elites these days.

She didn’t dis Reagan. She dissed the Shrubs.

THAT’S what this is all about.

But seeing as how Legacy and Legacy Jr. aren’t exactly what you’d call popular former Presidents and, frankly, you’d be hard pressed to find a majority of rank and file Republicans (or anyone else for that matter) that doesn’t view the Bushes as elitists who (along with their cronies and fellow old money types) think they own the GOP, well, the spin has to be that Palin somehow dissed Reagan, someone that they have to pretend to like, lest the masses turn on them.

Huckabee’s only partially right though as his lack of pedigree hurting him amongst the elites only is part of it.

It’s everything else about him that hurts his image with everyone else.

SuperCool on December 1, 2010 at 6:48 PM

What is with Huckabee and Palin trying to divide America with class warfare?

I’m getting seriously worried for the future of our country if this is what segments of the “good guys” are doing.

scotash on December 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM

3 Palin. What she doesn’t do herself, her daughter, Bristol, does for her. Her own hand-picked candidate in Alaska beaten by a WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN.

MaiDee on December 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Ronald Reagan’s own hand picked Vice President was beaten by Bill Clinton.

portlandon on December 1, 2010 at 6:50 PM

What is with Huckabee and Palin trying to divide America with class warfare?

I’m getting seriously worried for the future of our country if this is what segments of the “good guys” are doing.

scotash on December 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Doesn’t bother you at all that both parties (and by extension the government) are run by winners of the ‘ol sperm Lotto?

That’s called an aristocracy.

Yeah, read a history book and see how well those have turned out since the start of the Enlightenment.

SuperCool on December 1, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I like this comment thread.

Huck fans,

I admint I don’t like Huck and take shots at him. And enjoy doing it. But all dislike aside, what is his appeal for you? I’m a bible believing, died in the wool Southerner and country not city. Huck strikes me as a quintessential Southern flim-flam politician. He sets off every alarm bell in my gut. Since when does a preacher become a politician and maintain any credibility? This means he’s a phony, sellout who used God to get ahead where I was raised. That’s blasphemy. What do y’all expect him to do if elected? Part the sea? Smite the Dems with fire and brimstone? Call down plaigs on them? Do we really want another President from Hope, Arkansas? The last one was a huge embarrassment to all ‘us Sothreners’ and didn’t reflect well on us. Before that we had the execrable Jimmy Carter. If we are going to have another Southern Presidential candidate, we need someone who isn’t trash (Clinton) a self righteous prig (Carter) or Elmer Gantry.

JimP on December 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

scotash on December 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Gee, I guess Obama must be an innocent bystander here. No President has done more to set one class against another than Obama in the history of America.

technopeasant on December 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Allahpundit is probably too young to remember that the same Grey Poupon clowns who run the GOP now ran it in 76 and 80 and did their damnedest to keep Reagan out of the WH–until he beat them into submission in 80. They did not like him then because, among other things, he was not Ivy League. They trashed Goldwater for the same thing and gave the Dems their Goldwater is Crazy talking points. This sh*t has been going on a long time. It is in the Good Ol Party’s genes. And Allahpundit just isn’t aware of the history, or chooses to ignore it. Wise up, kid.

james23 on December 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

that may be true of the establishment but being a two faced
lying backstabber doesn’t exactly endear you to any constituency either Huckster!!

sonnyspats1 on December 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Rollins favored a “guerilla campaign” for the nomination, “conserving our money and picking our shots carefully while Bush and [Senator Robert J.] Dole beat the hell out of each other early on,” then prevailing in the delegate-rich, winner-take-all primary in California. “I lost the argument . . . Kemp, the third choice of party faithful in all the polls, would wage a front-runner, incumbent-style campaign.” Kemp ultimately won no primaries.

Good guy to take advice from? Kemp won NO PRIMARIES under Rollins tutelage!

Run as far as you can from this Good Old Boy, Sarah!

Grandpa needs to wipe the drool off his chin and STFU. Just because he happened to be in the right place at the right time when Reagan won over the country doesn’t mean he was responsible for it.

Retire already and join the Good Old Boy gang hangin around the bingo hall tellin stories of days gone by while you still have your dignity, gramps!

Its a new day with computers, and twitters and fresh faces ready to take the fight to the Communists you and your pals let sneak intop power at all levels of Gov’t.

Huckleberry? Aww schucks I just don’t no, don’t think so!

Keep it going Sarah ya got em all drooling and whiningand peeing in their depends!

dhunter on December 1, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Uhhh can someone make this guy go away. He ranks lower than Romney on my smarmy scale. I think used car dealer every time I see him.

buckichick1 on December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Allahpundit is probably too young to remember that the same Grey Poupon clowns who run the GOP now ran it in 76 and 80 and did their damnedest to keep Reagan out of the WH–until he beat them into submission in 80. They did not like him then because, among other things, he was not Ivy League. They trashed Goldwater for the same thing and gave the Dems their Goldwater is Crazy talking points. This sh*t has been going on a long time. It is in the Good Ol Party’s genes. And Allahpundit just isn’t aware of the history, or chooses to ignore it. Wise up, kid.

james23 on December 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

“National opinion polls continue to show Carter leading Reagan by an apparently comfortable margin of about 25%. They also show that more moderate Republicans like Ford would run better against the President. This suggests that Reagan is not the strongest G.O.P. choice for the November election and that he clearly faces an uphill battle.”
“Party operatives are plainly unhappy with his selection. In Massachusetts, where both Bush and Anderson defeated Reagan, party leaders are not yet reconciled to the Reagan candidacy. Says one: “There’s a vacuum of leadership at the national level; and what appears to be the Republican Party’s response? A 69-year-old man who has done virtually nothing for years”
Reagan has a history of committing rhetorical blunders that drive away voters. His quest in 1976 was damaged when he suggested vaguely, without proper research and consideration, that $90 billion in federal programs should be turned back to the states. He then spent months explaining that the affected programs would not be eliminated, only transferred. As Governor, Reagan was outraged by student unrest and once proclaimed: “The state of California has no business subsidizing intellectual curiosity.”
Worse perhaps than the verbal gaffe is Reagan’s relentlessly simple-minded discussion of complex problems. He is aware that he is charged with this failing, and in his 1967 inaugural address on becoming Governor of California, he asserted: “We have been told there are no simple answers to complex problems. Well, the truth is there are simple answers, just not easy ones.”
Time Magazine – March 31, 1980

portlandon on December 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

portlandon on December 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Nice!

dhunter on December 1, 2010 at 7:35 PM

scotash on December 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Gee, I guess Obama must be an innocent bystander here. No President has done more to set one class against another than Obama in the history of America.

technopeasant on December 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM

You really need to study recent history better. Bush I signed a tax bill in the early 90s that had a 10% tax surcharge for people in the top bracket.

Jimbo3 on December 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Huck no!

TN Mom on December 1, 2010 at 8:25 PM

As a former Arkansan, I call BS. We do not like you because you raise taxes, support some form of amnesty, let criminals go free to kill innocent victims and use class-warfare economic rhetoric. And some of us do not like the fact that you would love to dictate my personal behavior to fit your preferred lifestyle.

That good enough Governor?

The Opinionator on December 1, 2010 at 8:36 PM

portlandon on December 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Excellent!

rrpjr on December 1, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Huckabee: The Republican establishment dislikes me because I didn’t go to the right schools

No, most everyone dislikes you because you’re a used-car salesman on steroids, you grinning shyster.

hillbillyjim on December 1, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Well, actually what I heard at last weeks ‘establishment’ meeting was that they don’t like you because you look like a dork when you play bass…

phreshone on December 1, 2010 at 8:49 PM

The guy’s as phony as a $3 bill.

AZCoyote on December 1, 2010 at 4:33 PM

agreed.
Huck-I can’t stand you for many reasons, one of them is that you consider me beneath you bcs I’m LDS. You are a turd.

Badger40 on December 1, 2010 at 8:52 PM

JimP on December 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Well said. I concur wholeheartedly with your assessment of Smiley the Clown.

hillbillyjim on December 1, 2010 at 8:55 PM

He strikes me as the unpopular kid who desperately wants to be popular. The Little Rockers are enough to dislike him for me. What was Lauren Greene thinking?

ldbgcoleman on December 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Gee, I guess Obama must be an innocent bystander here. No President has done more to set one class against another than Obama in the history of America.

technopeasant on December 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM

You really need to study recent history better. Bush I signed a tax bill in the early 90s that had a 10% tax surcharge for people in the top bracket.

Jimbo3 on December 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM

I don’t recall Bush 41 berating bankers, dogging doctors, and declaring war on Wall St. Ojesus has openly used his bully pulpit to attempt to create ill feelings towards certain groups of people in order to further his asinine agenda.

Don’t you get tired of being wrong all of the time?

hillbillyjim on December 1, 2010 at 9:09 PM

The Huck Principle: The level of obnoxiousness in any statement may be multiplied by a factor of ten once verbalized by Mike Huckabee.

ReformedAndDangerous on December 1, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Huckabee: The Republican establishment dislikes me because I didn’t go to the right schools

Perhaps. I, on the other hand, don’t like you because you pardoned a criminal who, upon release, stepped it up a notch with the murders of four cops. But your executive judgment considered him ‘rehabilitated.’

You enabled multiple murders. You don’t deserve what you’ve got, much less the Presidency.

James on December 1, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Now let me point out the difference of nay-sayers in this Huck thread with those in a Palin thread. While yes, some are just name-callin’ critiques on style, there are plenty against issues with him. I beg someone to find the same in a Palin thread. The Palin-haters and the “I like her but…’s” all but never bring up issues, just rehashed media talking points and crystal ball readings (i.e ‘she’s unelectable’ – I hope these same people are playing the lottery if their knowledge of the future is so crystal clear).

miConsevative on December 1, 2010 at 9:35 PM

I heard this interview in a totally different way.

Laura Ingraham kept prodding Huckabee along and Huckabee did not take the bait. Instead Huckabee remained classy when asked about Romney, Bush’s and Palin

Huckabee even stated that he did not agree with what Barbara Bush had to say about Palin. And Laura kept egging him on.

texasconserv on December 1, 2010 at 9:47 PM

How about because he is a spendthrift, big government conservative who has this strange idea that pushing his diet plan as part of the school lunch program is a good idea?

Mind you a Nannystater like that with high taxes on top of taxes should go pretty well with the Country Club set… wait, does he play golf? That might be the problem right there… not enough time on the links with Barry to improve his handicap.

ajacksonian on December 1, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I really do not trust this guy and I think he will be another Bush who will sell us out on amnesty.

WisCon on December 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Your disliked because your a douche.

Vigilante on December 1, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Thanks!

That saved me a lot of time.

Talon on December 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Huck, you’re 12 years late. We’ve done the “compassionate conservative” go-around once with someone who wasn’t even as squishy as you.

We’re still trying to come to terms with how to rebut the charge that 12-figure prescription drug entitlements and government-incentivized junk mortgages for the poor are “failed conservative economic policies.”

HitNRun on December 1, 2010 at 10:01 PM

And religion card! Remember the BS he pulled on Romney? He’s a filthy snake who will pull any nasty trick he can dream up.

MJBrutus on December 1, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I don’t remember what he did to Romney. Unless he did something like disparage Romney because of Mitt’s Mormon background.

What I DO remember about Huck’s 2008 candidacy, which was the first (in a long line) of things which turned me off of the man, was that he loved to “play the Jesus card” so very, very often. I remember that he was doing poorly in the polls, until he went out there and basically said, “hey, folks, in case you weren’t aware, remember that I’m also a Baptist preacher!” And then the stupid social cons typically bought into that nauseating pandering, and suddenly he’s winning Iowa.

He’s a con artist. I mean, I don’t view Palin as an acceptable choice, but he’s actually someone that I cannot tolerate even more.

Vyce on December 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Here we go again. It all began with Palin’s response, of course not what she is responding to.

Start at the beginning.

Brian1972 on December 1, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Exactly. Palin didn’t start a thing. She has never been gunning for a “class war.” In responding to establishment attacks upon her, she has decried neither wealth nor educational attainment, but only the convictional vacuity and sense of entitlement which so hopelessly pervade the RINO elite.

steebo77 on December 1, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Me me me me me, poor me me me me me me look at me me me me me me me me

Sounds like he and Obama have something in common.

thebrokenrattle on December 1, 2010 at 10:29 PM

big government conservative

ajacksonian on December 1, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Big government conservative = oxymoron

steebo77 on December 1, 2010 at 10:31 PM

JimP on December 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Bravo!

Dingbat63 on December 1, 2010 at 10:38 PM

While I am not a fan of the Huckster, he is right about this.

We have a caste system similar to India’s. Every major party Presidential candidate since 1988 except except Bob Dole was an Ivy League or military academy graduate. Almost all the Supreme Court justices attended Ivy League law schools (mostly Harvard and Yale).

bw222 on December 1, 2010 at 10:39 PM

@bw222: Yes yes yes, right, right. Can we get back to enumerating our dislike of Huckabee now?

HitNRun on December 1, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Mittens is on Leno tonight. Big announcement? Naah.

slickwillie2001 on December 1, 2010 at 10:47 PM

@bw222: Yes yes yes, right, right. Can we get back to

enumerating our dislike of Huckabee now?

HitNRun on December 1, 2010 at 10:44 PM

I hate the cop-killer pardoning SOB. I was just making a point

bw222 on December 1, 2010 at 10:51 PM

2 buck Huck
bout to run
amok.

says, they don’t
like me.
nevr gonna knight
me.
why do ya
smite me?

OkieDoc on December 1, 2010 at 10:57 PM

* flip-floppy
* pardon pooch-screwing
* insincere on some issues
* uses religion as a political tool
* bad, bad jokes
* tax-happy
* pitch-man persona
* already did the Governor from Arkansas thing — didn’t go so well

That’s enough.

hillbillyjim on December 1, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Exactly. Palin didn’t start a thing. She has never been gunning for a “class war.” In responding to establishment attacks upon her, she has decried neither wealth nor educational attainment, but only the convictional vacuity and sense of entitlement which so hopelessly pervade the RINO elite.

steebo77 on December 1, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Oh really? You must have missed those “blue blood” comments she made.

Palin REVELS in intra-party class warfare. It only serves her interest in trying to build the “Palin brand”, by labeling establishment Republicans as “the other” who her supporters will rabidly attack in Pavlovian fashion at the slightest perceive insult or slight.

I give her credit for being smart enough to devise that. What annoys me is that you Palinistas are, too frequently, incapable or unwilling to believe that maybe she’s just as capable at engaging in “dirty” politics as the “establishment” types she is at war with.

Vyce on December 1, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Good old Huckaphoney was cunningly canny in this interview. Gosh, he’s a flaming phony and as thin-skinned as Cap’n Zero.

Yeah, I noticed that screed by that idiot Rollins. Scared much? (I’m not a Palinista and he illustrated some of SP’s detractions, but I don’t trust this bugga!)

He tried to be his faux-treacly self but couldn’t help getting thorny. John Batchelor once wrote an article and bottom-lined Huckaphony in the most succinct way ever.

Gob on December 1, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Oh really? You must have missed those “blue blood” comments she made.

The “blue blood” retort had nothing to do with class and everything to do with the smug superiority and phony benevolent condescension displayed by the former First Lady. As I said before, Palin was reacting to the apparent belief among many in the political establishment that their claim to power is an exclusive dispensation of the Almighty.

Palin REVELS in intra-party class warfare. It only serves her interest in trying to build the “Palin brand”, by labeling establishment Republicans as “the other” who her supporters will rabidly attack in Pavlovian fashion at the slightest perceive insult or slight.

Vyce on December 1, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Why don’t you take your “the other” pop psychology and go back to whatever grad school you crawled out of.

steebo77 on December 1, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Why don’t you take your “the other” pop psychology and go back to whatever grad school you crawled out of.

steebo77 on December 1, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Or, if you’re from Alaska, I hope you stay there.

steebo77 on December 1, 2010 at 11:51 PM

“Mike Huckabee is an ambitious and craven Republican politician who will do exactly what he must to exploit his effectiveness in the weakest parts of the GOP—the bullying evangelicals, the cloying faux-Confederate vote, and the cynical elitists like Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, and Rush Limbaugh, whom I think of as Republican zombies. Mike Huckabee, 54, is no one’s idea of a well-educated citizen. As a youth, Huckabee was a Baptist pastor in Arkansas—mostly as a platform to exhibit his hambone one-liners on cable channels—and he wears this fleeting experience like a Harry Potter invisibility cloak to cover up his incuriosity of the world, the flesh, and the Devil.”

John Batchelor (almost one year ago). I disagree about RUSH. Read the whole article HERE.

Gob on December 2, 2010 at 12:11 AM

If Sarah is feeling generous, she might invite the Governor’s band, The Little Rockers, to perform at one of her inauguration balls.

silverfox on December 2, 2010 at 12:14 AM

As a Southern Christian conservative, I don’t like or trust Huckabee at all. His spending, his willingness to raise taxes, and his poor judgment in exercising the pardon power disqualify him from higher office, to my thinking.

But there is something more, as JimP @ 7:11 pm above mentions. A certain smarmy, oily sense about him. The sort you never want to buy a used car from. The sort you wouldn’t let talk to your Grandmother about the old home place unless you were in the room with a pistol on your hip.

After 2012, maybe Huck and Obama can go into business together selling resort timeshares.

Adjoran on December 2, 2010 at 12:53 AM

I dislike him because he’s a religious bigot, especially toward Mormons. He’s trying shame people into supporting him because he doesn’t have Ivy League credentials, but I don’t that make too much of a difference to voters. Romney has the management skills, but I doubt he’ll get the nomination.
Palin has turned me off lately with her snappishness toward GOP “establishment” and “blue bloods.” She should learn that a soft answer turneth away wrath.

flataffect on December 2, 2010 at 1:44 AM

Huckabee is a greasy little bastard. You can’t trust him as far as you can throw him

x2

gdonovan on December 2, 2010 at 5:50 AM

Big government conservative = oxymoron

steebo77 on December 1, 2010 at 10:31 PM

There has to be a category for those who want to see social policies enacted that are purported to be ‘conservative’ at the cost of the people via making government larger. Usually ‘its for the children’ gets attached to such things.

Thus when anyone in politics describes themselve as ‘conservative’ and the answer is more and bigger government, they must get a big government conservative label. Progressive Conservative was already taken by the Canadians… and, yes, that political party was just as much an oxymoron as big government conservative.

If you’ve got a better way to describe those pushing ‘conservative’ values at public cost via legislation, larger government and higher taxes, then I will be more than happy to use it. As it is the descriptor actually describes the activity, oxymoron or no.

ajacksonian on December 2, 2010 at 6:46 AM

What is with Huckabee and Palin trying to divide America with class warfare?

I’m getting seriously worried for the future of our country if this is what segments of the “good guys” are doing.

scotash on December 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM

What do you want? Bear the pain and never ask … like DON’T ASK DON’T TELL?

Roam around … listen again and re-read what has been said and written on tv, radio and newspapers.


Use your head. Who’s attacking whom!

TheAlamos on December 2, 2010 at 7:16 AM

He’s absolutely right about this. You know, a possible winning ticket for 2012: Palin/Huckabee . Question is would a super ego like Mike be happy playing 2nd fiddle? DD

Darvin Dowdy on December 2, 2010 at 7:47 AM

This is a typical example of the kind of mindless trivia that distracts from the real problems and solutions in this poor sick country.

rplat on December 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM

So Huckabee whines that he isn’t an elitist like Romney, just an opportunistic bumpkin like Palin. pfff

maverick muse on December 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Being a bumpkin ain’t a sure ticket to either the Oval Office or Heaven. It does limit one’s abilities when clinging bitterly to ignorant bumpkinism.

Being an elitist paves the way to hell and the Oval Office where the elitist drags America down with him.

The razor’s edge, the straight and narrow, and few there be that find it.

maverick muse on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

After all, when have prominent Republicans ever idolized someone who went to a small, lesser-known college?

As others have pointed out, the establishment didn’t care too much for Reagan either. Funny what two landslide victories and eventual death will do for one’s reputation.

(Noted Beltway cocktail-party RINO Karl Rove also managed to do okay for himself without an Ivy diploma.)

Partly through Bush connections, but then Rove is an operative, not a politician.

ddrintn on December 2, 2010 at 10:34 AM

INDEED HUCKABEE.

AND HUCKABEE, YOU FORGOT ONE THING!

And you has commissioned your ROVIAN HITMAN ED ROLLINS to assassinate Palin because she’s “barriotic” and plebeian compared to you!

HOW HYPOCRITICAL YOU, MR. HUCKABEE!

TheAlamos on December 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM

No, Mike, we think you are an insipid bore.

molonlabe28 on December 2, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Palin REVELS in intra-party class warfare. It only serves her interest in trying to build the “Palin brand”, by labeling establishment Republicans as “the other” who her supporters will rabidly attack in Pavlovian fashion at the slightest perceive insult or slight.

I give her credit for being smart enough to devise that. What annoys me is that you Palinistas are, too frequently, incapable or unwilling to believe that maybe she’s just as capable at engaging in “dirty” politics as the “establishment” types she is at war with.

Vyce on December 1, 2010 at 11:12 PM

I could do without the ad hominems directed at other posters. In addition, I have no problem with class warfare. It works. Political campaigns are won all the time by railing against big business and big government and their enablers. Republicans need to stop giving up effective rhetorical weapons by declaring themselves “above” that sort of thing. Are you above winning? Sure seems so.

alwaysfiredup on December 2, 2010 at 4:11 PM

can we dismiss him because he pardoned thousands of criminals based solely on the fact that they said they had converted to christianity and repented, and than went out and murdered people and cops? Or that he that he tried to cover up the fact that his son tortured a dog to death at camp? you know it’s the little things that add up to me not liking him not just his relentless and pointless gay bashing.

Zekecorlain on December 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

He’s a Bush clone, a Compasionate Conservative, whatever the frack that is. He’s Reverand Huckabee. Can’t support him. Aum.

Dandapani on December 3, 2010 at 9:02 PM

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