Hmmm: Trump announces post-Iowa rally in … Little Rock, Arkansas

posted at 6:41 pm on January 29, 2016 by Allahpundit

A nice catch by Phil Kerpen. Trump’s schedule next week looks almost exactly how you’d expect a candidate’s schedule to look: Tuesday in New Hampshire, Thursday in New Hampshire, Friday in South Carolina, back in New Hampshire on Monday. He hasn’t said yet if he’ll show for the debate next Saturday, but if he’s in then he’ll be in New Hampshire that day as well. The one odd outlier is Wednesday — Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas is an early-ish state too this year, part of the “SEC primary” on March 1st, but there’s still NH, SC, and Nevada to come before we get to the deep south. Why would Trump detour down there when he could spend the day in Charleston or Vegas?

Why, Mike Huckabee’s from Arkansas, come to think of it. And the Trump event in Little Rock seems to have been added only within the past 24 hours or so, right around the time Huckabee was reaching out to Trump about attending his rally for vets last night. Probably no one in the field has attacked Trump’s main rival, Ted Cruz, more doggedly over the last few weeks than Huckabee. Rubio’s hit him hard too, but Rubio and Cruz are battling to be the anti-Trump and there are lines even Rubio won’t cross in hitting Cruz, like his “natural-born” eligibility. Huckabee’s attacking Cruz for the sheer spiteful joy of wrecking the guy whom the evangelical establishment chose over him, and he has backed Trump up on Cruz’s eligibility by saying it’s a legitimate issue. Why, ol’ Huck even plugged Trump’s line of ties at the debate in October. Hmmm.

I enjoyed Erick Erickson’s takedown of Huckabee and Santorum for appearing at Trump’s event last night, but I wonder if he’s misunderstood the arrangement:

At the event, with a sign on the podium that read “TRUMP” and “Make America Great Again,” Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum entered to play second fiddle to Trump’s well tuned music. They met their Zod and kneeled.

Doing so, to both men, may be no big deal or may be more media exposure. But it actually declares the ends of their campaigns days before the Iowa caucuses. They were subservient to Donald Trump, not equals. Their names did not appear on the podium, only Trump’s. The crowd was not there to see these men. The crowd was there to see Trump.

Like conquered kings paraded in a Triumph through the streets of Rome, Santorum and Huckabee were paraded through Drake University, now the vassals of Donald Trump.

Maybe that’s true of Santorum, but what if Huckabee made an agreement with Trump recently to support him after Iowa if his own campaign ends up never taking off? We’ve all been interpreting Huck’s endless shots at Cruz as a product of bitterness, but maybe they’re more strategic than that. Until recently I assumed that Huckabee would endorse Rubio once he dropped out, partly as thanks for Rubio endorsing Huckabee in 2008 and partly because Rubio has traditionally been seen as the biggest threat to Cruz. Lately, though, respect for Trump’s chances at winning the nomination has risen; he leads Rubio in prediction markets, meaning that if you were all about stopping Cruz, Trump’s arguably your best bet at this point. Trump’s favor is probably also worth more to Huckabee than Rubio’s is, just as Huckabee’s favor is worth more to Trump than it is to Rubio. If Huck endorses Rubio, he gets some warm words and maybe a couple of rallies with the candidate if Rubio goes on to win the nomination. But Rubio doesn’t need Huck; he’s got plenty of socially conservative cred in his own right. Trump, glaringly, does not, and he may need some if he intends to turn out southern Christians in the same numbers that other Republican nominees have. And even if Trump flames out of the race, he’s likely to reward Huckabee with some valuable interviews if/when Huck gets back into media.

In fact, here’s a freaky deaky possibility for you: What if Huckabee thinks he has a chance at being Trump’s VP? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Think about Trump’s liabilities in the general election: He has no experience as a public office-holder; his credentials among the Christian base are shaky; and Democrats are sure to try to neutralize his blue-collar appeal by painting him as a Manhattan fatcat. Huckabee was born and raised blue-collar in rural America and ran as the blue-collar populist candidate eight years ago, using Mitt Romney as his foil. He’s one of the most prominent Christian voices in American politics, for better or worse, even after losing favor among other Christian leaders to Cruz. And he was a governor longer than anyone else in the race this year except Rick Perry. He’s also famously deft in handling the media, a quality which Trump would prize. If Trump’s the nominee, why would he choose some garden-variety Republican pol when he could have another guy who often annoys the establishment and who was talking about reaching out to the working class in 2008 while most of the rest of the GOP was yammering on about entrepreneurs?

Via MFP, here’s Huckabee doing what Huckabee does these days, namely, arguing that Ted Cruz’s flip-flops are somehow a greater threat to conservatism than socially liberal Democratic crony Donald Trump. Exit question: Is the Jeff Sessions endorsement eventually coming for Trump too? Sessions says he’s torn. He has a month to decide.


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Huckster wants to be an ambassador or something.

Buckshot Bill on January 29, 2016 at 6:55 PM

I did not know we had an ambassador to the Cracker Barrel.

trigon on January 30, 2016 at 1:57 AM

Trump needs a running mate who will give his campaign the appearance of having some connection to Christianity.

Basilsbest on January 30, 2016 at 6:41 AM

Huckabee is a disgusting phony. He gave us McCain in 2008 with his back room dealings and is always on the wrong side of of a conservative vs RINO battle.

Huckabee is one of those politicians that makes me physically ill. He is selfish, vendetta driven, and has no relation to anything moral or good. Its all an act.

There is nothing worse than a guy who uses religion as a currency.

He was a crappy governor who raised taxes and played big government nanny, and has somehow parlayed that into a career of jobs as a 4th rate wannabe.

He will endorse Trump. He is attracted to the superior con man.

If Trump wins the nomination, selecting Huckabee as a VP would be one of the few ways to make a repugnant situation worse.

Huckabee makes used car salesmen uncomfortable. He is a walking, talking pop up ad for penis enlargement pills.

Completely irredeemable, annoying, and a fraud that plays on the weakest among us.

What a piece of human debris.

alecj on January 30, 2016 at 7:36 AM

Running mate? Unlikely.

But there’s room for Huckabee in a Trump administration to be sure.

Younggod on January 30, 2016 at 7:41 AM

You need to remember that Huckabee’s appeal is more than Social Conservatism. Rubio knows this well. He was runner up to McCain in ’08. Huckabee continues to be one of the most popular Republicans in the country, and a masterful pol.

ceruleanblue on January 29, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Wrongo, wrongo, wrongo, Romney won 11 states and had 4,699,000 votes, while Huckabee won 8 states and 4,276,000 votes.

RickB on January 29, 2016 at 7:16 PM

The nomination is determined by delegates, not by states, or vote count. Huckabee got more delegates…he won more valuable states. Furthermore, he dominated in the south, the GOP’s base.

You could make the case, and I might concede, that both Huckabee and Romney were runners-up to McCain. But technically, and accurately, Huckabee was in 2nd place in the delegate game.

ceruleanblue on January 30, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Wake up.

Huckabee is the GOPe albatross around Trump’s neck. This is completely orchestrated by the RNC. The attacks on Cruz from the Huckster himself, more importantly the attacks from the Huck PACs, the pairing up of Bible-thumper Huck with the thrice-married debauchee Donald … c’mon! This has Reince Preibus’s fingerprints all over it like Rosie’s on a Dunkin’ Donuts box and a sack of weed.

Mike Huckabee is GOPe through and through.

And the Donald has sold out before the first primary.

M240H on January 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM

I doubt if Palin would approve of Huck as VP. Maybe a non-cabinet head.

huckleberryfriend on January 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Who is the GOPe attacking relentlessly?

Cruz

Who is the master negotiator who knows everything is for sale, at a price, including himself?

Trump

Who is the GOPe doing everything they can to cozy up to and pair up with a running mate?

Trump

Who ya gonna believe? Ya gonna believe the GOPe again, or your own eyes?

CRUZ 2016 -because the the GOPe tells every day who they don’t want.

M240H on January 30, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Who did you have in mind that would satisfy your Democrat-love angle?

anyone that does not have the stink of a religious preacher about him. Hulk Hogan would be a better choice than Huckabee.

HugoDrax on January 29, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Most preachers are religious. You’ll find the source of much Huckabee hatred to be religious bigotry. But Huckabee is more than a preacher, and you know it. He was a popular governor for more than a decade, chosen by his peers to be chairman of the National Governors Association.

What a shame. Trump exposed these two as political grifters.
How could Trump be so unethical?

jbspry on January 29, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Another way to look at it is they took advantage of Trump’s event to get free earned-media. Cruz tried the same thing at the Kim Davis rally, but he got blocked.

Last time Cruz, the “smartest man in the world” shot himself into the head with Beck.

This time he’ll just shoot his own cadaver with him.

Political cadaver, for the faint of heart :)

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2016 at 7:16 PM

Ah yes, and your name reminds me how eager I am to hear Beck’s reaction if Trump wins IA.

Enough popcorn does not exist in the world.

Paperclips on January 29, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Oh geeze, I can’t wait for that either. I remember when Huck won in ’08, and Beck released a Youtube vid whilst recovering from hemorrhoid surgery. He was mostly speechless, but managed to call Huckabee evil and compare him to the Devil. LOL

ceruleanblue on January 30, 2016 at 9:16 AM

Huckabee is a disgusting phony. He gave us McCain in 2008 with his back room dealings and is always on the wrong side of of a conservative vs RINO battle.

Huckabee is one of those politicians that makes me physically ill. He is selfish, vendetta driven, and has no relation to anything moral or good. Its all an act.

There is nothing worse than a guy who uses religion as a currency.

He was a crappy governor who raised taxes and played big government nanny, and has somehow parlayed that into a career of jobs as a 4th rate wannabe.

He will endorse Trump. He is attracted to the superior con man.

If Trump wins the nomination, selecting Huckabee as a VP would be one of the few ways to make a repugnant situation worse.

Huckabee makes used car salesmen uncomfortable. He is a walking, talking pop up ad for penis enlargement pills.

Completely irredeemable, annoying, and a fraud that plays on the weakest among us.

What a piece of human debris.

alecj on January 30, 2016 at 7:36 AM

THis is a human being we’re talking about, and a good man. Would you say what you just wrote to his wife’s face? Or to his precious grandchildren?

And only in your paranoid fantasies did Huckabee have a deal with McCain. I can only assume you’re talking about the West Virginia vote in ’08. Well, the Huckabee people had nothing to do what McCain’s people chose to do. There was however, a deal with the Ron Paul camp… some of Huckabee’s delegates went to Paul. That’s reality.

Nobody forced Romney to be a quitter. And why would you still be bent out of shape about that? Romney was proven to be a loser against Obama. No harm, no foul.

Guess what? Governors don’t just raise taxes by edict. Huckabee faced an incredibly lopsided Democrat controlled legislature during his entire tenure. Yet he got broad-base tax reform passed, as well as making improvements to education, health care, and infrastructure in his state. He governed competently and improved the lives of Arkansans. Probably why Time magazine named him one of the 5 best governors in the country in ’05.

I’m not a Trump supporter. I prefer someone who has governed. I still think Huckabee can pick up some delegates in Iowa, see Ted Cruz melt down, and then move onto the South and get the nomination.

But if Trump did choose Huckabee as vp, that would really be a picture of classic Americana.

ceruleanblue on January 30, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Huckster wants to be an ambassador or something.

Buckshot Bill on January 29, 2016 at 6:55 PM

I did not know we had an ambassador to the Cracker Barrel.

trigon on January 30, 2016 at 1:57 AM

So this was the first quote I saw when I scrolled down…do I need to read any more comments?!! haha This is hilarious!!

I can see the strategy in picking Huckabee though I believe Trump will stick with his unconventional (re: not political) style.

g2825m on January 30, 2016 at 9:32 AM

So huck is calling cruz a fake christian right now on TV, and cozying up to trump. The guy is such a fraud.

rubberneck on January 30, 2016 at 9:33 AM

So huck is calling cruz a fake christian right now on TV, and cozying up to trump. The guy is such a fraud.

rubberneck on January 30, 2016 at 9:33 AM

You’re probably butt-hurt about Cruz’s meltdown and misinterpreting what Huckabee is saying. I’m sorry you can’t see what I, and everybody else is now seeing- even the people of Iowa – that Cruz is just inauthentic. He tries too hard. He even parrots most of Huckabee’s best lines.

ceruleanblue on January 30, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Probably why Time magazine named him one of the 5 best governors in the country in ’05.

ceruleanblue on January 30, 2016 at 9:29 AM

TIME? You’re touting an endorsement by TIME?

BWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!

M240H on January 30, 2016 at 9:46 AM

The nomination is determined by delegates, not by states, or vote count. Huckabee got more delegates…he won more valuable states. Furthermore, he dominated in the south, the GOP’s base.

You could make the case, and I might concede, that both Huckabee and Romney were runners-up to McCain. But technically, and accurately, Huckabee was in 2nd place in the delegate game.

ceruleanblue on January 30, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Correct.

And to all of the Mitt supporters who claim that Huckabee conspired with McCain against Mitt, Mitt’s own actions in February 2008 showed the exact opposite to be true.

February 5, 2008:

We’re gonna keep on battling. We’re gonna go all the way to the convention.

Then, somehow, something about the War on Terror mysteriously changed in less than 48 hours, and this is what Mitt said on February 7, 2008

Now if I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention — (cheers, applause). I want you to know I’ve given this a lot of thought. I’d forestall the launch of a national campaign and, frankly, I’d be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No! Boo!

MR. ROMNEY: Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. (Cheers, applause.)

The war on terrorism had NOTHING to do with Romney’s decision to quit the race, and it was a lie to suggest it was. And it was a lie to promise on February 5 that he would battle “all the way to the convention” when he had no intention of keeping that promise.

Romney quit the race on February 7, 2008, and one week later Romney gave McCain an unexpected Valentine’s Day present when Romney “released” his delegates to McCain. The ONLY reasons for Romney to do that was to hurt Huckabee (after Huckabee had won the February 9th Kansas Republican caucuses with almost 60% of the votes) and for Romney to ingratiate himself with McCain so that it could be “Mitt’s turn” next time.

ITguy on January 30, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Mike Huckabee- he’s just so GOPe dreamy!

Yep, he’s the perfect girl for Reince to match up with Donald!

M240H on January 30, 2016 at 9:49 AM

I was rather expecting that Trump would want one of the other candidates as his VP, to broaden his appeal. Seems a bit early to pick one though.

Would not be surprised if Huckabee (along with four or five others) drops out after Iowa. Maybe Huckabee does not get the VP nod now, but by endorsing Trump when he exists, he is keeping his name in contention.

I still just don’t get Trump’s appeal beyond his anger mirrors so many people’s anger. But do we need an angry man or a dedicated to the job man? I just don’t have a read on the whole Trump.

bartbeast on January 30, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Trump needs a running mate who will give his campaign the appearance of having some connection to Christianity.

Basilsbest on January 30, 2016 at 6:41 AM

He could go in a lot of directions, including:
– A Christian, like you suggested
– A policy wonk type like Cruz or Sessions
– An “outreach,” Bush-style VP to try to mend fences with the GOP

It depends on where Trump thinks he needs the most help.

And the Donald has sold out before the first primary.

M240H on January 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Stupid. If the GOP loved Trump, then FOX wouldn’t have been trying to take him out at that last debate, the GOP wouldn’t have created a SuperPAC in just the last ten days to take him out, and they wouldn’t have used the SOTU as a platform to attack him.

I’m sorry your candidate screwed up and blew his lead, but spouting wild conspiracy theories about his rival isn’t going to help him get that lead back and just shows sour grapes on your part. Cruz just made too many tactical and strategic errors, and is now paying the price.

Doomberg on January 30, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Erick Erickson, Salem Media, Hot Air, Red State went after Jeff Sessions. Bad move. You do not know how respected this guy is, especially among real conservatives and southerners. Alabama loves him.

I am in Alabama and local radio has been using Red State and Salem Media in the same breath as Hillary Clinton. It is also know that Salem Media has been advocating for Rubio/Kasich – so be the PAC for them will backfire.

Rubio surrogates smear Jeff Sessions.

TAARP on January 30, 2016 at 10:54 AM

I’m quite sure that Huckabee is going to be in Roger Ailes office begging for his show back.

AYNBLAND on January 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM

excuse me. known.

TAARP on January 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Trump hints at the possibility of the V.P. slot to anyone he wants something from. There are many such promises on the road, and only one Vice President.

Fleuries on January 30, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Final thoughts. I wish everyone well.

You must remember that after Erick Erickson banned Donald Trump from Red State gathering, Trump’s number skyrocketed in the GOP primary polls. Alabama polls have Trump way ahead. Georgia is even bigger in Trump’s column.

Donald Trump attacking Fox and the pundits who supported RINOs is brilliant. The revealing of the amount of money really bad political consultants on the GOP side have made with little results – most of the work has been done at the local and state level by unpaid activists – and the overlap of Crony Capitalist Fox (supporters of Common Core, TPA, and open borders) and many pundits, periodicals and website have been exposed.

I don’t know that Trump is the best candidate, but attacking a great senator because he might endorse him when you are not attacking RINO Lindsay Graham for endorsing Bush or conservative bashing Chaffetz for endorsing Rubio seem disingenuous and transparent.

Let the people vote.

Best of health to all.

TAARP on January 30, 2016 at 11:05 AM

huckabee nor ANY of the other loser candidates will be a VP pick for Trump.

Garyinaz66 on January 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM

What Trump and Huckabee have in common is that neither one of them will ever be POTUS.

Moesart on January 30, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Huckabee is a big government statist on a lot of issues so there’s that in common with Trump.

jnelchef on January 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM

I don’t know that Trump is the best candidate, but attacking a great senator because he might endorse him when you are not attacking RINO Lindsay Graham for endorsing Bush or conservative bashing Chaffetz for endorsing Rubio seem disingenuous and transparent.

Let the people vote.

Best of health to all.

TAARP on January 30, 2016 at 11:05 AM

kind of agree with what you say, but chaffetz is not a conservative, far from it. like rubio, cruz and paul, he ran and got elected as one, but like rubio, cruz and paul, the party and his donor/owners control him. And like rubio, cruz and paul, he prefers the $$$ from his donor owners and slavewagers, both illegal and legal to American Citizens

Jason Chaffetz, was added to ALIPAC’s Illegal alien amnesty supporter list October 5, 2013 and added to The Cantor List Summer 2015.

Jason Chaffetz Amnesty Support Summary:

ALIPAC had to drop our endorsement of Jason Chaffetz and move him from our friends list to our opposition list, after Cristina Rendon of ABC Channel 4 reported on 8/21/2013 that Chaffetz endorsed immigration reform amnesty at a town hall meeting in Holladay City Hall.

“There should be a pathway to citizenship, not a special pathway and not no pathway, but there has to be a legal lawful way to go through this process that works and right now it doesn’t,” Chaffetz said. Current US laws prohibit illegal aliens from becoming US citizens as a punitive measure to deter people from illegally immigrating so this means Chaffetz wants to change our laws to accommodate millions of illegals.

Jason Chaffetz ,went on to say he wanted to increase legal immigration levels beyond their current historic, hyper, and unsustainable highs by raising high skilled worker visa numbers, increasing the number of guest worker visas, and changing family visas! (Click to view source)

Jason Chaffetz recently complained on 06/04/15 that Congress “missed an opportunity” to take up Immigration Reform and the term immigration reform is now synonymous with amnesty for illegals. He noted that his bill that would remove all numerical limits on visas from certain countries was not heard! (click for source)
What makes Jason Chaffetz one of the worst illegal alien amnesty supporters in Congress? He came to power and originally won his seat by defeating incumbent congressman, Chris Cannon, by campaigning against Cannon on illegal immigration in 2010.

Jason Chaffetz’s ,predecessor Congressman Chris Cannon was a notorious illegal alien amnesty supporter. Jason Chaffetz had us all fooled when he promised to offer us a choice of someone new who would oppose amnesty.

Now we know that Jason Chaffetz is clearly a skilled liar, has sold everyone that trusted him out, and now serves the US Chamber of Commerce by working hard to both pass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens currently in America and to greatly expand legal immigration levels beyond their current historic high levels at 1.6 million per year!

Jason Chaffetz is from Utah, where the Mormon church is hell bent on granting amnesty for illegal aliens that they employ to build their big temples and churches. The Mormons also believe that the ancient (Caucasian in appearance) gods once worshiped by the ancestors of many illegal immigrants from Central America were an incarnation of Jesus Christ! The Mormon Church runs Utah, and GOP activists have had to fight very hard against the church to stop Utah from granting amnesty for illegals on the state level.

Jason Chaffetz. is so aligned with notorious amnesty supporter and Obama facilitator John Boehner, that he even tried to punish other GOP lawmakers like NC Republican, Mark Meadows, for daring to challenge the corrupt leadership’s attempts to cave to Obama on every issue!

Chaffetz and Boehner retaliate against anti-amnesty lawmakers! (click to read)
http://www.alipac.us/f34/jason-chaffetz-r-ut-us-congress-supports-amnesty-illegal-aliens-311751/

Garyinaz66 on January 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM

I’ve said for 3 months Huckabee makes the Cruz voters satisfied after Trump beats him silly. Trump-Huckabee

NYCMike on January 30, 2016 at 11:27 AM

The Trump haters should unite. Erickson should start adding the little tidbit below to all his articles about Trump that Huffpo has pinned to all their Trump articles

” to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”

Nice. Why is HA even providing links to such BS ?

rik on January 30, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Nice. Why is HA even providing links to such BS ?

rik on January 30, 2016 at 11:32 AM

same TDS, and same agenda

Garyinaz66 on January 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Chaffetz will no doubt see himself as heir apparent to Orrin Hatch. We will do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Mia Love is another sellout – ran against amnesty and Boehner and debt, voted for amnesty, PP funding, Boehner, Ryan and more debt.

I guess not everyone can be Mike Lee

TAARP on January 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Trump hints at the possibility of the V.P. slot to anyone he wants something from. There are many such promises on the road, and only one Vice President.

Fleuries on January 30, 2016 at 11:05 AM

There’s a first time for anything, just not this

rik on January 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Remember, Hugh Hewitt threatened anyone who didn’t vote for Paul Ryan as speaker. Banned them from his show and said he would do everything he could to primary them.

TAARP on January 30, 2016 at 11:39 AM

But Rubio doesn’t need Huck; he’s got plenty of socially conservative cred in his own right

Marco Rubio = Angela Merkel. It does not matter how socially conservative you are if you are a member of the Angela Merkel wing of the GOP? No one wants that who has any common sense, or basic survival instincts. So I am not a big “Bumblebee” fan, but at least, unlike Rubio, he clearly does not want Cologne to happen in America.

BTW AP…How is that working out for Germany?

William Eaton on January 30, 2016 at 11:47 AM

The farther Trump gets from Huck, the better.

rightwingyahooo on January 30, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Jason Chaffetz is from Utah, where the Mormon church is hell bent on granting amnesty for illegal aliens that they employ to build their big temples and churches. The Mormons also believe that the ancient (Caucasian in appearance) gods once worshiped by the ancestors of many illegal immigrants from Central America were an incarnation of Jesus Christ! The Mormon Church runs Utah, and GOP activists have had to fight very hard against the church to stop Utah from granting amnesty for illegals on the state level.

Jason Chaffetz. is so aligned with notorious amnesty supporter and Obama facilitator John Boehner, that he even tried to punish other GOP lawmakers like NC Republican, Mark Meadows, for daring to challenge the corrupt leadership’s attempts to cave to Obama on every issue!

Chaffetz and Boehner retaliate against anti-amnesty lawmakers! (click to read)
http://www.alipac.us/f34/jason-chaffetz-r-ut-us-congress-supports-amnesty-illegal-aliens-311751/

Garyinaz66 on January 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Gary
I agree with your assessment with Jason Chaffetz but as far as your analysis of the Mormon Church and using illegals for the building of their temples and churches that is patently false. Without going into detail, the LDS Church only uses companies that are approved by an extensive background to operate in and to build their churches and temples. To actually work on the temple, one must have a temple recommend which an illegal alien would not have…

again, though Chaffetz, who I like(d), did sell us down the river. McCain has done the same to us here in AZ as you know going by your screen name. Remember when we was running for re-election in 2010, he was screaming “build the damn fence”…where is that guy now? I hope he gets primaried this time around.

g2825m on January 30, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Huck may need a job, because it’s safe to assume Ailles isn’t in the market. After his stunt of showing up at Trumps rally during the debate is pretty much a betrayal of the employer who supported you over the last few years.

Huck’s attack on Cruz’ religion and now backstabbing Fox tells you all you need to know a bout the men’s character…….that he doesn’t have any.

Tater Salad on January 30, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUlJGZAMFNI&feature=youtu.be

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Trump is fading and it shows……really fading fast….Only a few nutjobs at his “events” remains and they are mostly traveling around with him in his plane

Realdemocrat1 on January 30, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Huckabee was also the only 2008 Presidential candidate who committed to Senator Jeff Sessions’ 15 point action plan to restore law and order to America’s broken immigration system.

ITguy on January 29, 2016 at 10:45 PM

Interesting. I don’t really trust Huck, but I didn’t know he’d made such a commitment either.

Stoic Patriot, you still around? I recall you’ve been sort of a lone pro-Huckabee voice in the wilderness and wouldn’t mind hearing your thoughts.

Doomberg on January 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Well, I’m a bit late to the party, but yes, Huckabee does have a better-than-perceived record on illegal immigration (I removed a hyperlink here since I think that may be why HA swallowed my post), and he’s been more solid than the average Republican since his 2008 campaign. His position put a much greater emphasis on enforcement of existing law than other candidates back when he was originally running, and Huckabee has consistently supported an actual compromise — not the “business lobby gets everything they want and the base maybe gets a morsel” schtick.

The compromise position he has favored has been that you don’t punish children for the actions of their parents, but that parents and fully-grown adults are in fact that: adults. Consequently, he would secure the border, slash guest worker programs, round up and deport illegal immigrants already here, but grant legal status to children brought to the United States as minors. That way you remain in keeping with the rule of law as well as family values, and hold people responsible only insofar as they bear any responsibility.

However, at the time he first took that position, the business lobby turned up their noses and said not good enough, wanted no interior enforcement but instead blanket amnesty to guarantee cheap labor, and for the border to remain unsecure so that the flow of cheap labor never stopped. Trump of course has completely turned the conversation around, and now the Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of getting full enforcement in exchange for nothing, which, quite frankly, is what’s supposed to happen anyway under existing law.

I still plan on voting for Huckabee, but my sense of things is that the opportunity for a reasonable compromise like the one he proposed on this issue that would have restored the rule of law has passed. The Chamber of Commerce has made clear that they taking an all-or-nothing stance, and if that level of hubris gets them Trump who gives them nothing and punches them in the nose, then they’ll have reaped what they’ve sewn.

Stoic Patriot on January 30, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Trump is fading and it shows……really fading fast….Only a few nutjobs at his “events” remains and they are mostly traveling around with him in his plane
Realdemocrat1 on January 30, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Whatever it takes to get yourself through the day.

I just hope that when reality finally hits you, you don’t harm yourself.

LegendHasIt on January 30, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Steve Deace Meltdown on Twitter:

Steve Deace [email protected] 4h4 hours ago

The quote is a fake. The whole story is a fake. It’s why it’s not being reported everywhere. You’ve been had.

Steve Deace [email protected] 4h4 hours ago

I’ll admit, my friend, the cult is far more draining to confront than the opponent.

Steve Deace [email protected] 4h4 hours ago

That letter is a fake, you know, like Trump is a fake conservative.
#MakingCultsGreatAgain

Steve Deace [email protected] 1h1 hour ago

Over two hours ago I said the mailer was real. Over two hours ago. Over two hours ago. Repeat — over two hours ago.

NWConservative on January 30, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Sorry, but even as a Trump fan I find this photo hillarious.

http://www.redstate.com/2016/01/29/mike-huckabees-desperate-loathsome-attack-ted-cruz/

Paperclips on January 30, 2016 at 4:53 PM

Trump is fading and it shows……really fading fast….Only a few nutjobs at his “events” remains and they are mostly traveling around with him in his plane

Realdemocrat1 on January 30, 2016 at 3:20 PM

At the very least, he’s peaked.

Trump is unelectable. The sooner the gop voters realize it the better we can run a candidate that can win.

Most political and media commentators have at this point installed Donald Trump as the GOP front-runner on the eve of the first actual voting set to begin on Monday in Iowa. But this narrative tends to obscure the fact that Trump is the most unpopular candidate of either party when the entire U.S. population is taken into account — and that he has a higher unfavorable rating than any nominated candidate from either of the two major parties going back to the 1992 election when we began to track favorability using the current format.

At this point (two-week average through Jan. 27), 33% of Americans view Trump favorably and 60% unfavorably. It’s that 60% unfavorable figure that I can focus on here.

voiceofreason on January 30, 2016 at 5:04 PM

It would be a smart political move by Trump to have an evangelical on the ticket. The rub is that if something happens to Trump the country is really up the paddle without a creek.

MaiDee on January 30, 2016 at 5:50 PM

HUCKAFILTH

PappyD61 on January 30, 2016 at 6:28 PM

Perhaps Mr.Erickson might ponder whether Santorum and Huckabee showed up just to support the veterans.But that would have prevented him from being able to take potshots at Trump,so forget that.They met their Zod and knelt before him? that settles it. Beck’s mental illness is contagious. Find a shrink fast Erickson,and whatever you do don’t go to Beck’s, because he is clearly a quack.

redware on January 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM

I enjoyed Erick Erickson’s takedown of Huckabee and Santorum for appearing at Trump’s event last night – the anonymous RINO camel molester

Of course you did, but as someone else suggested you really belong over at the Daily KOS.

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/01/29/has-politico-imploded/comment-page-1/#comment-10477680

earlgrey on January 30, 2016 at 11:22 PM

Was this the quid pro quo for the huckster appearing at the no debate rally? Some deal……..ha ha ha……….two hucksters for the price of one.

Lee Jan on January 31, 2016 at 7:43 AM

Allahpundit, if you had any sense of decency, honor, or regard for the truth, you would update this piece with the fact that Huckabee isn’t going to be in Little Rock (per the Weekly Standard:

Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday—an odd location for an event less than a week away from the New Hampshire primary. That stop on Trump’s itinerary has prompted some speculation that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee may endorse Trump, but on Saturday Huckabee categorically denied that he would endorse anyone this week.

“I can rule out any possibility—I’m not endorsing anybody this week,” Huckabee told THE WEEKLY STANDARD following an event at a gun range. “I plan to be a candidate during the process. Honestly, I had nothing to do with the event in Little Rock, had no idea it was going to be until I read it in the press. And I will not be in Little Rock on Wednesday.”

However, instead, you’ve keep this rumor mongering trash post at the top of the fold of Hot Air in an attempt to slander Huckabee.

adamsweb on January 31, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Trump, Palin, Hackabee … can Sharpton be far behind?

steveracer on January 31, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Word on the street is– Trump will walk away as a winner in the first four primaries. The Trump haters tears will be so sweet.

Mr. Arrogant on January 31, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday—an odd location for an event…

… if you’re only focusing on the primaries.

Now who in the general election would have ties to Little Rock, Arkansas? What do you think the significance would be of having a rally in the hometown of an opponent who abandoned that hometown for New York?

And why are pundits playing checkers against a candidate who plays 3D chess?

dominigan on February 1, 2016 at 9:45 AM

I could see Mike mooching up to Trump for a possible VP. If Trump gets it and Mike serves as VP, it’s a lock on running for president in 8. He’ll be 68, younger than the Donald is now and it would give him all kinds of Cred especially if team Trump does a decent job.

Endunamoo on February 1, 2016 at 2:35 PM