Saturday, April 14, 2012

Huckabee for VP?

I'm hearing rumors that Mike Huckabee may be on Mitt Romney's short list for VP. While I think this would clearly be a good move for Romney (with women, with conservatives, with southerers, with Floridians, etc.) I just don't see it. I don't see Mike Huckabee joining a ticket with a pandering, flip-flopping, abortion supporting, anti-gun, closet liberal when he can just sit back and wait for the opportunity to run for the top of the ticket in 2016. I don't see Romney defeating Obama.


BSR

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Huckabee Re-Opens Door?

Speaking today at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Gov. Huckabee seems to have decided to re-open the door to running for president ever-so-slightly.

BSR

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Huckabee's Ready-Made Campaign

Here's a great article from Real Clear Politics that is a must-read for any Huckabee fan ... or foe for that matter.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: RealClearPolitics - Mike Huckabee's Ready-Made Campaign (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Romney Chairman quits. Can't deal with "ever-changing persona."

Mitt Romney's 2008 New Hampshire chairman, Bruce Keough, just declined an invitation to handle Romney's 2012 campaign saying he's "no longer sure what Romney stands for."

According to Keough, he could no longer handle Romney's "wishy-washy political identity and inability to stake out firm, consistent opinions."

Imagine how slimey do you have to be to be too slimey for a seasoned political operative.

BSR

in reference to: Ex-Romney Campaign Chair: I'm Done With Mitt | Mother Jones (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

BREAKING: More Huckabee Signals of Run for President

According to Politico, Gov. Huckabee has announced he will speak at a Louisiana GOP event that will feature candidates for president.

"Huckabee has been sending increasing signals that he is leaning toward a run," Politico says.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Mike Huckabee to join candidates at GOP event in June - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, May 02, 2011

No Huckabee, no debate. Romney bows out.

Back in February, I blogged that I didn't thing anyone serious was going to participate in any early GOP presidential debates until they knew what Huckabee was going to do. About Romney,specifically, I said I didn't think he would risk sharing the stage early on with the likes of the Godfather's Pizza CEO and the guy who yells "the rent's too damn high" only to have Huckabee throw his hat in the ring later.

Well, Romney bowed out of the first debate today saying, "the field is too unsettled and he's not an announced candidate."

As I said before, any debate without Huckabee at this stage of the game will be considered illigitimate.

BSR

Huckabee Statement: "Welcome to hell, bin Laden."

The following is the full text of Mike Huckabee's statement on the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces, taken from MikeHuckabee.com.

"It is unusual to celebrate a death, but today Americans and decent people the world over cheer the news that madman, murderer and terrorist Osama Bin Laden is dead. The leader of Al Qaeda--- responsible for the deaths of 3000 innocent citizens on September 11, 2001, and whose maniacal hate is responsible for the deaths of thousands of US servicemen and women was killed by U.S. military. President Obama confirmed the announcement late last night. DNA tests confirmed his death and his body is in the possession of the
U.S.

It has taken a long time for this monster to be brought to justice. Welcome to hell, bin Laden. Let us all hope that his demise will serve notice to Islamic radicals the world over that the United States will be relentless is tracking down and terminating those who would inflict terror, mayhem and death on any of our citizens."

Friday, April 29, 2011

NEWS: GOP Operative: "Huck is in."

John Ellis, writing for Business Insider, just published an article that has a tantalizing bit of info in it. The article notes rumors that ran rampant this week that Huckabee had decided not to run.

After writing about these rumors earlier this week, Ellis says he quickly heard from "a half dozen operatives and journalists who are well-wired into Republican party politics."

The "best-wired" among them, Ellis says, told him flatly "Huck is in."

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Huckabee: likely 2012 GOP presidential candidate (view on Google Sidewiki)

Huckabee Sheds Glimmer of Light on Intentions

After a blogger erroneously reported in South Carolina that Mike Huckabee would not run for president, Huckabee's previous South Carolina campaign Chairman picked up the phone yesterday and called him for clarification.

Huckabee said: "...I'm asking folks to keep their powder dry because there may be something coming in the near future that may be worth keeping your powder dry for....I am weighing it (running) very heavily and I am considering it as seriously as I have ever been."

Huckabee ran for President in 2008 as a virtual unknown and shocked the nation by nearly taking the nomination - finishing second to John McCain.

Onward and upward,

BSR
in reference to: Huckabee ‘asking folks to keep their powder dry,’ adviser says – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs (view on Google Sidewiki) Photo by Slate.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Huckabee run for GOP nomination looking more likely.

Huckabee run looking more likely.

Mitt Romney Has a "Willie Horton" Problem

It seems Governor Mitt Romney has a very disturbing "Willie Horton" problem he is trying to avoid talking about.


Daniel T. Tavares
 In February 2006, complaining that the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) wasn’t forwarding enough applicants for his consideration, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said he wanted the JNC to focus solely on applicants’ educational and professional experience. “I reserve to myself the responsibility to evaluate judicial temperament and philosophy,” Romney wrote.

Under this structure, Gov. Romney appointed career prosecutor Kathe Tuttman to the bench. In the first half of 2007, Judge Tuttman heard the case of a convicted murderer named Daniel T. Tavares. Taveres, in prison for murdering his own mother by stabbing her 26 times, went before Judge Tuttman to request early release because, under Massachusetts law, he was eligible to do so after serving the “lower end” of his sentence.

Tuttman granted the request and ordered that a date be set for Tavares’ release. Three days before Taveres was to be released, on June 11, 2007, he was charged with assaulting two prison guards and ordered held on $100,000 bail by another Judge (Martha Brennan).
“I reserve to myself the responsibility to evaluate judicial temperament and philosophy."
                                        --Governor Mitt Romney

But Romney-appointed Judge Tuttman overturned her colleague’s decision, cancelled Taveres’ $100,000 bail and ordered him released on his own recognizance. Furthermore, despite the viciousness of his crime, his history of violent behavior in prison, the order of her colleague Judge Brennan that he be held, and the pending legal action on him for assaulting two prison guards, Judge Tuttman stated from the bench that she did not believe Taveres to be a flight risk. This was on July 16, 2007.

She was wrong, with devastating consequences.

Seven days later, on July 23, Taveres jumped bail and fled across the country to Graham, Washington.

On November 17, 2007 – just 4 months after Judge Kathe Tuttman, for whom Gov. Romney reserved to himself the responsibility to evaluate before appointing, ordered the release of Daniel T. Tavares – the convicted murderer walked up to his neighbor’s house in Graham, Washington and shot newly-weds Brian and Beverly Mauck to death.

It gets worse.

In December, 2007 two members of the board that approved Gov. Romney’s appointment of Judge Tuttman to the bench called for her removal, claiming that Gov. Romney had recommended her to them without telling them of her involvement as a prosecutor in a botched case that freed a child rapist.

The case involved a child rapist named Daniel Parra, who walked free after prosecutors headed by Kathe Tuttman missed deadlines in their failed bid to have him committed as a sexually dangerous person in 2005.

Gov. Romney, who changed the state’s judicial nominating process saying “I reserve to myself the responsibility to evaluate judicial temperament and philosophy,” nominated Tuttman to the bench just six months later.

Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who oversaw the judicial nominating council under Romney, called the botched child rapist case “very disturbing” and acknowledged that the connection to Tuttman was missed in the nomination process.

An incompetent prosecutor and unqualified judge, nominated by Romney, who “reserved to himself” responsibility for evaluating her, granted early release to a heavily tattooed white supremacist (Tavares) who had served just 16 years of a life sentence for butchering his mother. She did this while Tavares was charged with assaulting two prison guards, overriding the order of a colleague that he be held on $100,000 bail. She cancelled the $100,000 bail and ordered the release of Tavares on personal recognizance. Seven days later, Tavares jumped bail. Four months later, he murdered two newly-weds in cold blood.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesman for Gov. Romney issued a statement saying the judge’s decision to release Tavares was “an inexplicable lapse in judgment and was inexcusable.” Worcester (MA) District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said Judge Tuttman erroneously released Tavares …“I’ve never seen $100,000 bail knocked down to (personal recognizance) before.”

Romney has so far failed to comment.

Source: http://biggovernment.com/dladams/2011/04/21/1988-redux-mitt-romneys-willie-horton/

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

South Carolina Gov. Beasley: "Barbour out helps Huckabee."

Former Gov. David Beasley of South Carolina, a strong supporter of Huckabee's in that critical "first in the South" primary state, says that the decision by Gov. Haley Barbour (MS) to bow out of the 2012 race for the GOP noimination "primarily, overwhelmingly, helps Huckabee."

Huckabee, who has consitently lead in virturally every poll for months - including South Carolina - is still considering whether or not he will enter the race.

According to Politico, "chatter in South Carolina GOP circles was louder on Wednesday surrounding Huckabee...".

Things are setting up nicely for Huckabee. He leads very strongly in Iowa, the very first primary state - and which he won in 2008. The next state is New Hampshire - which is much more liberal, and not a state Huckabee would be exptected to win (essentially a "skip"). Next would be South Carolina - noted for being the "first-in-the-South" primary state and a leading indicator of how the delegate-rich Southern bloc of states is likely to go.

Winning Iowa and South Carolina (2 of the first 3) would position Huckabee very strongly going in the rest of the primary states and would likely propel him to the nomination.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Haley Barbour bail out boosts Mike Huckabee, ex-S.C. Gov. David Beasley says - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com (view on Google Sidewiki)