Friday, December 29, 2006
Who Will Be the Leading GOP Presidential Contenders in 2008
2006-12-28 -- USA Religious News
WASHINGTON, DC (AgapePress) - A conservative activist and political commentator predicts three 2008 Republican presidential candidates will set themselves apart from the rest of the pack over the next year.
The three candidates Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation is referring to are Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Weyrich, who has been involved in politics for decades, says twice Governor Huckabee had him "on the [edge] of his chair" during a recent forum.
According to Weyrich, the former Baptist preacher "can speak like no other candidate."
"He is dynamic, he is exciting, he believes in all the right things," says Weyrich in describing the Arkansas governor. "I think that if conservatives really got behind him, that they would bump him up to be a first-tier candidate."
As for Newt Gingrich, Weyrich says the former Speaker is "always good out of office, but as soon as he gets in office, he isn't good anymore."
And when it comes to Romney, Weyrich offers a cautionary note, saying conservatives need to be wary, given the governor's flip-flopping on front-burner issues like abortion and homosexual "marriage."
"Governor Romney is going to make an attempt to sound like us," say Weyrich. "[But] I don't think he is; I don't think he's the genuine article. And I think he really ought to be closely examined, especially for the flip-flops he now claims he's done on abortion, on same-sex marriage, on any number of issues -- including hate crimes, by the way."
The Free Congress Foundation founder also offers his take on Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, describing him as a "wonderful" candidate for social conservatives, but one who lacks "fire in the belly" and is not likely to go very far.
Of course, none of this is news to readers of this blog. We've been telling you this since 2005!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Here's a great link to start with: About Mike Huckabee
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Seems the left has noticed that as well, with trepidation.
Kos, of The Daily Kos posted this today:
2008: Huckabee can raise money
Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 09:46:53 AM PST
The GOP primary calendar is tailor-made for John McCain, who continues to pile up institutional support thanks to his strong adoption of the Bush agenda and portfolio of wars.
However, if anyone can take a bite out of the McCain Pander Express, it's Mike Huckabee. And he just showed that one of the potential roadblocks to a serious bid -- money -- can be overcome.
As of this posting there are over 100 comments to the Kos piece, most bemoaning the threat of Huckabee's candidacy. You see, the left knows Senator Hillary Clinton is going to be their nominee and they desperately want her opponent will also be a Senator (McCain). They know Senators do not match up well with Governors -- especially Southern Governors.
The question is: Are you going to give the left what it wants? Or are you going to give them Mike Huckabee?
For the entire article from Little Rock's Today's THV, click HERE.
Friday, December 22, 2006
A very merry Christmas to you all. Mike Huckabee President 2008 will return after the holidays.
This week on Tucker Carlson's show on MSNBC, Paul Bedard from U.S. News & World Report was on. Here's a bit of the transcript:
CARLSON: It‘s pretty smart. It‘s pretty smart. Now, speaking of the White House, you said earlier, off the air, the Democrats are actually worried about a potential Republican presidential candidate who hasn‘t gotten a lot of press attention.
BEDARD: The Democrats, they are worried about Mike Hukabee, Arkansas governor. He‘s been there for twelve years. he‘s very conservative. They have even done on internal paper, it‘s right here, but I can‘t show it to you because we have confidential sources. The says in it, he stands the chance of being the real outsider, compared to McCain, Giuliani, Gingrich or Romney.
It's great news that the Democratic insiders and the national media are taking Huckabee seriously. But its not news to readers of this blog.
We've been saying it for months!
Says MMC: "The rumor around the campfire is that Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is having more success raising money for a potential GOP Presidential run than anyone (including Huckabee) thought he would. It seems that the Former Southern Fat Boy is hiring campaign staff at a good clip and shipping them down to Arkansas."
Crass references to the Governor's former weight issues aside, we appreciate MMC's report because it confirms some things we've been hearing as well. Of course, none of this is a surprise to readers of this blog.
We've been telling you it was going to happen since Feb. 2005.
Onward and upward,
Monday, December 18, 2006
Said political pundit E.J. Dionne: ...the flare up over Romney will benefit outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, if he indeed decides to run. "The person who this is good for is Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas," Dionne said on the Sunday morning program. "There is room on the right end of the Republican spectrum, not the far right . . . but I think Huckabee has some real potential as an evangelical Christian who speaks in kind of a warm and open way," Dionne said."If Romney falters as a result of this, I think it's an opening for Huckabee," Dionne added.
Here's a great new article from Paul Bedard at U.S. News & World Report that provides some insight into what insiders from both parties are saying about Huckabee.
The Biggest Loser Poised for Big Win
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has made headlines with his eat-fresh childhood obesity prescriptions and his own 110-pound weight loss, but it's not his personal Biggest Loser victory that has Democrats taking notice. They think this 2008 dark horse presidential candidate is poised to gobble up his GOP opponents and win the Republican nomination.
A preliminary internal review of Huckabee by the Dems says: "With national Republicans in disarray and the GOP base angry and demoralized, Huckabee may be the best positioned to run as a true Washington outsider." It's a winning pattern: Bill Clinton, another Hope, Ark., kid, did the same thing back in 1992.
Republicans are also paying attention. One important look-see came from top Republican Party fundraiser and cosmetics magnate Georgette Mosbacher, who was Sen. John McCain's national campaign cochair in 2000. The Borghese exec hosted a fundraiser at her New York home for Huck and was wowed by his weight-loss story. "It's something so many Americans can relate to, particularly baby boomers," she tells us. But, she adds, he might have only regional appeal, and "we don't need another southern state." Conservatives are also studying him, more wowed by his pro-family stances than his occasional tax hikes. All of which make him a top vice presidential pick if he doesn't break out.
Editor's note to Ms. Mosbacher: Trust us, Huckabee has national appeal. But be careful, also, about assuming the southern bloc of states will stay together without Huckabee. They won't -- especially if Guiliani, Romney or McCain top the ticket.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Reports from the scene say the crowd held signs and chanted "Run, Mike, Run!"
For the official reports, click HERE.
And now, another one.
For years Huckabee's partisan enemies in Arkansas have characterized his use of the Arkansas State Police airplane as an excess -- as if it was an abuse of his power. They did this despite the fact that the Governor's office clearly showed it was perfectly legal to use the plane in the course of state business and for security reasons.
In November Governor Huckabee's successor was elected -- Democrat, Mike Beebe.
Guess what Beebe's people are saying about the plane?
According to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist (and deluded Huckabee critic) John Brummett: "a Beebe guy [took] me aside to explain that one thing I apparently never understood is that the State Police airplane was always intended for gubernatorial use."
Let's hear that again: "... a Beebe guy [took] me aside to explain that one thing I apparently never understood is that the State Police airplane was always intended for gubernatorial use."
The Democratic governor-elect just confirmed everything the Huckabee administration told the press long ago. And lest you think maybe Beebe is mistaken, I'll point out to you that he is the current Attorney General -- chances are he knows the rules.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
In each of Huckabee's instances with the "ethics" commission, a complaint was filed by a Democrat (often an opponent during an election), and went before a commission dominated by Democrats who interpreted a confusing tangle of poorly written rules and laws in any way they saw fit.
And thats not the worst of it. Of all people, members of an ethics panel should be unbiased, fair, and...well...ethical, right?
But are they? You decide.
Ark. ethics commissioner resigns
By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press Writer
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Herschel Cleveland, an Arkansas ethics commissioner who made illegal campaign donations to two Democratic candidates in the 2006 election, resigned his post Friday after two years of service.
Cleveland, a former [Democratic] speaker of the Arkansas House, announced his decision during a commission meeting. Cleveland ran into trouble in the early part of this year after he gave $500 to gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe and $250 to Mike Hathorn of Huntsville, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary.
Arkansas law bars ethics commissioners from contributing to candidates who are running for state or local office. Cleveland was later fined $500 and issued a letter of caution. Cleveland apologized to the commission, saying he had made a mistake.
Current [Democratic] House Speaker Bill Stovall originally nominated Cleveland to fill a five-year term on the panel. "I'm just tickled that he served that two years," said Stovall, D-Quitman. "I hate that he decided to step down, but I certainly accept his decision."
For the full text of the story, click HERE.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
In the waning days of his tenure, Governor Mike Huckabee has written a series of articles titled "My Decade as Governor." Here's the next in the series we are bringing to you, on the subject of accomplishments over the last ten years in the strengthening of familes and protecting children -- especially the unborn.
As someone nears the end of something, whether it is a job, trip, or even their life, they often look back and review those things which they consider to be accomplishments. As I near the end of my term as your Governor, I find myself looking forward to the next chapter of my life by reviewing what we were able to accomplish during the past 10 years.
I entered into politics in order to make a difference for the future generations of Arkansans, and that includes the unborn. During my tenure as Governor, I’ve worked with the Arkansas General Assembly to pass key pieces of legislation to ensure that every life in Arkansas is valued and protected. Starting in 1999 with the Fetal Protection Act, we changed the debate in Arkansas on abortion. We then continued with The Safe Haven Act and the Woman’s Right to Know Act.
"Being pro-life is not just about protecting the unborn’s right to life, but
also ensuring that those children will grow up in a safe and nurturing
environment, have good schools, and are afforded the best opportunities...part of the equation ... is to make sure they have a mother and a father raising them."
The Fetal Protection Act of 1999 changed Arkansas’ criminal code to allow for an individual who attacks a pregnant woman and if her unborn child dies as a result of the attack to be charged with murder. It put in place in Arkansas’ code that an unborn child would be recognized as a human being, something not done prior to this Act, and stated that the taking of this life could also be punishable by death.
In light of many horrific stories about newborns being abandoned, we passed the Safe Haven Act of 2001. This Act allows a mother to drop off her newborn at any medical facility in the state without fear of repercussion. It is my hope that this act will end the senseless abandonment of defenseless children, save lives, and also provide the opportunity for adoption and a safe environment for these children to live.
Education is the key to everything, and that is no different for medical procedures. If you were to undergo any operation, you would most likely research and discuss it with your doctor. However, in the case of abortion, there typically has been no education – no discussion. Now, under the Woman’s Right to Know Act of 2001, we have provided the option for that education. If a woman so chooses, she can receive any and all information available about an abortion before the procedure. While some contend this is merely an effort to reduce the number of abortions, it is predominately an effort to better educate a woman to all the repercussions of this procedure and ensure they are fully informed before making such a life altering decision.
Being pro-life is not just about protecting the unborn’s right to life, but also ensuring that those children will grow up in a safe and nurturing environment, have good schools, and are afforded the best opportunities available to succeed in life. Part of the equation to guarantee the success of children is to make sure they have a mother and a father raising them.
In Arkansas, we have taken numerous steps to promote and ensure the success of marriages. Arkansas is historically has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. This is shocking and should be cause for alarm for all of us. All those facts being considered, that is why in 1999 I called a Governor’s Conference of the Family meeting and declared a state of marital emergency in Arkansas. While we are not in the business as government to interfere in the personal lives of our citizens, we are here to protect our children and manage the state in a fiscally responsible way. The cost of divorce, while incalculable on a personal level, is staggering for the state. According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, 75 percent of children living in single-parent families will experience poverty before the age of 11.
After looking at these statistics and meeting with people across the state, I proposed – and the legislature passed – the Covenant Marriage Act of 2001. We joined two other states in providing couples, married or newlyweds, the option to enter into a commitment which is less easy to dissolve than the common marriage. Through a covenant marriage, couples agree to premarital counseling, and agree to more limited grounds for divorce, unless safety of either spouse or children is a concern. Numerous pastors have embraced the idea, refusing to perform wedding ceremonies for couples that do not take the effort of receiving premarital counseling.
Government can also provide incentives to promote marriage and more stable lives for our citizens and more importantly our children. One of the incentives we were able to sign into law was the elimination of the marriage penalty. It is illogical to me that the government would penalize married couple for filing their income tax returns jointly.
We have worked hard during these past 10 years to establish that not only are unborn children human beings with a right to life, but to make sure they grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. We have worked to encourage life, and emphasize that every life has a meaning and a value. But we have also taken that further by promoting healthy marriages, healthy environments, and a solid education system. Our Creator charged us to care and watch over his creation, and it is our sacred duty to provide for the welfare and care of our future generations.
For the article in its original appearance, click HERE.
Monday, December 11, 2006
A Manchester Republican activist has agreed to head up the New Hampshire organization of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee if he decides to run for president.
Cliff Hurst, the former chair of the Manchester Republican Committee, will be Huckabee's New Hampshire campaign chairman. Hurst's son, David, is also expected to work on the campaign if Huckabee runs.
Huckabee said he will decide whether or not to run after the holidays.
Friday, December 08, 2006
-- Gov. Mike Huckabee received the "Role Model of the Year" Award from the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program tonight at the Senate Russell Building in Washington, D.C.
"It's an honor to be recognized by this organization. Sen. George Voinovich introduced me to this innovative effort which works to improve the opportunities for young Americans," Gov. Huckabee said. "It's been a pleasure to work with JAG during the past several years."
The award honors Gov. Huckabee for his life of integrity and mission to improve opportunities for both youth and adults.
JAG is a school-to-career program implemented in 700 high schools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools across the country and the United Kingdom. The mission of JAG is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career.
"Arkansas has benefitted from participation in JAG, and this has helped build career opportunities for hundreds of young Arkansans," Gov. Huckabee said.
Read the whole story HERE.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) has long maintained that he won’t make a final decision about 2008 until after he leaves the governor's office on Jan. 9, but Huckabee strategist Bob Wickers told ABC News that the Arkansas governor's Dec. 16 fundraising gala and January book launch are "indicative of where things are headed."
Huckabee's forthcoming book -- "From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 Stops to Restoring America’s Greatness" -- promises to lay out his vision on immigration and the shifts in America's job market, the rising financial and personal costs of health care issues, the need for music and the arts as part of children’s core education, and the mishandling of taxes.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
He went on to say Gov. Huckabee of Arkansas "[is the one] many favor because he's a former preacher and is mesmerizing in his speaking ability."
Monday, December 04, 2006
Here are the results:
Mitt Romney 2044 votes 23%
George Pataki 2029 votes 23%
Mike Huckabee 1512 votes 17%
Bill Frist 1000 votes 11%
This is important news for Governor Huckabee for three reasons:
First, of all the potential candidates, Huckabee has done the least in Iowa in terms of hiring staff and building a "ground team." The fact that he garners this much support compared to Romney and Pataki, both of whom have been much more active in Iowa than Governor Huckabee, is very telling.
Second, neither Romeny nor Pataki, both of whom are northeastern liberals, can survive the hard look Iowa conservatives will give them prior to the caucuses.
Third, fourth place finisher Bill Frist announced just last week he is not running. Of the top four finishers, southern conservative Frist is most like Huckabee. One has to wonder how many of Frist's votes would have gone to Huckabee if Frist had not been listed on the poll.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Jeff also has a Facebook group for Governor Huckabee. You can check that out HERE.
Welcome, Jeff. We are excited to have you and we appreciate your support forGovernor Huckabee!
Please hop on over to Jeff's blog to welcome him to the team. Click HERE.