Monday, April 30, 2007
"An incrementalist conservative - with a sense of humor? A cautious Christian who strives to bring morality, as well as common sense, to policy questions? Huckabee is not far from where the country is right now..."
April 30, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Well, there are good days and there are bad days. This will go down as one of the "bad" days for David Huckabee, son of Governor Mike Huckabee. David, whom I know, forgot he left his Glock in his bag when he went to the airport this morning.
David is a great young man, and a good person. He has a concealed weapons permit and he knows how to use firearms responsibly. I feel for him because I know how easy it is to forget such things. A couple of years ago I left a handfull of bullets in my bag after hunting season. Weeks later, when I tried to run that bag through the x-ray machine at the airport... lets just say they weren't happy. Thank the good Lord my gun wasn't in there...just the bullets.
This same thing has happened to lots of people. But most of them didn't have a dad running for president.
Cheer up, David. This too shall pass!
On the lighter side, maybe this will give Governor Huckabee the opportunity to talk to the news media about his strong support of our 2nd ammendment rights -- which will NOT be changed by this incident.
UPDATE: Governor Huckabee has commented on this incident this evening and, as I predicted, he still supports our 2nd Ammendment rights. He also supports the courts and our legal system. Here's an excerpt of his remarks: "I love my son but what he did was irresponsible, but not intentional. The right to carry a firearm has to be balanced with an equal responsibility to not make foolish errors...It is the court's responsibility to properly consequence him for a foolish act but his family's responsibility to love him and temper our disappointment with our support."
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
by Terence P. Jeffrey
Posted 04/25/2007 ETUpdated 04/25/2007 ET
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, leading in every national poll of Republican presidential candidates, ventured down to Spartanburg, S.C., last weekend and got whipped -- by a former governor from a place called Hope.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Not much reported in the media are the results of county straw polls. The MSM favors regurgitating the national polls, that are based completely on name recognition and survey people who know little, if anything, about the candidates' positions on things like abortion, taxes or gun control.
But we're here to tell you what is REALLY happening....on the ground, where the real campaigning is taking place. We're happy to report to that in South Carolina, an early primary state, Governor Mike Huckabee is doing very well.
Case in point? Consider the results of the recent Greenville, SC straw poll taken immediately after the candidates addressed the county convention:
Mitt Romney - 132 (31%)
Mike Huckabee - 111 (26%)
Duncan Hunter - 87 (21%)
Rudy Giuliani - 35 (8%)
Sam Brownback - 19 (4.5%)
John McCain - 17 (4%)
John Cox - 10 (2%)
Tom Tancredo - 5 (1%)
Tommy Thompson - 3 (<1%) color="#cc0000">UPDATE: Here's another paper reporting on another county convention poll in South Carolina (Spartanburg)
Huckabee bests Giuliani, others in Saturday poll
Kirsten Singleton Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 01:00 am
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee charmed some of South Carolina's Republican faithful Saturday, besting all his opponents on a poll measuring how well each spoke on the issues Spartanburg Republicans consider most important.Huckabee..."was on his game today," Beltram said.
Huckabee emphasized the need to take care of returning veterans and to overhaul the country's tax system.
"We need a flat tax, not the kind of fat tax we have now," he said.
Noting that, like Bill Clinton, he's from Hope, Ark., Huckabee smiled, "Ladies and gentlemen, give us another chance."
Roebuck resident Sandy Shen is willing. Shen likes Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney because they have leadership experience candidates coming from Congress don't.
"They all have good intentions," she said.
CNN reports a bit more detail in a story headlined "McCain fairs poorly, Huckabee well in S.C. straw poll".
... So far, Huckabee has done better in South Carolina than in nationwide polling.
"It shows that if you work hard for votes, people respond and will vote for you," Greenville County Republican Chairman Samuel Harms said.
In Spartanburg, each of the candidates gave a 10-minute speech and was evaluated on how he handled five different issues. The issues discussed were the war on terror and war in Iraq, border security and illegal immigration, fair trade, making President Bush's tax cuts permanent and social issues like abortion and gay marriage.
About 700 people participated and awarded the candidates one, three or five points. Huckabee finished first with 3,522 points, Giuliani came in second with 3,161, followed by Hunter with 3,090 and Romney with 2,972. Brownback earned 2,931 points, Cox had 2,456 and McCain got 2,027.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Says the Clacker, "The former Governor is definitely getting some traction in New Hampshire. But don't take our word for it. Simply Note which prominent New Hampshire State Senator will announce his endorsement of Huckabee tomorrow..."
For the entire scoop, click HERE.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Major media outlets are reporting this morning that the shooter in yesterday's unbelievable massacre at Virginia Tech University was one of its own students.
This reminds us of a sad and horrifying event several years ago in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The Jonesboro crime occurred after a disturbing series of similar events across the country had already prompted Governor Mike Huckabee to write Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence.
Sadly, Governor Huckabee has far too much experience dealing with such situations. You can see our previous post about that HERE.
Central to the theme of Huckabee's book is this: Legislation is not the answer. He believes that such crimes by children are the result of a "demoralization of America" and asks that we all take a look at ourselves and our families for the answer.
"Violence, infidelity, mayhem, perversity, gore, betrayal, lust and disrespect have all been sanctified in music, television, movies and video games as necessary complements of a culture of self-fulfillment, self-absorption and self-realization," he says. "As we refuse to stand for morality, we easily fall into serving immorality."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech family today.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
"I encourage you to check out Huckabee for president. Pray for him and pull for him. I think he would be an incredible blessing to our nation."
You can check out Bob's entire post HERE.
Thank you, Bob, for doing your homework and sharing your thoughts.
"During my chance to meet him personally after his speech, I learned all I needed to know about his character," Faulk says.
Vist Mr. Faulk's blog yourself for the whole story. Click HERE.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Members of the main stream media who live in the South know Mike Huckabee better than most. Almost without exception, they like what they see and hear from Huckabee. Here's the most recent occurance, published as an editorial by Mark Thornton of The Star-Herald in Mississippi.
"Republicans who are less than thrilled with its field of presidential hopefuls should take a close look at Mike Huckabee. He was written about in this very space two years ago as someone who seemed to have presidential qualities. He is an affable conservative with solid ideas. And for voters who don’t care about that sort of thing, he has an interesting personal side, too. He’s a Southern Baptist preacher who lost 100 pounds and plays bass in a rock band. The only real strike against him is that he, like a former president you may remember, was governor of Arkansas ... from Hope. (And for those who can’t get over that, remember that Bill Clinton’s shortcomings were as a man ... he was actually a good president.) I am convinced that Huckabee would be the GOP nominee if more people got to know him."
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Huckabee advisor Chip Saltsman said his goal was to raise $500,000 in the first three months of the year. "You've got to remember we just started this campaign six weeks ago," Saltsman said. "You've got some of these guys who have been running for president for six years."
Huckabee said he expects his fortunes to improve when GOP primary voters hear his conservative message.
When will that be, you ask? For starters, May 3 will bring us the first presidential debate showdown between the leading contenders at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Accepting former first lady Nancy Reagan's invitation are Brownback, Giuliani, McCain, Romney and others.
We'll see how Gov. Huckabee does (HINT: He'll wow 'em).
Sunday, April 01, 2007
UPDATE: New posts now up below!
Interview With Mike Huckabee
(Editor's Note: The following interview took place on March 14 as Governor Huckabee campaigned in New Hampshire.)
RCP: First question: why are you doing this?
HUCKABEE: Because I really believe this county needs leadership that will restore America to its spirit of optimism, bring practical solutions to many of the problems we face, and that can bring people together from not only other parts of the country but from political parties. I think there's a void of that kind of leadership right now in the political structure of Washington.
RCP: And what's the issue that driving you?
HUCKABEE: The single most important issue is restoring America's faith in itself. This country is at its best when it's optimistic and resilient and when it sees that its greatest days are ahead of it, not behind it. We are at our worst when we tend to get filled with fear and anxiety. Fear is a motivator that will motivate people for the short term, but hope is what motivates people for the long term. And we are a nation that thrives best when we have an anticipation of the life that we're going to help build for our kids, as opposed to saying, 'oh boy, it's going to be bad for them.' We don't need to be thinking that way, and that requires leadership.
HUCKABEE: I support the president's right as Commander-in-Chief to make the decisions that he feels like will work and General Petraeus is the person in whom he has placed his trust and the Senate has given unanimous confirmation to him. I don't know if it's going to work, but let's hope it does. I have to respect that he's looking at information that I don't have and he's based this decision on those intelligence reports and the reports that he's getting from his generals in the field. I always have to express, and I will today, some concerns that we are overextending our National Guard and Reserve forces and we're asking so much of them that I fear we're going to stress them to the point of really breaking the system. These are supposed to be citizen-soldiers and in many cases they're now going for long and extended and repeated deployments. That is a concern to me. But some positive things are happening. This weekend when 13 nations gathered in Baghdad to talk about involvement of other nations. I've been saying for months that what has to happen is a greater sense of participation of the other nations in that neighborhood, and that's starting to happen.
HUCKABEE: It's not that I'm unwilling...I just have to respect that as the Commander-in-Chief he has the right to make that decision. I have respect for him in having done so knowing that it was not necessarily going to be popular. But I also understand that it had better work, because if it doesn't then I think he adds more fuel to his critics...My concern is that if you're going to do this we need to do it with all the resources possible....we spend 3.8% of GDP right now on defense. That is less than any time since the end of the Cold War... We've never spent that small amount of our GDP during a shooting war. You have to wonder, are we trying to do too much with too little?
HUCKABEE: I'd see what our needs were. One of the issues we've got to face is whether or not we've allocated enough resources for what we intend to do. We've got to have a strong military, there's no doubt about that. But we have to use our military very sparingly, and one of the concerns I do have is that we're fighting a very unconventional war. It is not a traditional war in the sense that we're fighting an army, we're not fighting a nation, we're not fighting an armed force that has uniforms and an insignia and a battle flag. We're fighting an ideology. And it exists in cells throughout many, many different nations. It doesn't seem that you're going to win an unconventional war by deploying a conventional army in a conventional manner. So I think there's got to be some redefinition of the strategy and the picture. The second thing, when I was a college freshman I had a professor that used to tell us, "don't use all your water on too small a fire." His point was, to apply it to today, we have to be careful that we don't use all the resources that we have just in Iraq because we've got Iran, North Korea, we have other hot spots in the world that could break out. If we're in such a position that we have completely extended ourselves to the point where we have no more resources to give, that puts us in a rather vulnerable position.
HUCKABEE: It will be a huge issue. But none of us know how much of an issue it will be a year from now, because everything could change...what we have to do is to remember that no president is elected based on the issues of yesterday, or even today. Presidents are elected on the basis of their character and their judgment, so that when the crisis comes that they will face that they're going to deal with it based on an operating system that is within them. ...Pundits tend to think it's what you know, in other words it's your "database" that's incredibly important...The American people tend to look at your operating system. They want to find out what processes will you use to take the data and make a decision. That's the smart move, because when it comes down to it no president has all the data at his fingertips or in his head, because the issues that you campaign on may change the day you get elected.
HUCKABEE: First of all I can tell you if you look at my record for 10 ½ years as Governor you'd see a consistency of what I'd call true problem solving, anticipating what issues are going to be and trying to, as Wayne Gretzsky would say, skate toward the puck before it's there.
In terms of crisis, whether it's massive tornadoes that ripped 250 miles of territory off the Arkansas landscape, or dealing with 75,000 evacuees that poured into our state after Hurricane Katrina and the fact that while FEMA was in complete meltdown we increased our state's population 3% in 5 days with people who had literally nothing but a plastic garbage sack with maybe a change of clothes -and some of them didn't even have that - and they came in with 5 days of muddy water on their bodies and nothing else, not even a photo ID. We were able to take those people and process them and unlike other parts of the country where it was a chaotic disaster, we managed that crisis in our own state because we took all the resources that could be marshaled, we brought them together, we innovated and we didn't wait on the federal government to give us permission to help people. I think it's that kind of leadership America looks for, whether it's the aftermath of a hurricane or whether it's confronting the realities of a terrorist attack.
HUCKABEE: I would favor a flat tax. I know it's complicated to get there, but the system we have is just archaic and virtually out of control. To me there are four F's in a good tax system: it ought to be flatter, fairer, finite and family friendly. Flatter means that there is a proportionate sense of sharing the burden, so everybody has skin in the game. Fairer means that there's not only equitable distribution but it does not penalize productivity and subsidize irresponsibility, which to me is a good tenant of government. Family friendly simply means that there is a sense in which you encourage a family unit, you encourage marriage, which is critical, you encourage stable homes and fatherhood, you don't create tax policies that would discourage having children but rather would encourage having children and raising them in your homes and families. Finite is simply that you recognize there is just a limit to how much you can take out of people's pockets and how much you can take out of the private sector and still have a thriving economy and create jobs.
HUCKABEE: A physical border coupled with an electronic border, to me, is paramount. It's essential. And it's going to be expensive but it's probably less expensive than to continue to do what we're doing now which is to leave these borders open with no idea of who's coming and where they are and what they're doing. I've never really worried about someone slipping across the border to pluck chickens or pick tomatoes or make beds, but it does worry me that somebody could also slip across the border with a shoulder fired missile launcher. That's pretty darn serious and we've just left ourselves vulnerable for that. And it's not just the Mexican border; we've got to be just as concerned about the Canadian border. And it's not a matter of it being an insult to these other countries; it's to protect them as much as it is us, from people who traverse those borders without any real sense of authority. That's critical, and it's important to everyone. When I've said we shouldn't militarize the borders, the purpose of the military is to fight wars; it's not to provide police action. What I'd rather see us do is to have border security that is run by an entity that is geared toward just that, it's the role of security and it's a police action, not a military action. We're not fighting Mexico, we're not fighting Canada. It's not a war. We're not putting that military border up. It's a civilian border. Just like when I go to the airport it's a civilian function of the TSA to check me out and to make sure that I am who I say I am and that I'm going where I say I'm going. That's why they check my boarding pass and my photo ID to make sure that I'm not bringing something on that could be harmful, so that's why I go through all that X-ray and patting down process. In the same way, we need to know that a person coming across the border is not bringing something harmful, whether that's a weapon or a communicable disease. We need to know that. It should be conducted in a civilized and civilian manner.
HUCKABEE: I am. Again, whether it's electronic or physical, in some places electronic may be more practical than a physical one, but the border ought to be secure. I don't see why that's controversial to some people, they say that it is. The reason I say, "why should it be?" is because if you go to any high rise in Manhattan and there are physical barriers between the sidewalk and getting up to the fourteenth floor. Go to any airport and there are many barriers between getting out of your car and getting on that airplane. You can't even go to the stadium without having some barriers and borders. We're used to that, it's part of our system, we understand it. And it's not all related to terrorism, some of it is related just to an orderly process so six people aren't all trying to sit in the same seat. I don't think there is anything that is unfair, unkind, or uncivil about that. I think, in fact, that it's being uncivil to not have some understanding of who's coming, where they're going, what they're going to do, and how they're going to be functioning.
RCP: So you're essentially supportive of the Bush administration's position.
HUCKABEE: I don't want to have an amnesty program. You can't let people break a law and say "hey we're going to look the other way, don't worry about it, we're going to let you in, no problem." People have to make restitution, there's got to be a penalty paid for the crime committed. But it ought to fit the crime...