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,


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,

in reference to: Huckabee ‘asking folks to keep their powder dry,’ adviser says – CNN Political Ticker - 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.


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,


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

Monday, April 25, 2011

BREAKING: Haley Barbour Will Not Seek GOP Nomination

Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi just announced he will not seek the GOP nomination for president in 2012. This leaves Mike Huckabee as the only southern Republican Governor still considering a race for the White House.

This is significant because Barbour would have been competing with Huckabee for many of the same donors and constituencies.

Onward and upward,


in reference to: Mississippi Gov. Barbour Says He Won't Run For President : The Two-Way : NPR (view on Google Sidewiki)

Mike Huckabee and Glen Beck

The so-called "feud" between Mike Huckabee and Glen Beck is interesting. I am going to speculate about something here that has nothing to do with Mike Huckabee or his campaign.

This blog is a volunteer effort and always has been, so nothing that is published here should ever be construed as having coming from any official source.

That said, here is my speculation. I have relied upon a scientific principal known as "Occam's razor" for most of my adult life. Simply put, the Occam's razor can best be defined as "the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one."

So, what is the simplest explanation for Glen Beck's motivations in attacking Mike Huckabee?

Here are some facts:

1) Glen Beck has indicated he supports Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, saying recently he believes Romney "could be the only guy who could win" against Obama.

2) Mitt Romney is a Mormon.

3) Glen Beck is a Mormon.

4) Mormonism is a very agressive proselytizing religion.

5) A Mormon president would be incredibly useful to the Mormon church's desire to proselytize globally.

6) Mike Huckabee is the front-runner - with polls showing he will beat Mitt Romney if he runs.

7) Mike Huckabee is incredibly popular among Christians - expecially Baptists.

8) The Southern Baptist Convention has identified Mormonism as a "cult."

9) If Mike Huckabe and Mitt Romney face off for the GOP nomination, it is likely the media will bring the major theological differences between Mormon and mainstream Christian faiths into the spotlight - even if neither candidate wants that.

10) Glen Beck has indicated that he hopes Mike Huckabee will "stay on the sidelines."

So, using Occam's razor, the most likley motivations behind Glenn Beck's attack on Mike Huckabee are a desire to promote Mormonism through the election of Mitt Romney; and the promotion of Mitt Romney by tearing down a stronger potential competitor who would (a) beat Mitt Romney, and (b) whose presence in the race would likely bring unwanted attention on Mormon theology in the process.

What do you think?

in reference to: Glenn Beck fires back in feud with Mike Huckabee - The Hill's Ballot Box (view on Google Sidewiki)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ed Rollins: Huckabee "will go for it."

Here's a good article detailing the current standing of the 2012 GOP campaign for president, according to MSN: "Huckabee effortless assumption of the pole position has his frustrated competitors asking, "What the Huck? Is going to run or not?"

Interestingly, when asked, Huckabee's 2008 campaign manager Ed Rollins said "Personally, it's my sense that he'll go for it this time."Onward and upward,


in reference to:
""Governor Huckabee is considering a presidential race seriously," his 2008 campaign manager, Ed Rollins, told me. "He's receiving quite a bit of counsel and encouragement. He knows he has roughly a June 1 deadline to decide. Personally, it's my sense that he'll go for it this time.""
- Will Mike Huckabee Take the Presidential Plunge? | Story | BLTWY (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Huckabee Still Leads Iowa. Trump Fading.

After getting a quick blip of attention, Donald Trump is fading fast in Iowa. Iowans are well known for being politically astute and serious about who they throw their support to. Mike Huckabee is still far and away their favorite with 27%. Mitt Romney trails far behind in 2nd place with just 16% (despite the fact he has officially become a candidate while Huckabee still has not). Trump has faded to 14%

Public Policy Polling, who conducted the survey, is not surprised by Trump's fall. "As Trump's views on a wide range of issues become better known to GOP primary voters...we expect...his candidacy will become, in effect, moot."

Onward and upward,

in reference to: Iowa Poll: Huckabee leads, Trump fades (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Politically Illustrated: Huckabee Dominates in Latest Polls

Politically illustrated has a nice article (and a fun cartoon) about Gov. Huckabee's continued domination of all other candidates in all the polls. Rumors this week indicated that Huckabee may be leaning closer to pullingthe trigger on a presidential run.

We need you, Governor.


in reference to: Mike Huckabee Dominates Republican Candidates in Latest Polls | Politically Illustrated (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, April 18, 2011

RUMOR: Huckabee testing support in South Carolina

In another sign that Mike Huckabee may be inching closer to running for president, rumor has it (according to Real Clear Politics) that he has met privately with key supporters in South Carolina. My opinion is, if he runs, Huckabee is the clear favorite in Iowa. He'd likely take a pass on more liberal New Hampshire and focus on winning South Carolina. Winning both Iowa and South Carolina would put him on a very strong path to nomination - making him very hard to beat.

Onward and upward,


in reference to: Huckabee building support in South Carolina? « Hot Air (view on Google Sidewiki)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Huckabee Again Calls For Tax Relief

Mike Huckabee's last term as Arkansas' Governor finished its fiscal year in with a huge surplus --some estimates approaching as much as $700 million. A growing economy and historically high employment rates are just some of the many positive things Arkansans enjoyed under Huckabee's leadership, leading to the unprecedented surplus.

For months, Huckabee called upon Arkansas' Democratically-controlled legislature to do the right thing and return the surplus to the taxpayers. He also called for tax reforms to provide much deserved tax relief, such as elimination of the state's grocery tax or other measures.

Among the things Huckabee has said on the subject:

"When government has a surplus, it has more money than we have budgeted for, then it means that we have taken in more than we have to have. The money doesn't belong to us, it belongs to the taxpayers and it needs to be returned."

"To have $600 million beyond what the Legislature appropriated ... is really simply unjustifiable."

"I hope there will be a serious look, if not this year in a special session, then next year at finding ways to bring some meaningful tax reform."

National Review: 'Huckabee Understands Gun Rights. Romney ... Doesn't.'

Dave Kopel of National Review has a very revealing article today in which he exposes yet another instance of pandering by Romney and, more importantly, Romney's complete lack of understanding of - and fragile record on - gun rights.

On the other hand, Kopel applauds Mike Huckabee's record and personal knowledge of the subject.

About Romney, Kopel says "... Romney has been portraying himself as a staunch Second Amendment advocate. But when he was interviewed by Glenn and Helen Reynolds, he displayed little understanding of the Second Amendment and had difficulty articulation anything more than platitudes and slogans."

Furthermore, Kopel reveals "there is little evidence of executive leadership by Romney on Second Amendment rights."

Kopel also reports Romney "...does not own a firearm, despite claiming to earlier this year.”

But with Huckabee, Kopel came away impressed, saying: "Huckabee gets it." Kopel continues by saying Huckabee "knows guns and understands the Second Amendment in a way that Romney...plainly does not."

To prove his point, Kopel quotes from Hugh Hewitt's recent inteview with Huckabee:

HH:…What about assault weapons, or what is called assault weapons in the law? Should Americans be allowed to have them?

MH: Absolutely. Americans ought to be allowed to have anything they want to have, as long as they’re law abiding, legal citizens. The 2nd Amendment was not there for hunting. I get so offended when Democrats talk about it as if you don’t need an assault weapon to hunt. Well truthfully, most Democrats wouldn’t know an assault weapon from a BB gun. I’m a hunter, I have been my whole life. But the 2nd Amendment is not just about hunting. It’s about protecting your family, your property, and it’s honestly about defending ourselves against a tyrannical government, should it ever go haywire on us.

HH: What about machine guns, Governor?

MH: I’ve got friends who own them. They have the legal process to own them. But once again, I’m not afraid of a law abiding citizen owning anything. I’m afraid of a criminal getting his hands on a gun. That’s where the crackdown needs to be. This country’s gone crazy. It’s cracking down on law abiding citizens, and turning their heads at people who break the law. That’s the polar opposite.

In closing, Kopel makes a bold (and absolutely correct) statement: "Republican realists who want to win in 2008 (or 2012) would do well to start looking for candidates whose records demonstrate that they understand and will reliably defend the right to arms."

For the complete National Review article, click HERE.


Mike Huckabee on Illegal Immigration: The Kids Matter

By far the most frequent and hysterical accusation we're seeing is that Mike Huckabee is perceived to be "soft" on illegal immigration. To help set the record straight on Mike Huckabee's position, we offer the following excerpts from a February 2005 article published by the Arkansas News Bureau.

By David Robinson
Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee got to speak directly Wednesday with Arkansans who [don't understand] his positions on immigration.

One caller to the "Ask the Governor" radio program on the Arkansas Radio Network accused Huckabee of ignoring the law when it comes to illegal immigrants.

"Did you not take an oath to uphold the laws of this land?" asked Chris, a caller from Little Rock.
"Absolutely," Huckabee replied.

"OK, then why would you turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants invading our country and coming in and basically breaking our laws?' the caller asked.

Huckabee said that he wasn't, and that he believes illegal aliens who try to vote or try to apply for welfare benefits should be arrested.

"If they're caught as illegal aliens, I don't have any problem with sending them back," Huckabee said.

But the governor did not back down on his positions in support of certain benefits for the children of illegal aliens, such as allowing prenatal care for pregnant immigrants and his proposal to offer scholarships to undocumented children who graduate from an Arkansas high school. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This was not clearly described in the article. Huckabee did not want to "offer scholarships to undocumented children." What he actually supported was allowing them to be eligible to apply for college scholarships if they qualified.)

He also criticized Senate Bill 206 by Sen. Jim Holt, R-Springdale, that would impose new restrictions on illegal immigrants in Arkansas. He said the bill could hurt the state's ability to recruit industries based in countries outside the U.S., such as Toyota or Nestle, a Swiss company.

"If we send a message that essentially if you don't look like us, talk like us and speak like us we don't want you, it has tremendous economic repercussions," Huckabee said.
Huckabee also sought to dispel certain perceptions about the benefits that illegal immigrants are getting in Arkansas.

Huckabee repeated to several callers that illegal immigrants do not receive welfare benefits or food stamps or free health care. They do get free public education for their children, but that's required under the Arkansas Constitution, Huckabee said.

"And frankly I think we would want to make sure that their kids were getting an education because an educated society is a society that can work and do a job and do a better job and make money," Huckabee said.
As for allowing immigrants to receive free prenatal care, Huckabee said that's part of his pro-life sentiment as well as that of Amendment 65 of the state constitution, which says that Arkansas considers life to begin at conception.

"I believe that because it's a human life, then by our law and by our constitution even that unborn child is an Arkansas citizen because he or she is going to be born in this state," Huckabee said. "The prenatal care for the entire pregnancy costs less than one-third of what one day in the neonatal unit at Children's Hospital would cost if the child has complications at birth."

UPDATE: Ryan James at also believes Mike Huckabee's stock is rising and remarks about this post here. Thanks, Ryan!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Huckabee and Clemmons - The Real Story

I saw the first re-hashed news article today that tries to tie Gov. Huckabee to the Seattle Police murder tragedy back in 2009 - a horrible crime committed by Maurice Clemmons, a man whom Huckabee had granted clemency to nearly a decade earlier. Political enemies of Huckabee's jumped on it, wrongly, and attempted to spin the tragedy as being completely Huckabee's fault.

Objective journalists, however, disagreed. Read the posts that appear below this one to get the real, unbiased strory about this tragedy. And bear in mind how sad and revolting anyone is who tries to use this tragedy that so devastated these policemen's families for political gain.


The Atlantic on Mike Huckabee and Maurice Clemmons

From our archives:

Here's another writer from The Atlantic who has taken an objective look at the facts of this tragedy.

Ta-Neishi Coates writes: "Huckabee, apparently, reduced the sentence of a guy who was given 100 years in prison, for crimes he committed between the age of 16 and 18--none of which were murder or rape. I just find it impossible to criticize him for that decision ... people who have an issue with Huckabee would do better to look at the laundry list of f***-ups and loopholes which allowed Clemmons to remain free."

The truth will continue to come out.


Seattle Times on Mike Huckabee and Maurice Clemmons

From our archives:

Danny Westneat, staff columnist at the Seattle Times, has taken the most honest look yet at what led to the tragedy in Washington State, saying:

"Maybe it's therapeutic to blame Arkansas, or Mike Huckabee, that four police officers here are dead. Maybe it helps a little to say it's somebody else's fault. But it's wrong."

Westneat studied all that went wrong in Washington State's own legal/judicial system, and concludes:

"...all this blaming of Arkansas is a form of denial. It lets our own justice system off the hook. Though it's every bit as culpable, if not more so, in how it let a man go free whom it knew to be both a career criminal and dangerous."

About Huckabee he says:

" retrospect, there's no doubt Huckabee's 2000 decision was a mistake. At the time, though, Huckabee had a strong point that Clemmons' more than 100-year sentence was off-the-charts excessive. People get way less than that for murder."

In closing, Westneat writes:

"...once we lay the officers to rest, we've got some fixing to do. In our bail rules. In how lightly we treat potential three-strikers. In the way we relate to other U.S. states...I don't see how we get started on any of this if we keep acting like somebody else is to blame."

The truth comes out.


Los Angeles Times on Mike Huckabee and Maurice Clemmons

From our archives:

Another newspaper has taken the time to review the actual facts of the Washington State tragedy, and determines that Huckabee's role in reducing Celmmon's sentence in Arkansas almost 10 years ago was a reasonable use of clemency.

According to today's Los Angeles Times editorial:

" Clemmons' case, he seems to have had legitimate grounds for concern about whether justice was being served. Clemmons was 16 years old when he committed the string of robberies and burglaries that resulted in [a] sentence [that] was astonishingly harsh for such a young perpetrator. A ... judge supported Clemmons' application for clemency a decade later. Huckabee made [him] eligible for parole by cutting his sentence in half, but the decision to set him free was made by the parole board. It's unreasonable to expect Huckabee to have anticipated the events in Parkland nine years later."

The truth comes out.


Dallas Morning News on Huckabee and Clemmons

From our archives:

Yet another major paper takes an honest, objective look at the Washington State tragedy and determines that Huckabee is not to blame.

Nicole Stockdale, editor of the Dallas Morning News, reviewed the facts and says today "When there's evidence that Huckabee made the wrong decision... I'll reconsider. But for now, I'm chalking this case up to a terrible tragedy for the slain officers and their families. The blood may be on Clemmons' hands, but it's not on Huckabee's."

The truth comes out.


Oregon Newspaper on Mike Huckabee and Maurice Clemmons

From our archives:

The Oregon Daily Emerald editor has looked at the facts and says "the person who has received the most scrutiny in the case is also the least responsible: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee."

The truth comes out.


US News on Mike Huckabee and Maurice Clemmons

From out archives:

And another objective journalist, this time from US News. After taking a look at the facts of this tragedy says the GOP electorate may beat up on Huckabee for the Clemmons clemency "...but in so doing, [they] will only be hurting's hard to argue Huckabee did the wrong thing."

The truth comes out.


Seattle Weekly on Mike Huckabee and Maurice Clemmons

Caleb Hannan, crime writer for the Seattle Weekly published this story this morning, saying it has now been a week since the Washington State police murder tragedy, "...time enough to take a look back and assess just how wrong were the initial impressions of who was responsible...".

At the beginning, Hannan says, it seemed simple enough to blame Mike Huckabee, "but now we know that knee-jerk reaction was ignorant and ill-informed. And also way, way wrong."

A laundry list of mistakes and failures led to this tragedy. "A long laundry list, to be sure," Hannan says. "And one that doesn't include Huckabee."

The truth comes out.


Washington Post on Mike Huckabee and Maurice Clemmons

From our archives:

Michael Gerson of the Washington Post has written a wonderfully researched and well-thought out analysis of what happened in last week's Washington State police murder tragedy and, like many other objective journalists, has determined Mike Huckabee's clemency of Maurice Clemmons almost a decade ago was a reasonable use of clemency at the time, and that Huckabee is not to blame.

The entire article is very worth the read (thank you, Mr. Gerson), but here's an excerpt for you:

In Federalist 74, Alexander Hamilton writes: "Humanity and good policy conspire to dictate, that the benign prerogative of pardoning should be as little as possible fettered or embarrassed. The criminal code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity, that without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel."

Hamilton contended that strict laws, while necessary, must occasionally be set aside for humanitarian reasons that the "rigor of the law" does not foresee -- a view embodied in the U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions. In Hamilton's time -- with a variety of petty crimes punishable by death -- mercy by the executive was an essential part of a working legal order. Our system -- with the growth of mandatory minimum sentences and three-strikes laws -- is not so different, except in severity. It has become easy for nonviolent drug offenders, or troubled teens, to stumble into long prison sentences that effectively end their lives.

This was precisely the case with Clemmons. At age 16, he committed a string of robberies and burglaries. He was sentenced to 108 years in prison without possibility of parole -- a disproportionate punishment by any measure. Eventually, a judge recommended that his sentence be modified. The state parole board agreed. The sentencing judge did not object. Huckabee commuted Clemmons's sentence from 108 years to 47 years, making him eligible for parole. It was the parole board that set Clemmons free, after he had served 11 years in prison.

This second chance offered to Clemmons was rejected. Soon he was back in prison on robbery charges. Because of prosecutorial incompetence -- a warrant served years too late -- Clemmons was free to move to Washington state. There he entered a descending spiral of crime and mental illness -- threatening police officers and sexually assaulting young relatives while claiming to be the Messiah -- that ended in murder. Authorities had chance after chance to put Clemmons away. Their failure caused suffering. But it is unfair to place the responsibility for that failure on an act of clemency a decade earlier.

The truth comes out.


Friday, April 08, 2011

Huckabee to GOP: Cut Budget Deal, Live to Fight Another Day

Governor Mike Huckabee is showing the kind of leadership that comes from the executive experience of being a governor. Unlike legislators, governors actually have to govern.

That means fighting for what you stand for, but not shooting yourself in the foot in the process. Letting the government shut down, Huckabee warned GOP leaders today, will significantly hurt Republicans' chances in next year's critical election.

The budget battle is hung up on a few key issues, one being the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.

"Nobody's more pro-life than me. Nobody." Huckabee ephasized, [But] the reality is the president and the Senate are never gonna go along with [de-funding Planned Parenthood]."

"So win the deal you can win and live to fight another day," Huckabee advised.

It's important the Republicans don't throw away their chance at the White House, the Senate, and the House next year "by arguing over what amounts to less than a penny," Huckabee said.

I agree completely. Better to get the deal we can get today and move on. If we can capture the Oval Office, the Senate and the House next year we can do FAR more to end the horror of abortion-as-birth control than we could ever get done in this budget battle.

Which would you rather have? A temporary government shut down now, or the chance to appoint true conservative Supreme Court justices later?

Onward and upward,

in reference to: Huckabee to GOP: Cut a deal - The Hill's Ballot Box (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mike Huckabee and the Crushed Hard Drives - the Untold Story

Wow, that's a titilating headline isn't it?

There is some buzz on the Internets today about an old story from Mike Huckabee's final days in the Governor's office in Arkansas. The story, covered by news media and vetted long ago, has been dredged up again by the liberal Mother Jones publication. Mother Jones attempted to make it sound as if ALL records from Huckabee's decade in the Governor's office are missing. They aren't. In fact, none of the Huckabee records are missing.

This whole "crushed hard drives" story revolves around Huckabee's personal, "working papers" which are covered by one set of laws in Arkansas. Another set of laws in Arkansas covers "official papers."

Here's what happened. As the administration prepared for the transition to the new Governor, Huckabee's personal "working papers" were copied and cleared from the old hard drives in the Governor's office computers, the dated hard drives were removed and upgraded with new ones, and Huckabee's papers were donated to his alma mater (and mine, coincidentally), Ouachita Baptist University. Then, as is commonly done with obsolete hard drives that may contain private information, they were destroyed.

At the same time, not mentioned by Mother Jones, the Huckabee administration's "official records" were archived with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office exactly as state law required.

I think Mother Jones knew this story was crap, because they apparently contacted the Arkansas Times (a fellow liberal publication) when preparing the story and were told no laws were broken. The Arkansas Times blog published this comment yesterday (April 4, 2011):

"As I told Mahanta (the Mother Jones writer)..., the problem is not only Huckabee, but Arkansas. As currently construed, we have the most permissive law for governors I've ever heard of. Their records cannot be inspected for any reason and they can take them all with them. ... too late for Huckabee, Clinton and all the rest, unfortunately."

U.S. News agreed today, saying "This isn't a new issue in Arkansas. Former President Bill Clinton's gubernatorial papers have been unavailable for years. An Arkansas law allows governors to take their papers with them when they leave. Huckabee donated his to Ouachita [Baptist University]...".

I also remember that a lawsuit filed in the matter of the crushed hard drives by a Huckabee enemy back when the story was fresh was dismissed. Huckabee confirmed this fact yesterday to U.S. News, saying "Even a frivolous lawsuit filed over this was dismissed with a thud because we carefully and meticulously followed state law and practices with the official records (which were properly filed with the Secretary of State or left for the incoming governor) and my personal papers and articles donated to the archives of my alma mater...".

And what of those donated records? U.S. News checked with Ouachita, "... but the college has yet to process them."

There you have it. The good news in this whole non-story is that it shows the liberals are very worried that Huckabee may be the GOP nominee.

Onward and upward,


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

New from Gallup: Huckabee in the strongest position

Well, here it is. Gallup has confirmed what I've been saying since 2005. Mike Huckabee is the best candidate the GOP can field for president. In fact, Mike Huckabee is probably the only hope the GOP has of winning back the White House in 2012.

Kind of neat how things have changed. Four years ago, Mike Huckabee needed the GOP. Today the GOP needs Huckabee.

Onward and upward,


in reference to: Gallup: Huckabee in strongest position ahead of 2012 - The Hill's Ballot Box (view on Google Sidewiki)

Everybody, Just Chill

Ok, everybody. Just chill out for a minute. All kind of pundits - on both sides apparently - are whining and crying about Mike Huckabee not having made a decision yet about whether he will run for president. It seems, in fact, that some of these pundits are trying to goad Huckabee into announcing his intensions.

Headlines scream breathlessly, "HUCKABEE LOSES ANOTHER IOWA STAFFER!" Talking heads say he is "too comfortable in his new career to run."

I call B.S. on all of it.

First of all, I don't think Mike Huckabee won Iowa last time around because of those staffers. I think those staffers won Iowa because of Mike Huckabee.

Not to hurt anyone's feelings, but I think Huckabee has far outgrown the staff he had last time around. IF he runs, he'll have no trouble compiling a FORMIDABLE staff, and a POWERFUL campaign, and he WILL win Iowa. He WILL win South Carolina, and he WILL be very, very hard to beat for the GOP nomination.

Secondly, because Mike Huckabee is an Authentic, Christian Conservative, he will run for president because he feels CALLED to do so. NOT because we want him to (or don't want him to). And anyone who thinks that Mike Huckabee will ignore a calling to pursue his own personal comfort and wealth DOES NOT KNOW the Mike Huckabee I know.

So. Just. Chill.

Onward and upward,


Monday, April 04, 2011

U.S. News: GOP establishment ready to back Huckabee?

Washington insider Paul Bedard just published this in U.S. News' Washington Whispers:

"Conservative political operatives, wowed by Mike Huckabee's top-of-the-heap position in several presidential polls, are urging him to ...get into the 2012 GOP primary race. What's more, they're ready to set up a campaign for him. All he has to do is ...come up with a 'killer economic plan' and ... turn [the campaign] over to the pros."

Let's see. Governor Huckabee said he would get into the race only if:

1) He felt he could win - CHECK
2) The support (money) was there - CHECK?

Onward and upward,

in reference to: (view on Google Sidewiki)

New Poll: Huckabee front-runner, Palin dropping

Another new poll from Gallup shows that Mike Huckabee remains firmly at the top of GOP voters' preferences for president in 2012. In this national poll, Huckabee leads 2nd place Mitt Romney comfortably 19% - 15% while the bottom has dropped out of Palin's support. She is down another 4% since this time last month, to 12%.

Onward and upward,


in reference to: Another poll shows Palin’s support dropping – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs (view on Google Sidewiki)

UPDATE: Huckabee doesn't win South Carolina straw poll. He detonates it.

Gov. Mike Huckabee didn't just "win" the South Carolina presidential straw poll over the weekend --he DETONATED it. Huckabee destroyed his next closest competitors (Gingrich and Bachmann) by double digits.

South Carolina is a critical early primary state that sets the tone for the way the South is likely going to go. No Republican has ever won the White House without first winning the South Carolina primary.

This is bad news for Mitt Romney's diminishing presidential aspirations. Embarrassingly, Romney didn't perform well enough in the poll to even get a mention by the writer - being lumped in merely as "the rest of the GOP field scored in single digits and Sarah Palin secured less than 5%."

Onward and upward,

in reference to: Mike Huckabee Wins South Carolina Straw Poll - Washington DC RNC | (view on Google Sidewiki)

Friday, April 01, 2011

New Poll: Huckabee and Obama "Neck-and-Neck"

In a new poll released today, Mike Huckabee and President Obama are tied. 46% of voters nationwide say they would elect Huckabee, while 46% say they would vote to reelect President Obama.

Gov. Huckabee has said previously that he would enter the race only if he felt he could win.

Onward and upward,

in reference to: Poll: Huckabee and Obama neck-and-neck in hypothetical race – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs (view on Google Sidewiki) Photo from Huffington Post.