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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Trouble Ahead for Mike Huckabee in Iowa? Updated and Expanded

I altered the date on this post to keep it at the top of the blog entries until caucus day (by popular demand)

Huckabee and his supporters always seem to point out that Romney's attacking him. The already nascent Huck-a-bust will undoubtedly be blamed on Romney by Huck and his supporters. However . . . I don't think that Romney had anything to do with the fact that essentially every conservative with a microphone or blog has been railing against Huckabee for the last few weeks. Need some evidence?:

Rush Limbaugh
Condoleezza Rice
Michelle Malkin
Ann Coulter (new one here)
Phyllis Schlafly
Bob Novak (others here & here)
Peggy Noonan
Charles Krauthammer
Bob Dole
Sean Hannity
(not frontal attacks, but plenty of concerns about him being the nominee)
Laura Ingraham
Fred Barnes
Joseph Farah (Founder/CEO/Editor of World Net Daily also expresses concern for homeschoolers who support Huck)
Thomas Sowell
George Will (these comments too on a TV news show)
Michael Reagan
Glenn Beck (semi "reconciliation" ---- but then he's still not too impressed)
Donald Lambro
David Limbaugh (another here)
Doug Giles
Michael Barone
Mark Steyn
Kim Strassell
Matt Drudge (it's obvious that he has a bone to pick with Huckabee given his coverage of late)
Pat Buchanan
Jonah Goldberg
John Fund (an interesting video here)
Jim Geraghty
Kathryn Jean Lopez (another here)
Tony Blankley
Howie Carr
James Taranto (here too, don't miss, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 of "No Truck with Huck")
Clarence Page
Dean Barnett
Rich Karlgaard
Rich Lowry (this one too)
Mark Hemingway
Austin Hill
Quin Hillyer
Tom Bevan
Jack Kelly
Deroy Murdock
David Frum
Jonathan Alder
John Hinderaker
Bruce Bartlett
Victor Davis Hanson
Johnathan Tobin
Hugh Hewitt (and another)
Walter E. Williams
David Reinhard
Frank Gaffney (who Huck claimed was one of his Foreign Policy advisors)
Lori Byrd
Peter Wehner
Douglas MacKinnon
Paul Mirengoff ( here and here too)
Jerome Corsi
The Editors of National Review (Oh yeah, this one too and both were written BEFORE the NR endorsed Romney)
The Club for Growth
The Cato Institute (Huckabee's F grade for fiscal issue . . . 46th out of the 50 governors ranked. Yes, that's worse than the vast majority of Democratic governors!--PDF here)
Mitt Romney :)
Ron Paul :)
Fred Thompson :)
Rudy Giuliani :)

You can just hear and feel all of these conservative/GOP icons pleading with the voters: "PLEASE DON'T MAKE US TRY TO DEFEND THIS GUY!!!" (should he be the nominee).

Conclusion: Huckabee's not a full-spectrum conservative and the GOP would be unwise to give him the nomination. Romney has had to point out the un-conservative spots in Huck's record because the MSM/DNC axis sure hasn't been (they want him as the GOP nominee) and because McCain and Rudy want Huck to win Iowa to stifle Romney's path to the nomination. However, Romney is hardly alone in pointing out Huckabee's worrisome record.

Update: This post has attracted some attention! Hugh Hewitt's Townhall.com blog linked to my cross-posting over at MyManMitt. Also, Quin Hillyer's recent article "The Republican Party: All Hucked Up" contains a list that is interestingly familiar to mine.

25 comments:

Big Jay said...

Jeff,

This is a good post. You should re-post it so it goes to the top of the list. I will refrain from posting unless something unusual rears its head. This post should really be the first thing people see when they pull up this page.

generallee said...

I agree... and following it should be a post of all the high-profile conservatives and conservative groups that have endorsed Romney.

I'll be linking to this post often.

ebadger said...

I've seen a theme from Huckabee supporters regarding "core values". I think this was also in the NH anti-endorsement.

What "core values" does Mike Huckbaee have that would lead him to take hundreds of thousands in gifts in return for state jobs and other favors? What sort of "core beliefs" would cause Huckabee to take hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees WHILE HE WAS GOVERNOR? What kind of "core values" lead to such corrupt and unethical behavior?

I trust Mitt Romney's core values over Mike Huckabee's any day of the week. Romney doesn't have this trail of garbage which I think speaks volumes about his "core values".

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, thanks for the truly objective writing about our boy Mitt. And I think you may be right about Huckabee, he could be in trouble now that Mitt seems to have taken the "God card" off the table in Iowa. Mitt's claim to have "seen" Jesus reading the Book of Mormon was brilliant, though I fear he may have gone a bit too far with his claim to have "heard" Jesus exclaim "Mormonism isn't JUST Christianity, it's like Christianity on STEROIDS!" You guys probably know more about that than I do.

Good luck, and happy solstice!

Phil

Anonymous said...

I also think that Mitt has taken the lead away from Huckabee on the stem cell issue with his claim to love all stem cells except for the gay ones. This is excellent strategy for appealing to the Iowa core Republican base of knuckle dragging bottom feeders. Good job, Mitt!

Ross said...

Jeff,

You can add two highly respected conservative authors, Mark Steyn and Victor Davis Hanson, to the long list of Huckabee critics.

Jeff Fuller said...

Ross, thanks for those heads up! I'll get them added.

Anonymous said...

Mitt seemed statesmanlike indeed when he pulled his car over to the side of the road and cried bitter tears when he heard that blacks (or as he called then, "negroes") were finally admitted to the Mormon church. He was still more statesmanlike when he instructed his limo driver to pull over to the side of the road to cry when he learned that Mexicans were finally able to cut his lawn. And most statesmanlike when he had his pilot pull his private plane to the side of the runway when he heard that Salvadorans were finally free to paint his house. A great American, and a statesman!

David said...

Phil/Anonymous, the blogosphere is a small place. What the good folks over here at Iowans for Mitt decide to do with your moronic posts is up to them, but don't think that you can just spew your ridiculous remarks without being found out.

Jeff, what about Club for Growth?

Anonymous said...

David,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm not sure I know what you mean by "being found out." I understand that you Republicans have your ways, big brother watching us and all, but should I expect a mob of Mormons to show up at my door one day? If so, give me a heads up when you're on your way so I can be home from the stem cell research factory where I work. Wouldn't want to miss it!

Thanks

Ross said...

Jeff,

Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-Kansas) and 1996 GOP nominee for President can be added to your list of Huckabee critics.

An excerpt of a letter written by Senator Dole to Huckabee published in the Des Moines Register follows:

"Why have you joined the "Bush bashers?" I know Iowans fairly well and doubt those attending Republican caucuses will appreciate your critical comments. President Bush gets more than his fair share of criticism from the other side and many in the “mainstream” media. They all really must be heartened by your comments."

Anonymous said...

Didn't Orrin Hatch endorse Romney as well? I haven't seen his name under Mitt's endorsements.

Jeff Fuller said...

Got Dole added. Thanks for the updates.

stenny1963 said...

I think that hucks rise in the polls was just due to the fact that he was the only one for that 2 week period that people were taking a serious look at.now that they have seen him people are coming back home to mitt whom they were leaning to in the first place.
Essencially though hucks rise really lowered the bar of expectations here in iowa.Even a one point victory here now would be seen as a major victory where beforehand a slight victory would 've been seen as a sign of trouble.

jarebear35 said...

Phil,
For working at a stem cell research facility (which i hope means that you are smart, or maybe you are just the janitor, doesn't count buddy), you are pretty uninformed. Blacks have been members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since it started in 1830, back when (here is a history lesson for you), our southern brethren still had them clapped in irons up until the 1860s and didn't allow them to even attend their churches until the 1960s, some the 1970s, and even into the 1980s, crap segregation is still ongoing in the south. What Mitt was asked about was when Blacks were allowed to enter and hold the priesthood (it's a big word, but spell it out PRIESTHOOD)...so for your further enlightening posts, do a little research or whatnot, before you start exercising your free speech. It makes you look less like a "knuckle draggin bottom feeder."

SGS said...

Joseph Farah of World Net Daily??? Wow! That news provider is like the most preferred source for news by the Christianity community. This really show that it is not about the attack against Huckabee's religion itself, because Farah is well respected and one of most trusted Christians by many for this field. It's great indication that we really do have concerns with Huckabee's platform!!!

Big Jay said...
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SGS said...

There also are quite a few of contributors at American Thinker (www.americanthinker.com) who have expressed concerns with Huckabee. From what I have heard, this is one of Rush's favorite daily reading sites. To date, there has been, like 5 or 6 contributors critizing Huckabee.

FRedStates said...

Great Post... I'm supporting Fred Thompson but the enemy of my enemy is my friend... and Huck is most certainly our enemy...

Thank you for the information!

Winghunter said...

Excellent List.

Now you can peruse this one for your own education;

Candidate Research - KNOW Who You're Voting For
http://sayanythingblog.com/readers/edit/candidate_research_know_who_youre_voting_for/

Joansay said...

Please see what Americans for Legal Immigration PAC - ALIPAC is saying about Huckabee. He is dishonest about his immigration position.

www.alipac.us

zeezil said...

Illegal Immigration, Huckabee and the 2008 Election

This is basically the gist of Huckabee's immigration plan touchback provision:

He would repeal the multi-year baring of illegals to re-enter the U.S. for illegals who register during a 120-day period with Homeland Security and temporarily exit the country (for only a few days, at most). It is also highly likely that many would not even leave the country but would be allowed to go to their nearest consulate on American soil for paperwork.

They would face no penalty if they apply to immigrate back to U.S. (they'd be back in within just days). He would not utilize the current legal immigration law process for immigration to the U.S. but would set up special processing for these ‘special case formerly illegal’ immigrants. He also would reward these lawbreakers (and their law-breaking employers) by allowing the aliens to keep the very jobs they broke into the country and took. He wants them back in quick to slide back into the same jobs they had before their quick exit and return (touchback).

Huckabee will utilize every trick in the book to legalize illegal aliens. He's just a bit more deceptive, shifty and crafty in how he hides the fact that he will provide amnesty. By all means, don't take my word on this if you are skeptical. Dig deep on Huckabee and look at the man behing the curtain. I'm betting you won't really care for what you see.

Huckabee has stated that our economy would collapse without the presence of illegal aliens here. Really? My oh my...how did we manage to survive as a nation and grow our economy these past two centuries and well into the 1970's before the accelerated mass entries of illegal aliens? In 1986, our spineless Congressmen and Senators decided instead of dealing with the problem, they'd just give amnesty to the illegals so their incompetence, corruption, greed and dysfunction could be just swept under the rug. Then in 2007, they tried the same thing, but this time an educated, forceful, awake and fed up public citizenry stopped them in their tracks. Now their tookus is in a sling as they don't know what to do, so basically they are doing what they've been doing over the last 30 years...nothing as far as border security and immigration enforcement.

2008 is a pivitol year, likely even a tipping point, in the history of America. Will we continue to be a strong, sovereign nation ruled by law or will we let the invasion continue until America's slide into anarchy is unstoppable?

We need to elect a leader as President who will protect the value of U.S. citizenship, work for the citizens of America, fiercely protect our sovereignty, stop the march to globlism and the formation of the NAU, and solve our illegal immigration problem. That does not involve granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Huckabee is not your man if you care for those issues. Neither is McCain, Ghuliani or any of the Democrats.

Just remember to pick a candidate to support not on what they say they will do but on what they have actually done.

For further information regarding Huckabee’s deception and his true intentions, please visit these links:

Leaders Converge on Iowa to Expose Huckabee
http://www.alipac.us/article-2820--0-0.html

84 Leaders Rebuke Gilchrist Endorsement of Huckabee
http://www.alipac.us/ftopict-94112.html

Huckabee & Gilchrist Touchback Amnesty Scandal Escalates
http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-551344.html#551344

Mike Huckabee’s Shamnesty for Illegal Aliens
http://www.alipac.us/ftopict-93987.html

Iowa Republican’s Reject Huckabee Immigration 6 to 1!
http://www.alipac.us/ftopict-95799.html

The Huck-a-Bust is Coming
http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-566821.html#566821

Will the Real Mike Huckabee Please Stand Up
http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-548091.html#548091

Huckabee Liberal on Immigration
http://www.alipac.us/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=94568

apacallyps said...

The truth is most conservatives can’t vote for Rudy because he is for abortion and gay marriage. And they don’t want someone who calls themselves Christian, but believes all kinds of strange things (take a guess). Nor do they

want someone blaming America for all the troubles in the world either (if you guessed Ron Paul you’re right). Every time Thompson speaks America feels like taking a nap (yawn). And McCain (war hero, yes) but is a career politician who doesn’t actually care what YOU want!

Bottom line: The best candidate for the Republican nomination is Huckabee.

There's one slight problem though: The Republican elites are attacking Huck. It is a well-coordinated effort to completely eliminate him. They are ruining the GOP mainstream chance of getting a President who will deal with their needs and not only Wall Streets and the Insiders. Thing is, their "talking points" propaganda warfare used against a fellow conservative who could very well be more of a conservative than they are provides a good look at their true colors.

Folks, it’s time to take AMERICA BACK!

A Whole New Race - Switch to Huckabee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3BMNKqzYHc

Huckabee - Cinderella Man
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILPcnn9Sf94

JOIN WITH US!

Jeff Fuller said...

Huck's "Cinderella story" is about to end. The clock strikes midnight tonight for him. Thanks for playing though!

Hava said...

"And they don’t want someone who calls themselves Christian, but believes all kinds of strange things (take a guess)"

Really? So what does a guy who raises *himself* from the dead qualify as? Or a donkey who talks? Or a whale who swallows a man, and then kindly spits him out days later? Or water that is magically turned to wine? Or the dude who gathered up every kind of land-loving animal on the planet and put them on his ship to live for a year?

Oh, none of that is weird? So glad to hear it.

I'm using sarcasm here, because Christians don't seem to get the point, so I'll make it real simple for ya: Atheists see absolutely no difference between Christians and Mormons. The MSM also does not see any difference between them. If you attack Mitt on the basis that his religion is "strange" you are opening yourself up to a whole HOST of criticisms that you would just rather not see.

Pick something else to rag on Mitt about, but leave the Mormon card alone. You only put a giant BULLS-EYE on your back when you do.

Hava
http://www.votemittforpresident.com