What the “Huck”?

8 02 2008

So I have known pretty much all along that I didn’t like Mike Huckabee as a Presidential candidate. The lion’s share of those feelings are based on the fact that I am not a Republican (not going to get into that particular line of thought on this blog but maybe soon). This morning CNN was running live coverage of a rally that he was speaking at getting ready for this weekend’s primaries and caucuses. Here is a smattering of some things he said:

“I am an old fashioned patriot like my father, I believe you lay on the stripes until your kid sees the stars.”

“I’m not a Wall Street Republican, I am a Wal-Mart Republican.”

“The purpose of government is not to do for us but to stop doing for us so we can do for ourselves.”

These are just a few of the things that he has said so far, he has also commented that we need to change the Constitution of the United States to line up with God’s will (I’m all for God’s will, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t believe that is what the Constitution is for). And he also supported South Carolina’s display of the Confederate flag by mentioning “You don’t like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag. In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole, that’s what we’d do.”

It is a good thing that Mike has Churck Norris in his corner because otherwise I might have to start taking him seriously and be concerned. On a lighter note what better transition than to end with just a few Chuck Norris facts.

-If you have $5 and Chuck Norris has $5, Chuck has more money than you do.

-There is no Ctrl button on Chuck Norris’ computer because he is ALWAYS in control.

-Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird

-Chuck Norris is suing MySpace for stealing the name of what he calls everything around you.

-Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth and boils the water with his rage.

Have a good weekend.

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12 responses

8 02 2008
Mary

Seriously. I think he’s just having the most fun of his life making the rounds to the Colbert Report and Tyra Banks show (ABSURD!).

I haven’t heard one political analyst purport to pretend that there is any chance in hell that his situation is going to change. He is just hanging around for headlines and good times since it isn’t costing him any money. Yay, fun… I’m a bloody campaign rockstar. (May Charlie RIP)

9 02 2008
jason

I am not a fan of Huck either ….BUT he did make a good point the other night (or maybe a scary point) he said that any republican that wants to win the presidency has got to win the southern states that he carried last tuesday . Thats pretty much true since the south went so conservative years ago …..Just something to ponder.
How can the Dems take back the south ????

9 02 2008
maughry

We can take it back with OBAMA. He did well in southern states too (GA & AL!!)
He’s up over McCain by 7 or 8 points in every poll.
Clinton is either tied or up within the margin of error (3 points), even with Ann Coulter voting for her!
I think Obama gives the South a real distinct choice against McCain.

But, I agree McCain would be smart to get someone on the repub ticket that will attract southern conservatives. I seriously doubt it’ll be Huckabee, but it could be. Its good that conservatives don’t like him, but they need to start supporting him because he is the candidate.

12 02 2008
Bean

While I am clearly a McCain supporter I would vote Huckabee in a heartbeat if he got the nomination. One thing I can say for him, like McCain, Huckabee clearly states under his main Issue Headings his views on focal issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Hillary makes a few general statements about abortion but they are buried deep in her campaign page and she doesn’t address the gay marriage issue at all. And for that neither does Obama address either of these issues on his page.

Whether you believe in their stand or not at least they are taking an up front stand.

12 02 2008
Mary

Both Hillary and Obama have very publicly supported both women’s rights and gay rights during their entire careers. I don’t think they need to announce that they support those freedoms on their website. It’s obvious. They both support civil unions and very much support a woman’s right to choose. I don’t think anyone is pretending that isn’t true. On their website, they are trying to highlight detailed policy differences with each other….they agree on those issues.

To be fair, I don’t think that anyone is going to accidentally vote for Clinton or Obama because they thought they were against choice and gay rights.

13 02 2008
Bean

I don’t think anyone thinks they are avoiding the issues but for the majority of people that are going to vote this year those stands need to be posted on their site because the majority of people aren’t going to or don’t have time to catch every debate, every public rally that they will have to stand in line for 4 hours to get into. They are going to check the internet because that is everyone’s easiest source to access. And for the record I have watch all the primary coverage and the majority of all the speeches made afterwards and I have yet to hear either one publicly talk about either issue. I’m not saying they never have, I’m just saying I haven’t heard anything about it recently.

And Obama’s speech tonight about making a $4,000 credit available to every college student annually in exchange for community service at a homeless shelter is retarded. We’re in national debt up to our ears the way it is. He is making a promise he has no chance of keeping. Rich kids are not the only kids that have the opportunity to go to college and he know that from his own life.

13 02 2008
jason

Of course every one knows how I feel about issues being the big liberal that I am …and I cant wait for that cake!!
But I have heard Obama speak also a good bit and I think he is just trying to change the dynamic of things.
The $4000.00 credit could be achieved….Like they say in Season 4 of the West Wing ..This parent is worrying about paying for college and says “It should be a little easier,” he tells Toby. “Just a little easier.”
Of course I think that when we spend more on military then we do on education in this nation then things are terribly out of balance.
I would so enjoy a room with everyone in it so we could talk and debate these things in person ….SIGH !

13 02 2008
Bean

I’m afraid I would get lynched if we were all in a room together seeing as I seem to be the only Republican. And keep dreaming on that cake! It’ll never happen. 😉

What parent doesn’t worry about paying for college but how often does that actually stop people from going? I know you will all say there are tons and tons of people out there who aren’t going to college because they are too poor and can’t afford it but the truth is they have the same opportunities to get grants, scholarships, loans and any other type of financial aid necessary to go. It’s not a matter of the monetary status as much as it is their determination to go and make it work.

And pulling money away from our military is a HORRIBLE idea. Clinton did it when he was in office and he left our soldiers in Iraq in a very dangerous position for a while. You need to fund and take care of the military if you expect them to defend this country. That money is in no way shape or form misspent.

13 02 2008
Nick M.

I don’t know about being lynched but we might tie you up and tickle the bottoms of your feet for a while.

I’m going to have throw a flag on your commment that “It’s not a matter of monetary status as much as it is their determination to go and make it work.” I believe it is a matter of monetary status, because it goes far beyond just tuition and getting grants (often based on financial standing) or scholarships (based on academic performance that might lack in a student from a poor school district or who had to get a GED because they had to work to help support their lower income family). Not to mention knowledge of things like scholarships and grants is something that would come from a school guidance counselor which may not be available in a poorer school area.

13 02 2008
maughry

Well at least he is a candidate attempting to promise hope for change for a better future. I think there is a caveat underneath EVERY candidates every word that other branches of government will work with them Obviously he can’t change the world all by himself but the fact that we are in such dire straights in the economy is due to a terribly destructive republican presidency who inherited a surplus! Obviously the military should be funded but continuous bad military decisions running up a trillion dollars in debt isn’t the same thing as being committed to funding the military.

Right now the dem websites are focused on the primaries. Believe me, when this thing goes general the republicans will make damn sure we talk about those horrible gays and killing all those babies all the damn time. McCain will have to. He has a lot to do get get the extreme right on board. Right now all he is promising is more bloodshed and a possible hundred years in Iraq. Good luck with that against Clinton or Obama.

I really think this conversation is only going bad places. Let’s just agree to strongly disagree 🙂

13 02 2008
maughry

Also, I just wanted to clarify that what I mean by focusing on primaries – in every possible poll, the issues democrats care about right now are the economy, health care, education, this war, ect… So, the reason they aren’t talking about gay rights and women’s rights, right now, is because those are not big issues for our party at this point. They are always big for conservatives so they’ll be honestly, openly having that debate in the general election. Most liberals don’t differ on those two issues so its pointless to focus on it right now.

13 02 2008
Bean

We can agree to disagree because I know neither of us is going to change the other ones mind, but…

All Obama’s speeches are talking about an idealistic world not a realistic world. That’s why everything he says sounds so good. He was talking about his tax policy last night and saying basically that we should tax the rich more and which would take some of their money away and give it to the poor to better their status. Isn’t that the complete opposite of capitolism? Why on earth should we take money from the rich that they worked hard to earn and give it to those that have not worked so hard. Everyone has access to Temp. Agencies, Food and Homeless Shelters that work to get people back on their feet, etc. I know from our background growing up that our family was not and still isn’t part of the upper middle class and we have worked hard for what we do have so taking it from us to give to those who haven’t worked so hard doesn’t really appeal to me.

Just out of curiosity, I know all of you are prochoice (obviously) but why do you think a woman has the right to do that to a living being when it poses no life or death threat to her? I don’t want to get into an argument with anyone I’m just curious and want to know what angle you’re all coming from.

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