Virginia Primary — Why you should NOT vote for Mike Huckabee

February 8, 2008

We have compiled many, many reasons over the past few months why you should not vote for Mike Huckabee on Tuesday.

Here is one of them, that led us to dub him as the Republican Mike Dukakis — “Mike Dukakabee.”

But that is not the only reason. He also:

And this is all just the tip of the iceberg.

Read the rest of the blog for more. Much more.

Mike Huckabee belongs no where near the presidency, not as McCain’s running mate and not even in a cabinet post where he is in the line of succession. He is a big government Republican who just happens to be a social conservative. Some label this as being a “Christian Socialist.” Whatever you want to call it, it is NOT what any Reagan conservative should want this party to become.

So, on Tuesday, vote for John McCain. Vote for Ron Paul. Vote for one of the candidates who has already dropped out. But by no means vote for Mike Huckabee.


A fantastic post by Jim Bowden

January 11, 2008

Here’s his opener (emphasis in original):

If Mike Huckabee gets the Republican nomination for President of the United States, Evangelicals lose. America loses with Barack Hussein Obama or HRH Hillary I when either beat Huckabee, but Evangelical American Christians lose more. Even if Huckabee won the election, he would be another Jimmy Carter in office – and, again, Evangelical American Christians would lose the most. Evangelicals, especially Southerners, and Conservatives of every stripe must stop Huckabee now. Why am I, an Evangelical and a Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher, saying this about a former Southern Baptist preacher?

Because the politics of identity lose to the politics of great ideas.

Read it all here.  Now.

Credit where it’s due

December 23, 2007

Whatever Dukakabee’s faults (and he still has a bunch of them), anti-Catholicism isn’t one of them (Iowa Independent via Opinionated Catholic):

During an interview at his last campaign stop in Iowa before Christmas, Republican front-runner Mike Huckabee disavowed anti-Catholic comments and teachings made by the senior pastor of a Texas church where he will be speaking on Sunday.

. . . John C. Hagee, senior pastor at the church, has told his congregation in the past that the Beast referred to in the Bible is actually the Catholic Church and the so-called Anti-Christ is the Pope.

“I have to say that I don’t agree with those teachings,” Huckabee told the Iowa Independent following a speech in Sheldon. “Several members of my staff are Catholic and  have marched shoulder to shoulder many times in pro-life marches with people of the Catholic faith.”

Nicely done, Huck; nicely done.

Mike Huckabee and his anti-Catholic host

December 22, 2007

The year is 1884.  James G. Blaine, Republican nominee for President of the United States, is the favorite in what is expected to be the seventh straight GOP presidential win (going back to Lincoln’s first win in 1860).  On October 29, he attends a campaign event in New York City.  He is introduced by Reverend Samuel D. Burchard, who ends his address with these now infamous words:

We are Republicans, and don’t propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion.

For the historically uninitiated, “Romanism” was the 19th Century insult for Catholicism.  Blaine ignored the Reverend Burchard’s speech, and delivered his own with no comment on Burchard’s slur.  The Democratic press seized the phrase (and Blaine’s lack of disavowal) and spread it to every corner of the country.  Thousands of Catholic New Yorkers abandoned Blaine for the Democratic candidate: Grover Cleveland.  Cleveland went down in history as the only Democrat to win the White House between 1860 and 1910.

Fast forard to 2008.  Mike Huckabee, the man who all but screams “bigot!” to anyone who questions his record as Governor of Arkansas, is just about to share the pulpit (literally) with Reverend John Hagee, a preacher who has a long history of virulent anti-Catholic statements (Catholic League).

I get the feeling Huckabee is about to learn a very painful lesson in religious politics.  Coming from the state with the third lowest percentage of Catholics (Ask a Catholic), he likely doesn’t see followers of the ancient faith as a major constituency.  He will soon learn just how wrong he is.

Of course, Huck could take the time to disassociate himself from Hagee’s anti-Catholic rants; that would be enough for me.  Some Catholics (say, Shaun Kenney and Chris Beer over at Mason Conservative) may not be happy unless the appearance is cancelled.  Either way, if Huckabee does what I expect him to do on this subject (namely, nothing) he will reap the whirlwind.

For years, evangelicals have assumed they were all alone in fighting the lonely fight for social conservatism.  Many (but not all) have been unwilling or unable to notice the millions of Catholics who stood beside them.  Among other things, this has led evangelicals to assume they are stronger than they really are.  However, Huckabee may just give millions of bonafide social conservatives Reason Number 1 to never vote for him – ever.

Tomorrow could be the beginning of the end for Mike Hucakbee.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Say what?!

December 19, 2007

In Los Angeles on Monday, Mike Dukakabee raised some dough and took some hard questions from the local media.  The scribes seemed particularly interested about a comment the Huckster made some 10 years ago; I won’t mention the quote, or delve into that controversy, because this is MSM, after all, and for all I know, Huck just got sandbagged like every other Republican candidate for office gets at some point.

However, I do have to note and comment upon this defensive response from Huckabee (after he answered the question, Los Angeles Times):

I don’t hear any other candidates asked in depth about the nuances of his church’s doctrine more than I am.

Really, Mr. Huckabee?  Does this not count?

Wow, Huck even fouled up Christmas

December 19, 2007

It takes a monumental effort to run a Christmas ad – a Christmas ad! – and have it boomerang against you, but Mike Dukakabee managed to pull it off.

For the record, I have not seen “the ad;” further for the record, I personally have no problem with “the ad.”  He wished Iowans Merry Christmas, for cryin’ out loud.

However, I will not follow the logic of some Huck supporters and automatically assume he had no other motive for the ad.  Plenty of people in the world do the right thing and hope to benefit from it.  It’s why we demand wages for our work instead of a heartfelt thank-you.

So, yes, I do believe Huck was looking to score some points with Iowa voters (social conservatives especially), set himself up for ridiculous attacks from the left which made it easier for Republicans of all stripes to like him, and divert the conversation from Wayne Dumont, other pardonstax hikes, and foreign policy concerns. That doesn’t mean he was disingenuous in wishing Iowans a Merry Christmas; it does mean he had a good idea of what would happen, and figured it would be to his benefit.

Until today, one would have to say he figured right.  However, that all changed this morning with the reaction of Catholic League President Bill Donohue (From Kathryn Jean Lopez, via NRO – The Corner):

Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, is forever fighting back against attempts to push religion out of the public square. But he’s come out against the Huckabee Christmas ad. Via AP, here’s what he said on Fox this morning:

Catholic League president Bill Donahue said the former Arkansas governor went way beyond wishing people a joyous holiday.

He was especially disturbed by the cross-like image created by a white bookcase in the background of the ad, saying he believed it was a subliminal message.

”What he’s trying to say to the evangelicals in western Iowa (is): I’m the real thing,” Donahue said Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s ”Fox and Friends. ”You know what, sell yourself on your issues, not on what your religion is.”

The Dukakabists are in for a very painful lesson about the social conservative coalition.  For years (if not decades), the “religious right” has been perceived as almost exclusively evangelical and/or Protestant, in no small part due to the very active participation of evangelical and Protestant ministers.  However, the movement has always relied on heavy Catholic support, especially outside the Old Confederacy (and in more urban/suburban portions thereof).  If Donohue’s reaction is any indication (and that’s still an “if” at this point), it means the Huckster can not count on Catholic support during the nomination process.  That is a huge disadvantage to him, one that I’m guessing he did not anticipate and probably still does not recognize (Catholics are just over 4% of the Arkansas population).

Lest anyone forget, it was a Catholic reaction to Bob Jones that cost George W. Bush the Michigan primary in 2000.  I’m not saying a repeat is coming (and I’m certainly not ready to call Huckabee anti-Catholic), but Huck ticked off the wrong person.  The Christmas ad has now become – to my complete shock – a liability.

Mike Dukakabee – LIAR

December 16, 2007

If you’re going to lie about something on your resume while running for president, you’ve got to be pretty stupid to think that it won’t be uncovered.  To lie about having a theology degree when you’re pushing your background as a minister is beyond stupid, yet that is exactly what Mike Dukakabee did.