So…according to the Daily Caller, Mike Huckabee is the new GOP front-runner for 2016.
That only means one thing: time to bring back Virginia Bloggers Against Mike Huckabee.
Clearly tired of the “rubber chicken circuit,” Mike Huckabee goes for his usual culinary change-of-pace – his own foot (Politico):
Mike Huckabee seemed to suggest that Barack Obama grew up in Kenya . . .
“One thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American,” Huckabee said in response.
“If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather,” Huckabee added.
Obama grew up where?
So you’re a former presidential candidate who surprised a lot of people and led them to think you have something new on the horizon. Better than that, you’re a Republican, and call yourself a conservative, putting you in the perfect position to redefine what both mean to win elections, inspire people, and show the nation that the GOP is moving in a fresh, new direction. You even start-up a PAC to keep your name in the spotlight and advance your vision.
How can you completely demolish everything you have built up and make yourself a complete laughingstock in one day?
If you’re Mike Huckabee, the answer is simple – endorse Don Young (link via NRO - The Corner):
Don is one of the few members of Congress to totally understand the critical state of our nation’s infrastructure and when I was a Governor and Chairman of the National Governors Association, he was one of the few members of Congress who fully recognized the direct link between infrastructure and job creation and economic development.
Read that again. Not only does the Huckster endorse the man behind the Bridge to Nowhere, he actually praises Young’s record on infrastructure.
You can’t make this stuff up.
The man’s ignorance knows no bounds (NRO – The Corner, emphasis added):
More from that Huckabee Interview [Ramesh Ponnuru]
The former governor and presidential candidate also says:
The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism; it’s this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says “look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government. If it means that elderly people don’t get their Medicare drugs, so be it. If it means little kids go without education and healthcare, so be it.” Well, that might be a quote pure economic conservative message, but it’s not an American message. It doesn’t fly. People aren’t going to buy that, because that’s not the way we are as a people. That’s not historic Republicanism. Historic Republicanism does not hate government; it’s just there to be as little of it as there can be. But they also recognize that government has to be paid for.
He goes on for a while in this vein . . .
For us locals, the Huckster is just an Arkansan Emmett Hanger, but I’m curious to see what John McCain thinks of his rival bashing the best decision he ever made (his opposition to Medicare Part D).
If McCain notices this, we can rest assured that Huckabee will never become McCain’s running mate.
Cross-posted to Virginia Bloggers Against Mike Huckabee
Just as people who should know better were seriously considering giving the Huckster the number two spot on the GOP ticket, Dukakabee himself removes all doubt about the tremendous stupidity of the idea (via Tim Watson – I’m Surrounded By Idiots – from whom I basically lifted that last phrase):
Republican Mike Huckabee responded to an offstage noise during his speech to the National Rifle Association by suggesting it was Barack Obama diving to the floor because someone had aimed a gun at him.
Hearing a loud noise and interrupting his speech, Huckabee said: “That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He’s getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him and he—he dove for the floor.”
There were only a few murmurs in the crowd after the remark.
Ace of Spades put it well, “it’s bad enough to probably keep him off the ticket. Fortunately.” Indeed.
Cross-posted to Virginia Bloggers Against Mike Huckabee
One of Mike Dukakabee’s PACs is warning John McCain not to make Mitt Romney his running mate (Leslie Carbone):
Some supporters of Gov. Mike Huckabee’s failed presidential bid are taking out ads threatening Sen. John McCain not to pick Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate. The Government is Not God PAC insists, “Governor Romney['s] recent ‘conversion’ to conservative and pro-life principles is not credible.” And, yes, they have a point: Gov. Romney’s recognition of the sanctity of life is recent and convenient.
Actually, the problems with Mitt Romney as a running mate run deeper than that. I may be one of the very few who still remembers what Mitt actually said about timetables, but he said it all the same. I, like the GiNG PAC, would be very unhappy with Mitt Romney as the Vice Presidential nominee.
However, Romney is far from the only person on my Do-Not-Make-Vice-President list, and since the Huckabee folks raised the question . . .
Leslie herself makes the point so well that I’ll just excerpt her final two paragraphs:
But Gov. Huckabee is far more liberal. And while many are justifiably suspicious of Gov. Romney’s fledgling pro-life conviction, Gov. Huckabee has stubbornly rationalized his liberal record. Blurring the roles of the state and of the Christian, he undermines the civil government’s function of enforcing justice. The tax-and-spend Governor slurs the pro-freedom Club for Growth as the “Club for Greed”. He touts tax-paid tuition breaks for the children of illegal aliens, insisting, “You don’t punish a child because a parent committed a crime or committed a sin.” He supports parole and pardons for violent felons, citing “the concept of Christian forgeiveness”. If he isn’t trying to remake civil government into God, he’s at least trying to make it a Christian nanny. And he shows no evidence that he’s intellectual enough ever to grasp the tremendous harm that this misuse of the state causes.
A Vice President Huckabee would be disastrous for the Republican Party and for the United States of America.
Indeed, it would.
Cross-posted to the resurrected Virginians Against Mike Huckabee
Maryland, Virginia, and DC are all up tomorrow, in both parties.
For the Democrats: I see another Obama sweep.
For the Republicans: McCain wins Maryland and DC. As for Virginia, it’s a much harder call. McCain still has an 11-point lead, but it was 32 points three days ago. Huckabee clearly has the momentum, but has he run out of time?
As much as I hate to say this, my answer is no. Maybe this will wake up the McCain folks (or just blow up the race), but I’m calling Virginia for Huckabee - meaning this venture will have failed.
I hope and pray I’m wrong.
I had addressed this issue briefly here, but with my sparring partner STD and my good friend Jim Beck calling for a brokered convention, I feel I need to devote a post exclusively to explaining why this is such a bad idea.
For starters, both STD and Jim seem to be of the opinion that anyone can be nominated in a brokered convention. While theoretically it is possible, the likelihood of that happening is practically nil. First of all, no one can agree on just who the anonymous nominee should be. I’ve seen Newt Gingrich, Duncan Hunter, Fred Thompson, and a whole slew of names bandied about. The trouble is, just those three names by themselves would set off factional disputes among the delegates at the convention. Then there are the names folks on the rightospehere don’t want to hear, but who would have an equal chance at snagging the nomination (Condoleezza Rice, Rudy Giuliani, Jeb Bush, etc.). The odds that any of them would garner enough delegates just to take on the established candidates (McCain and Huckabee) are slim to none.
Additionally, there is no way either aforementioned candidate will willingly back away from the prize in favor of someone who hasn’t gone through the laborious campaign. Nor should they. The presidential race reveals a number of things; chief among them is the ambition for the job and the willingness to work in order to get it. The previously failed candidates have made it clear they lack the wisdom, drive, or popular support to succeed. Those who chose not to run, for whatever reason, have revealed a lack of drive that could prove fatal in a general election campaign.
Finally, the only way we get to a brokered convention is for Huckabee to garner enough delegates to block McCain. Does anyone seriously think that Huckabee (who would need to win more than 700 more delegates to pull this off) will simply stand aside? Of course not; he will claim (and not without reason) that he has as much a claim to the nomination as McCain, and certainly more of a claim than anyone else in the Republican Party.
So, a brokered convention will still lead to one of only two people being the nominee: John McCain or Mike Huckabee. Either McCain will make a deal with Romney or Huck, or Huck will make a deal with Romney to freeze out McCain and take the nomination.
Therefore, the choice is not among McCain, Huckabee, and the Anonymous White Knight. It is between McCain and Hucakbee, period, and for reasons I have discusses again and again, the better choice is John McCain.