Saturday, December 08, 2007
What Huckabee's Rise Means
Over at Power Line, John Hinderacker wonders whether Huckabee may be the Howard Dean of 2008. Ultimately he comes down against it, but I think Huckabee's got some Dean-ish qualities. No, he doesn't have the legion of online supporters, or the fund-raising prowess.
Remember the old bumper snicker from 2004: Dated Dean, Married Kerry? That's what's going on here, and you can see it in Fred Thompson as well. The Republicans are doing everything they can to avoid marrying the logical candidate, John McCain. They want to be swept off their feet, and so they swoon at the new face. Fred, of course, has turned out to not be the man of their dreams and so they're flirting with the next beau. But inevitably Huck turns out to have feet of clay as well.
I'm not saying that the rise of Huck is good for McCain. It certainly indicates that even at this late date, the Republicans are looking around for dessert rather than eating their peas. But it's even worse news for guys like Thompson and Romney. Huckabee's not going to be the nominee, but he could help trim the field a little.
Note: When the Democrats finally turned to Kerry, it was because he was the "electable" guy. Now, I thought that was a little odd, since when have liberal senators from Massachusetts been electable nationally? But McCain is genuinely electable; all the polls have shown that.
Labels: 2008 Candidates, John McCain, Mike Huckabee
Thursday, December 06, 2007
The Inside Story of the Swiftees to Come Out!
The MVP's of the Stop John Kerry effort have a new book coming out
How the Swiftees, POWs and other Vietnam veterans circumvented the media and reached out to the public is a story that has profound implications for future political campaigns and news reporting….
…Honor, Loyalty and Patriotism…These values were able to rouse hundreds of Swifties and millions of other veterans from their deep political sleep of 35 years. The blindness of our opponents can be accounted for only because such values are rare and often considered laughable among Kerry’s operatives and media allies. These values are neither rare nor a subject of amusement among most Americans. In 2004, they changed the course of history.
I am looking forward to this one; as part of the blogging team that originally broke the Christmas in Cambodia story, we were thrilled when the Swiftees publicizing that issue resulted in a paralyzed John Kerry campaign for a full two weeks after the DNC. We know that the Swiftees will always be "discredited" to the media, but those who followed things closely know that it was Le Fraude who was discredited, not the SBVfTs!
Labels: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Huckabee's Willie Horton
Don't you hate it when that happens
A Missouri mother says she will do "whatever it takes" to stop former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee from becoming president, because he freed the man who went on to rape and murder her daughter, Carol Sue Shields (pictured).
"I can't imagine anybody wanting somebody like that running the country," Lois Davidson of Adrian, Mo., told the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
Wayne Dumond was initially sentenced to life plus 25 years for raping a 17-year-old Arkansas high school cheerleader. In 1999, a parole board voted to free Dumond, after then-Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his desire to see him released.
Labels: 2008 Candidates, Mike Huckabee
There Were Seven Dumber Quotes?
John Hawkins does his second annual
"Ten Worst Quotes from Daily Kos". One that I vividly remember:
8) "I know I’m a Jewish lesbian and (Ahmadinejad would) probably have me killed. But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon...
Okay, I admit it. Part of it is that he just looks cuddly. Possibly cuddly enough to turn me straight. I think he kind of looks like Kermit the Frog. Sort of. With smaller eyes. But that’s not all...
I want to be very clear. There are certainly many things about Ahmadinejad that I abhor — locking up dissidents, executing of gay folks, denying the fact of the Holocaust, potentially adding another dangerous nuclear power to the world and, in general, stifling democracy. Even still, I can’t help but be turned on by his frank rhetoric calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration and, for that matter, generations of US foreign policy preceding." -- sallykohn
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Key New Hampshire Paper Endorses McCain
The Manchester Union-Leader, the most important paper
in the state, puts its weight behind the Senator from Arizona:
We don't agree with him on every issue. We disagree with him strongly on campaign finance reform. What is most compelling about McCain, however, is that his record, his character, and his courage show him to be the most trustworthy, competent, and conservative of all those seeking the nomination. Simply put, McCain can be trusted to make informed decisions based on the best interests of his country, come hell or high water.
Amen. Meanwhile, in Iowa, a surge by Mike Huckabee
has topped Mitt Romney in the polls. Huckabee's peculiar brand of compassionate conservatism seems unlikely to travel well, as others have noted
Huckabee is the opposite of a libertarian. As governor, he hiked taxes repeatedly and oversaw an explosion in state spending. He's explicitly running as a "different kind of Republican," positioning himself as the heir to President Bush's compassionate conservatism (a.k.a. big-government conservatism). His populist economic message includes expanding farm and alternative-energy subsidies and curbing free trade (to insulate us from the global economy).
Labels: 2008 Candidates, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney