Huckabee Writes What We Already Knew

November 23, 2008

During the primaries last year, I was among the many who wondered about Romney, whether he was able to be a leader, or only a corporate raider.

Now, opponent Mike Huckabee has given us a behind-the-scenes look that confirms our suspicions.  Do the Right Thing (subtitled “Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America”) started as a manifesto for a “smarter, fairer type of politics.”  He says it’s not right versus left, but instead it’s what he calls “vertical politics” – connecting the people with the leaders.

He also talks about how the other candidates, those that acted like leaders and those who were merely candidates.  For example, he says Romney was less than gracious in defeat during the Iowa caucus.

“We were backstage waiting for the concession from him to go on stage and do the victory speech. The networks were all pushing us, the newspapers were pushing us – everybody had deadlines,” Huckabee said. “I thought it a bit impolite to go out and claim victory without a concession. That’s an unwritten rule. It was one of those things. I was somewhat surprised. Generally, when you’re in a tight contest, there’s a tradition of calling and conceding. It’s a way to congratulate that person. In a way it characterized his campaign.

“I don’t think he ever really regarded me with much respect and ever really took me seriously.”

Huckabee also thought Romney was out of touch with voters.  In one debate, on the issue of helping the economy, Romney didn’t seem keen on helping the average American.

“I stood there in stunned silence when he went into his well-prepared, programmed answer about how we needed to invest more in high-yield stocks,” he writes. “That moment was perhaps the single most revealing of what was wrong with our party. We had people leading us who knew the country club, but not Sam’s Club.”

Huckabee is now on a sold-out booksigning tour.  A friend of mine said the lines in Oklahoma City were long and early, and the store sold out.  Huckabee brought an extra thousand books, and sold them as well.

Even so, Huckabee took time to speak to each supporter.  Brian Summers, a former campaign staffer, was noticed in the crowd, and commented on how Huckabee waited to greet everyone who wanted an autographed copy of the book.

“He stayed here until everybody was done. [It] was the same way on the campaign trail. We never left anybody in line who did not get a chance to meet him.”

Sources:  Boston Herald, Wall Street Journal Market Watch, MSNBC,


HuffPo not news

November 22, 2008

As if there was any doubt!  The Times Newspapers Ltd. reported today that “She is a close friend of Barack Obama”  She even jokes that  “I only text three people – my two teenage children and Barack Obama.”

That explains a lot.  During the bulk of the election – and especially in the final couple of months – it seemed that every other “news” article on the social media sites were from Huffington Post or Daily Kos, or one citing the other.

The Times article says HuffPo just finishing getting $15M to expand into local “news” and “investigative journalism.”

Given the extreme liberal slant of the site so far, it’s unlikely the expanded site will do any real journalism.  Just more in-your-face propoganda in a daily blog disguised as news.

GOP Abandoned their brand, says DeMint

November 16, 2008

It’s official.  The Republican Party has declared open season on scapegoats.  John McCain is next in line (they’ve already skewered Sarah Palin).

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint says the Party lost because they abandoned their “brand” of governing:  “freedom, religious-based values and limited government.”  He places the blame on Bush, Ted Stevens and John McCain.

Bush we understand.  He was led into an unwinnable war by Rumsfeld and Cheney, and isn’t quite smart enough to figure out how to pay for no-bid war support contracts, relief for natural disasters, the Clinton mortgage meltdown, and still have enough to give enough rebates to jump-start the economy.

And Ted Stevens, the icon of old-guard corruption.  Caught taking bribes, convicted in federal court, he still denies he did anything wrong, and wants to go back to work siphoning federal funds to the only state in the Union that gives tax payments instead of collecting income tax, because there’s so much oil revenue.

But John McCain?  After winning the nomination away from 2 very religious contenders (Huckabee and Romney), he courted the religious right by picking Sarah Palin.  He did everything right except ignore the Washington Party elite.  It wasn’t his fault he lost.  The party bosses just weren’t ready for a woman who wouldn’t keep her mouth shut and stay in the background.

Unfortunately, it looks like DeMint just has a grudge agains McCain:

“McCain, who is proponent of campaign finance reform that weakened party organizations and basically put George Soros in the driver’s seat,” DeMint said. “His proposal for amnesty for illegals. His support of global warming, cap-and-trade programs that will put another burden on our economy. And of course, his embrace of the bailout right before the election was probably the nail in our coffin this last election. And he has been an opponent of drilling in ANWR, at a time when energy is so important. It really didn’t fit the label, but he was our package.”

McCain wasn’t the problem, just the package.  I’m sure that package is going to be attacked again before it’s over.  Fortunately, John McCain can take it.

Sources include:  CNN

Palin was Sabotaged

November 15, 2008

Right before the election, I wondered about what the Republican party was doing to itself.

I said that the party didn’t really want to be reformed.  It was as if they’d rather lose to a radical than win with a maverick.  Not McCain.  He knew how to take orders.  No the other Maverick.  Palin.

The party bosses made sure Palin failed.

According to a posting today from Women On the Web, Palin was shocked when she found out the price the handlers were paying to neuter her message.  She told Fox News’s Greta van Susteren that she had nothing to do with selecting the clothes and the hiring the hairdressers.

Former CBS News political analyst and McCain senior strategist, Nicolle Wallace, thought Palin’s style was too “outsider” and needed help.  (“Coming from Alaska, she needed a new look. She was a small-town girl who needed to look like a big-city girl.” )  A member of the media elite herself, she was out of touch with what made Palin special.  It was the message, not the packaging, that mattered to voters.

As for the clothes, they were provided by the stylists, who normally work for CBS  News.  They told her they were staging, and never told her the cost.  According to Palin, “they picked out some really nice clothes to borrow for a while there. But that was not anything that the Palin family would have chosen for ourselves. .. [I] did not order the clothes. Did not ask for the clothes. I would have been happy to wear my own clothes from day one.”

So you see, the Party lost on purpose.

Obama Changing Already

November 11, 2008

Barely a week into the transition period, President-elect Obama is already covering his tracks.  First step was to remove campaign promises from public view, lest someone try to hold him to them.

“Gone from are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 agenda items — from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy”

This from the Washington Times, which says the Obama camp “didn’t want the new administration tied to the campaign’s list” and “realized after the fact that they didn’t want to limit their agenda/priorities to what they put on the Web site before they had a clear picture of America’s needs in a postelection environment,”

The specific promises have been replaced with a generic paragraph:

“to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.”

The site is being while the site “retools.” In other words, the message is being changed to fit the candidate’s real intentions, not what he had to say to get elected.  If you think he was going to give you everything and cost you nothing, prepare for reality.  If you thought moderation was the new watchword, hang on!

If you want to keep your own checklist, what Obama/Biden promised us is still at

Elitist Obama

November 4, 2008

The Obamas want you to think they are just like you, not like the fat cat rich.  It’s a lie.

Take Barack’s suits. Custom tailored by Hartmarx.  Off the rack, untailored would cost $1500 each.  They won’t reveal the true cost, but likely more than that. (My good suit costs $250 … 8 years ago.) 

Folks complained when the handlers put Sarah Palin into an emergency $15,000 wardrobe when she was whisked out of Alaska and onto the campaign trail.  But what about Michelle Obama’s convention gowns?  Ill-fitting for her body type, especially considering they were custom made!  Maria Pinto’s dresses cost between $900 and $5,000 each.  And she has several.

Where is the outrage at this cost on clothing?  Michelle  claims she buys off the rack and on the internet from J Crew.  Maybe for the around-the-house stuff.  But when the cameras are rolling, she makes Palin look “department store”



False Teachers

November 1, 2008

According to the Bible, the little letter from Jude, the characteristics of a false teacher are clear, and we are warned against them. 

Jude’s verse 16 says that a false teacher will flatter you to get their own way.  They will tell you you are better than you are, or will blame your mistakes on some external circumstance.  They will say it over and over, reinforcing a single concept with various proofs.

Soon you buy into the idea that they like you and you’ve begun to tell yourself you like them.  Then, after you have come to believe their flattery, they will add some more direct lies.  For many people, they will by this time believe the lies to be truth, or trust truth told about the person to be lies, because they are emotionally invested in the person. 

(This is how people ignore symptoms of abusive behavior in a loved one, hoping they are wrong, or are emotionally unable to consider the consequences of truth.)

The wise will weigh the words against an unchanging standard of truth and assess any differences.  These people will be able to recognize what the person is doing and separate admiration for the person and the veracity of their words. 

The unwise, the immature and those bent toward destruction will ignore truth, even calling truth a lie and lies truth.  Jude 19 says this is the source of divisions. 

Jude 19 also suggests it is the intent of a false teacher to create divisions and to distort truth, and that the source of this desire is their sensual appetites, with the end goal of satisfying their own lusts.

As this political season draws to a close, I look at candidates who call the other negative even as they themselves provide 3x more negative pronoucements.