If only Huckabee…

March 10, 2010

I just finished reading Mike Huckabee’s memoir of the campaign trail, called Do the Right Thing.  It is perhaps even more instructive now than a year ago.  How much different the country would have been if he had been allowed to become President!

As he wrote about how much they were able to do on so little money, I was reminded of a letter and a blog post* I wrote as the Texas primary approached.  I noted that both the Texas and Ohio Leagues of Women Voters had excluded Mike Huckabee from their voter’s guide to the candidates simply because he hadn’t raised or spent enough money.  Their standard of viability was how fast the candidate burned through cash.

At the time, I noted that the League of Women Voters prided themselves as a nonpartisan political organization. They claim they have “fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy”.  I called their exclusion of the number 2 candidate – even from a quickly editable website – “an aggregeous act of electioneering, an unconscionable interference with the political process.”

And so, voters in Texas were not given opportunity to weigh the common sense ideas of Mr Huckabee, and America lost.

I found Do the Right Thing at my local library.  I’m sure you can find it there or at the bookstore.  Either way, it’s worth the effort to read.

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* I started this particular blog to be a member of Huck’s Army and one of his unpaid bloggers.  I’ve done quite a bit of blogging since then, but without the inspiration of Arkansas’ former Governor, I’d be talking to myself.

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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,


How the Republican Party Machine Lost Their Way

October 27, 2008

First it was rampant spending for the war without cutting back at home.  Then the party was afraid of the best candidates – Huckabee and Romney, falling back on giving McCain his turn.  Romney supporters didn’t fully trust McCain and Huckabee supporters considered boycotting the election.  All because the party in power didn’t really want to be reformed.

The selection Palin as VP surprised a lot of people.  There are some poor choices she’s made in the past that should have been caught before her name was announced, and gave fodder for the Democrat operatives.  But it was the kind of un-managed selection that energized the base and pulled them back into the election.

Until the party bosses got ahold of her.

$150,000 for new clothes!  She would have been more genuine in the same three outfits over and over.  Show off her working class cred instead of trying to act like the Washington elite she railed against so often.

She’s got a great message, and is a great debater on issues, but the party has coached her into saying nothing.  No press conferences.  No town halls.  Few independent campaign appearances (don’t want to out-draw the headliner!)

The party advisers are also telling McCain to stump tired speeches over and over.  He was unimpressive in the debate and looks like an angry old guy on the campaign trail, so much that “thoughtful Obama” almost doesn’t have to campaign any more.  He expects to get to the top job on momentum.

And if Obama wins, the Republican party bosses can go back to their comfortable back rooms and pat each other on the back.  The “maverick reformer” will be returned to the back bench for the remainder of his Senate term and then retire to obscurity.  Palin they assume is damaged enough they’ll never have to hear from her again.

The seeds of a 2010 mid-term election upset are already planted.  Look for fertilizer next spring.


Bush-whacked, again

September 25, 2008

Our President read a speech to the nation tonite, and it wasn’t pretty.  There wasn’t passion, there wasn’t excitement.  There WAS fear – fear his lasting legacy will be economic ruin of the whole country and having the Repubican party crushed in the Presidential and Congressional elections a few weeks from now. Read the rest of this entry »


Palin’s acceptance speech – my notes

September 3, 2008

Sarah Palin, the firestorm that’s taking this country by storm, spoke loudly and clearly Wednesday night, and the Democrats (and the media) don’t know what to do about it.

In the words of Mike Huckabee, the elite media has managed to do what we thought could not be done:  to unify the Republican party.  They shouldn’t have picked on this lady.

Sarah Palin herself says that same media had just one year ago had written McCain off as having failed in his effort to win the nomination.  They didn’t know John McCain – he’s a fighter.  “As as the mother of one of those troops, that’s exactly the kind of man I want as Commander in Chief.”  She’s proud of “all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform.”

And thus began the speech that defined the next Vice President of the USA:

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Change to what?

July 31, 2008

I got an email from Mike Huckabee today. It poses an interesting question: If Barack Obama is the “change” candidate, what is he changing from, and to? Does he have an agenda, or just a tagline?

Here’s the message:

“Someone asked me recently to describe Barack Obama’s Agenda. The question caught me off guard, because if you think about it, he’s been running as the “change candidate” and yet no one I know understands what change he is aiming for. His Agenda remains shrouded in mystery. For instance, gasoline prices are at historic highs and yet he hasn’t articulated a plan of action to help American families.

“What we do know about Barack Obama’s agenda, is that he favors higher taxes, supports abortion, believes the federal government should be bigger and has embraced a foreign policy that would make Jane Fonda proud. We also know he was rated by National Journal as the most liberal Senator because of his voting record. According to their ranking, even Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s Socialist Senator, isn’t as liberal as Barack Obama. No kidding.”

So who has an answer for Mike? Does Obama have an agenda that makes sense?


Draft Mike Campaign

July 29, 2008

There are a number of Huckabee supporters mounting a number of campaigns to get him selected for Vice President.  I admire their dedication, but it’s a lot of heat for not much light.

Mike Huckabee was the great hope for evangelical conservatives, the only one really speaking the language.  Othersm like Guillani and Romney at the beginning of the campaign, were far too liberal on social issues to ever get more than a token support.  Huckabee had lived the Baptist ethos for so long it came out in everything he said.  He was unapologetically Christian (not just attending a few services when the media was around) without needing to give an altar call at the end of each speech.

Trouble is, our culture has become secular, and the news media even more so, almost anti-Christian.  So Huckabee could not get the media attention he needed – even got left off the official League of Women Voters’ Candidate Guides in Texas and Ohio!  It’s amazing he did as well as he did.

What made the campaign successful was an army of fanatical volunteers.  Needing signatures to get Huckabee on the Virginia ballot, he got over 15,000 signatures in less than 3 weeks with only one paid staffer in the state.

Now those volunteers want to pressure McCain into picking Huckabee to be Vice President.  They’re circulating a petition that quotes an article from People for the American Way, and asked me to participate.

I can’t join the list.  McCain/Huckabee isn’t likely to sway the sheep voting for Obama and just about anyone else (except Hillary).  A failure in the polls puts too much pressure to find someone else.

I’m putting my support behind JC Watts, if he’d accept. JC Watts has the credentials to counter McCain’s negatives and Obama’s positives.  Younger, eloquent, and black (two black parents), he has been a football star, a Congressman, a Baptist Youth Pastor, and is a businessman with strong family ties.  Anything Obama offers, he offers more, better.

If you want to write McCain about a VP candidate, ask him to ask Watts.  I did.