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By Michael D. Shear
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney joined the Republican contest this year by pitching himself as the only true conservative.

Now, he finds himself desperately trying to convince people that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee -- a Baptist minister with a staunch pro-life record -- doesn't deserve that label more than he does.

As he began a week-long barnstorming of three early states by plane, Romney assailed Huckabee as a liberal, adding his own voice to television commercials and mailings that his campaign has begun churning out.

Romney told reporters that voters will conclude Huckabee has been "too liberal on immigration," "too liberal on crime" and that he has "too liberal of a spending record and too liberal of a tax record."

On immigration, Romney cited Huckabee's support for a bill that would have granted in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. On crime, he highlighted the 1,033 pardons and commutations Huckabee granted as governor. And on the economy, he said Huckabee presided over a budget that grew from $6 billion to $16 billion.

"I'm convinced that as people take a close look, that the good, conservative Republicans of South Carolina will be supporting a conservative candidate like myself and they won't be supporting governor Huckabee," Romney said. "But time will tell."

A poll out overnight put Romney ahead slightly in South Carolina after another poll had shown him slipping behind Huckabee here, as well as in Iowa. Romney planned to head back to the Hawkeye State for two days of campaigning starting Wednesday.

Romney unveiled a tough, new ad in Iowa attacking Huckabee on the pardon's issue.

"Romney got tough on drugs like meth. He never pardoned a single criminal," the ad says. "And Mike Huckabee? He granted 1,033 pardons and commutations, including 12 convicted murderers."

Huckabee called the ad "desperate and deplorable."

Romney has 16 days to turn things around. Take out Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Year's day, and that leaves 12 days. Twelve days to regain the leads in Iowa and New Hampshire that he has spent $20 million of his own money to achieve.

On the plane trip, his first during the primary campaign, Romney is squiring a dozen national reporters around South Carolina, and then on to Iowa for two days and then back to New Hampshire for three more days.

It's part of a last-ditch effort to regain momentum in a race that seemed well-in-hand a month ago. But that was before Huckabee knocked Romney off his Iowa pedestal, where he had ruled for months.

Romney aides now say they they don't have to come in first in Iowa. But they acknowledge that coming in second would force them to win outright in New Hampshire four days later despite a flood of negative press that would inevitably develop.

Posted at 4:21 PM ET on Dec 18, 2007
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all this rhetoric is follishnes and an intent denial to dismiss truth. The Demo-wacks have had control over congress for 2 years now and have done NOTHING but fund pork barrel projects and have not come close to making any kind of real progress that the promised their poor demo-wack supporters. There credibility is SHOT! and as for Huckabee... People fear that he will win, which he is... At this point I will vote for anybody other than a Demowack. i am so frustrated that I have changed party position and will vote Repub this year.

christmas is the celebration of the birth of jesus christ and if anyone do not want to celebrate it then don't but remember, each time you give a gift to someone else, you are mimicking the 3 wise men that gave gifts to jesus at his birth and most importantly, you are mimicking the giving factor that God gave his only begotten son to the world. So whether you formally ccelebrate or deny it, each gift given is a reflection of God Giving Christ to the earth as a gift. and i am happy to have received a merry christmas wish from a governmental official.. which that does not happen at all now a days! I am so proud of Huckabee i do not know what to do. He is a man of principle and he surely just sealed the deal with my vote. He will win and big he will, and while the pundits try to demise him, or his other political rivals try to make him look bad. They may want to look at the mirror at themselves. You got flip flopping mitt, dead fred, pimped out guiliani , no brain mccain, and PAUL IS DEAD!

And as for the Dems: you got Hell-ary that have sold her soul to the left party lobbyist in america, and you got chronic smoking Obama? which neither one has ANY experience in foreign policy. If it was not for Hell-ary having bill clinton last name, she would not even be known.

Huckabee is the sure winner and will win big. I can not wait for romney to get out of the race. i bet he will go back to hiring illegals to work in his yard. check more out about him at www.massresistance.org he is the biggest flake since kellogs!

More on Romney's Leadership check out these links:
www.massresistance.org and http://rightsmart.blogspot.com/

Posted by: in-God-I-Trust | December 19, 2007 1:41 PM

Do the Mormons believe Jesus and Stan are brothers ? You decide.
http://www.bible-truth.org/jesusbro.htm

Posted by: eSPO1 | December 19, 2007 12:46 PM

We are telling Iraq they can't have an Islamic imam as president but it's OK for the U.S. to have a Baptist minister as president?

I guess the far-right religionists don't see a problem with that.

Posted by: drnewknee | December 19, 2007 12:19 PM

Romeneys real problem. Many people that have been raised as Christians know of the theological clash between evangelical Christians and Mormons. The war has been going on since Joseph Smith broke out of jail and shot people while attempting to escape. Joseph Smith, The Mormon Prophet, had his brainstorm to somehow, cash in on the religious fervor of the day. He tried 'moneydigging" and went to court over the fraud.Miraculously, an vision of an angel appeared to him, Christians are told ( and I paraphrase) that We are not to respect or believe any gospel that is taught that does not agree with the teachings of a Bible, EVEN IF AN ANGEL OF LIGHT DELIVERS THEM. Christians are not to honor any book that adds , or takes away,from the inspired word of God, the Bible. Mormons believe that the book of Mormon and their other "holy" books are an addendum to the Bible and place them on the same plane as the Bible. Their holy books teach of entire people and civilizations that science has proven have NEVER EXISTED. ( Check with the Smithsonian) While the Bible is used as a historical and geographical guide. Their books promote polygamy, and the inadequate character of people of color to hold high office in the "Priestood".While many of these doctrines have been changed through "revealtion" (read Their god changed his mind,) our God is unchanging. Joseph Smith taught that people populated the moon and looked like quakers ( he never figured that we `d get there) The Bible teaches us that if we encounter a "so called prophet his test will be " if he ever utters anything that turns out to be false WE ARE NOT TO RESPECT HIM ". There are many falacies in this book of fairytale and plagarism and some are in direct conflict with the teachings of the Bible. This is why many consiser Mormonism a non Christian cult and real Christians know that to support such a candidate would be folly and downright sinful. This is the real problem that Mitt Romney faces. All the "pundits" need to realize this.
The Presidency calls for good judgemnent
faith, and a strong moral and ethical value system. Many people question the judgement of a candidate that can buy into a new religion that flys in the face of traditional Christianity regardless of its historical,theological, and proven fallacious origins.

Posted by: eSPO1 | December 19, 2007 11:55 AM

Huckabee never tried to stop the release of Dumond....but just the opposite. Huckabee wanted Dumond set free and said so in a personal letter to Dumond. The parole board, under pressure from Huckabee, did the dirty work. Dumond's victims appealed Huckabee to stop the release but to deaf ears.

If a freed murderer commits another murder, the governor who sets him free has blood stains on his hands.

Just hope the new victim is not your wife or daughter.

Huckabee is dangerous.

Posted by: drnewknee | December 19, 2007 11:50 AM

I am very concerned particularly about Huckabee's extremely liberal record of pardoning and commutation record as Governor of Arkansas. In response, Huckabee argued that he received more requests than did Governor Romney and rejected 78 percent of them. To me, his defense is just as glaring. If I were a criminal in Arkansas I would definitely appeal to the Governor. After all the appeal processes that currently exist in our judicial system, under Huckabee, I still would have a twelve percent chance of having my sentence pardoned or commutated. That might be why Governor Huckabee had to answer so many requests.

Posted by: james.fairbanks | December 19, 2007 10:08 AM

rat-the,
I got it! And you are right. The biggest mistake congress made was dereliction of their fiduciary responsibility in maintaining a balance government. I truly believe W. could not have brought the damage to our country and the republican party had Congress simply done their job. This applies mostly to the Republican party but the Democrats were complicit because they lacked courage.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 19, 2007 9:32 AM

It's too bad about these two candidates. Politics as usual! Both candidates are the same old material we always get - POLITICIANS. Nothing new here. Very disappointing! There is really only one answere to fixing all of these problems and treating the symptom won't make it go away. That is what has been the coarse of action for many years and what do we have, the same old problems only getting worse because the only cure for these deep wounds so far has been putting a band-aid over them. To fix these problems right we must get to the foundation. A house that's built upon a weak foundation will not last but a house that is built on a firm foundation will endure. That foundation is our CONSTITUTION that is being chisled away very rapidly. It is the foundation that sets us apart from the rest of the world and if we look towards it, it will guide us towards the right coarse of action. No politician anymore upholds or adresses this, they ignore it and replace it with political law (majority rule) that is based upon changing opinions and what sells themselves. The CONSTITUTION is foundational law. There is only one candidate that upholds this and stands firmly and unchanging. His name is RON PAUL. The MSM ignores him because he poses a threat to their agendas, nevertheless his support has been resignating across our nation silently as if by magic and his support is far greater than the MSM will admitt! Let's face it, if the republicans want to gain the presidency, than RON PAUL is their only choice to win. He is the only republican who supports the 74% of Americans that want out of the war immeadiatly! Scores of democrats already support him and his powerful message of the Constitution and freedom apeals to everyone! He has a flawless record and charecter to add to this. There is nothing to dig up on him. Along with these atributes, his tactful, humerous, honest and wise speaking skills will most definately be the weapon to beat the democrats including Hilary. Do yourselves a favor and research him for our countries sake and think out of the box like a leader and not follow like blind sheep. RON PAUL!

Posted by: patriot4freedom4us | December 19, 2007 12:32 AM

Do you see now, how incredibly STUPID it is to attack members of your own Party?

Stupidity invites stupidity!

Only Sharks devour their own!

Watch the Democrats feed!

Here, let me throw in some more "Chum"!

Posted by: rat-the | December 19, 2007 12:19 AM

Let's see how conservative Mitt Romney is:
1. In a debate earlier this year, several candidates were asked if the Congress made a mistake intervening in the Terri Schiavo case. Romney said that the Congress had made a mistake. Does that sound pro-life?
2. In the same debate, when asked if a candidate believe evolution or creation, he sided with the "science" (a.k.a. evolution). Does that sound Mormon enough?
3. Until only a few years ago he supported gay rights and abortion. Is that "conservative"?
Now he is calling his rival liberal. His TV ad is wrong. If I am giving a liberal award, it will definitely go to Romney.

Posted by: SC_GOP | December 18, 2007 11:45 PM

Talking points:

Saturday, Dec 15, 2007

HUCKABEE'S PLAYGROUND DIPLOMACY

Blames Bush, Copies Clinton & Obama Talking Points

The No Laughing Matter!: A serious look at Gov. Mike Huckabee's record and policy beyond the one-liners. As in:

- Gov. Mike Huckabee: "And the ultimate thing is, I may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night." ("Imus In The Morning," 12/4/07)

- National Review: "The Holiday Inn Express Candidate." "In sum, conservatives should have worries about the depth and soundness of Mike Huckabee's foreign-policy views. And staying at a Holiday Inn Express is not going to be enough to allay them." (Editorial, "The Holiday Inn Express Candidate, National Review, 12/10/07)

PLAYGROUND DIPLOMACY

COME ON, EVERYBODY, BE NICE!

Gov. Huckabee's Foreign Policy: Be Nice And Follow The Golden Rule. "Huckabee also said that nations deserve the same kind of treatment that individuals do. 'You treat others the way you'd like to be treated,' he said. 'That's to me the fundamental issue that has to be re-established in our dealings with other countries.'" (Lisa Rossi, "Huckabee: Restore U.S. Ties Around World," The Des Moines Register, 12/4/07)

Gov. Huckabee Says The U.S. Shouldn't Act Like An Arrogant High School Student. GOV. HUCKABEE: "The United States, as the world's only superpower, is less vulnerable to military defeat. But it is more vulnerable to the animosity of other countries. Much like a top high school student, if it is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping others, it is loved. But if it attempts to dominate others, it is despised." (Gov. Mike Huckabee, "America's Priorities In The War On Terror," Foreign Affairs, 1-2/08)

Gov. Huckabee Wants The U.S. To Negotiate With Iran Because We Should Be Nice To Our Friends. GOV. HUCKABEE: "Yet we have not had diplomatic relations with Iran in almost 30 years; the U.S. government usually communicates with the Iranian government through the Swiss embassy in Tehran. When one stops talking to a parent or a friend, differences cannot be resolved and relationships cannot move forward. The same is true for countries. The reestablishment of diplomatic ties will not occur automatically or without the Iranians' making concessions that serve to create a less hostile relationship." (Gov. Mike Huckabee, "America's Priorities In The War On Terror," Foreign Affairs, 1-2/08)

FOREIGN POLICY PLAYBOOK

CRIBBED FROM DEMOCRATS

Huckabee/Democrat Talking Point #1 - Blame Bush Foreign Policy:

Gov. Huckabee: "The Bush Administration's Arrogant Bunker Mentality Has Been Counterproductive At Home And Abroad." (Gov. Mike Huckabee, "America's Priorities In The War On Terror," Foreign Affairs, 1-2/08)

- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Said The Bush Administration Was In "Bunker Mode." KERRY: "Attempting to prevent the Senate from investigating only prolongs the toxicity and further isolates a White House in bunker mode." (Sen. John Kerry, "Sen. Kerry Says White House Stonewalling Disservice To Democracy," Press Release, 7/9/07)

- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Said The Bush White House Was "In A Bunker Mentality." "Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, suggested that 'the White House is in a bunker mentality - won't listen, won't change.'" (Carl Hulse and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "U.S. House Panel Authorizes Subpoena For Rove And Others," International Herald Tribune, March 21, 2007)

Gov. Huckabee: "After President Bush Included Iran In The 'Axis Of Evil,' Everything Went Downhill Fast." (Gov. Mike Huckabee, "America's Priorities In The War On Terror," Foreign Affairs, 1-2/08)

- DNC Chairman Howard Dean Said The Axis Of Evil Was A "Foolish Phrase." MATTHEWS: "When you hear the phrase, axis of evil, is that a convincing phrase, a useful phrase, or a dangerous phrase? How do you hear it?" HOWARD DEAN: "I think it's a foolish phrase." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 1/26/04)

Huckabee/Democrat Talking Point #2 - Have Tea With Ahmadinejad:

Gov. Huckabee Is Calling For Negotiations With Iran. GOV. HUCKABEE: "We have substantive issues to discuss with Tehran. ... We have valuable incentives to offer Iran: trade and economic assistance, full diplomatic relations, and security guarantees. ... Another way to contain Iran is through diplomacy. We must be as aggressive diplomatically as we have been militarily since 9/11. We must intensify our diplomatic efforts with China, India, Russia, South Korea, and European states and persuade them to put more economic pressure on Iran." (Gov. Mike Huckabee, "America's Priorities In The War On Terror," Foreign Affairs, 1-2/08)

- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Would Negotiate With Iran "With No Conditions." "But campaigning in New Hampshire this week, Clinton said, 'I would engage in negotiations with Iran with no conditions.'" (Margaret Talev, "Clinton's Position On Iran Under Fire," The Miami Herald, 10/13/07)

- Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) Said He Would Meet With Leaders Of Rogue Nations Like Iran. OBAMA: "And I think that it is a disgrace that we have not spoken to them. We've been talking about Iraq -- one of the first things that I would do in terms of moving a diplomatic effort in the region forward is to send a signal that we need to talk to Iran and Syria because they're going to have responsibilities if Iraq collapses. ... And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them -- which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration -- is ridiculous." (CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate, 7/24/07)

Huckabee/Democrat Talking Point #3 - Attack Your Allies:

Huckabee Suggests Attacking Targets In Pakistan Without Pakistani Approval. "Despite the Bush administration's continued claims that the U.S. military will pursue 'actionable targets,' according to a July 2007 article in The New York Times based on interviews with a dozen current and former military and defense officials, a classified raid targeting bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in Pakistan was aborted in early 2005. Then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called off the attack at the very last minute, as Navy Seals in parachutes were preparing in C-130s in Afghanistan, because he felt he needed Musharraf's permission to proceed. Why did Rumsfeld, instead of President Bush, call off the attack? Did he ask for Musharraf's permission or assume he would not get it? When I am president, I will make the final call on such actions. ... Rather than wait for the next strike, I prefer to cut to the chase by going after al Qaeda's safe havens in Pakistan." (Gov. Mike Huckabee, "America's Priorities In The War On Terror," Foreign Affairs, 1-2/08)

- Sen. Obama Recently Suggested Attacking Inside Pakistan Without Pakistani Approval. "Obama said if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region. 'If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will,' Obama said." (Steve Holland, "Tough Talk On Pakistan From Obama," Reuters, 8/1/07)

SOURCE

Posted by: manwaringjd | December 18, 2007 11:36 PM

Anyone interested in what Huckabee is really like face to face should try this funny (but it actually happened) column:
http://goupstate.us/index.php/lanefiller/2007/11/02/title_14

Posted by: lanefiller | December 18, 2007 11:30 PM

You guestion Mitt Romeny on Huckabee being liberal? Here is the newest of Huckabee's liberal ideals.

The Problem With Pastor Mike
Foreign-policy foolishness just won't suffice.

By Peter Wehner

Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has written an article for Foreign Affairs magazine, the first two paragraphs of which are stunningly silly, misguided, and unfortunately for Huckabee, deeply revealing.

The two opening paragraphs read this way:


The United States, as the world's only superpower, is less vulnerable to military defeat. But it is more vulnerable to the animosity of other countries. Much like a top high school student, if it is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping others, it is loved. But if it attempts to dominate others, it is despised.

American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out. The Bush administration's arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad. My administration will recognize that the United States' main fight today does not pit us against the world but pits the world against the terrorists. At the same time, my administration will never surrender any of our sovereignty, which is why I was the first presidential candidate to oppose ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would endanger both our national security and our economic interests.

Where ought one to begin untangling this unholy mess?

↓ Keep reading this article ↓


Freddoso: Pelosi's Omni-Defeat

Letters: Linda Speaks

Nordlinger: TUESDAYS WITH JAY: Dream Beat

Lukas: No Sisters to the Rescue

York: Huckabee Hits the Target

Dunphy: Driving While Liberal

Lopez: A Divider, Not a Uniter

Lowry: Rudy Fade

Sowell: Not Your Father's Campus

Letters: Teaching Moment

Editors: "A Solemn and Prolonged Farce"

Kudlow: Bernanke Blows Smoke

Freddoso: Fred Fatale

Novak: Salt Lake Debate

Coburn: Who's Afraid of Competition?

Wehner: The Problem With Pastor Mike



Perhaps the place to begin is with his contention that America is ungenerous, which (according to Huckabee) explains the animus now directed at the United States. The fact is that the United States has sacrificed an enormous amount of blood and treasure to help other nations. Any suggestion otherwise is wrong and even offensive.

We have, for starters, liberated more than 50 million people from two of the most repressive regimes in modern history (the Taliban and the Baathist police state in Iraq). The global AIDS initiative qualifies as among the most humane and generous acts in the history of American foreign policy. We give billions in additional foreign aid, including the enormous generosity America displayed in helping Indonesia and other nations in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Indonesia and other nations in December 2004.

The United States, while imperfect, ranks as perhaps the most benevolent superpower (to say nothing of its status as a benevolent nation) in human history. Unlike past empires, we are using American power and influence for great good instead of as a means of advancing oppression.

Beyond that, the belief that if we are modest and generous we will be "loved" by other nations, and that anger at America is based on our attempts to "dominate," is both naive and foolish. Some nations (like Cuba, Syria, Iran, North Korea, and others) will oppose us because they are totalitarian states that hate our efforts to curb their ambitions and advance freedom and self-determination.

They are not the loving kind.

Other nations (like France under Jacques Chirac) will oppose us because they can't stand the idea of a unipolar world and want to counterbalance it. And other nations (like China and Russia) will oppose our efforts to end genocide in Darfur and keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons because of their economic interests.

Memo to Mike Huckabee: Sometimes we are despised for all the right reasons.

Ronald Reagan engendered anger from nations because he called the Soviet Union an "evil empire;" deployed Cruise and Pershing Missiles in Europe; moved ahead with the Strategic Defense Initiative; and supported the contras in Nicaragua. Millions took to the streets in Europe to oppose his defense build-up. Does Governor Huckabee believe Reagan's actions were wrong simply because in many countries they were unpopular? Of course we would prefer to have universal support for our actions rather than encounter opposition. But does Huckabee understand that sometimes right and wise actions elicit opposition, and sometimes even intense and widespread opposition?

The popularity of the United States decreased in many Muslim nations in the aftermath of taking down the Taliban regime for its role in harboring and supporting al-Qaeda, which in turn was responsible for the worst attack on the American homeland in our history. Was that anger against America justified? Would Huckabee base his foreign-policy decisions on how our actions poll in Waziristan or Gaza under Hamas, or in madrasas throughout the Middle East? Based on his Foreign Affairs essay, it's reasonable to believe he might.


Posted by: manwaringjd | December 18, 2007 11:15 PM

One of the candidates has special underware. He's my man! Plus, it has been said that the special underware keep its wearer safe, so we wouldn't need to waste money on secret service agents. I pinched a loaf in my special underware, and dang it if it didn't turn into pure gold!
One of the candidates is rich, so there's a connection there.

Posted by: barbiesbla | December 18, 2007 11:11 PM

The bandwagon effect, also known as social proof and closely related to opportunism, is the observation that people often do (or believe) things because many other people do (or believe) the same. The effect is often pejoratively referred to as herding instinct, particularly as applied to adolescents. Without examining the merits of the particular thing, people tend to "follow the crowd". The bandwagon effect is the reason for the bandwagon fallacy's success. Huckabee being the savy politician he is has no delusions as to who his demographic is in Iowa. He will say anything short of, " the only person that can help a hick in Iowa is a hick his self". And if he thought thought the evangelical center of the Iowa republicans would buy it, he would say it. Suffice to his saying that he is the "Christian candidate" and that he is choice of the disenfranchised underdogs of the country, this Elmer Gantryish candidate will do only one thing for Iowans, insure that their third choice in the republican nomintion gets nominated. Namely,Rudy Giuliani,because once he runs out of evangelicals he is toast. Or maybe Rudy Giuliani's running mate. Oh well, same difference.On that note by all means forget about politics and have very merry Christmas,and a happy New Huckabee,"erm" New Year, sorry for the freudian slip.
Guess the subliminal cross broke my will to resist the Pander Meister's grip on my evangelical mind.

Posted by: montrealslim2002 | December 18, 2007 10:37 PM

The bandwagon effect, also known as social proof and closely related to opportunism, is the observation that people often do (or believe) things because many other people do (or believe) the same. The effect is often pejoratively referred to as herding instinct, particularly as applied to adolescents. Without examining the merits of the particular thing, people tend to "follow the crowd". The bandwagon effect is the reason for the bandwagon fallacy's success. Huckabee being the savy politician he is has no delusions as to who his demographic is in Iowa. He will say anything short of, " the only person that can help a hick in Iowa is a hick his self". And if he thought thought the evangelical center of the Iowa republicans would buy it, he would say it. Suffice to his saying that he is the "Christian candidate" and that he is choice of the disenfranchised underdogs of the country, this Elmer Gantryish candidate will do only one thing for Iowans, insure that their third choice in the republican nomintion gets nominated. Namely,Rudy Giuliani,because once he runs out of evangelicals he is toast. Or maybe Rudy Giuliani's running mate. Oh well, same difference.On that note by all means forget about politics and have very merry Christmas,and a happy New Huckabee,"erm" New Year, sorry for the freudian slip.
Guess that subliminal cross did the trick for my evangelically weak ability too resist the pander meister.

Posted by: montrealslim2002 | December 18, 2007 10:34 PM

Matt, I can help you on this one.

You are conflicted because Romney is a flip flopping (liar is closer to the truth) mormon cult member who wouldn't recognize the truth if it bithimin..thea.ss. Nor would he admit to his lies if it were in his interest to do so.

Huckabee? Well......... You're the one who presented the "choice".

Posted by: school_is_in_session | December 18, 2007 9:41 PM

I'm trying to decide between two candidates: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. It's really tough to decide. Both candidates have comparable educational backgrounds that qualify them to lead the United States (Huckabee's bachelor degree in religion from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia is roughly equivalent to Romney's cum laude law degree and Baker scholar MBA degree from Harvard, right?). Both candidates served as governors of states that face equally complex problems (Arkansas, with its population of 2.8 million and gross state product of $87 billion, is pretty much the same as Massachusetts, with its population of 6.4 million and gross state product of $318 billion, right?). Both candidates have pre-political experience that qualify them to be President (Huckabee was a pastor of several Southern Baptist churches in Arkadelphia, Texarkana, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas and served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention; no doubt equal to Romney's founding and taking of Bain Capital from a $37M fund to a $50B fund in 20 years and rescuing the 2002 Olympics). And both have wives and children that would make a great First Family (compare Huckabee family photo at http://rubechat.kfan.com/forums/thread/2297213.aspx with Romney family photo at http://blog.electromneyin2008.com/about-mitt-romney/ ). So you can see why I am having such a difficult time making up my mind . . .

Posted by: Matt_Damon | December 18, 2007 9:23 PM

Mitt Romney is right..Huckabee is too liberal. Have any of you looked at Huckabee's record? Here is a little Romney vs. Huckabee comparison for those of you that are a little confused.

Taxes Raised-
Huckabee: $500 million
Romney: $0

Commutations and Pardons-
Huckabee: 1000+
Romney:0

College tuition breaks for illegals-
Huckabee: For
Romney: Against

Unethical investigations-
Huckabee:6
Romney: 0

Posted by: lakeside7 | December 18, 2007 8:52 PM

Mitt thinks he's the only true conservative. Was that then or is that now? Even now he's not. You've got to wonder about the cognitive abilities of people who make such statements.

Posted by: sinesk1 | December 18, 2007 8:19 PM

SteelWheel1- Confusing?

I'll tell you what is confusing.

Why ANYONE would want a Senator from the current Congress with it's dismal 11% Approval Rating, to be the exectutive in charge of this country?!!

NOW, That, is Confusing!

Even I am smart enough to want McCain(Said military Expert), in the Cabinet of Mitt Romney/Mike Huckabee's Ticket!

And you do have my sympathy about not being able to figure out what I am saying about Romney/ Huckabee getting Thompson, Tancredo, Giuliani,and Dr. Ron Paul in Cabinet Positions in a unified and VERY potent Team Effort to keep unqualified Congressional Lawyers in Congress where they belong!

Yeah, after creating the "Bushwacked" state of things our elected Reps.(And I mean CONGRESS TOO!) have allowed, it will take nothing short of a massive TEAM effort to repair things!

This begins with getting the Exects to work together and blend their Ideas, and keep experienced Congressmen where THEY belong, and might even one day learn how to do their Jobs right(Get it?-Right?!) for the American People!

It might be called the "BUSH-Whacked" economy, but he has had a LOT of help!

Get Obstructionists and "Pro"-Politicians, out of Congress!

Posted by: rat-the | December 18, 2007 7:42 PM

scottdevelopment,
did you REALLY understand anything rat-the is saying? His second post was suppose to explain what he said in his first post but it only created even more confusion!

I think what he is saying is the Republican politicians tend to be business executives whereas Democrats tend to be lawyers. And lawyers don't make good executives??? I think that's what he is saying.

Anyways, scottdevelopment are disputing what is being posted as facts, such as the amount of money Mitt has spent to win Iowa and the polls showing him behind Gov. Huckabee who has spent very little in Iowa?

If you are, then explain why Mitt's campaign is showing such desperation? I think you and I can agree that Mitt and others had largely ignored Gov Huckabee throughout the entire race until now. In fact, MSM didn't hardly mention Gov. Huckabee's name much less give him speaking time during the earlier debates. Now, everyone seems to notice Gov Huckabee.

Remember, it was a little over a month ago Mitt and Rudy were at each others throat. Why? because Rudy was a big threat then. Now Mitt is at Gov Huckabee's throat. Why? Because Gov Hucakbee is a REAL THREAT!

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 18, 2007 7:18 PM

LOL!

Billary Blythe IV!


As in the wife of William Jefferson Blythe IV!

Slick! Willie!

Posted by: rat-the | December 18, 2007 7:05 PM

Despite the negativity, it is to be expected in a close race where someone who has faced little press scrutiny has suddenly surged. As a former Arkansas resident, Huckabee has more than a few skeletons in his closet and can be challenged legitimately on a number of issues by the movement conservative base; however, such a process takes more time than the ultra-compressed primary schedule allows.
Remember, within 31 days, approximately half the delegates will be chosen.

Posted by: ctown_woody | December 18, 2007 7:02 PM

"Mitt"s real name is "Willard."

Posted by: dreevesx | December 18, 2007 6:52 PM

Based on the biased comments here, I take it that only liberal Democrats read the Washington Post (duh). Well, other than rat.

quote from article: "Twelve days to regain the leads in Iowa and New Hampshire that he has spent $20 million of his own money to achieve".

When did Romney lose the lead in New Hampshire that he now has to regain?

Posted by: scottdevelopment | December 18, 2007 6:39 PM

I'm not going to encourage candidates with names like "Mitt" by voting for them.

A mitt is a baseball implenent.

Posted by: dreevesx | December 18, 2007 6:11 PM

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY ROMNEY SAID THAT HUCKABEE IS TO LIBERAL. HOW'S THAT POSIBLE AT ALL IF GUY IS JUST SIMPLY RIGHT. ROMNEY WILL LOOSE BUT NOT BECAUSE OF LIBERAL HUCKABEE, BUT BECAUSE OF DEFFENDING GEORGE BUSH, HIDING HIS TRUE AGENDAS AND ATTACKING MOST OF PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY; THE LIBERALS! ROMNEY IS DOOMED. GOODBYE MR. ROMNEY.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | December 18, 2007 6:11 PM

rat-the
you still don't make any sense!

Posted by: funkyminnie | December 18, 2007 6:00 PM

Gladly!

Unlike the Lawyers from the Congress, the RepubliCANS are Exectutives-even the ones with law backgrounds.

They have two proven and very competant Statesmen, in Mitt Romney and "Huck".

In a well ballanced Cabinet: A Military Expert, A pair of Legal Experts-One of which was a former Senator, A Military Trained Doctor of medicine who might be perfect for fixing our Nation's Military Hospital and Home Security system, and a Labor Law Advocate!

Team up the Dims, and we have a Mexican National running in the wrong Country, and his Legal Team!

LOL!

Senators in the Senate, what a great place to keep them!

Posted by: rat-the | December 18, 2007 5:56 PM

rat-the
I'm sorry, but I do not understand your above post.

Please explain!

Posted by: funkyminnie | December 18, 2007 5:47 PM

FUNKYMINNIE- What are you going to do when a little RAT adds another option on the ballot?

ALL OF THE ABOVE:____

LOL! May I introduce:

Dr. Rudy McRomsonnedobee!!!

LOL!!!

Posted by: rat-the | December 18, 2007 5:42 PM

Well I don't know about all 50 states, but I'll agree with the essential sweep. No Republican has what it takes to pull off this election. Giuliani or McCain could give the democratic candidate a run for his/her money but neither will win.

Posted by: thecrisis | December 18, 2007 5:41 PM

thecrisis wrote:
Huckabee is most likely, followed by a tie between McCain and Giuliani, with the tie leaning for Rudy.
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It doesn't matter who wins the Republican nomination....the Democrats will sweep the elections in all 50 states!

Posted by: funkyminnie | December 18, 2007 5:36 PM

Romney's an idiot and he's out of the running. He boomed too early and now he's struggling and fizzling at the same time.

Huckabee is most likely, followed by a tie between McCain and Giuliani, with the tie leaning for Rudy.

Posted by: thecrisis | December 18, 2007 5:28 PM

Huck is to liberal as Cheney is to pacifist. Romney seems determined to derail his own campaign. What an idiot! The Huckster has NO money, you have hundreds of millions. I can only hope McCain is beneficiary of this attacking, at least he is not an embarassment.

Posted by: merganser | December 18, 2007 4:55 PM

SIGH...

Out of it for just one week, and my Party's Reps start blowing it soooo badly...

Bad MITT! Bad Huckleberry! BAD, BAD, BAD GOP!!!

STOP ATTACKING EACH OTHER!

STOP allowing the MSM to place Wedge Issues between you that you cannot win fighting over!

Examples you foolish fools! The Ice Epidemic is a horrendous situation caused by a VERY addictive level of Purity of a very addictive drug! JAIL, is not an answer to the problem! Just an $80,000 / Yr expense to our society! The People trapped in the Nightmare need HELP!-not jail!
Immigration? How many times do I have to keep telling you dolts, it is an EMPLOYMENT ISSUE driving a Market for Un-Documented Workers?!!!

The other side of the problem, is groups like La-Raza and others promoting anti-American activities!

As far as Huckleberry's idiotic Stance about the "Children" of the Illegal Invaders-THEY, are over 18, and are now ADULTS! THAT is what someone needs to hit Huck in the Head with! ILLEGAL ADULTS-Illegally in our Country!

Oh, and did I ever mention a Retroactive HR:1940-Birthright Citizenship Act?

World Behold: RAT!

I'mmmmm Baaaaack!

Posted by: rat-the | December 18, 2007 4:38 PM

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