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By Perry Bacon Jr.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- As former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee entered the Elks Lodge in this city in Eastern Iowa, loudspeakers were playing the song "Holy is the Lord."

But after Huckabee took to the stage, to the strains of "How Great is Our God," the music took a shift. He grabbed a guitar and joined a local band that had come for the event -- and together they played "Blue Suede Shoes" to the applause of a crowd of more than 200.

For the guitar-playing Baptist minister, it was all part of a campaign that was unconventional even before the headline-making press conference where he announced he would not air a negative ad against his top rival Mitt Romney -- while showing it to more several dozen reporters, virtually guaranteeing it would be played for free. Two days before the caucuses, as the cash-strapped candidate began flying around the state, he not only took the stage with his guitar, but waited for more than 40 minutes on his campaign bus between his events to watch the bowlgame of the University of Arkansas, inviting groups of reporters on board to film him watching the game with his wife and three dogs.

Huckabee has decided to stick with his decision to stop bashing Romney, not using his opponent's name or calling him "dishonest" on the stump. The candidate admitted he was "pleasantly surprised" by a Des Moines Register poll released last night that showed him still leading the race here, as his campaign had openly worried ads Romney was running against Huckabee were working. That concerned inspired the production of the new negative ad in the first place.

"I'll tell you what, I just decided that, if that's what it takes to get elected, that's a lousy way to run the country...If a man gains the whole world and loses his own soul, what does it profit him," he told a crowd in Sergeant Bluffs this morning, showing his preaching roots, "And I decided even the presidency, as important as it is, if I can't do it with self-respect and can't do it with decency, it isn't worth doing if it's not worth doing right."

In an unusual move for her, Huckabee's wife Janet took the stage here to introduce him. Janet Huckabee has been traveling with her husband the last several weeks, but has rarely spoken publicly. She praised her husband, but also drew laughs when she asked the crowd if she had an accent -- they confirmed they recognized a drawl -- and joked that she had married her husband when she was 12, noting the pair met in 7th grade.

Perhaps reflecting the campaign's low level of staffing and thin formal organization, the messages were mixed in Cedar Rapids, and not just about the music.

As Huckabee took the stage here, the banner behind him read "Enough is Enough" -- the same banner he stood behind during his unusual press conference on Monday.

His aides said that it had not been the campaign's plan to have the banner behind him, saying local volunteers had probably just put behind him the first banner they could find.

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glclark4750:

Huckabee is running for President, not Pastor-in-Chief, and I fail to see the "ludicrous connection" in his logic re: possible terrorists crossing our border. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | January 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION, READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Mike
Huckabee
is
leading
this
country
up
to
higher
ground.

Mike
Huckabee
is
creating
a
new
American
spirit.

Mike
Huckabee
leaps
two
to
one
over
Mitt
Romney
in
the
latest
Iowa
poll.

Mike
Huckabee
is
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Rockstar
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Iowa
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GO MIKE GO!!! GO MIKE GO!!! GO MIKE GO!!!

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | January 2, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee presents as a man of faith - but his actions speak louder than words.
Ohg.
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/01/02/huckabee-exposed-ambition-overrules-compassion/

Posted by: glclark4750 | January 2, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I've come up with some slogans for Huck's campaign:

DON'T BE A SHMUCK
VOTE 4 HUCK

HUCKABEE 4 ME, SEE?

VOTE 4 HUCK OR HE'LL
BLAST YOU WITH HIS SHOTGUN

Posted by: Glimpy | January 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee always has an EXCUSE. Is that good leadership?

Here are just two examples from the many that have plaqued his campaign.

"As Huckabee took the stage here, the banner behind him read "Enough is Enough" -- the same banner he stood behind during his unusual press conference on Monday.

His aides said that it had not been the campaign's plan to have the banner behind him, saying local volunteers had probably just put behind him the first banner they could find."

Huckabee Insists No Trick With Ad
By LIBBY QUAID - 7 hours ago

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee insisted he wasn't trying to pull a fast one when he played a negative TV commercial for the media even as he promised not to air it for voters.

"It was not trying to be tricky; it was trying to be as honest as I could," the former Arkansas governor said Tuesday. "If I'd have really wanted to be tricky, I would have let the ad run three days and then say, 'No, I've had a change of mind."

Huckabee had called a news conference Monday to say he was going negative in Iowa, where he is in a tight race with Mitt Romney, and to play the ad that was going to hit the airwaves.

Instead, he said he had a last-minute change of heart and would not air it. Yet he played the ad anyway, prompting incredulous laughter from the media.

Reporters peppered him with questions about it on Tuesday.

"You know, at the time, I thought it was an important way to prove that we actually had it," he said of the ad. "Probably if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have shown it. And you would have said 'Aww, show it, you don't really have one,' and then you would've beaten me up for not showing it.

"Either way I did it, somebody would have had some interpretation of whether it was right to show it," Huckabee said. "The one thing I don't have any regret about, I have no regret at all about pulling the ad.

"I know we did the right thing, and I have no regrets about trying to say 'Let's change the tone.' That was the right decision."

At that, supporters standing behind the crush of journalists applauded. Huckabee jokingly pretended it was the media clapping.

"Thank you, press, for clapping for me," he said. "You laughed at me yesterday; you clap for me today, yes."

Would it have made Huckabee look mean to have shown the media the ad anyway? "No, because I don't think many people will ever see it. I'm not sure that anybody will."

Told the ad was posted on a blog by Carl Cameron of Fox News, Huckabee asked, "Oh, is it? How did he get it?"

Posted by: manwaringjd | January 2, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

respect Mitt Romney for using his resources to help fund his campaign. It would be very disheartening to think he had the resources but expected the American People to fund it entirely knowing that he could easily contribute. I think it shows his integrity and willingness to give. Mitt Romney has put more of himself (time, talents, resources, family, energy, knowledge and experience) into this race than any other single candidate on the GOP ticket. He has been fully engaged for the entire year. I think that shows committment, fortitude, earnestness, leadership, and trust. "Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is". Mitt Romney is not in this campaign to amass wealth (he didn't take income or gifts when Governor and has even stated he won't take an income from the tax payers when he is President). He has used the wealth he has earned through a life time of honest hard work to serve others. It would be a sad day if someone in his position were to ask for campaign funds of the electorate but would not invest his own abundance to the cause.

I get tired of the media slamming him for his contributions. Those writing articles are doing it for the big bucks themselves. If they get the "story" they get the money. I worry a lot more about their hearts and motives than I do the motives of Mitt Romney. I personally feel Mitt Romney's upright life style and choices so out shine the media and many of the candidate's running for office.

It is a cruel world that tries to punish someone for being "too good". Mitt lives a clean and decent life and puts many others who know better to shame. People are judging the mote in Romney's eye while their own has a beam.

I respect Governor Romney. He has put up with a lot of slander this year and has kept the campaign to the issues at hand when every one else attacked him on non issues.

Mike Huckabee's heroes are characters made up on television (Chuck Norris) or rock stars (Rolling Stones who seek money for selfish gain not caring about what their music does to harm young people).

Mike Huckabee said that he does not want to make the rich poor, but to make the poor rich. There will always be some one that has more than another. To seek for riches is not the goal. To take care of each other is. I think Mitt Romney has shown that he knows how to use resources for the benefit of others. That is true leadership. He willl take the abundant resources of this land and wisely direct the use of them for the benefit of all.

Here are to two extremes of money:


16 "Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!
17 Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men's goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands!
18 But blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are contrite, for they shall see the kingdom of God coming in power and great glory unto their deliverance; for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs.
19 For behold, the Lord shall come, and his recompense shall be with him, and he shall reward every man, and the poor shall rejoice."


Posted by: manwaringjd | January 2, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee = The Republican version of Jimmy Carter

I believe he would tax us to death and spend it on increasing social welfare. We need a real fiscal conservative, not just a social conservative.

Posted by: kirtfalcon | January 2, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

RESUME51-LOL! Why do I find Myself agreeing with some of your talking Points?

However, I do disagree about who the Top Exectutive should be!

IF, Huckleberry can actually stop being divisive, and "Work with" others in a Unifying way(Keep Religion in Church!), then I feel he would be beneficial as the VP!

Thompson, the other viable VP, I think could utilize his Legal and Senatorial Skills better with Giuliani, McCain, Tancredo, and Dr. Ron Paul in Cabinet or other support positions behind the Exectutive Team of Mitt & Mike!

See, everyone likes M&M's! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | January 2, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

There is a LOT of hate and bigotry in this country. It started with the slash and burn politics of destruction that the Clintons blessed us with. They were masters at demonizing their critics and opponents.

Consequently when the dust settled between Gore and Bush the country was just as the Clintons left it. DIVIDED about 50-50.

Of course as the Clintonistas are so good at doing, they blamed Bush for what they actually did.

9/11 happened because of what happened BEFORE Bush was elected. As with the first WTC bombings, and the USS Cole, the Iran Hostage crisis, etc the list goes on.

The left is so filled with irrational HATE for Bush, that they seldom can even tell you FACTUALLY as to why. They just BLAME him for EVERYTHING and say that is why. But in the VAST MAJORITY of cases they just tell you what HALF-TRUTH they heard someplace. If you try to correct it with the WHOLE-TRUTH... they get even more angry and irrational.

Now in this race, you are seeing it again. Hate. Bigotry. Slander. Intolerance. Not from the right. But from the left.

Watch the hate posted after this post if you don't believe me. Read the posts before hand too.

The bigotry, anger, and hatred is very sad.

We need someone... like a Mike Huckabee... who actually can and WILL actively work to bring this country back together again. Instead of just trying to win the next election regardless of who is destroyed in the process.

Visit MikeHuckabee.com to learn the TRUTH about Mike Huckabee.

Posted by: resume51 | January 2, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

MITT A GREAT AMERICAN HERO

When Mitt and I were serving together in Nam, I will never forget the day he led our team in an attack on flanking pill boxes. He dragged five wounded out all by himself for almost three miles, in spite of multiple wounds to his leg and stomach, that is, after he took out the pillboxes and "took care of" the prisoners--they were just gooks so who cares. He deserved the Medal of Honor, but being a humble man, he would only accept a purple heart and a bronze star. I am so proud to see his sons serving the nation in uniform, like Mitt, at this time of war. He must be so proud to see them in their crisp uniforms saluting the Flag of this great Christian nation!

The following Sunday we were gathered around Mitt's field hospital bed--he wouldn't allow himself to be helicoptered to the main base--so that he could lead our Sunday prayer service, as he always did. Mitt still had his Bible inside his ragged and bloody shirt, snuggled over his heart, where he had carried it into battle. As he pulled it out to find the week's reading, out tumbled a slug. It had gone partly through the Bible, stopping it from killing him. The only thing that saved his life was his Bible. I would all it a miracle! Thank God and Jesus our Savior, quite literally. Now this great American hero can go on to be our President!

I know as President Mitt Romney will secure Christmas from the treasonous threats posed by Islamofascists, Gays, and Secularists. He has my vote.

Jesus is our Savior! No New Taxes! Defend Our Borders! Protect Christmas! Go Mitt!!!!!!

Posted by: northlite | January 2, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Walker1, thanks for posting. Salon.com a few weeks ago had an eye-opening expose of Huckabee's deadly habit of pardoning violent criminals, which unfortunately is not limited to the one case you well summarized. The last time he tried to pardon yet another rapist, the public outcry was so righteously fierce, he withdrew his recommendation. No other candidate has a record of such inexcusably bad official judgment. How can Republicans
feel perfectly at ease turning loose duly convicted and sentenced rapist-murderers while fearing to allow suspects habeas corpus?

Posted by: jhbyer | January 2, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

The phony plastic ex-gov has learned that money cannot buy our vote. He must have been brainwased like his daddy about American voters.

The flip flooper should go back to Massachusetts and try to con them again.

Enough of these elitist sons who have not only avoided sacrificing for our country.

The con artist ans his five sons prefer to spread mormorism instead of sacrificing for our nation like McCain and other kids.

How could you vote for a phony who answered in September his sons are trying to fool people to get him elected in Iowa.

I am glad Iowa voters are finally saying we are not for sale!

Romney is a phony!!!!!
The republican establishment and talking heads must be really disappionted. Enough is enough!

Go Huckerbee in 08.

Posted by: kellenberger | January 1, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Svarada:

Huckabee can be quite charming. But I wouldn't call him humble. In fact, his stunning hatred of gays and his determination to intrude into their personal lives and destroy their families is the height of arrogance and hubris, not humility.

Posted by: HillMan | January 1, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

To all the nitpickers: a bass is a guitar geniuses!

Posted by: forithaca | January 1, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee's kid (raised by a minister with "Christian values") lynched a dog. Doesn't sound very Christian to me.

Posted by: nkohleriter | January 1, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I feel that the Post has been targeting Huckabee because
1)He is a devout christian or/and 2) He does not belong to the establishment.
I am not a christian (nor Jewish) but I find Huckabee to be the most humble of all the candidates. His foreign policy experience has come under fire. Humility and goodwill are the best foreign policy tools. Just because the other candidates talk a lot means nothing. Take for example, Joe Biden who is considered to be an "expert" in Foreign policy. In the news these days is how Biden wrote a letter to Musharraf asking him to provide more protection to Bhutto. Could he not have called Bhutto and asked her not to stand from a sun-roof while campaigning ? It is possible that could have saved Bhutto's life. Another example, McCain saying that Musharraf has done whatever the US has been asked to do. Does this comment even make sense ?

Posted by: svarada123 | January 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Onward Christian Soldiers, marching off for thee, now the trumpets sounding, President Huckabee!
_____________________________________

Washpost3,
Do you know how stupid that sounds?

Posted by: harried | January 1, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

To the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers (permission hereby granted to sing at services):
Onward Christian soldiers, marching off to war, to Huckabee the victory, watch his poll numbers soar!
Lo the tide turns outward, lo the angels sing, Merry Christmas one and all, Huckabee's christening!
Help the straddling Christian, those who sit the fence, bring them to the polling place, give them recompense!
Hark the canvas caller, hark the new debate, o'er the towns goes Huckabee, caucus in his gait.
Onward Christian Soldiers, marching off for thee, now the trumpets sounding, President Huckabee!

Posted by: washpost3 | January 1, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

What do you need reporters to expose Mitt Romney for? Allow me. His 2006 Health Care legislation state subsidized health care by taxing small businesses and any individual who didn't sign on to it at a price tag of $1.3 billion over 3 years. So he fails the spending test.

Romney supported the Brady Bill and just joined the NRA last summer. Throw in his life-long hunter gaffe and it's clear that he fails the 2nd amendment test.

Romney endorsed the legalization RU-486, the abortion-inducing drug.

Throw in his complete lack of foreign policy experience, and a unique ability to distort his own and others' records. You are left with Mitt Romney, the liberal.

Posted by: donttreadonme | January 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

When are these suckers going to get into their "KISS" costumes?

Posted by: harried | January 1, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Recent Iowa polls just released show Mike Huckabee now taking a commanding 2 to 1 lead over Mitt Romney. Iowa voters appearently are very impresed with Mike Huckabee's integrity to not release a negative ad after all.

Mike Huckabee is on a direct course to lead America to higher ground with a new American spirit.

In the heartland of Iowa, especially in Iowa integrity is a huge plus for a presidential candidate.

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | January 1, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

You should be more specific--the doofus is playing BASS guitar.

Posted by: wangbang747 | January 1, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The truth of the matter is that every candidate on the Democrat and Republican side are electable in terms of different segments of the population. There is enough diversity in this great nation of ours to give nearly any candidate the chance to become president. Politics by difintion is the science of compromise even when we think our candidate will represent us the way we think they will.

Posted by: ceo1 | January 1, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

We have survived 8 years of Sleaze, Scandal, and Corruption under Bill and Hillery followed by 8 years of Arrogance, Corruption, Criminal Incompetent and Gross Stupidly under Bush Jr.. and Chicken Hawk Chaney. Either party cares about our Constitution and the rule of Law but served their selves first, the party second and the special interests third. It is increasingly looking like this Nation cannot survive more years of the same type of Corrupt, Lying, Self serving, Worthless Politicians.

Now both parties seen to have the nearly the same type candidates seeking our vote. From the polls it seems we have learned very little in the least 16 years and seen to prefer Sleaze, Corruption and Lies over Honor, Principles, our Constitution, the Rule of law and Love of our Country or Ron Paul would win the election by a wide margin.

Posted by: american1 | January 1, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, THRH,

Before you go around insulting your betters, Search "Enron Scandal", read WikiWiki's account, and behold one of the first things it mentions is the deceptive fraud occurred throught the 90's!

By Mid 2001, the BS Stopped!

Imagine that!, A DISBARRED Lawyer leaves, an Oil Industry Exectutive enters, and some coniving Energy crooks are Busted!

Now, WHO of us, is WHAT?:~(

Posted by: rat-the | January 1, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee Exposed as New World Order Puppet
The National Expositor
December 29, 2007

Mike Huckabee recently named Richard Haas (the President of the CFR) as his advisor on foreign policy. CNN's WOLF BLITZER asked "Who are your principal foreign policy advisers, Governor?" Mike Huckabee responded: "Well, I have a number of people from whom I get policy. I'm talking to Frank Gaffney, I talk to Richard Haas"

So what does Richard Haas believe in? In an article written by Haas for the Tapei Times he basically states the Bill of Rights and Constitution should be given up in favor of a cooperative world body run by elite consensus. Who needs individual rights in the techno-futuristic world police state? And you thought liberty was in jeopardy now? Just wait till you see what your children will have to deal with. Get activated folks, These police state freaks want to shape your future into a control grid enforced through the fear based reaction to state sponsored false flag terror.

Posted by: jude3 | January 1, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain, Heckabee, all of the Democrats and the rest of the open Border pro-illegal Aliens supporters false compassion for Illegal Aliens is sicking. This Nation has 47 millions citizens without medical insurance, Million of our elderly chose between food and medicine every day. Millions of American children live in poverty with no chance at the American dream. Our vets. return from the war that came about by lies from Politicians without proper medical care or treatment. Yet they shower rewards on the Illegal Aliens, free medical, free schooling for their many children, no reward is too great for the ones that break our laws, invaded this country and demand their rights while Slaughtering, Raping and Robbing thousands of American Citizens each year.

The Corrupt Politicians and Media try to get the public to believe they are Compassion, & wise but Citizens are racist & xenophobe if we request that our Constitution and Immigration laws be followed and enforced!

It is the money they get from business from supplying them cheap labor with 20K worth of benefits paid each year by the tax payers and the Latino votes with the promise of millions more if we give them amnesty that they are really after.

If they really are Compassion and Caring there are Millions of American Citizens that have played by
the rules, payed their taxes, obeyed the laws, fought the wars and built this Nation in great need that the Politicians could use to show their Compassion but Compassion for American citizens or legal Immigrants does not get either Money or Votes for our Corrupt lying Politicians.

Posted by: american1 | January 1, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

rat-the:

That's right -- I forgot you only post satire -- I will stick to asking serious political questions of others.

thomas.e.eudy:

Do you remember that Ronald Reagan signed a bill to allow abortion when he was Governor? Did you vote for him or not?

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"From this standpoint, my choice for president is so easy and Mitt is that man!"

ScottfromAZ--It's hard for anyone to vote against Mitt, since he agrees with all voters on any position!!!!

Posted by: thrh | January 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, sorry, but if you don't think my previously stated Statement was adequate, well what can I say?

It was ENOUGH! and this Slacker lives by the Code: Enough is enough, why over-exert myself?

LOL!;~)

Posted by: rat-the | January 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"Then, in case YOU have NOT been able to figure it out, the Criminal activity of Enron, was done DURING Clinton, and they were BUSTED by the Republicans."

HUH?????

What a dumbbutt!!!!!

Posted by: thrh | January 1, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"If Huckabee wins Iowa, and it looks like he just possibly might now, then he can win the nomination."

As Iowa goes, so goes--Missouri?? Kentucky?? Oklahoma??

Iowa is important only to the extent that it gives the winner momentum in the Press. Otherwise, it's a bunch of hicks voting early.

Posted by: thrh | January 1, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I like Mike because he is humble. He is not ashamed to relate to the least of us. Mitt signed a bill to charge $50 to kill an unborn child. The Bible says not to kill, therefore, I will not now or ever vote for Mitt.

Posted by: thomas.e.eudy | January 1, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Rudy--Only 255 shopping days until 9/11!

Posted by: thrh | January 1, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's another guy some want to have a beer with, who need to ponder how that brew went with Bush. You asked for a Bud and got a tall one of blood that Bush made you drink - something about sacrifice. Then he stuck you with the tab for $3 trillion, not including tip.

Posted by: jhbyer | January 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Reporters can't distinguish a guitar from a bass? This country is in worse shape than I thought.

Posted by: djmolter | January 1, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

rat-the:

Don't you think "Enough is Enough" could catch on, meaning ENOUGH negative attack ads, ENOUGH inside the Beltway, ENOUGH politics as usual?

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Whoever came up with "Enough is Enough" could be the Poster Child for the Slackers Union!

I got a "C", enough is Enough!-I passed!

Sort of as weak as "They are, who we thought they were!"

'Scuse me, if I WANT MORE!

Posted by: rat-the | January 1, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

ELROY1-Dispite your Noble Name(First born?), I still have to ask, if you are aware that:

Animosity, is the Cry of the Wounded Loser?


Ahh, LIBBIES!

The Dingleberries of Politics!;~)

Posted by: rat-the | January 1, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

elroy1:

I am actually registered Independent; thank you very much for the ad hominem attack though.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

powwow500:

It is almost a certainty that Huckabee would not lose as badly as Mondale did in 1984 (he only won Minnesota -- his home state -- and the District of Columbia ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

it's not a guitar. it's a bass!

Posted by: sevans10598 | January 1, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

LODY521-Rec, Rec, Rec, and Rec again!

Too many people try too hard to make filling the job of the president into some sort of Hare-Brained Popularity Contest!

Yeah, the President needs to be Likeable, but he also needs to be able to effectively be the #1 CEO!

And when are we ever going to have a chance to vote on an Amendmant to allow someone like the Governator to run?

Unlike Richardson, who is only part American because his Father flew his Mother to the US to scam an Anchor Baby, back before it became the Mexican Tradition, Ahnold is TEN TIMES as much as American! Cripes, he is Married(Happilly) to American Royalty!

Then, I challenge anyone to find any Candidate that could actually appeal to as many Americans on both Sides!

Then, HE also is willing to work for FREE!

Posted by: rat-the | January 1, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I take it the raving lunacy of the rat and the stupidity of jackass JakeD speak for themselves.

When you pull the lever, just think of them as fine upstanding examples of your Republican party at work.

Posted by: elroy1 | January 1, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the best comments I've read:
I have read much diatribe about Mitt Romneys seemingly unquenchable double speak, and that somehow this habit of his makes it impossible for us trust him. Of course, most of what political types say has never been trustworthy, regardless of what side of the aisle one sits upon. It is behavior, far more than word, that tells me what is really in the heart of person.Show me the money. Talk is cheap! With a search for behaviors in mind, this is what I found when I went looking for Mitt Romneys actions, more than wordsI found a man who has pledged to forego his salary as President of the United States and who refused the same as Mass. Governor. Imagine, the president as a true public servant..I find it supremely refreshing. I found a man who recently spent a free Saturday morning in October helping San Diego fire victims, without so much as a word to the press? Chopping down trees and cleaning up the neighbor property. That sure makes him hard to trust.I find a man who once shut down his private business, and paid his staff to search for the missing daughter of one of his employees? No questions or expectations, just lets go find her! No one was watching and no one was listening. What does this say about the man?I found a man who has been loyal, faithful and true to his one wife and love for 38 years. Do we not realize what this says about a persons character, to have been so devoted and perfectly faithful in this most sacred of all relationships. And yet, some say he cant be trusted! Finally, I find a candidate who routinely turns organizations fiscal mismanagement into economic victory for the company and its employees and interests. And far more importantly, there is no one suggesting that he ever broke any laws or violated ethics in doing so! No Blackwater, no Whitewater, no Halliburton. So, I am left to conclude, given that I can trust no ones words, that it is only actions I can measure, and behaviors I can assess. From this standpoint, my choice for president is so easy and Mitt is that man!"
Posted by:
ScottfromAZ 12:44 AM

Posted by: lody521 | January 1, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

More and more, Huckabee reminds me of Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone.

Posted by: nicekid | January 1, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

My suggestion to all of you Nay-Sayers: STUFF IT !!!
Mr. Huckabee may be a down-home good ol' boy but by God, he is exhibiting the very standards that this country was founded upon!
Honesty and Humor [mostly directed at himself, by the way] go a long, long way in my book!! So think again, and read your history books, dummies, before putting him down for the very things that he and many others believe in!!

Posted by: eirebybf | January 1, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Iowa poll numbers are starting to emerge with Mike Huckabee 2 to 1 over Mitt Romney. It appears in the final moments before the polls, Iowa voters are looking for a candidate with integrity rather than money.

Posted by: d_shoup | January 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"they played "Blue Suede Shoes""

Isn't that the "Devils Music"?
Did he pay royalties to RIAA?? Where are their lawyers suing him??

Posted by: comradcitizen | January 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is such a sorry ass loser. What a jerk. Go ahead, make him the republic candidate. I dare you! He will go down so bad it won't be funny. Anyway, whoever you throw at us, the DEMS will win the White House in 2008. No doubt about it. We are all sick of the Republicans!

Posted by: powwow500 | January 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

What a sad story - is this really the best we can find to replace Bush. God help us (I mean it, even as a non-believer).

Posted by: ridagana | January 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Walker1, or, are you soooo Young, it should be Crawler1?

The Subprime Loans, were made available for the Scammers who took advantage of the Twice Cursed Capital Gains Waiver, Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton-A Democrat, signed in. When you need to sell your cheesy Piggy Bank with a Roof, within 2 Years, to pocket your Windfall, you don't want to pay anything but Interest!
Aside from Requiring us to open the gates of hell with Bilingual Requirements that allow invaders NOT to assimilate, but, in truth, REQUIRE us to have to hand many Jobs in the government to their fellow Spanish Speakers, thus further losing the Ability to control the out of whack Immigration control efforts(Mexicans to keep Mexicans out-Yeah! Riiight!), the Creation of the Ponzi Scheme on what was what people once used to be able to afford to live in was Clinton's worst act!

Houses should be HOMES, not equity scams!

Equity Loans-another bag of Democrat Garbage! Maybe if People were not having to pay on Two Mortgages, on a Shell with Zero Equity, they would NOT be forclosing!

Then, in case YOU have NOT been able to figure it out, the Criminal activity of Enron, was done DURING Clinton, and they were BUSTED by the Republicans. Bet they were rooting for Gore, and the Mark Rich(Most wanted corporate Criminal-Pardoned by Slick) treatment!

Dems will mean Amnesty, and more Libbie judges like the ones in the 9Th. Circuit, that Blocked the IRS trying to catch ID thieves(Felons!).

And would SOMEBODY teach Mr. Baker the difference between a Guitar, and a Bass!

Oh, and BTW-Going back to a Home country, and returning is AMNESTY! there Huckleberry!

Posted by: rat-the | January 1, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee is possibly hoping the media will research and point out Mitt Romney's flaws as Governor, saving his campaign the expense of having to run TV ads to do so. However other than pointing out flaws in Romney's attack ads and the anti-endorsements of two newspapers in New Hampshire, the media hasn't done a good job explaining Romney's record. It's apparently easier for the media to trump up some fluff piece than do real research into Mitt Romney's record as Governor and even whether Mitt Romney could have been re-elected Governor. Mike Huckabee was re-elected twice as Governor.

Posted by: chrisbak52 | January 1, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

walker1 wrote:

Huckabee is unelectableable

Really?

I'll see your able and raise you another:

I say Romney is unelectabletabletable.

Posted by: grassboots | January 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

If Huckabee wins Iowa, and it looks like he just possibly might now, then he can win the nomination.

Posted by: river845 | January 1, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Onward Christian soldiers marching off to war, bring Huckabee to victory, watch his poll numbers soar!

Posted by: washpost3 | January 1, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

walker1:

Huckabee is a better man than accused rapist Bill Clinton. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is unelectabletable

What kind of wierd US voters would vote for a man who helps rapists get out of jail to rape and kill again?

Huckabee lobbied for the release of convicted rapist Wayne Dumond. Huckabee might try to hide it from US voters. Or perhaps he thinks he can fool enough of the people all the time but the facts are out.

Huckabee reportedly wrote a letter to the convicted rapist Wayne Dumond who had brutally raped a 17 year old cheerleader relative of the Clinton's, expressing his wish that he be paroled.

The letter said: "My desire is that you be released from prison. I feel that parole is the best way for your reintroduction to society to take place," the letter was obtained in 1996 by National Review Online.

Huckabee said that Dumond had an "unblemished prison record," and that he met all the qualifications for parole, including having a job lined up and a sponsor with a church.

Dumond was paroled by the board in 1999 but shortly after his release Dumond moved to Missouri where he raped and murdered Carol Sue Shields. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Clay County, Mo., in 2003. He died in prison in 2005.

Read more here
http://www.arktimes.com/Articles/ArticleViewer.aspx?ArticleID=154e1aad-fd18-4efd-8d80-b5dab8559419

It seems it was Huckabee's hatred of the US President and Clinton's in general that made him able to lobby for the release of a rapist; even when he received personal letters from victims of Dumond such as this: where the victim said that "Dumond had raped her while holding a butcher knife to her throat, and while her then-3-year-old daughter lay in bed next to her." Also included in the files sent to Huckabee's office was a police report in which Dumond confessed to that rape.

Dumond was caught after his release by DNA evidence from under his dead victims fingernails where she had scratched her attacker while defending herself.

Seems to be a NeoConMen habit; freeing criminals, murderers, rapists, traitors and the like, they all get special deals from the NeoConMen.

Americans have to ask them selves:

Do they want to vote for Rapists and murderers to be freed?

Are American voters happy with voting for a Republicommie Party that is soft on crime?

Do voters want that kind of USA?

As to the GOP it has been Raping the US economy and US Tax Payers for a decade with its BORROW AND SPEND Republicommie policy. The GOP has lost its conservative roots and has been acting like a bunch of Huckabee's left wing commie buddies for years.

Consider the damage done to the USA by:

• The massive TAX DEBT to Communist China which is now starting to buy US banks outright.
• CITI group is being taken over by the Saudis and the Bin Laden's Sovereign Wealth Funds that puts the USA's biggest bank under Sharia law!
• China is able to run its economy on the interest US tax payers have to pay on the NeoConMen's TAX DEBT to Commie China.
• China has been facing down Paulson at recent trade talks because it knows where the economic power is.
• HALLIBURTON a failed and bankrupt business under the Dick Cheney, now runs on the WORLDS BIGGEST EVER SOCIAL SECURITY CHEQUE in the form of BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NO BID CONTRACTS
• The removal of habeas corpus like some KGB controlled state.
• The deadly damage to US defence of a war on two fronts and Rumsfeld a defence secretary who would not let America's generals win the war.
• the USA's loss of prestige and fading world influence
• the massive gas price hikes
• The mass of commie businesses sucking at the US TAX TIT like Blackwater, KBR and Halliburton.
• The Enron rip-off is it just me or does it remind everyone of some commie oligarchs special pension plan.
• And sub-prime contamination means higher mortgages for everyone not just the idiots that bought and sold them as the idiot banks try to recoup their costs from everyone else.
• And the NeoConMen's sub-prime bubble is set to burst next spring with many major US companies and employers going under.

The US TAX DEBT, under the NeoConMen, now stands at over 9 trillion dollars the equivalent of a second mortgage on every US family. 30,000 dollars for every US citizen 90,000 dollars per household

The Republicommie TAX DEBT HAS TO BE PAID BACK BY YOU!

America needs a real Conservative party to put America's economy back on the straight and narrow; and such a real conservative party needs A Real Conservative leader like Michael Bloomberg.

Because pretty soon the Democratic Party will realise that a Clinton/Obama President and Vice President would be a dream ticket for the Democratic Party, with Democrats at their convention shouting "16 Years! 16 years! 16 Years!

Posted by: walker1 | January 1, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

So, was it "an usual move" by Janet or not? Seriously, I think the "Enough is Enough" banner could catch on, meaning ENOUGH negative politics, ENOUGH inside the Beltway, ENOUGH business as usual . . .

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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