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Huckabee's Boom May Be About Ready to Bust
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Posted by Fred 2007-12-13 10:55|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6476 views ]  Top

#1 One other explanation is that the base was waiting for a prince to rescue them. When Thompson failed to ignite, Huckabee got the oxygen.

The only remarkable thing about Huckabee is that his current standing in the polls shows how lame the whole field is. People are looking for somebody, anybody, other than Romney, Giuliani, McCain or Thompson. I'd like to suggest Hunter but he's gotten so little traction so far that I'm afraid he's a lost cause.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2007-12-13 12:36||   2007-12-13 12:36|| Front Page Top

#2 The only remarkable thing about Huckabee is that his current standing in the polls shows how lame the whole field is.

The lameness of the Republican field of candidates is only exceeded by the donk's field of candidates. I'm not looking for a prince but a good, honest, candidate who can get the job done, the job being defending the nation, obeying the Constitution and the countries laws, keeping government spending in check, maintaining a good economy, working on the nation's infrastructure, and being truthful and honest with the American people who elect that candidate. I guess I can dream.
Posted by JohnQC 2007-12-13 12:46||   2007-12-13 12:46|| Front Page Top

#3 I don't think it is a lame field at all. While I would prefer not to see McCain or Huckabee win - simply because McCain represents all the worst of the failing Republican party and Huckabee because of his tax and immigration policy. But I would not be upset if Guliani, Thompson or Romney won. I too like Hunter the best, but I agree he doesn't have enough traction. I don't know enough about Tancredo, but I haven't seen anything yet that made me dislike him.

Compare them to the Dem side. Corrupt, Clawing, Hillary, Air-headed Edwards and unexperienced Obama whose only qualification seems to be that he is black and attends a Hate-Whitey-And-Jews church. The Dems have to be projecting onto our candidates when they say we are unhappy with the slate. Our problem is that we don't have a clear front runner with the conservative values we want - but we have multiple realistic candidates that could win the general election. I'd be OK with any of them. How is that bad?
Posted by Whomong Guelph4611 2007-12-13 12:50||   2007-12-13 12:50|| Front Page Top

#4 It looks like the candidates are boiling down to Huckabee, Romney, or Giuliani. It is too early to determine who among these three is going to emerge as the candidate for the Republicans. I like Hunter also but don't think he has a chance. Tancredo is tough on illegal immigration but I don't know anything about his position on other issues. Thompson has never really emerged from the pack although is very likeable. The format for the debates is very limited as far as getting to know the candidate's positions. The debates have become about the media more than anything else. They like their role of being "king makers" a little too much. There is really no one in the Democrat field that I would consider.
Posted by JohnQC 2007-12-13 13:19||   2007-12-13 13:19|| Front Page Top

#5 I think rudy is the man to take the fight to the jihadis, and therefore he gets my vote. i have to root for huckabee because of the chuck norris comercial tho.

chuck norris doesnt endorse a candidate, he tells america how it gonna be...

we need tancredo's balls on imigration tho.
Posted by Abu do you love 2007-12-13 13:29||   2007-12-13 13:29|| Front Page Top

#6 I have to agree with Whomong Guelph4611. As far as I can see all of the top tier Republicans are better than any of the Democrats, so I don't see a problem. Our system is set up to choose among, not get the best, and as long as there is someone viable to fight the Long War, I can live with the other imperfections. Mr. Huckabee's commercials are abolutely wonderful, though.
Posted by trailing wife">trailing wife  2007-12-13 14:18||   2007-12-13 14:18|| Front Page Top

#7 Once in office, Huckabee set up a nonprofit entity so he could give paid ``inspirational'' speeches without having to disclose the donors. Until exposed by the Arkansas Times, Huckabee used the operating account for the governor's mansion for personal expenses, charging the public for dry cleaning, his wife's pantyhose, a doghouse and meals at Taco Bell.
Yeah, he's a man of the cloth alright. This nightmare is a cross between Clinton and Bush.
Posted by wxjames 2007-12-13 14:24||   2007-12-13 14:24|| Front Page Top

#8 While Thompson had a boomlet before officially entering, he has not had his 15 minutes since. He is laying out good positions and is a credible conservative alternative to the northeast RINOs and the western wackos. Perhaps the media will choose him as the next riser after the Huckabee lead balloon deflates. I'd like to see his focus on the issues get some attention.
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2007-12-13 14:24||   2007-12-13 14:24|| Front Page Top

#9 I think once the primaries really get rolling, Thompson will once again be on top. Huckabee will fall like a lead balloon.
Posted by DarthVader">DarthVader  2007-12-13 15:05||   2007-12-13 15:05|| Front Page Top

#10 You can only be avant garde for so long before you become garde.
Posted by Seafarious 2007-12-13 15:12||   2007-12-13 15:12|| Front Page Top

#11 issue for Thompson is that he didnt play the press games so the press dropped him. Plus he is a solid conservative, and thus aneathema to the left-tilting press. On top of that he is a reasoning person who delivers depth and details, not a smiling soundbite swami that the press loves.

All in all, Fred needs to figure a way to break thru the press stonewalling, and get a long format splash. He is th eonly candidate with solid policy positions out there on social security, taxes, the economy, iraq, GWOT, government spending and size reduction, and so on.

The others talk -Fred THINKS. And that may not be enough in the age of the MTV generation coupled with idiot braindead babyboomers.
Posted by OldSpook 2007-12-13 15:26||   2007-12-13 15:26|| Front Page Top

#12 Duncan Hunter ! I have learned something once again, and that is we will vote for someone we consider able to run our country. We have been very fortunate to have such a vast field, and we learn even more as a society as we experience how this process unravels. I see we have a measure of what it takes to be president, and that viewed as a group, the second tier is the democrats. It makes sense that all the talent is stacked up on the trunks side. The Clintonista years didn't exactly nourish competetion.
As a republican, I am very confident that my party will deliver the best man for the job, but I cannot necessarily guarantee that he doesn't bring with him an agenda not approved by the taxpayers. Today's gubmint doesn't seem to get the immigration thingy. They seemed to be working for someone else, but I know that we own the gubmint, so I assume they have an agenda, and I can't trust what is said, what is written, only what is actually done. Who to trust ? Who to trust ?
Posted by wxjames 2007-12-13 15:55||   2007-12-13 15:55|| Front Page Top

#13 Another thing to keep in mind - on the GOP side, once there's a nominee, most of the GOP will be angling to figure out how to support him, fall into line - emphasize common strengths and shared positions (at least they're all hims so far - Veep pick may get interesting) while on the democrats side, if she is the pick, there will be many MANY many democrats seeking to distinguish themselves from her, to put it politely.

Now - say you're undecided or a moderate or independent or on the fence - which party will have a more efficient coordinated campaign? Will the democrats be willing to trade one or two houses of congress for the white house? Will it come to that?
Posted by Glung McGurque2454 2007-12-13 16:15||   2007-12-13 16:15|| Front Page Top

#14 Incidentally, who invited Alan Keyes to the debate? I hadn't even heard he was running.
Posted by eLarson 2007-12-13 16:40||]">[]  2007-12-13 16:40|| Front Page Top

#15 I heard Fox's take on Keyes. It was said that if you have 2% of the vote and an office in Iowa you qualify to take part in the debates. No one could find his office however.

I wonder how much of a factor in the process is Romney's religion? Everyone seems to be dancing around that issue. Romney's father never made it to the Presidency. My wife said she is suspicious of Mormonism because it does not seem to be as transparent as other religions, e.g. Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterian, Catholics, etc.
Posted by JohnQC 2007-12-13 20:11||   2007-12-13 20:11|| Front Page Top

#16 I am a conservative Evangelical Christian, and I have more in common with Mormons and Orthodox Jews than I have with Democrats. Please remember who our opponents really are: the socialists in democrats clothing.
Posted by SR-71">SR-71  2007-12-13 20:38||   2007-12-13 20:38|| Front Page Top

#17 FWIW, I had to work with Huckabee's office back in late 2005 and 2006. Even then they were clearly positioning themselves. However, they clearly couldn't get their boss to focus or to make a decision.

I got the impression that the locals didn't think too highly of him (similar to the way North Carolinians don't think highly of JEdwards).
Posted by mhw 2007-12-13 21:38||   2007-12-13 21:38|| Front Page Top

#18 Ima Hunter district constituent, and have donated to his POTUS campaign. That said, he's not gonna win, but would make a great VP for geographic/philosophical balance or great Def Secretary
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2007-12-13 21:53||   2007-12-13 21:53|| Front Page Top

#19 Duncan doesn't have a chance, never did. Same for Teh Mayor. Nobody with a lazy eye or a lisp is making it to 1600 Pennsylvania. Not these days.

Which is unfortunate because they're both better than anyone on Teh Othre Sied.
Posted by Mike N. 2007-12-13 22:38||   2007-12-13 22:38|| Front Page Top

#20 I'm with OldSpook Fred Thompson is heads and shoulders better than the rest of the pack!

The guy is made of the right stuff folks, Our vote is damn important.. like our entire familie's futures rests on his ability as President, and Commander of Chief.

We will start with at least one front at war.. 'domestic'..

Posted by RD">RD  2007-12-13 23:40||   2007-12-13 23:40|| Front Page Top

#21 mind you, I'm like Hunter and Trancedo quite a bit and would be happy with either one of them.

But Fred is the ONE!
Posted by RD">RD  2007-12-13 23:44||   2007-12-13 23:44|| Front Page Top

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