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  • Huckabee to test Florida waters

    01/30/2015 9:06:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jeremy Wallace
    Mike Huckabee, perhaps better than any other presidential contender, demonstrates the difficulties Florida presents for White House candidates. When the former Arkansas governor returns to Sarasota on Saturday, he will be revisiting the site where his presidential aspirations were dashed in 2008 because of Florida’s complexities. While the candidates spend months in the early, smaller primary states engaging in the retail politics of pancake breakfasts and county fairs, Florida presents distinct problems requiring a vast, developed campaign network and huge sums to advertise on the air. “It’s a state where you just can’t succeed doing that same retail politicking,” said...
  • Huckabee: I’ll never back down from saying we need a path to citizenship for DREAMers

    01/29/2015 9:42:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | AllahPundit
    “If that bothers you to the point that you’d say, ‘I’d never vote for you,’” he told an audience in Virginia, “then you’re never going to vote for me.” Oh, now. There are plenty of reasons never to vote for Huck without dragging the poor DREAM kids into this.Lefty Greg Sargent says this is a big deal. Is it? I think it’s a “big deal” in the sense that righties who don’t like Huckabee now have another reason not to like him, but realistically, how many candidates in the nascent GOP field will be coming out hard against DREAM...
  • Exclusive: Huckabee responds to 'trashy women' reports

    01/29/2015 8:42:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 49 replies
    http://centurylink.net ^ | January 28, 2015 | Fox News
    Media reports claim former governor called Fox women "trashy".
  • In Virginia, Huckabee defends DREAMer benefits

    01/29/2015 6:12:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    At a stop on his book tour Tuesday, Mike Huckabee again defended his decision as Arkansas governor to grant the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition at state universities. But he also went a step further, hinting that those children should be put on a path to citizenship — a position more in line with Democrats and DREAMers than some of Huckabee’s more conservative Republican peers who are also weighing bids for the presidency.
  • Huckabee brings his celebrity back to Iowa, but his presidential pitch is still in the works

    01/28/2015 1:58:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's Debrief Blog ^ | January 28, 2015 | Robert Costa
    WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — When former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee walked into Walnut Creek Church here on Sunday night, fresh off his gleaming navy-blue bus, he was greeted by the crowd of suburban evangelicals as a visiting celebrity rather than a 2016 presidential candidate. Waiting in line to get their copies of the Republican’s latest book signed, a handful of the attendees shared recollections of Huckabee’s spunky 2008 bid for the White House, when he won the Iowa caucuses and seven more states before bowing out. But most of the conversations focused on Fox News, where Huckabee had been perched...
  • Tsunami of stupid strikes the US this morning

    01/28/2015 11:04:10 AM PST · by Starman417 · 19 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-28-15 | DrJohn
    A tsunami struck the country this morning. A tsumani of stupid. I wasn't sure what to do with it all, so here are some of the best bits. Politico makes an issue of Huckabee complaining that women at Fox News swear while at work, apparently referring to them as "trashy." “My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk,” Huckabee continued. “As we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.” Neither Huckabee nor Politico seems to have met Hillary, who is said to swear "like a sailor." Sara Nelson writes about the book in Tuesday's New York Post, revealing the...
  • Here’s The “Willie Horton” Ad Romney Almost Ran Against Mike Huckabee

    01/25/2015 9:44:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 22, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In the fall of 2007, as Mike Huckabee was surging in the Iowa polls, Mitt Romney’s foundering presidential campaign dispatched a camera crew to Arkansas with the charge to produce one of the most brutal ads of the election cycle. The final product — a withering spot that tied Huckabee to a 2003 murder committed by a serial rapist who was paroled while he was governor of Arkansas — never saw the light of day. But the unaired ad, obtained this week by BuzzFeed News, highlights a potentially potent line of attack on Huckabee as he considers a 2016...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 January 2015

    01/25/2015 4:27:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 January 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 25th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.; former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah.
  • Does Iowa Still Heart Huckabee? Former governor is hinting at another run. But 2016 is not 2008.

    01/24/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | January 24, 2015 | Dave Price
    efore Mike Huckabee ran in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Lori Jungling, a mother of four in Altoona, about 15 minutes outside Des Moines, had never been involved in a presidential campaign. Actually, Jungling had never even bothered to vote. But in 2007, the message from the Baptist minister-turned-Republican Arkansas governor made its way to Jungling’s personal faith-first foundation, and soon enough she was volunteering—a lot. Calls, emails, tweets, events. She even served as state director for Huck PAC, Huckabee’s 2008 grassroots political action committee. She didn’t take one dime. “He believes what I believe,” she told me. That’s the kind...
  • The Elevator Pitch For 2016 Candidates

    01/23/2015 9:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cook Political Report ^ | January 21, 2015 | Amy Walter
    There are enough potential candidates for president (on the GOP side at least) that you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep them all straight. Instead of a complicated algorithm, I've boiled each candidate down to his/her most basic elements. At the end of the day, these are the things more likely to define a presidential wannabe. It's also important to distinguish between durable traits and those that are more ephemeral. For example, low name ID is something easily overcome. But, being on the "wrong side" of the base on key issues can be a campaign killer. This is by...
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • Nullification, Now Coming to the Supreme Court?

    01/22/2015 6:10:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 21, 2015 | DAVID A. GRAHAM
    When the Tea Party wave arrived in 2010, it swept away much of the Republican Party's existing structure, and instituted a more populist approach. But as waves tend to do, it left some even older debris in its wake. "Nullification," the theory that states can invalidate federal laws that they deem unconstitutional, had its heyday in the slavery debate that preceded the Civil War, but it has found new currency since 2010. The theory has never been validated by a federal court, yet some Republican officeholders have suggested states can nullify laws, including Senator Joni Ernst, who gave the GOP...
  • It Won’t Be Just Talking When Big Names Come to Iowa This Weekend

    01/21/2015 7:34:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | January 21, 2015 | Dave Price
    DES MOINES, Iowa–Saturday will be a “Who’s Who” of Republicans thinking, running or wanting you to think they are running for president in 2016. Congressman Steve King hosts his Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. But pies, books, thank you’s and speeches will fill some of the time away from the summit. The speakers’ list includes some of the most well-known names on the Republican circuit. They include: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Newt Gingrich, Marsha Blackburn, Ben Carson, Mike Lee, Carly Fiorina, Jim DeMint, John Bolton and Jim...
  • Mike Huckabee Is Your Candidate Of Cultural Resentment

    01/20/2015 6:52:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | January 20, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    I'm going to confess an unpopular opinion (among liberals at least) and say that as much as I enjoy The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is usually not that good an interviewer when it comes to political figures. He's about two-thirds of a good interviewer—there are always some good questions, but he usually misses opportunities to ask critical follow-ups, and when his interviewee is struggling, he'll often jump in with a joke. Which is his job, of course—it's a comedy show, and he's a comedian—but it also has the effect of letting his subject off the hook. Last night though, Stewart...
  • Mike Huckabee: Jeb Bush More to Right Than His Brother (facepalm)

    01/20/2015 5:05:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 06:53 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee—who’s mulling another run for president—says his potential rival, Jeb Bush, is a lot more conservative than people think—even further to the right than his brother, George W. Bush. Asked Tuesday on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV whether the former Florida governor was a true conservative, Huckabee said: “Jeb will have a lot of issues that he’ll make front and center. He was an excellent governor of Florida. He was a very conservative governor of Florida. We’ve served contemporaneously during the late ’90s and early part of 2000. So when people say, well, ‘Jeb...
  • Crazy for Ted Cruz: South Carolina tea party activists love him, but is that enough in 2016?

    01/20/2015 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— A crowd of tea party activists huddled outside a closed conference door here on Sunday. Many hadn’t caught a glimpse of the man they were waiting for, but they knew he was in there. “Here he comes!” someone suddenly shouted, as Ted Cruz emerged. All day long, the Republican senator from Texas was mobbed by people who thanked him for taking on Washington, jostled for pictures and sought out hugs. Even after Cruz had departed the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, his booth was consistently crowded. Ben Carson and Rick Santorum made their pitches and both...
  • Stewart to Huckabee on 2016 Run: Go Back to Fox News and Beg for Your Job Back

    01/20/2015 12:29:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 19, 2015 | Jeffrey Poor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart scolded former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) for quitting his Saturday night Fox News show to take another shot at the White House as a Republican candidate. According to Stewart, Huckabee had made a mistake and should go to back to Fox News and be a show host. Partial transcript as follows: STEWART: I want to talk to you. This is — the book is called “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.” You have a show on Fox News — you had a show. HUCKABEE: I had a show. STEWART: How long did you...
  • Godly, Gun-Toting 'Rogue' Seeks White House (Huckabee tries to play the class warfare card)

    01/19/2015 1:18:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 19, 2015 | Toby Harnden
    A leading Republican presidential contender has warned against electing another Bush or Clinton to the White House, saying that installing an aristocratic “ruling class” in the United States could all but destroy the country. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister and quick-witted populist Republican who has powerful appeal among religious conservative activists, suggested that those who “live within the enclaves of the educational and cultural establishment and elites” could not understand the lives of ordinary Americans. While not referring directly to his potential presidential election competitors, his words resonate because Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former Republican presidents, and...
  • Thomas Suddes commentary: Republicans, take note: Bush could carry Ohio

    01/18/2015 12:20:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 17, 2015 | Thomas Suddes
    Until the next turning point in world history — Ohio State’s Sept. 7 football opener at Virginia Tech — political Ohio will distract itself speculating about 2016’s presidential nominees. As every TV anchor knows, Ohio is pivotal in presidential elections. And the Constitution won’t let President Barack Obama seek a third term. Hillary Clinton likely will be Democrats’ nominee, though there’s many a slip between cup and lip: It took liberal Democrats a while, but they’ve figured out that the Clintons have no particular problem with Wall Street, assuming the right donations go to the right campaign committees. As for...
  • Can’t We Do Better? We're going to have to — luckily it’s early.

    01/16/2015 12:06:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 16, 2015 | Ross Kaminsky
    I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist — and I certainly have nothing on Paul Craig Roberts whose most recent article, helpfully disseminated by the Ron Paul Institute, claims the Charlie Hebdo attacks to be a “false flag” operation — but I can’t help but wonder if the “mainstream media” is playing up the potential presidential candidacies of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum simply to depress Republican voters. Or, going the full tin-foil-hat route, maybe these guys are themselves double agents, part of a MoveOn.org (does it still exist?) sleeper cell which was just activated (by...
  • Conservatives shrug off Bush and Romney, remain confident in base-friendly hopefuls

    01/15/2015 8:26:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MSN / The Washington Post ^ | January 15, 2015 | Melina Mara
    Conservative leaders this week shrugged off the sudden moves by Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney toward 2016 presidential campaigns, saying the two establishment-friendly candidates are too far out of touch with grass-roots activists to win the Republican nomination. At the same time, potential candidates with close ties to the party’s conservative base have moved to speed up their own efforts in response. Senior advisers to several of the potential conservative candidates said Wednesday that GOP insurgents will have to do more in 2016 than they did in previous cycles to make a serious run for the Republican nomination. Building a...
  • Mike Huckabee, and the death of the populist president

    01/13/2015 8:42:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | January 13, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Reporters took joy in the first Mike Huckabee campaign in 2008. Here was a former governor from Arkansas, accompanied by Chuck Norris and only Chuck Norris, kicking ass. Mitt Romney was bussing in clean-cut college Republicans to CPAC and dropping bills everywhere, and Huckabee — the guy who had to iron his own suit — was thrashing him. There were no surly and cynical 29-year-old press handlers. There were no rotund money-raisers. It was real populism. A man and his voters. This time around, when Huckabee announced that he was considering another run for president, Washington's journalists collectively began to...
  • Big government Republicans battle for the soul of the GOP

    01/12/2015 10:28:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 12, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    Last month, Ed Morrissey submitted the astute observation that the Republican Party is nearing a crossroads. The starkest contrasts on the 2016 debate stage are unlikely to be those highlighted by the dispute over the prudence of a policy of isolationism or interventionism abroad. Nor will it be exposed by the fight between Republicans who back proposals aimed at strengthening border security before engaging in immigration reform against those who would pursue a combined strategy. The most defined distinctions, he contends, will be drawn by the Republicans of the Bush era and those who rose to prominence under Obama. “It’s...
  • Predictions for the Iowa Straw Poll

    01/10/2015 7:15:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Des Moines Register | January 10, 2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/01/10/straw-poll-predictions/21576395/
  • Nate Silver: Chris Christie is unlikely to be the GOP’s 2016 nominee

    01/07/2015 6:18:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 7, 2015 | Ronald Brownstein
    The primary field on the right is developing in a way that favors candidates closer to the center.Conservatives have many reasons to be pleased about their position within the GOP, even after a quixotic challenge to Speaker John Boehner from the far right failed this week. On almost all issues, the current in the party now flows powerfully toward them. Every newly elected Republican senator ran on a deeply conservative platform. But conservatives also have reason to worry about how the 2016 Republican presidential race is coalescing. The field on the right is developing in a way that could advantage...
  • Is Huckabee the next Reagan? (DEFCON 1 Barf)

    01/07/2015 12:09:49 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    cnn ^ | Jan. 6, 2015 | Timothy Stanley
    Editor's Note: Timothy Stanley is a historian and columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph. He is the author of the new book "Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between L.A. and D.C. Revolutionized American Politics." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.(CNN)—Mike Huckabee is thinking about running for the presidency a second time. He's super serious about it. You can tell because not only has he quit his TV show to spend time thinking about it, and written a book ("God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," due out on January 20), but he's also booked a tour of...
  • Why Is Jeb Bush Smiling?

    01/07/2015 6:07:25 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/7/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee’s “exploration” announcement is good news for the former Florida governor. Jeb Bush is starting the new year with a smile. Former Arkansas governor and, until last weekend, Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced he would “explore” running for president. By the way, these “exploration” announcements are yet another example of the government encouraging politicians to lie. Exploratory committees disguise the fact that a candidate is running about as well as glasses conceal Superman’s real identity. They require a willful suspension of disbelief on the part of everyone watching. Politicians like this loophole because it drags out the time...
  • Huckabee 2016 Could Be 2008 Redux

    01/06/2015 1:59:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | January 5, 2015 | David Catanese
    His coalition of evangelicals could be broken up by new alternatives like Ted Cruz.Mike Huckabee loyalists still believe their guy was screwed in 2008. After pulling off an impressive upset of the better-funded Mitt Romney in the Iowa presidential caucuses, the former Arkansas governor eyed a second Republican primary win in South Carolina. His allies are convinced the Palmetto State should’ve been his for the taking – if not for the peculiar, lethargic candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson, a friend of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who siphoned conservative voters from Huckabee in South Carolina. Thompson’s 16 percent slice of...
  • Sally Kohn: Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee

    01/06/2015 12:59:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 6, 2015 | Sally Kohn
    Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender. I like Mike Huckabee. A lot. He’s simply a fun, funny, principled, appealing guy. Whether or not I think he’d make a good president (and I don’t), he would definitely make a great presidential candidate. And that should have Democrats scared. During my time at Fox News, I appeared on Gov. Huckabee’s show a handful of times. We always had fiery but friendly exchanges. And behind the scenes, even more than in front of the camera, Gov. Huckabee was always affable and downright, double-me-over funny. He’s...
  • If Huckabee Runs, We All Lose

    01/05/2015 7:28:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 5, 2015 | Emily Zanotti
    Aaron is much more conciliatory toward, and much less overtly terrified at the thought of a Mike Huckabee Presidential campaign. I do not share his remarkable confidence that our esteemed electorate will not happily embrace the guitar-toting Southern progressive with what is left of their hearts and minds after a long and arduous primary season. People, let's be real. Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum for that matter, aren't really Republicans. I mean, as a RINO heathen, I can obviously spot another of my species, and these two are it, though, while I'm teetering on the edge of full social anarchy,...
  • Top 5 Replacement Ideas for Fox’s Huckabee

    01/05/2015 5:32:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 5, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    With the departure of Mike Huckabee, so goes Fox’s most deliciously hokey program. The former Republican Governor of Arkansas announced Saturday that he will end his weekly show to mull another presidential run. Gone are the cringe-worthy “If Hee Haw and the Family Research Council had a baby“-like moments; the surreal musical performances; the televangelical prosthelytizing on a constantly-doomed American culture; and the smarmy warnings that God is fed up with us all. We’ll also never again get the chance to hear a Fox News host deliver this sort of brilliantly awful one-liner: “I’m beginning to think theres more freedom...
  • Mike Huckabee: 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Him

    01/05/2015 5:01:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Fiscal Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | Maureen Mackey
    As a regular presence on the Fox News Channel for six years, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, 59, hasn’t exactly been hiding in the political shadows. Though he didn’t vie for the presidency in 2012, he’s been regularly airing his conservative and evangelical views on his top-rated weekend show, Huckabee. An outspoken opponent of abortion and gay marriage, this “man of deep faith,” as he calls himself, has also been a presence on weekday radio. Now the ordained Southern Baptist minister is leaving the media lights to consider a possible run for the GOP nomination for the White House in...
  • Why a leading tea party group just slammed Mike Huckabee

    01/05/2015 4:31:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | January 5, 2015 | Jose A. DelReal and Sean Sullivan
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) announcement Saturday that he is leaving Fox News as he considers running for president again has regnited an old feud between himself and the conservative Club for Growth -- a spat that dates back nearly a decade. “In a year in which GOP voters appear likely to have several good pro-economic growth candidates to choose from, Mike Huckabee’s big government record would stand out from the crowd, and not in a good way," said Club for Growth president David McIntosh in a statement Monday. Huckabee, a strong retail campaigner with a loyal evangelical Christian...
  • Mike Huckabee Is a Poison Pill for Conservatives

    01/05/2015 5:13:06 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 52 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | January 5, 2015 | James Antle III
    Mike Huckabee is going to put down his bass and walk away from his lucrative Fox News show to at least contemplate a run for the presidency.The former Arkansas governor should be taken seriously, even if he faces an uphill battle to win the Republican nomination against opponents with superior fundraising and organization.Huckabee already exceeded expectations in his first presidential campaign back in 2008. He started as a lower-tiered candidate while pro-choice, pro-civil unions Rudy Giuliani led in all the national polls—which might tell you something about the reliability of name ID-based early polling.Giuliani didn’t win a single primary, while...
  • Mike Huckabee and The Dynamics of 2016

    01/04/2015 1:00:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review's Postmodern Conservative Blog ^ | January 4, 2015 | Peter Spiliakos
    There was a time when I thought that Mike Huckabee had a chance to win over enough “somewhat conservative” voters that, when added to his pre-existing base among conservative white evangelicals, would give him a good chance to win the 2016 Republican nomination. I don’t think that chance exists anymore (if it ever did). He hasn’t done any of the maneuvering he would need to do in order to expand his base of support. Thirteen months is not a long time and he has shown no inclination to make the moves he would need to make in order to expand...
  • Mike Huckabee’s Improbable Balancing Act for GOP Nod

    01/04/2015 9:52:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 4, 2015 | Lloyd Green
    There’s no doubt the Huck will need bucks if he’s going to make a successful run for the GOP nomination, but that’s not the only challenge he faces.Last night, Mike Huckabee bid adieu to his show on Fox, and made his interest in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination a matter of public record. Unlike former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Huckabee is not immediately forming an exploratory committee. Still, the prospect of a Huckabee candidacy should be taken seriously. He finished second in 2008 behind John McCain, and maintains a reservoir of good will among...
  • Huckabee leaving Fox News show ahead of decision on White House bid

    01/03/2015 8:28:56 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 127 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 01-03-2015 | AP/CBS news
    TV host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he is leaving his Fox News talk show as he considers whether to seek the Republican nomination for president, a decision he expects to reach in the spring. Huckabee said Saturday night's edition of "Huckabee" would be his last as he ponders his political future. The weekly show, which is taped with a live audience and features political commentary as well as interviews with guests and musical entertainment, has been on the air for more than six years. "There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would...
  • Huckabee in 2013: Common Core Is “Near and Dear To My Heart”

    01/03/2015 6:16:51 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Former Arkansas Governor wrote in 2013 that Common Core state standards are “near and dear to my heart,” Gotnews.com has learned. The pro-Common Core stance of the former governor is of new interest now that Huckabee is contemplating a run for the presidency in 2016. Here’s an article from the Tulsa World from June in 2013. “Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee urged Oklahoma lawmakers to resist throwing out new educational standards the Legislature approved back in 2010.” “ In a letter to Oklahoma lawmakers this week, he said the Common Core state standards have been “near and dear to my...
  • Huckabee will announce his departure from FOXNEWS

    01/03/2015 4:56:22 PM PST · by newfreep · 105 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 1-3-2015 | Drudge
    Gov Mike Huckabee will announce his departure from FOXNEWS, DRUDGE has learned... Huckabee will address in detail on program tonight at 8 PM ET... Will be his last program after 6 1/2 years... Developing...
  • 5 Presidential Candidates (This guy is all over the place)

    01/02/2015 5:47:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | January 2, 2015 | Bob Burnett
    Happy new year! Welcome to the start of the presidential campaign marathon. For your consideration are five likely candidates, each representing a distinct segment of the U.S. political spectrum. Republicans have three probable candidates. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush would represent the business conservative wing of the GOP -- Pew Research estimates this is 12 percent of likely voters. Bush would be the favorite of the big GOP spenders, the one percent that favors capitalism over democracy. Jeb's strengths are national name recognition, personable manner, Hispanic spouse, and reputation for moderation on social issues. His weaknesses: high unfavorability ratings and...
  • Commentary: Historically, governors rose to president but senators now have an edge

    12/31/2014 4:23:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jonathan Zimmerman
    As government’s scope expands, voters see the advantages of a candidate from inside the Beltway.In 1947, U.S. historian Wilfred E. Binkley took stock of the 13 men who had been president since the end of the Civil War and reached a stark conclusion: Governorship was “a training school for successful presidents.” The seven ex-governors on the list – including both Roosevelts, Theodore and Franklin – were far more effective chief executives than the six others. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said pretty much the same thing during the Republican Governors Association meeting last month. “We’re better at it,” Christie told...
  • Holiday Bulletin: The Insiders’ friends and family focus group

    12/30/2014 2:01:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan Blog ^ | December 29, 2014 | Ed Rogers, Lobbyist
    I spent Christmas week in Fairhope, Alabama, which is Alabama’s answer to Sausalito, CA. And now I’m reporting from Palm Desert, California, which is an exclusive enclave of bipartisan one-percenters. Palm Desert is California’s answer to Heaven. The streets here aren’t paved with gold, but they might as well be. I consider Fairhope to be prosperous and affluent, but the people in Palm Desert are rich! They’re not getting new trucks and hunting gear for Christmas, they’re getting Bentleys and Gulfstreams. Roll Tide! Anyway, as you can imagine, my friends and family are pretty pro-GOP – even if there is...
  • The More, the Merrier for the GOP in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:58:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In the aftermath of President Obama giving the Castro regime diplomatic recognition, Senator Marco Rubio has been pretty much everywhere, including multiple television appearances and authoring this Wall Street Journal op-ed. According to Senator Rubio, “By conceding to the oppressors in the Castro regime, this president and his administration have let the Cuban people down, further weakened America’s standing in the world and endangered Americans.” Whether or not one agrees with Rubio’s position–and I’m sympathetic to it–he makes his case clearly, intelligently, and with passion. Despite some differences with him now and then–I found his advocacy for the tactics that...
  • 'US Should Fund Jewish Construction in Judea-Samaria, Not Gaza'

    12/13/2014 11:12:15 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-12-14 | Baruch Gordon
    In a stirring speech delivered at the annual Bet El Institutions dinner earlier this week, former Arkansas Governor and US Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee said that the United States should immediately cease its funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and allocate the same amount to housing for Jews in Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank). Huckabee, who led three groups to Israel this year alone, said that he always brings tourists to a random Palestinian shop to ask to see Israel on the maps sold in the store. The shopkeeper inevitably looks confused because Israel doesn’t appear on their...
  • What choice does the right have in 2016? (She's finally lost her mind)

    12/11/2014 7:14:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The most conservative candidates are, with the exception of 1964, invariably the bridesmaid and never the bride in the GOP presidential primary. (In 1980, there were candidates such as Rep. Phil Crane of Illinois to Ronald Reagan’s right.) Part of the explanation is that the most conservative voters divide their support among candidates, leaving a path for a more moderate figure to coast to victory. And part of the explanation is that they tend to set upon candidates who self-destruct, are not qualified or are simply too extreme — and often all three. In 2016, how can they break this...
  • Rick Santorum is running for president again — and says this time will be different

    12/10/2014 1:28:47 AM PST · by iowamark · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/9/2014 | Karen Tumulty
    Rick Santorum won primaries and caucuses in 11 states in 2012, coming in a respectable second in the GOP presidential primary season. And Republicans have a history of bestowing their nomination on the next guy in line, usually an also-ran from the last contest. Yet the former senator from Pennsylvania is rarely mentioned in the already feverish pre-game 2016 chatter among the political commentariat and the donor class. That’s just the way he likes it. Or so he says. “America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Santorum added that being...
  • Palin, Cruz, Huckabee and Santorum to travel to Iowa Freedom Summit

    12/08/2014 1:13:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WQAD-TV / CNN ^ | December 8, 2014 | Shellie Nelson
    <p>Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential pick, is headed to Iowa in January 2015 for a conservative gathering that will showcase no fewer than nine potential 2016 presidential contenders.</p> <p>She’s one of the confirmed speakers at the inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit, an event organized by Iowa Rep. Steve King and conservative group Citizens United to “bring grassroots activists from across Iowa to hear directly from national conservative leaders,” per its website. The event is scheduled for Jan. 24.</p>
  • Iowa Caucuses: 2016 opening odds

    11/18/2014 9:12:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/18/2014 | Steve Deace
    The main event is finally here. The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is now underway. This is shaping up to be the strongest field of Republican challengers in recent memory. After the GOP’s strong showing in the 2014 midterms, the list of those who sense an opportunity, and want to seize it to run in 2016, is both long and distinguished. While the Democrat presidential primary is essentially Hillary Clinton (their 2008 also-ran) or bust, the Republicans have a deep bench of potential standard-bearers... Though it may seem early to some to already be posting odds on the...
  • Will Mike Huckabee Win Presidency in 2016?

    11/14/2014 12:48:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | November 14, 2014 | Floyd Brown, Chief Political Analyst
    The Republican sweep of November 2014 is now fully in the rearview mirror. And the focus in D.C. is squarely on the 2016 presidential election. Who will win the biggest prize of all and finally replace Barack Obama? With Hillary Clinton perched high atop the Democratic Party polls, it appears as though she’ll sail to her party’s nomination almost unimpeded. On the Republican side, the race is as divided and contentious as ever… Of the prospects, though, one particular man stands out from the crowd. And for this reason, I followed him all the way to Poland so I could...