Posts Tagged ‘Huckabee’

A party of hicks, hayseeds, rednecks and Thomas Sowell

January 20, 2008

Main stream media is becoming more overt in suggesting how and what they want conservatives voters to think ….  Their message is either direct or by slant or by subtle undertone.  It’s as if they really believe that conservatives are either “hicks, hayseeds or rednecks.”  Oh, yeah — and religious fanatics.

The media alternately portrays the race for the Republican ticket as either a crusade — a battle of the Christian right against the less-than-right Christians/non-Christians — or as a subtle display of their own religious bigotry and hypocrisy.

They mock Mike Huckabee and his double-wide (pun), double-standards. 

[But then, anyone to the left of Chuck Norris mocks the Huckster.]

They subliminally tell us that Romney’s wealth and success as a governor and entrepreneur are directly related to his Mormonism.   (Which, according to Mike Huckabee and other bigots, is a cult.)

They promote candidates who share their views and either ignore or ridicule those who don’t.   Examples: McCain on his Immigration policy, Hillary on her claims of experience, Obama on the meaning of the title of his book. 

Hicks, hayseeds and rednecks.  And religious fanatics. 

Brings to mind Thomas Sowell’s Random Thoughts:  

I can’t get as fiercely involved as some other people do in controversies about the origins of human life on earth. I wasn’t there.

One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people’s motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans— anything except reason.
Barack Obama is the newest face on the political scene, expressing some of the oldest notions. Virtually everything he says is vintage 1960s rhetoric, as if he has learned nothing from the many disasters that 1960s notions have led to in the decades since then.
People who lament the small percentages of women in some high-end jobs seem unaware that top jobs often involve 70 or 80 hours of work per week. A mother may work that many hours at home taking care of a family, without adding the same number of hours at the office.

A recent study showed the median income of major corporate CEOs to be about $8 million a year. That’s less than a third of what Alex Rodriguez earns and less than one-thirtieth of what Oprah Winfrey makes. But no one is denouncing them for “greed.”

It is amazing how many people who want us to get out of Iraq want us to go into Darfur.

A joke says that a poll was taken in California, asking if people thought illegal immigration was a serious problem. The results showed that 29 percent said, “Yes, there is a serious problem.” But 71 percent said, “No es una problema seriosa.”

People who refuse to face the reality of hard choices are forever coming up with some clever “third way”— often leading to worse disasters than either of the hard choices.

Sometimes it looks as if the Democrats are out to win at all costs, while the Republicans are out to compromise at all costs.
Although I am ready to defend what I have said, many people expect me to defend what others have attributed to me.

A reader says that Connecticut’s “Three Strikes” law is so weak that it is more like “30 strikes and we’ll think about it while you strike again.”

Wise people created civilization over the centuries and clever people are dismantling it today. You can see it happening just by channel surfing on TV or hear it in rap music or read it in the pompous nonsense of academics and judges.
Tennis star James Blake never seems to be relaxed during a match. Maybe he would be ranked even higher if he could relax. Most sports require some combination of concentration and relaxation— and too much of either is a big handicap.

Many on the political left are so entranced by the beauty of their vision that they cannot see the ugly reality they are creating in the real world.
With all the old movie favorites being shown again and again on television, it is remarkable that the old movie classic “Alfie” is seldom shown. Could it be fear that the scene where cold-blooded Alfie breaks down and cries at the sight of an aborted baby is something that would unleash the furies of the feminazis?

It is amazing how many people see no problem with having pay levels determined according to what third parties would like to see, instead of according to supply and demand.
One of the great non sequiturs of the left is that, if the free market doesn’t work perfectly, then it doesn’t work at all— and the government should step in.
Despite people who speak glibly of “earlier and simpler times,” all that makes earlier times seem simpler is our ignorance of their complexities.
We all believe that people are innocent until proven guilty. Some on the left believe that they are innocent even after being proven guilty.
Chutzpah department: When disbarred former D.A. Michael Nifong mailed his Bar card back to his state Bar Association, he included a note decrying “the fundamental unfairness” with which the Bar had treated him. This from a man who was ready to ruin three lives and polarize a community, in order to win an election.

“Fundamental fairness?”    Nifong was a democrat, wasn’t he?   And defended by the main stream media, as I recall ….


Mitt in Michigan

January 11, 2008

Mitt in Michigan …. It’s going to be difficult.  But I’m optimistic.  Supporters must remember that tallies in both Iowa and NH were foiled by a liberal base and an in-party tag-team scheme.  Neither Huckabee nor McCain have faced a truly conservative voter-base. 

I want Mitt to continue to hit hard on the problems in Washington.  I want him to remind voters that (fine man that he is yadayadayada) McCain has been part of the problem in Washington …. McCain has been no friend to conservatism; no friend to the issues of immigration, free speech, ethics, lower taxes. 

I want Mitt to demonstrate his expertise in economics.  He must set his own agenda and refuse to be distracted.  He must remain optimistic about the revival of the auto industry market.  He must remind voters that, while education and retraining are critical to industry revival, McCain’s trillion-dollar educational reform package is not going to relieve the state’s economy.  And no one has yet asked McCain how he’s going to pay for it — ASK!

As for Kos suggesting that dems cross over and vote for Mitt, come on over, kidlets!  You crossed-over in NH — so what’s new?  The “newness” will be in getting it right this time!

More at Perish the Thought ….


Romney Quit? In your wildest dreams —

January 10, 2008

Leading the Republican pack in delegate count, Mitt Romney raised over 5 million dollars last night — over $100,000 from McCain’s Arizona.

He’s not quitting.  He’s in for the full count.  Every state.  No matter how MSM slants his coverage or how pundits and reporters belittle and disrespect Mitt and his spokespersons — he’s not quitting. 

McCain and Huckabee and their tag-team strategy only illustrates their fear of him.  His programs.  His policies.  His potential.  His strengths. 

He’s taken their best shots. 

I’m suspecting that he may have just given them one of his …. He’s withdrawn his preliminary ads from South Carolina and Florida.  He’s going to let Huckabee, McCain, Thompson and Rudy go at each other and bide his time ….. Wait and see.

And while you’re waiting for the race in Michigan — watch his impromptu speech given after finishing second in New Hampshire last night. 

Mitt vs MSM and the McCain-Huck Alliance

January 6, 2008

Make no bones about it.  Mitt Romney is facing the battle of his political life.  Not just in New Hampshire.  Not just in Iowa.  In every state.  In the headlines of newspapers, in the lead stories in alleged “news” reports and on the Internet via allegedly unbiased bloggers.

With the MSM (including Fox news) portraying Mitt’s “comparison” ads as negative — while ignoring the personal attack ads by the Huckster and John McCain — it’s going to be a fight to the finish.  Keep up the campaign, Mitt.  America needs you.

The Huckabee affront to honesty and Christian ethics:  He announced that he was going to withdraw his negative ad against Mitt — yet it ran ten times on three Iowa stations ….  In addition:

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee personally apologized to rival Mitt Romney previously about a disparaging remark Huckabee made about Romney’s Mormon religion. But Huckabee’s Web site continues to host comments blasting the Mormon faith and littered with rhetoric about Mormonism.  Source

Factcheck also notes:

The ad Huckabee said he decided not to run has now appeared at least three times in Iowa anyway. It accuses Romney of being “dishonest” but shades the facts in the process.

Update, Jan. 4: The ad ran at least 10 times on four different stations in Davenport and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Huckabee campaign called those airings a mistake.

In another ad Huckabee claims to have signed the most broad-based tax cut in Arkansas history. But as we’ve noted repeatedly, he signed bigger tax increases than cuts.

Huckabee’s ad …. misleads when it holds Romney accountable for the state health care program’s coverage of abortion. The Romney campaign points out that the former governor was not the one who made the decision to provide abortion coverage for a $50 co-pay. Indeed, the health care legislation Romney signed declared that an independent agency, the Commonwealth Connector, would implement the law and would “develop criteria for plans eligible for premium assistance payments.” (The state subsidizes coverage for those making less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level.)

News groups hint at the likelihood (ha!) that the Huckster rode a wave of bigotry to win in Iowa.  And he had a bunch of support — namely, John McCain who chose not to run in Iowa.  An alliance between Huck and McCain?  Of course.  It’s that historic alliance of convenience ….

And John McCain — the most backstabbing, inconsistent and anti-conservative candidate in modern history — has the MSM ignoring his use of negative, personal attacks.

Media Matters contradicts the “McCain claim that ‘negative campaigns don’t work,’ ignored his own negative ads ….”

Similarly, the Washington Post (and here), the AP, the Los Angeles Times, the Politico, and USA Today all reported McCain’s statement that “negative campaigns don’t work” without noting that he has run negative ads of his own.

And just wait until pundits begin to talk about Soros financial link to McCain’s PAC…..

Fair and Balanced?  We know what to expect from MSM, but is FoxNews now slanting their reporting?

Hannity helped raise funds for Rudy …. Dick Morris, a regular analyst for The Factor and Hannity, is an adviser to Huckabee …. former-Speaker Newt Gingrich, another regular guest on Fox, is also being touted as a Huckabee adviser (see the joint health care article linked previously and the fact that Newt’s top staffer has joined Huckabee’s staff) ….  Why must the wife of a Romney advisor who is also a frequent analyst routinely state her husband’s status?  Is there any correlation to Fox News current slanting of reporting showing it’s disfavor of Mitt’s candidacy?   If not — how do they explain the obvious bias of it’s “fair and balanced” coverage by Carl Cameron — or in particular, the rude shouting match between Greta (the legal analyst) and Shep (hyperventilating cute guy) last Tuesday night during a guest-spot with a Senator representing Romney? 

What gives, FoxNews?  Will the king of cable’s “fair and balanced” act have to change it slogan?

Mitt Romney’s campaign is the one I support.  In the short and long run, he faces a major challenge.  To win, he needs openness and unbiased access to the most “open” new agency.  I’m beginning to question, however, the subtle role FoxNews is trying to play in “re-defining” the conservative base.

It may just play into the hands of the MSM and liberal democrat groups — those bastions of opponents to all that is “fair and balanced.”