All Posts Tagged With: "Mike Huckabee"

Pondering the Passion for Paul: Ron Hits Town as Iowa Campaign Hits Stride

On a macro level the last few weeks of the Ron Paul Presidential campaign have been a little bumpy. The turbulence was provided by a much publicized exchange with WHO Radio’s Simon Conway and rough national television interviews with MSNBC’s Chris Mathews and Fox News’ Chris Wallace. The fact that the Mathew’s interview would be contentious was likely known, but having Chris Wallace, on Fox News Sunday, aggressively infer that the “general welfare” clause was valid justification for unlimited Federal government involvement had to come as a shock (I know I was shocked).

If one thought that would dampen his supporters’ enthusiasm, a few minutes spent at the Paul campaign headquarters in Ankeny on Monday would be enough to prove them mistaken. In fact the …


The Power of Personality: Cain Comes To Town

The story of Presidential candidate Herman Cain begins and ends with personality. That is not to say that the middle doesn’t contain a large amount of substance, because it does, but his emotive presence in a sea of dry politicians refuses to be overlooked. He, and his presence, were on hand to address a group of about eighty people Monday at The Smokey Row Coffee Shop in Des Moines.

As he gave a brief opening statement and took questions from the crowd one could quickly come to the conclusion that his personality, and not his impressive business experience, may be his biggest weapon moving forward. The current world of Presidential politics is one in which the media can conjure up a negative narrative on a …


2008 Iowa State Republican Convention – Midday

In case you’re new, I’m a delegate to the Iowa State Republican Convention this year. And it is today.

So far we’ve had an interesting day. I thought for sure we were in for a long haul after the extended time spent on the report from the Rules Committee. One of the rules basically said that we would not have nominations from the floor for at-large delegates to the National Convention. The fact is, there is a mechanism for the convention to change the names of the delegates by requesting amendments to the Nominating Committee report. But before that became clear to the convention, we had already a motion to delete the rule, which led to a voice vote that was not 100% clear, and …


Party Members: Work Together

We’ve kept it pretty loose here at TCR with regard to the continued havoc being wrought by Hillary Clinton against her party. Every day, the lack of her stepping down extends further and further the demise of Democrats and Obama’s chance to manipulate his way into high office.

Amazingly enough, however, the party faithful are undeterred and completely convinced that their nominee is the right person for this job. It is odd to see serious grownup people behave at a level of maturity that doesn’t seem to align with how those people deal with everything else in their lives.

I wish I were talking only about Democrats.

I would contend that Barack Obama and John McCain are not the best representatives of their parties.

Democrats …


McCain’s Strategy May Be Sharper Than You Think

I tend to agree with just about everyone on the planet (Michelle Malkin, Bithead, Sean Hannity, et al) that has told John McCain, in fairly direct terms, that he’s a dunce for asking the North Carolina GOP to back off with the Obama ads featuring the Reverend Wright.  All this at about the same time that Wright is coming out to tell everyone how misunderstood both he and poor Barack are in the quagmire they’ve created.

It occurred to me today that perhaps John’s agenda is a little different than we think it is… we’ve already seen this happen with other media splashes (remember when Hucksterbee pulled some negative ads at the last minute, but showed them to the press so they …


Stupid is… Easy!

It is so easy, especially when you aren’t tightly scripted, to say things that just don’t come out the way you mean them to.

  • John McCain: When asked what will happen if he can’t convince the American public that the war in Iraq is succeeding, he said “Then I lose.” I don’t have a problem with this answer, because it’s true. John’s mistake here, in my opinion, is attempting to retract the statement. It’s one thing to say something that pundits will have fun with, it’s another to react so dramatically so as to give the pundits not just credence on the point, but additional fire power.
  • Hillary Clinton: “Shame on you!” Very tepid and unnatural? Bring back Bill, at least he knows

Mitt Romney Has Left The Building – What Now?

I’m impressed with Mitt’s decision. According to Fox News, he said:

“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator (Hillary) Clinton or (Barack) Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”

I’m not as torn up about this as I was with Fred’s departure, but it has definitely put us in the position of facing the inevitable starting to have the necessary discussions.

The questions now are:

  1. When will Huckabee step aside?
  2. Can the Republican Party actually succeed with McCain as the candidate?
  3. When can I stop

Super Tuesday

Not surprisingly, Obama and Clinton are now neck-and-neck, with Obama slightly ahead.

McCain definitely has a commanding lead now, and Huckabee would be doing everyone a favor by dropping out now and bequeathing his delegates to Romney.  There’s still a chance for Romney, but Huckabee would have to do the almost impossible… once Romney and McCain pick up another 215 delegates between them, Huckabee is out for good.  In this case, it should be downright embarrassing to stay in that long.

See the MSNBC leader board in the side-bar for more details… you can roll-over the bars for state-by-state delegate totals for each candidate.…


Super Tuesday Results Still Coming In… And Misc…

Numbers still coming in, but mostly it appears that McCain is taking a large number of delegates over Romney and Huckabee, and Hillary is a bit ahead of Obama.  Tomorrow will tell more.

West Virginia surprised a few people when Huckabee won.

Sister Toldjah has been blogging throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the Stock Market is way down today,  the Dow down 370 points on bad service sector news.  Yesterday we had the financial sector impacted by the Moody downgrades.

I’m definitely not on board with the present stimulus plan in Congress.  I don’t know anyone that isn’t planning to take the cash and either put it in savings or pay down debt.   I don’t have the answer, but spending billions to finance an idea that …


I Underwhelm Myself

republican-elephant.jpgI promised I would try and take a position on the remaining candidates before things are settled. I’m probably too late, but tomorrow still has possibilities for Romney. The party is definitely looking like it’s leaning to port, and it’s what we have to work with.

Of the remaining candidates, I definitely prefer Mitt Romney over John McCain. It’s very difficult for me to stand up and provide the level of enthusiasm for Mitt that I have for Fred Thompson, for the simple reason that Romney is not what I think of as “conservative”. He’s certainly more conservative than McCain, but he still holds more centrist views in many areas. I’m not trying to ignore Huckabee… oh, wait, yes I am. I just can’t take …


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