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I actually had a lot of respect for Ron Paul and thought he was above this kind of thing. Now I’m getting two bits of information for West Virginia:

McCain-Huckabee Backroom Deal:

From The Hill:

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic reported Tuesday that, after the first ballot, McCain’s campaign called his supporters there and urged them to vote in favor of Huckabee.

“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change,” Beth Myers, Romney’s campaign manager, said in a statement.

Huckabee-Paul Backroom Deal:

From Reason Magazine:

I just spoke with a source inside the West Virginia Paul campaign and got some insight into the decision to push their votes to Huckabee. “There are two dynamics in West Virginia,” the source said, “the national dynamic and the local dynamic. The local dynamic is frustration with a GOP establishment that doesn’t believe in freedom and liberty but mouths support for those ideals in order to win elections.” This, he explained, was the common cause between compassionate conservative Huckabee supporters and libertarian Paul supporters.

Both Paul supporters and Huckabee supporters were angry at a convention process that seemed to be rigged for Romney. So after the first balloting, when they were knocked out of the running, Paul delegates met in a room to hear arguments for supporting one of the remaining candidates. Huckabee’s supporters offered a deal: If Huckabee won the convention, three members of his delegate slate would resign. Responsibility for replacing those delegates goes not to the state party or national party but to the winner of the convention. Thus, Huckabee’s campaign would replace the three delegates with three Ron Paul delegates.
“This was a gentlemen’s agreement,” my source said. “We’re going to trust but verify.”

The Official Statement from the Romney camp:

“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change.

“Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues.  This is why he led on today’s first ballot.  Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.”

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Well, I predicted this was going to happen and got some pretty hateful comments on this one. These people have been doing this all across America since this filth went into public office.

Copeland Ministries accused of ‘shady’ Huckabee donation

Allie Martin – OneNewsNow – 1/31/2008 1:50:00 PM

HuckabeeOne of six televangelists targeted in a Senate finance inquiry is being accused of turning a recent pastors’ conference into a fundraising opportunity for GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Last week, Kenneth Copeland Ministries held an annual — by invitation only — ministers’ conference at his headquarters in Newark, Texas. The Trinity Foundation, a Dallas-based nonprofit group that monitors televangelists, reports that during a live webcast Huckabee called Copeland and requested emergency financing.
Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity Foundation, says Copeland immediately adjourned the conference and then reconvened the group in a private meeting, in order to stay within guidelines on fundraising. “They raised $111,000 in cash and maybe in excess of a million dollars in pledges for Huckabee,” says Anthony. “If that isn’t a violation of the law, it certainly strains at ethical positions.”

Read the rest of this sick relationship these types of Evangelicals have with the law. The LDS Church makes no bones about keeping Religion and Candidates separate. Let’s not forget that at this point, Mike Huckabee has no PRAYER to win and is only in for his usual vindictiveness against someone who is successful

Go here to read more.

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Campaign Dishonesty from the Clintons and McCain

By George Will

Some highlights about the Clintons:

The week before South Carolina voted was the week when, at last, even some Democrats noticed. Noticed, that is, the distinctive cloud of coarseness that hovers over the Clintons, seeping acid rain.

That cloud has been a constant accouterment of their careers, and has been influencing the nation’s political weather for 16 years. But by the time Bill Clinton brought the Democratic Party in from the wilderness in 1992, the party had lost five of the previous six, and seven of the previous 10, presidential elections. Democrats were so grateful to him, and so determined not to resume wandering in the wilderness, that they averted their gazes to avoid seeing, and hummed show tunes to avoid hearing, the Clintons’ routine mendacities.

And about St. John of Arizona (McCain)

This was a garden-variety dishonesty, the manufacture of which does not cause a Clinton in midseason form to break a sweat. And it was no worse than — actually, not as gross as — St. John of Arizona’s crooked-talk claim in Florida that Mitt Romney wanted to “surrender and wave a white flag, like Senator Clinton wants to do” in Iraq because Romney “wanted to set a date for withdrawal that would have meant disaster.”

Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, the Clintons should bask in the glow of John McCain’s Clintonian gloss on this fact: Ten months ago Romney said that President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki should discuss, privately, “a series of timetables and milestones.” That unremarkable thought was twisted by McCain, whose distortions are notably clumsy, as when Romney said, accurately, that he alone among the candidates has had extensive experience in private-sector business. That truth was subjected to McCain’s sophistry, and he charged that Romney had said “you haven’t had a real job” if you had a military career. If, this autumn, voters must choose between Clinton and McCain, they will face, at least stylistically, an echo, not a choice.

And of course all of us Romney fans know this to our core, but it’s so great to hear it:

But that dreary scenario need not come to pass. Romney seems to have found his voice as attention turns to the economy, a subject concerning which McCain seems neither conversant nor eager to become so.

Thanks George for painting reality the way it is. And of course the vantage point RealClearPolitics gives us is “priceless”.

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It’s not that we aren’t all  thinking this but to actually come out and say it?!?! Especially with his Volcanic Temper – this doesn’t mellow with age, especially if there is a chance Alzheimer’s sets in. What is absolutely amazing is how these shots keep putting Chuck’s wife in the background? Further, what on earth is Chuck doing, running for Vice Pres.? You have to wonder is Huckabee could even run this campaign without Chuck. This is why I call this “circus politics”.

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Seems like Huckabee and Thompson may be vying for the VP spot. They don’t seem to be doing much to point out the inherent defects of McCain’s positions. So the liberal GOP is kissing butt. A little “don’t ask, don’t tell” I guess. Nice.

From Jonathon Martin and Politico:

And so with Mitt Romney effectively waving the white flag in South Carolina and Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson seemingly more interested in being vice president or at least retaining their friendship with him, McCain appears headed into Saturday’s primary without a single glove being laid on him.

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POPULIST RHETORIC VS. REALITY IN THE PALMETTO STATE
Gov. Huckabee Raised Regressive Taxes On Working Families

“I don’t think he understands the free market business system. He’s not good on taxing, he’s not good on spending, he’s not good on free trade. In other words, all the prosperity factors seem to be Mr. Huckabee’s weakness. I don’t think he understands it. He’s just out of tune with all measures of free market, supply side economics.” – CNBC’s Larry Kudlow (Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, 12/21/07; www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvfhmE6PKxI)

Using Democrat Class Warfare Language, Gov. Huckabee Claims To Defend “The Poorest People”:

In South Carolina, Gov. Huckabee “Dwelled On The Economic Pain Felt By The Working And Middle Class.” “Continuing to reach out to his evangelical base, Mr. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, spoke at North Greenville University, a Southern Baptist institution. There he dwelled on the economic pain suffered by the middle and working classes…” (Michael Luo and Michael Cooper, “Focus Shifts To S. Carolina For Romney And Rivals,” The New York Times, 1/17/08)

Gov. Huckabee Has Accused Oil Companies Of “Stealing From Absolutely The Poorest People.” “Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday night lambasted the profit levels of oil companies, saying they ‘are stealing from absolutely the poorest people.’ He also suggested the Legislature enact a uniform pay scale for school superintendents in the state.” (Michael R. Wickline, “Huckabee Lashes Out At Oil Firms Over Profits,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/28/05)

Gov. Huckabee Takes Cues From Democrat John Edwards, Waging “Class Warfare.” “Does Huckabee really believe that Reaganomics represents a philosophy of greed? … This is the rhetoric that is being religiously flogged on an hourly basis by Democrat John Edwards over on the class warfare side of the divide.” (Jeffrey Lord, “Huckabee Attacking Reaganomics,” American Spectator, 12/28/07)

Yet As Governor, Huckabee Raised Taxes On Working Families:

Gov. Huckabee Raised Taxes $883.1 Million, Cut $378 Million In Taxes, For A Net Tax Increase Of $505.1 Million. “But a review of tax legislation passed while he was governor shows a net tax increase of $505 million, a figure adjusted for inflation and economic growth, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration. … The 90 cuts reduced tax collections by $378 million, according to the Department of Finance and Administration. Meanwhile, the department counts 21 tax increases that raised collections by $883.1 million.” (Daniel Nasaw, “Gaps Led To Taxing In Huckabee Years,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/9/07)

  • The Average Arkansan Saw Their Taxes Increase Almost $1,000 Under Gov. Huckabee. “The average Arkansan’s tax burden grew from $1,969 in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 1997, to $2,902 in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2005, including local taxes.” (Daniel Nasaw, “Gaps Led To Taxing In Huckabee Years,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/9/07)

Higher Sales Tax, Higher Income Tax, Higher Gas Tax:

Gov. Huckabee Actually Stood Before the Legislature And Begged Them To Raise The Income Tax, Sales Tax, And Tobacco Tax. GOV. HUCKABEE: “There is a lot of support for a tax at the wholesale level for tobacco. That’s fine with me. I will very happily sign that… Some have suggested the retail level of tobacco. If that ends up being your preference, I will accept that. Others have suggested a surcharge on the income tax. That’s acceptable. I’m fine with that. … Others have suggested perhaps a sales tax. That’s fine. Yet others have suggested a hybrid that would collect some money from any one or combination of those various ideas… If that’s the plan that the House and Senate agree upon, then you will have nothing but my profound thanks.” (Mark Silva, “Conservatives Target A Once Tax-Happy Huckabee,” Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp Blog, 11/12/07; www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaJW7nXw30A)

  • Following His Pleas, The Legislature Passed An Income-Tax Surcharge Which Gov. Huckabee Signed. “Three days after the start of the May special session, the Legislature passed a bill that raised taxes on tobacco products and established on a 3 percent income-tax surcharge. Huckabee signed the bill into law hours later. It raised $97 million its first year in effect.” (Daniel Nasaw, “Gaps Led To Taxing In Huckabee Years,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/9/07)

“During His 10 Years As Arkansas Governor, Huckabee Supported Numerous Tax Increases.” (Andrew DeMillo, “Despite No-Tax Pledge, Huckabee Pressed By Fiscal Conservatives,” The Associated Press, 3/14/07)

“Huckabee Increased Taxes On Sales, Gasoline, Cigarettes And Nursing Homes.” “The Club for Growth, which advocates limited government and lower taxes, has repeatedly criticized Huckabee since his formation in January of a presidential exploratory committee. It notes that as governor, Huckabee increased taxes on sales, gasoline, cigarettes and nursing homes.” (Andrew DeMillo, “Despite No-Tax Pledge, Huckabee Pressed By Fiscal Conservatives,” The Associated Press, 3/14/07)

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Today on Quinn and Rose they brought up Mike Huckabee’s Billy Carter moment. There is a sound bit of Huck bragging about how in college they didn’t have much to do so they’d fry squirrels in a popcorn popper. Okay, I still can’t deal with his son, David hanging and gutting a dog at Scout camp – see here – but this is beyond sick. Ann Coulter talks a little about this in this weeks blog entry.

From Wonkette “How did we arrive at this point?”

And so it was that yesterday Mike Huckabee decided to let his redneck flag fly by announcing that he doesn’t only kill small animals for fun all the time unlike that poseur Romney, he eats them, too. Yes, in order to pander to the varmint-eaters vote, Huckabee bragged “I figured out you could put grease in a popcorn popper and heat that thing up, and you could cook anything,. So we fried squirrel.” OMG, people, is this what we’re coming to? Who is the biggest redneck Macgyver?

From LA Times:

In fact, Huckabee said, not only had he hunted varmints himself — in addition to deer, ducks, antelopes and, now, pheasants — but he also was an experienced varmint-eater, having downed his share of fried squirrel, biscuits and Coke as a college student.

“I figured out you could put grease in a popcorn popper and heat that thing up, and you could cook anything,” he said in an interview. “So we fried squirrel.”

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