Tax Hike Mike

Huckabee likes the idea of using force to advance ideas

I know this comes as no surprise to many of you, but apparently, good old Tax Hike Mike Huckabee is so enthralled with the idea of freedom and constitutional principles that he seems to like the idea of forcing people at gunpoint to listen to often discredited “historian” David Barton.  From a piece at Huffington Post:

But the most outrageous statement by far came from Mike Huckabee, who expressed his admiration for Barton by saying that he “almost wished” that “all Americans would be forced — forced at gunpoint no less — to listen to every David Barton message.”

Yes, yes, I know.  Most of you automatically discount Huffington Post information on general principle.  I also know he said he “almost wished” rather than “wished”.  However, keep in mind that “almost wished” means he at least entertained the possibility of doing just that, even as a fantasy.

Forced at gunpoint?  To listen to a guy who has attributed quotes to the Founding Fathers that supposedly support his position without evidence they even said them?  Yeah, I don’t see any problem with that.

Of course, I’m forced to wonder what someone like Huckabee would do if they actually had absolute political power.  So far, this is not a thought that gives me tingles inside by any means.

GOP Presidential debate pushed back

Due to the lack of candidate annoucing early for the next presidential election cycle, a debate sponsored by NBC and Politico that was originally planned for early May at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library has been pushed back to September 14th:

The first GOP presidential primary debate of the cycle has been pushed back from May to September.

The Ronald Reagan Foundation announced Wednesday that the debate will take place on Sept. 14.

The decision was made due to the lack of candidates who have taken tangible steps toward running for president. In addition, hardly any candidates had committed to attending the debate.

“Although there will be a long and impressive list of Republican candidates who eventually take the field, too few have made the commitment thus far for a debate to be worthwhile in early May,” John Heubusch, the Reagan Foundation’s executive director, said in a statement, according to NBC. “The Reagan Foundation’s first Republican presidential primary debate will move to the fall, allowing enough time for the full slate of candidates to participate.”

You can’t have a debate without candidates. Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain have formed exploratory committees. Gary Johnson is expected to formally announce his campaign next month (he’ll skip the exploratory phase). Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Tax Hike Mike Huckabee, Haley Barbour and others have played coy about their plans for 2012.

No leader in GOP race

Blogs all over the conservative blogosphere are all chattering about the unprecedented fact that there is no GOP leader for the party’s presidential nomination.  Apparently, there is usually a front runner at this point and that front runner ultimately wins out, at least according to Gallup.

Of course, Ed Morrissey offers this tidbit:

Interestingly, the sequence has two anomalies.  John McCain trailed Rudy Giuliani by 17 points in Gallup polling at this point in 2007, but ended up outlasting everyone to get the nomination.  In 1979, Reagan only had a five-point lead over Gerald Ford, which recalls the discomfort of the GOP establishment with Reagan even after Ford’s futile attempts to hold office in 1976.

Otherwise, the history of the GOP in open cycles is to give the nomination to the candidate perceived to be next it line.  But in this year, that could describe all three of the candidates leading the polling so far.  Huckabee and Romney finished second and third in 2008′s primaries in delegates, and Palin ran on the ticket.  However, more and more people wonder whether Huckabee or Palin will actually run — and whether Romney will suffer as a result[.]

The truth of the matter is that the GOP of today has been shaped (some would say warped) by the Tea Party, possibly to such an extent that historical trends may well be meaningless.

Morrissey is dead on about the indecision of Palin and Huckabee impacting the polling numbers.  Some will back them if they announce but won’t commit without that announcement.  That will throw things in almost any direction though.

Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 22nd

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Monday, February 21st

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

Obama outpaces GOP candidates, Paul performs better than Trump

As President Barack Obama continues to move to the center as he begins to launch his bid for re-election, polling indicates that he leads potential Republican opponents - though he is still vulnerable:

Republican chances of taking down Obama are going to depend a lot on the type of candidate the party puts forward. Tested against a generic Republican we find Obama tied at 47%. When you ask about a couple more specific types of GOP candidates though the numbers move in different directions. Against a generic moderate Republican candidate Obama actually trails by 2 points at 46-44. But when you ask voters whether they’d go for Obama or a Tea Party conservative Republican he leads by 4 points at 49-45.

There’s a particularly large difference in how independents lean depending on the type of nominee the GOP ends up going with- they prefer a moderate Republican over Obama by 7 points, but they prefer Obama over a Tea Party style GOPer by 5 points. There’s no doubt Republican chances of defeating Obama will be best with a centrist. Whether the party base is really going to be willing to sacrifice some ideological purity to get that candidate is another question.

He may be tied with a generic Republican but Obama leads against all of the named candidates in this poll. He has a 3 point advantage over Mike Huckabee at 47-44, a 5 point one over Mitt Romney at 46-41, a 9 point one over Newt Gingrich at 49-40, a 9 point one also over Ron Paul at 48-39, a 12 point one over Sarah Palin at 52-40, a 14 point one over Jeb Bush at 50-36, and a 14 point one over Donald Trump at 48-34.

Part of the problem is nearly every candidate is viewed negatively by voters. If only “Generic Republican” could run in 2012.

CPAC 2011 straw poll results

For the second year in a row, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) won the CPAC presidential straw poll. According to organizers of CPAC, more than 11,000 people attended this year’s conference, with 3,742 of them casting ballots in the straw poll (also a record number).

Here are the results of the straw poll. You can see last year’s results here:

  • Ron Paul: 30%
  • Mitt Romney: 23%
  • Gary Johnson: 6%
  • Chris Christie: 6%
  • Newt Gingrich: 5%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 4%
  • Michele Bachmann: 4%
  • Mitch Daniels: 4%
  • Sarah Palin: 3%
  • Herman Cain: 2%
  • Mike Huckabee: 2%
  • Rick Santorum: 2%
  • John Thune: 2%
  • Jon Huntsman: 1%
  • Haley Barbour: 1%
  • Other: 5%
  • Undecided: 1%

Other highlights from the straw poll:

Tax Hike Mike leads in early Iowa poll

Despite some strong signs of support in New Hampshire and holding a slight lead among Republicans nationally, Mitt Romney is trailing Tax Hike Mike Huckabee in an early poll of likely participants in the Iowa caucuses, according to a survey released yesterday by Strategic National.

Here are the results:

  • Mike Huckabee: 27.56%
  • Mitt Romney: 18.54%
  • Sarah Palin: 12.44%
  • Newt Gingrich: 12.20%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 4.39%
  • Michele Bachmann: 3.66%
  • John Thune: 1.95%
  • Rick Santorum: 0.98%
  • Haley Barbour: 0.24%
  • Other/Undecided: 18.05%

It looks like Rep. Michele Bachmann’s visit to Iowa has gotten her some attention, but it’s unlikely to get any real traction for a serious presidential bid. And though he did poorly in this poll, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is making plans to visit South Carolina Republicans to discuss a presidential bid.

Rasmussen: Romney holds small lead among possible 2012 candidates

On the heels of the first straw poll for 2012, Rasmussen is out with new polling in the 2012 Republican primary for president that shows Mitt Romney will a small lead over Sarah Palin and Tax Hike Mike Huckabee in a limited field of seven possible candidates.

  • Mitt Romney: 24%
  • Sarah Palin: 19%
  • Mike Huckabee: 17%
  • Newt Gingrich: 11%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 6%
  • Ron Paul: 4%
  • Mitch Daniels: 3%
  • Other: 6%
  • Not sure: 10%

None of this means anything right now. We’re going to spend the next several months going over the faults of each candidates, why they can win or why they can’t. But Rasmussen, with it’s Republican-leaning bent, gives us a good idea of what GOP voters are thinking right now.

Mike Huckabee: Nanny-Statist

Over at the Washington Examiner, Mark Hemingway reminds us that Tax Hike Mike Huckabee believes in a very active nanny-state as the likely-candidate for president is defending First Lady Michelle Obama’s support of regulations to combat childhood obesity:

Just as a reminder, Mike Huckabee is no conservative when it comes to using the federal government to regulate what we eat. Here’s what he wrote on page 64 of his book, From Hope to Higher Ground:

There are those who believe that America cannot break or shake its addiction to fried, sugary or over-salted foods. These people believe that we are incapable of shifting our unhealthy culture, which is making us fatter, unhealthier, and more likely to die prematurely. History shows that we can, in fact, help Americans to change, not by force-feeding them government restrictions or requirements but by first changing the attitudes and atmosphere in which we live. Eventually, having shifted public opinion, we can solidify the attitude and atmospheric changes with government actions that define the will of the majority.

Emphasis added. I don’t know how one can say that we shouldn’t “force-feed” restrictions and then claim we need “government actions that define the will of the majority” in the same breath. Either way, I think Huck’s thinking here about the role of goverment is awfully muddled and certainly won’t instill confidence among conservatives.

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