September 17, 2007

Huckabee Cruises to Values Voter Win

The results of the straw poll following the first ever Values Voter Presidential Debate in Fort Lauderdale this evening are in — and the results are irrefutable: Mike Huckabee is the only candidate for values voters in 2008.

Brett and I were present at the debate tonight. Not only did Huckubee take 63 percent of the vote, but according to pre-polling of delegates he picked up almost 33 percent of the vote following his debate performance. It was truly a masterful performance.

UPDATE: You can watch the entire debate online here.

UPDATE: Here are the official results, with numbers in parentheses referring to pre-debate polling of delegates:

Mike Huckabee: 219 (119)
Ron Paul: 44 (53)
Alan Keyes: 24 (30)
Sam Brownback: 18 (26)
Fred Thompson: 15 (52)
Duncan Hunter: 13 (8)
Tom Tancredo: 7 (8)
Rudy Guiliani: 4 (16)
John Cox: 2 (1)
John McCain: 2 (13)
Mitt Romney: 0 (14)
This was not a straw poll where candidates bus in supporters — as Huckabee told us afterwards, his campaign made no effort to get delegates there to vote for him. Instead the delegates were hand-selected by forty of the top conservative leaders in the country and made their decision.

What this means is that the real winner of the debate tonight was not Huckabee, but the Values Voters block, which now has a clear candidate to rally behind.

11 comments:

Lydia T. said...

So I'm watching the Values Voter Debate and imagine my surprise to see Alex walk up and ask a question. You guys sure do get around!

Lydia T. said...

By the way, do you know where I can see the results of the vote? I just got a glimpse of it on the analysis following the debate.

Anna Naomi said...

My eyes almost popped out when I saw Alex get up to ask a question! You two sure are involved in a lot! It's great to see you all counted among the "national leaders" that asked the questions last night - may God continue to bless the Rebelution.

You all speak so well! Mom suggested that when you all are old enough, you can run for president and vice president! =)

Jim Baxter said...

Every September, I recall that is more than half a century (62 years) since I landed at Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division in the original occupation of Japan following World War II. This time every year, I have watched and listened to the light-hearted "peaceniks" and their light-headed symbolism-without-substance of ringing bells, flying pigeons, floating candles, and sonorous chanting and I recall again that "Peace is not a cause - it is an effect."

In July, 1945, my fellow 8th RCT Marines [I was a BARman] and I returned to Saipan following the successful conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa. We were issued new equipment and replacements joined each outfit in preparation for our coming amphibious assault on the home islands of Japan.

B-29 bombing had leveled the major cities of Japan, including Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Tokyo.

We were informed we would land three Marine divisions and six Army divisions, perhaps abreast, with large reserves following us in. It was estimated that it would cost half a million casualties to subdue the Japanese homeland.

In August, the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima but the Japanese government refused to surrender. Three days later a second A-bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The Imperial Japanese government finally surrendered.

Following the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese admiral said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant..." Indeed, they had. Not surprisingly, the atomic bomb was produced by a free people functioning in a free environment. Not surprisingly because the creative process is a natural human choice-making process and inventiveness occurs most readily where choice-making opportunities abound. America!

Tamper with a giant, indeed! Tyrants, beware: Free men are nature's pit bulls of Liberty! The Japanese learned the hard way what tyrants of any generation should know: Never start a war with a free people - you never know what they may invent!

As a newly assigned member of a U.S. Marine intelligence section, I had a unique opportunity to visit many major cities of Japan, including Tokyo and Hiroshima, within weeks of their destruction. For a full year I observed the beaches, weapons, and troops we would have assaulted had the A-bombs not been dropped. Yes, it would have been very destructive for all, but especially for the people of Japan.

When we landed in Japan, for what came to be the finest and most humane occupation of a defeated enemy in recorded history, it was with great appreciation, thanksgiving, and praise for the atomic bomb team, including the aircrew of the Enola Gay. A half million American homes had been spared the Gold Star flag, including, I'm sure, my own.

Whenever I hear the apologists expressing guilt and shame for A-bombing and ending the war Japan had started (they ignore the cause-effect relation between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki), I have noted that neither the effete critics nor the puff-adder politicians are among us in the assault landing-craft or the stinking rice paddies of their suggested alternative, "conventional" warfare. Stammering reluctance is obvious and continuous, but they do love to pontificate about the Rights that others, and the Bomb, have bought and preserved for them.

The vanities of ignorance and camouflaged cowardice abound as license for the assertion of virtuous "rights" purchased by the blood of others - those others who have borne the burden and physical expense of Rights whining apologists so casually and self-righteously claim.

At best, these fakers manifest a profound and cryptic ignorance of causal relations, myopic perception, and dull I.Q. At worst, there is a word and description in The Constitution defining those who love the enemy more than they love their own countrymen and their own posterity. Every Yankee Doodle Dandy knows what that word is.

In 1945, America was the only nation in the world with the Bomb and it behaved responsibly and respectfully. It remained so until two among us betrayed it to the Kremlin. Still, this American weapon system has been the prime deterrent to earth's latest model world- tyranny: Seventy years of Soviet collectivist definition, coercion, and domination of individual human beings.

The message is this: Trust Freedom. Remember, tyrants never learn. The restriction of Freedom is the limitation of human choice, and choice is the fulcrum-point of the creative process in human affairs. As earth's choicemaker, it is our human identity on nature's beautiful blue planet and the natural premise of man's free institutions, environments, and respectful relations with one another. Made in the image of our Creator, free men choose, create, and progress - or die.

Free men should not fear the moon-god-crowd oppressor nor choose any of his ways. Recall with a confident Job and a victorious David, "Know ye not you are in league with the stones of the field?"

Semper Fidelis
Jim Fletch Baxter
Sgt. USMC
WW II and Korean War

Job 5:23 Proverbs 3:31 I Samuel 17:40
http://www.choicemaker.net/

VOTE HUCK ! He's The Man! jfb

Anonymous said...

Could Dobson endorse Huckabee??

Please go read this and then go and voice your disapproval here.

Spread the word.

Anonymous said...

Huckabee on The O'Reilly Factor?

The groundwork has been laid. Let's make it happen.

Spread the word.

Isaac Harris said...

Haha Anna. They'll have to do rock-paper-scissors to decide who gets to be president. :D

Matthew J. said...

I just found your blog because Chuck Norris linked to you. I can't believe I just said that. How cool is that? Anyway, good stuff. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

http://arkansaswatch.blogspot.com/2007/10/huckabee-switches-brands-of-jesus-juice.html
Huckabee Switches Brands of "Jesus Juice" on Illegal Immigration
Which of these politicians from Hope is willing to blatantly lie to you? (Hint: Its a trick question, as this article will make clear)
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Morning News reporter Doug Thompson wrote in 2006 "Gov. Mike Huckabee Thursday denounced a bill by Sen. Jim Holt that would deny state benefits to illegal immigrants as un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life." In the same article, Huckabee also said,"If they're using a fake Social Security number, they're paying Social Security taxes and will never receive any benefit. It would be closer to the truth to say they're subsidizing Joe McCutchen and Jim Holt more than the other way around." and this jewel, "Something that's not worth sharing is not worth celebrating. This is the kind of country that opens its doors. This bill expresses an un-American attitude."

Huckabee further described the bill (similar to a measure already passed in Arizona by the voters as prop 200) to deny public benefits to persons in this country illegally as "inflamatory, race-baiting and demagoguery". When told that the bill's sponsor (former Senator Jim Holt) was also a Christian, Huckabee famously and irreverently replied "I drink a different kind of Jesus juice".

As almost his last act in the Governor's mansion, Huckabee took $10,000 of the taxpayer's money from the Governor's Emergency Fund and gave it to the government of Mexico in order to facilitate the construction of their consulate in Little Rock.

Fast forward to October 2007. Mike Huckabee is close to breaking into the first tier of Republican Presidential Contenders. He is close to persuading the bulk of Christian Conservative leaders in the South to get behind him. There is one problem. Those people and their constituents see the illegal immigration issue the way Holt did, and would rule out Huckabee as a candidate if they knew his actual position on the issue. So he does a 180. He tells them the exact opposite of what he has been telling people when he was the Governor of Arkansas. Here is what he said at the Value Voters conference (in which he came a close 2nd to Romney)....

"We need to make it clear that we will say no to amnesty, and no to sanctuary cities, and no to the idea that there can be some complete ignoring of the fact that our laws have been broken," he said. "I do not blame those who want to come here. I blame our government for sitting on its hands for over twenty years and letting this problem get completely out of hand. Build a border fence, secure the border, and do it now," Huckabee implored.

He got a standing ovation from the crowd when he accused the government of making it more difficult for the average American to get on an airplane in their own home town than it is for an illegal alien to get across an international border.

And on Huckabee's website the "kind of country that opens its doors" talk is absent. His new message is....

* My number one priority is to secure America’s border.
* We have to know who is coming into our country, where they are going, and why they are here. We need a fence along our border with Mexico, electronic in some places, and more highly-trained border agents.
* Those who are caught trying to enter illegally must be detained, processed, and deported.
* Illegal immigrants already living among us who commit crimes must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and incarcerated or deported.

In a move that is Clintonesque in its brazeness and shamelessness, at the same conference Huckabee took a swipe at Romney for flip-flopping!: "It's important that a person doesn't have more positions on issues than Elvis had waist sizes."

When questioned by OneNewsNow reporter Jim Brown if the remark was aimed at Romney, Huckabee responded by saying he "was simply mentioning that one of the things we look for is consistency, and consistency is a good indication of authenticity. I do believe those are qualities that people want in a leader."
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It seems that Mike Huckabee has switched to Holt's brand of "Jesus Juice", at least until after the election.
posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Sunday, October 21, 2007

see www.arkansasfreedom.com for more details on Huckabee the Huckster’s history.

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