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Huckabee and the Fear of His Ability to Win

Our recent article about the rise of Huckabee nationally, and the Republican party’s fear of his ability to win, is just the beginning of a political shift in the country. Mainstream America is sick and tired of politicians selling them down the river, negative campaigning, and politics as usual – Huckabee stands out as someone bucking the system. From our previous article, one commenter called him a socialist, another basically said he’s a lock for the nomination.

Both are wrong.

Part of Huckabee’s appeal is that he’s not a business-as-usual candidate. He hasn’t gone negative, and his message appeals to voters. His final standing in the nomination process is likely to come down to money – the more he has, the farther he’ll go. If he can match Romney’s millions ($17.5 million of which came from Romney himself), he’ll likely be able to go toe-to-toe with answers for Romney’s attacks, already called “false and misleading”.

The real issue isn’t Huckabee himself, it’s the message people are tired of politics as usual and want a change in attitude. Democrats were elected to end involvement in Iraq and failed to do so; after a change of leadership in Congress, has anyone on Main Street noticed a change? Likely not. People are tired of the political fighting and negativity – it’s time for a positive message, and not more of old “I feel your pain”.
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Media Analysis of Election Coverage – Who’s Fair and Balanced?

The Center for Media and Public Affairs released an analysis of Election news coverage. It turns out if you want the most balanced news, you’ll watch FOX NewsChannel. They rate almost 50-50 split positive/negative coverage on both Republicans and Democrats. The major networks were not nearly so balanced, treating Republicans more negative than Democrats.
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Hunger in Oregon – A Christmas Request

Our normal focus is on politics, but as any reader knows part of Constitutional Conservatism is charity and taking care of your fellow man. At this time of year, one of the worst ignored problems is people who don’t have enough food; while most of us worry about buying the right presents, some just worry about feeding their family.

This ought not to be, and we have the power to improve the situation.

Oregon ranks as one of the worst in the country for what’s called “food insecurity” (better known as hunger), and in Oregon one of the worst areas is Linn County. An organization helping in this area is Linn Benton Food Share, serving both Linn and Benton Counties in Oregon.

Another part of Constitutional Conservatism is personal responsibility; you must be careful your charity dollars are used most effectively. Linn Benton Food Share received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator (a group which rates charities), and has for the last four evaluations. In short, that places them in the top 4% of charities rated by Charity Navigator.

They are not a United Way agency, so most of their support comes from individuals. They can use money, volunteer time, or you can work with a food drive. Whether you support them or another charity group, please remember the downtrodden in our society and help out. Nobody in this nation should go hungry.

Merry Christmas, and God bless you.

Is Huckabee for Real?

GOP Maverick Breaks with Republican Elites

Huckabee’s surge in Iowa and nationally sends shock waves through Republican establishments as a new editorial in the Washington Post by EJ Dionne describes the Washington establishment paranoia about Huckabee.

The Huckabee surge represents a break with what has been standard operating procedure within the GOP for more than a generation.

Romney appears to be the Republican Elite pick for the nomination, but his flip-flopping is legendary, as various reports demonstrate. He was pro-choice before he was against it (even donating money and appearing at a planned parenthood rally). He wanted to be a bigger supporter of gay rights than Ted Kennedy – until he changed his mind. He and his father marched with MLK – but only in his dreams. And on and on. (Cue the theme song from the old TV show flipper…)

Romney’s flip-flops make John Kerry look like Mount Rushmore. No matter what side of an issue you’re on, you can count on Romney to support it, and be against it. The country rejected John Kerry in part because of his infamous flip-flops – and Mr. Romney is orders of magnitude worse.

Romney’s supporters say he’s just changing positions as new information comes to light, and he’s growing as a candidate should. Really? Look at the latest flip-flop about how he was with his father when he marched with MLK; the only problem is it never happened, as reported by CNN.

During his recent speech on faith, the former Massachusetts governor told his audience how he had witnessed his father, George Romney, marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Romney repeated the claim that his father, who was the governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, had marched with King on NBC’s Meet the Press last weekend …
But Romney never did witness his father march with King, as the campaign now acknowledges.

He’s flipped on abortion, gay-rights, and now historical events.

Romney has his millions and the support of Republican Elites. As the SS Romney takes on water and begins to list to the side will he be able to patch the holes with his millions and buy the presidency? His attack ads against Huckabee have been labeled “Misleading and false” (see references); he’s gone negative in the campaign in part to stem Huckabee’s surge, and in part to take the focus off his infamous flips and flops.

“If it was all about the money”, Huckabee said recently, “then we might as well put the presidency up on eBay”

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Select Your Presidential Candidate

Here’s something interesting – a web site which asks your views on 10 or so questions, then matches your results with the views of the presidential candidates giving you a rating score for each one. We don’t know how accurate it is, but it’s interesting anyway.

Select a Candidate

Romney’s Attack Ad False and Misleading

As Mitt Romney’s campaign continues to take on water, he’s gone negative in his battle to regain the top spot. But negative attacks can work for or against a candidate, and in this case we wonder what the effect could be since reports now come in Romney’s ads are not exactly correct. Of course, bending the truth is an art form in politics, but as Mr. Romney is known as a flip-flopper already, does he really want to be known as a flip-flopper on the truth? From Newsweek:

Romney attacks Huckabee again with false and misleading claims.

Romney launched another negative ad in Iowa this week, where the Republican presidential candidate has been battling the new front-runner, Huckabee.

The ad says Romney “got tough on drugs like meth” while governor of Massachusetts, but the legislation he supported never passed, and his state’s laws are much weaker than Arkansas’. Convicted meth dealers face both minimum and maximum prison terms in Arkansas that are four times longer than those in Massachusetts.

The ad misrepresents news articles, implying that they supported Romney’s actions as governor when that’s not what the news organizations said. One article, in fact, gave critical views of Romney’s refusal to issue a pardon.

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Congress Outlaws Light Bulbs

Passed in the recent Energy Bill the Democrats passed and the President signed is a little-publicized part which outlaws incandescent light bulbs.

One portion of the bill sets new efficiency standards for appliances and will make the incandescent bulb — invented two centuries ago and improved and commercialized by Edison in the 1880s — virtually extinct by the middle of the next decade. The bill will phase out conventional incandescents, starting in 2012, with 100-watt bulbs, ultimately ceding the lighting market to more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs and light-emitting diodes

Please, think of the kids!