Friday, November 09, 2007

Will James Dobson Back Huckabee to the Hilt?

UPDATE: DOBSON HAS VIGOROUSLY DENIED THAT AN ENDORSEMENT IS IN THE WORKS

Word is coming out that Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson is about to come out for Mike Huckabee in a strong way. Huckabee just snagged the endorsement of AFA President Don Wildmon.

Of course these endorsements are "personal", not on behalf of the organization, but somehow the reporting at One News Now, AFAs media branch, has begun reflecting the pro-Huckabee line. Here is a biased report where they interview former State Senator Jim Holt. It starts off by saying "He claims he had serious disagreements with Huckabee when he tried to introduce legislation aimed at curbing illegal immigration".

There is no "claims" to it, bro. It is fact. Facts which are well-documented here. But I guess One News Now did not want to talk about any of that, or his record on education, or spending. The tone of the article is that the Huckster's in-state conservative enemies are only mad at him because he wants to provide health care to children! One News Now better get it straight, those in-state conservative enemies used to be his in-state conservative supporters. He earned their enemyship!

The credibility of the Christian right, that is whatever attenuated credibility these leaders have left after sticking us with Bush, is at stake.

27 Comments:

Anonymous c.b. said...

Mark,
While I respect all of your reasons for opposing Huck (and I understand that my decision to support him may affect my perspective), I sometimes wish you had at least as bad a vendetta against some of these other liberal-incognito GOP candidates. We have perhaps the most liberal field of candidates ever, with many of them, in my opinion, much more liberal than Huckabee, yet 50%(I'm guessing) of your posts slam Huckabee. I would also think that most of the people who visit a blog called Arkansas Watch probably alredy know all there is to know about Huck, but with a little effort & some investigation there is MANY, MANY reasons to oppose all of these "top-Tier" candidates, despite their successful image-makeover campaigns.

This is your blog & you can post as you see fit, but I for one would like to see you spread it around a little.

Still love me???

8:12 AM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

c.b.,

This is a liberal field we have to choose from, but you would have a hard time convincing me the Huckster is anymore conservative than Giuliani.

Mark,

I agree with c.b. in that your willingness to slam Huck at every opportunity does get a little old. Could we throw some of that anger toward Ron Paul?

12:39 PM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with c.b. and rick sort of.

It does seem to me like there is a lot of bitterness. More than what ought to be considering the sorry field we have. Never productive.

You could at least do something that would help Ron Paul, like:

12 Million To Win!

1:12 PM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is great, but I never tire of seeing that liberal phony Huckabee exposed, because he's so good at suckering conservatives into supporting him.

3:14 PM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

Heads-up...
Huckabee was on the Rudy Guiliani Radi..... I'm sorry, the Sean Hannity Radio show today and he said the rumor about Dobson's endorsement wasn't true. Well, actually he said that Dr. Dobson wasn't ready to do that, so that could mean they weren't happy with the leak or it could be bogus. Then again it could have been a trial balloon. I guess time will tell.

It sure was specific for it not to be true.... Iowa Rally, bus tour, & radio appearance...... & supposed sources from both Dobson's people & Huck's Camp.

4:34 PM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

Rick,
Come on your boy marches in Gay pride rallies, Supported cutting babies out of the womb(until he started running for Pres.), Supports heavy gun control, & like others is WEAK on immigration (despite his recent rhetoric).
His only strong point is on crime & possibly fiscal policies, but I don't hear anything from him or anybody else that convinces me that they will truly take on this ever bloating government. He is merely a status-quo-George Bush candidate that happens to be dead wrong on vitually every social issue.

I have big problems with Huckabee on Big Gov. issues but when it comes to being liberal..... he's not even in Rudy's class.

4:44 PM, November 09, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

c.b.

smooches and hugs, but it is your ability to defend your candidate's record with fact and logic that will shut me up, and naught but that. It is not your fault that he does not give you much to work with (outside of two issues) but it is your fault that he is your candidate!

I don't get the idea that I should throw some negativity towards Paul. Why? To be "fair"? What has Paul done that is so negative? It would be like having two kids, one who broke 8 out of 10 house rules and the other who broke none. Should I punish the one who broke none once in a while just to be "fair"?

I will critisize Paul where he deserves it, but pray tell where is that? What issue is he so wrong on and why? The guy is a home run on every issue I care about.

Now I admit there are other candidates that are worse than Huckabee, and Rudy is one of them (sorry Rick), but this is Arkansas Watch and the focus is on stories with Arkansas angles. I don't think a lot of Arkansans know about some of the things we discuss on Huckabee, or maybe they knew but need a reminder. For the first six months I think I did 100% Arkansas related stuff. Huckabee's record is here, he is in a surge right now, and I have personal experience with how he operates. Also, he appeals to the group I consider myself in- the Christian Right. Those are the reasons he is getting a lot more press here than, say, Fraud Thompson.

Hillary is the other candidate from Arkansas, and despite the fact I write mostly for the right I have pounded on her candidacy pretty hard too.

7:54 PM, November 09, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=206375

And there is a piece that DESTROYS Mitt Romney. Why didn't I start a new thread on it? Because almost no one around here is backing him anyway and I doubt it would draw any interest om this site.

8:05 PM, November 09, 2007  
Blogger Curious George said...

Thanks for the info. It seems our blog is getting a tremendous amount of national attention but not much in the state. I'll post that over at the The Banana Republic of Arkansas.

9:09 PM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

Mark,

Ron Paul is an isolationist. He is wrong on the issue of the Iraq war. We cannot surrender in Iraq. It would be a huge mistake and make us weak.
Ron Paul also comes across as a nut. I realize its not his policies as much as style, but as you know in politics perception is everything.

c.b.,

I think I have made it clear on this site that I don't like any of the choices we have. My support for Rudy is weak at best but I see nobody else who is more conservative. Being conservative is far more than social issues like homosexual marriage and abortion, and I do believe the murder of innocent babies is probably the most important.
If you look at Rudy's record in N.Y. he did a great job. Abortions declined while he was mayor. He is promising to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court, no doubt he will cut taxes and spending as he did in N.Y. He will be tough in the war on terror.
Rudy cleaned up the porn shops in New York, that I believe is a conservative issue, and made it a safe city again by fighting crime.
Rudy is just as conservative as the Huckster in my opinion.

5:22 AM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick,
Ron Paul isn't a nut unless you think it's nuts to go back to the Constitution. If you do, then that says more about you than Ron Paul. He's not an isolationist, that's a smear. He's quite the believer in free trade. He just doesn't want to start wars with people who didn't attack us. Novel concept.

Dr. Paul knows that we can't solve every problem overnight, but he's the ONLY candidate who will take us down the right road. The rest will keep us going down the dead end street we've been on for decades.

5:40 AM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rudy failed his city on 9/11, and it cost hundreds of firemen their lives. Talk to their families about how great Rudy was for NY.

6:01 AM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

Anon,

If you go back and read my comment you will find I said, "Ron Paul also comes across as a nut. I realize its not his policies as much as style, but as you know in politics perception is everything".
What I find interesting is how touchy you Paulites are when its even perceived the man is being called a nut. That is very telling don't you think?

10:28 AM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Semantics, Rick. Indeed, you proved it by your last question.

Curious how you could look past Bush's verbal bumbling through two elections. He makes Paul sound like Ronald Reagan in Berlin by comparison.

Seriously, Paul is actually quite pleasant to listen to, and his straightforward message is a refreshing change to the spinning and tedious political posturing of most of the other candidates.

12:59 PM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

Anon,

Lets get serious here. He will be lucky to pull 10% and the biggest part of that will be left wing anti Bush nut jobs.
Who are you going to support once Paul isn't in the picture?

2:19 PM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul really needs to pull up to 5% so he can participate in the debate on Nov. 5. I figure 12 million buckeroos might pull that off.

5:29 PM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

Anon,
I really hope he can stay in the debates. He certainly adds something.
Any candidate who can raise 4 million in one day via the internet is pulling support from somewhere. The big question is where.

5:58 PM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant Dec 5, not Nov 5. My bad. Sorry about that, glad you didn't clown me for it.

10:12 PM, November 10, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Remember that most of these polls who ask "likely Republican voters (or caucus-goers) are asking folks from the list of those who voted in the GOP primary in 06. That is, the group they poll is taken from the 24% of the population that still approves of the job that GW Bush is doing.

Ron Paul represents the other 76% of the population, including the far right who are disgusted with globalist nanny-state policies of the Clinton-Bush administration.

RP is going to have a hard time breaking 5% in a poll taken from a group of people which is designed to exclude his core supporters, the youngest of which have never voted in a primary before.

What do you think Bush would poll in a Minuteman meeting? Those guys are "likely Republican voters" but Bush would not get 5% there. If eligible for re-election, should HE be excluded from the debates?

6:07 AM, November 11, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

It is completely absurd to exclude the candidate with the highest single day fund-raising, who is the 2nd highest in raised cash on hand, and who has the most individual donors in your party. The guy clearly has significant support.

6:08 AM, November 11, 2007  
Anonymous gsm0519 said...

Recently, after having been a supporter of Fred Thompson I have come to believe that what this country needs is a RADICAL change in policy. The fact of the matter is that there is only one current candidate that will return us to the CONSTITUTION- and that candidate is Ron Paul. Many of the issues we hold so dearly (Abortion, Traditional Marriage) can be handled much more easily if we just simply return to what the Constitution says. I would never in a Million years thought of myself as a Ron Paul supporter, but here I am.
Each candidate has strength's and weaknesses, Huckabee has been a good Pro-Life Governor, but fails terrible when it comes to Illegal immigration. Rudy was a good leader in NYC, but fails on Abortion and Marriage, Romney says one thing one week and something else the next, but enacted good taxes policies while Governor of MASS. But the only candidate that continaully pulls us back to the constitution is RON PAUL.

6:35 AM, November 11, 2007  
Anonymous Rick said...

Mark,

Do you believe most of Ron Paul supporters are young and didn't vote on '06? Younger people are the least likely to show up to vote on election day. Do you think this would be the case for Paul or is there enough enthusiasm to carry them to the polls?

10:10 AM, November 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you, GSM! It's time to stop crossing our fingers every election hoping we don't get too badly abused by the next president. It's time to actually start fixing the problems that the panderers seem to like to keep around so that they can scare us every election cycle.

New promises from flip-floppers and CFR sellouts don't cut it for me!

1:09 PM, November 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of credibility, how much does NRTL have left after endorsing Thompson?

5:48 PM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Paul's voters tend younger, but it is clear that they are the motivated ones this year. He must lead the league in "broken glass" supporters.

6:57 PM, November 12, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

Anony,
Did you catch Fraud Thompson on "Meet the De-Pressed" with Tim Russert Sunday?
If you really want your head to spin go to their website & watch the video of Fred stating he does not support the GOP platform on abortion, doesn't support a Life Amendment, & don't think that abortion should be "criminalized". Then imagine the very next day the NRTL leaks that it will endorse him????
We must live in a parallel universe! What does it take to be pro-choice anymore????

8:40 PM, November 12, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

Actually I think his actual quote was something like this....
"I,I,I,I don't thin.. Well, uh,uh,uh it's a complex issu..there, there's no reas..I,I have always uh,uh, my voting record is,is,is, pro-life but,but you shouldn't criminalize something, somebod, someone that, that happens to disagree with,with, uh,uh, Fred Thompson."

You get the point.

8:48 PM, November 12, 2007  

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