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Mike Huckabee on the Jahi McMath case

Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighed in over the weekend on the case of the late Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who died after surgery last month at Children’s Hospital Oakland.

http://youtu.be/tG5IttDjqPI

“Look I’m not a neurologist and I wouldn’t pretend to know the level – if any – of Jahi’s brain function,” Huckabee said.

That’s where he should’ve stopped, although he’d already uncorked some blatant falsehoods even before that point.

This girl is dead. Not in a coma. Not in a persistent vegetative state. She’s dead, rest her soul.

This is not just the opinion of doctors at the hospital at which she underwent her surgery; a pediatric neurologist from Stanford University agreed she’s dead. The Alameda County Coroner has issued a death certificate.

Her family isn’t protecting her life; her life has ended. They aren’t trying to save their daughter; she’s beyond saving. “Whose life is it?” Huckabee asks – it’s nobody’s life, because Jahi McMath is dead.

Medicine isn’t a matter of faith or opinion – it’s a matter of science. Once there’s no activity in the brain or brain stem, it doesn’t spontaneously start again. Sanctity-of-life arguments only make sense when life is at stake.

Surely Huckabee isn’t advocating that every dead person whose grieving relatives can’t let go must be kept hooked up to machines indefinitely at their request; that would be a fiscal impossibility, an absolute abdication of medical ethics, and a travesty of human dignity.

For Huckabee – a politician and commentator who said last month that God hasn’t yet told him whether to run for president again in 2016, and who some believe is welcoming such speculation for other reasons – to insert himself into this debate constitutes reprehensible pandering. For him to connect it to issues like abortion and the Holocaust borders on immorality.

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How about ‘Romney-Huckabee 2012?’

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has recorded a commercial taking other Republican candidates to task for attacking Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital of downsizing companies:

http://youtu.be/36-WCEYVYQM

I post this less for its content than for what it may portend: I’ve been saying for a while now that Huckabee looks like a strong contender for the vice presidential slot on a Romney ticket.

Huckabee, 56, finished first in Iowa in 2008 – and with a stronger performance than Romney’s this year – due to his strong bona fides with evangelical Christian conservatives, exactly the electorate Romney will need to reassure with his vice-presidential pick. He’s been building his name recognition with a weekly show on Fox News and a syndicated radio show, and building his donor network through his PAC.

By staying out of the field this year, Huckabee has kept his hands clean: There aren’t any embarrassing campaign-trail quotes to dredge up, as there would be with Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann or any of the others who’ve repeatedly hit Romney in recent months. And compared to much of this year’s field, he’s a strong, charismatic campaigner who’s likely to remain gaffe-free.

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Mike Huckabee targets DiFi in fundraising e-mail

Former 2008 Republican presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee, who’s reportedly mulling a 2012 presidential bid, targeted U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in a fundraising e-mail today.

The former Arkansas governor’s Huck PAC committee sent out an e-mail soliciting donations for its Stop Senate Democrats Fund:

California needs a conservative United States Senator. Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein has been in Washington too long and it appears she’s stopped listening to California voters – after all, you didn’t want bailouts, you didn’t want the stimulus package and you sure didn’t want Obamacare. Thanks to elected officials like Senator Feinstein you got bailouts, you got the stimulus and you got Obamacare.

Senator Feinstein like all of the Democrats up for re-election in 2012 is a large reason our nation is going bankrupt. Sadly last week, when given a chance to begin to redeem poor legislative choices, Senator Feinstein voted AGAINST the repeal of Obamacare.

Huck PAC is preparing to help conservatives win the California Senate seat and defeat other vulnerable Democrat Senators across the nation. We are asking 100 California supporters to donate this week towards this goal. Will you make a donation of $5 or more to stop Senator Feinstein and the budget-busting Democrats in Washington?

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Mike Huckabee grows his California grassroots

Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Republican presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee is beefing up his Golden State grassroots, launching a new online headquarters and a Facebook page for California volunteers he’s soliciting to his “Huck PAC,” working nationwide to elect conservatives.

“We have set a goal of registering 100 members in our headquarters by Sunday at midnight. We are 89 members away from reaching that goal. Membership is free and by joining our team of volunteers our grassroots leaders will be able to keep you informed of our efforts in California and nationally and give you the opportunity to pitch in when you can,” he wrote in the e-mail. “We have set a goal of 250 new supporters on Facebook by Sunday at midnight. If you are a Facebook user, please join today!”

The memo said news reports of the “government takeover of health care,” “repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act,” a “cap and tax” approach to climate change and energy policy, and attacks on “the Sanctity of Life” mean “conservative ideas are under assault by the Democrats in Washington.”

“Republicans are on the move and it’s time we all get involved,” he wrote.

And they’d be strong grassroots for a 2012 presidential campaign, too, wouldn’t they?

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The big lie about Obama’s ‘lipstick’ comment

I struggled with whether to even write about this, lest I lend a lie undue credence.

Yes, I called it a lie. I know politicians and reporters often avoid the “L-word” when describing false political statements, preferring to call them “spin” or “exaggerations” or “mistruths” or some other euphemism.

But this idea the McCain/Palin campaign is pushing, that Barack Obama was referring to Sarah Palin when he spoke of “putting lipstick on a pig,” is just simply a lie.

If “lie” seems too strong, and you absolutely must have a euphemism, try “tripe,” “bull” or “a load of crap.” Obama clearly was talking about McCain’s policies.

Was it inappropriate for Obama to use the “lipstick on a pig” metaphor at all? John McCain certainly didn’t think it was inappropriate when he was talking about Hillary Clinton’s health-care platform last year.

And yet, because Sarah Palin said the word “lipstick” last week and Obama said the word “lipstick” this week, McCain/Palin churned out this ad so the conservative blogosphere could tremble with outrage that Obama is so “sexist.” I got an e-mail moments ago from Mike Huckabee’s PAC:

“Last night, while on Hannity & Colmes I cut Barack Obama some slack on his reference to ‘lipstick on a pig.’ Now I personally don’t think he was referring to Gov. Palin, but if he was he should apologize immediately.”

Gee, how big of him to “cut Barack Obama some slack.” And how passive-aggressive of him to immediately suggest an apology might be in order.

Moments before Huckabee’s e-mail, I got an e-mail from McCain-Palin looking to raise funds in reaction to “the shameful attacks Senator Obama and his liberal allies have launched against our vice presidential nominee.”

Voters should realize that what’s truly shameful is lying about what was said, and then trying to raise money on the lie.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting more items to this blog challenging lies told on the campaign trail. I will try to confine myself to lies told by the campaigns themselves, not their proxies, and I will actively seek those lies on both sides of the aisle; if you have one you think I should address, feel free to tell me.

But I’ll tell you quite frankly, most of the whoppers I’ve seen in this presidential campaign so far have come from McCain/Palin, from matters of policy to political track records to made-up silliness like this “Lipstickgate.” And I will reject any accusations of partisanship leveled against me simply for setting the record straight.

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Wednesday’s RNC video highlights

Former presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

Former presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:

Former presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani:

And I’ll add vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as soon as I can find clean video…

UPDATE @ 8:26 A.M. THURSDAY: Sorry for the long delay… here we are: