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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.

“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.

Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014
Under: Mike Huckabee | 4 Comments »

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:

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.

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012
Under: 2012 presidential election, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney | 2 Comments »

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?

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011
Under: campaign finance, Dianne Feinstein, Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senate | 1 Comment »

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?

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
Under: 2008 presidential election, Mike Huckabee, Republican politics | 1 Comment »

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.

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin | No Comments »

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:

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
Under: Elections, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin | No Comments »

Obama’s ‘Committed Christian’ mailer

Take a look at this mailer the Obama campaign is sending to Kentucky voters in advance of that state’s May 20 primary:


It’s very much like a mailer Obama used in South Carolina back in January. It certainly seems to be the candidate’s attempt to dispel lingering myths about him being a Muslim, and to have socially conservative Christian Democrats rally to him.

Remember the hue and cry — per Associated Press (via CBS News), the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, USA Today and about six billion blogs — when Mike Huckabee ran this TV ad last Christmas with the cruciform image in the background?

So, were both Huckabee and Obama over the line, or one and not the other, or neither?

Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, General, Mike Huckabee | 1 Comment »

Random thoughts on Pennsylvania’s primary

senatorclinton.jpgWith only a few precincts outstanding at this hour, the Associated Press shows Hillary Clinton with 55 percent of Pennyslvania’s Democratic vote — it was a closed primary, no independents allowed — and Barack Obama with 45 percent; that’s 80 pledged delegates for Clinton, 66 for Obama, 12 more yet to be awarded.

So, the new delegate totals seem to be:

  • Obama — 1,481 pledged + 233 superdelegates = 1,714 total
  • Clinton — 1,331 pledged + 258 superdelegates = 1,589 total
  • CNN asks whether Clinton’s Pennsylvania victory came soon enough to save her candidacy: “Clinton told supporters in her victory speech that ‘the tide has turned.’ It’s more like she’s slowed the wave of momentum that appeared ready to carry Obama to the party’s nomination.”

    The win certainly seemed to have given Clinton at least some degree of financial boost; Bloomberg reports her campaign claiming to have raised $2.5 million after the polls closed last night. In context, however, not much of that will be left after she pays her debts: Obama started the month with $42.5 million available while Clinton had about $8 million on hand but $10.3 million in unpaid bills.

    obama.jpgClinton’s campaign put out a bulletin today noting “more people have voted for Hillary than any other candidate… Estimates vary slightly, but according to Real Clear Politics, Hillary has received 15,095,663 votes to Sen. Obama’s 14,973,720, a margin of more than 120,000 votes… This count includes certified vote totals in Florida and Michigan.” That would be the two states where Democratic candidates agreed not to campaign because they bucked the party’s rules by setting their primaries too early; Obama’s name wasn’t even on the ballot in Michigan. Even counting Florida but not Michigan, Obama’s still in the popular-vote lead.

    So now it’s on to the May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. Real Clear Politics’ averages of several polls shows Clinton with a slim lead in Indiana and Obama with a comfortable lead in North Carolina. Nationwide, it’s Obama by 10 percentage points. Watch for all those numbers to change somewhat as yesterday’s results sink in.

    And Time magazine says “the real winner of the Democratic race in Pennsylvania is John McCain. The most significant number coming out of Tuesday night wasn’t Clinton’s 10 point margin of victory, but 43. That’s the percentage of Clinton voters who say they would stay home or vote for McCain if Obama is the party’s nominee in November.” But that doesn’t account for the more than a quarter of Republican voters in yesterday’s election who voted against McCain, picking Ron Paul or Mike Huckabee instead. True, there wasn’t a lot of impetus for McCain supporters to flock to the polls yesterday because he’s already the presumptive nominee; still, when 27 percent of those who did show up vote against the guy, you’ve gotta wonder how many of those people will vote against him or just stay home in November.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
    Under: Barack Obama, Elections, General, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul | 1 Comment »

    John McCain’s speech to CPAC

    Shortly after Mitt Romney used his address to the Conservative Political Action Committee to announce the suspension of his presidential campaign, John McCain addressed the very same crowd, reportedly drawing both cheers and boos.

    mccain.jpgAll I ask of any American, conservative, moderate, independent, or enlightened Democrat, is to judge my record as a whole, and accept that I am not in the habit of making promises to my country that I do not intend to keep. I hope I have proven that in my life even to my critics. Then vote for or against me based on that record, my qualifications for the office, and the direction where I plainly state I intend to lead our country. If I am so fortunate as to be the Republican nominee for President, I will offer Americans, in what will be a very challenging and spirited contest, a clearly conservative approach to governing. I will make my case to voters, no matter what state they reside in, in the same way. I will not obscure my positions from voters who I fear might not share them. I will stand on my convictions, my conservative convictions, and trust in the good sense of the voters, and in my confidence that conservative principles still appeal t o a majority of Americans, Republicans, Independents and Reagan Democrats.

    Hmm, sounds almost like a nomination acceptance speech… quick, someone call Mike Huckabee!

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    Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2008
    Under: Elections, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney | 2 Comments »

    Obama leads statewide student mock vote

    Preliminary results of the 2008 MyVote California student mock election — involving more than 240,000 students from 450 middle and high schools across the state — show Barack Obama and John McCain are the picks of the next generation of voters.

    Launched in November by Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, MyVote California is a hands-on civic engagement project for high school students that culminated in the statewide mock election, held this week.

    bowen.gif“The MyVote mock election wasn’t just about taking the political pulse of California students; it was about engaging them in our democracy,” Bowen said in a news release. “I wanted to see how students would feel about issues that would directly affect their lives and their wallets, which is why MyVote included three simulated ballot initiatives dealing with issues that legislators are actually grappling with today.”

    Students received one ballot that listed all 48 of the candidates certified for this election; the students then chose only one candidate. Students had the option of voting for a candidate in any of the state’s six recognized political parties, and apparently tilted heavily toward the Democratic side.

    Barack Obama got 35.1 percent of the total presidential vote (27,845 votes, which is 55.6 percent of those who voted Democratic); Hillary Clinton got 22.5 percent of the total (17,813, or 35.6 percent of Democratic voters); and John Edwards got 3.7 percent of the total (2,945, or 5.9 percent of the Democratic voters).

    John McCain got 4.8 percent of the total vote (3,773 votes, or 29.9 percent of those voting Republican); Mike Huckabee got 3.6 percent of the total (2,822 votes, or 20.1 percent of the Republican voters); and Rudy Giuliani got 3.0 percent of the total (2,345 votes, or 15.2 percent of the Republican voters).

    The first ballot measure asked, “Should the registration fee that every car or truck owner is required to pay each year be based, in part, on the amount of pollution the vehicle emits?” The results: 45 percent (28,341) said yes, while 55 percent (34,665) said no.

    The second ballot measure asked, “Should every eligible citizen be required to vote?” The results: 40.4 percent (25,232) said yes, while 59.6 percent (37,204) said no.

    And the third ballot measure asked, “Should people who use e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging and the social networks to bully or harass others be allowed to do so as part of their constitutionally protected right to free speech?” The results: 41.4 percent (26,474) said yes, while 58.6 percent (37,529) said no.

    “Some California high school seniors will cast their first ballots next week and many more students will become voters by the November general election,” Bowen said. “The MyVote mock election gives the next generation of California voters hands-on exposure to our democracy, and I hope they’re inspired to make voting the habit of a lifetime.’’

    These preliminary results are based on returns from 280 of the 450 schools participating in MyVote. Complete Mock Election results are available on the Secretary of State’s MyVote California Web site, and will be updated as schools report their results.

    Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2008
    Under: Barack Obama, Debra Bowen, Elections, General, Hillary Clinton, Jack O'Connell, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani | 1 Comment »