Jewish Dems, Thinking Ahead, Slam Huckabee / James Besser in Washington
Some political analysts say former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the man to watch as a slew of contenders for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination fight for support from the important evangelical wing of the party.
Apparently the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) agrees; this week the partisan group leveled a broadside against the former Baptist preacher.
According to NJDC leader Ira Forman, Huckabee is “way out of the mainstream,” which is why he may be emerging as the “new favorite candidate” of the religious right.
Polls show Huckabee running well behind the GOP frontrunners, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
But both have problems with Christian conservatives – Giuliani because of his past support for abortion and gay rights, Romney because of his Mormon faith. The affable Huckabee is expected to do well with that segment, especially if a strong finish in the early Iowa caucuses convinces GOP big givers to shift their giving to his campaign.
A week after failing to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP legislation, House Members will vote on a revised version of the legislation today, hoping to secure the extra votes needed for an override this time around. As expressed on TalkingPointsMemo:
As before, the bill would add would $35 billion over five years to the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The program, which now covers 6 million children, would enroll 4 million more. The increase would be paid for with a 61-cent increase in the federal excise tax on a pack of cigarettes, which Bush opposes. Under the revisions, the program would exclude families earning more than three times the federal poverty rate. Low-income childless adults, which some states cover, would be phased out in one year. And states would have to be more rigorous in checking the validity of applicants' Social Security numbers, an effort to exclude illegal immigrants.
It is truly baffling that the expansion of SCHIP legislation has become such a long and drawn out process. Isn't it about time that the political games cease and Congress compromises on a plan that works for the millions of children who need health care? Although it seems like a pretty generic argument, it is hard to believe that this administration could cost a projected $2.4 trillion to tax payers on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a compromise can not be reached on such vital legislation at home.
During the Republican debate, Mike Huckabee said he believes one of the defining issues facing the country is the sanctity of human life. Arguing that the issue is of historical importance, he invoked the Declaration of Independence's rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and said that most of the signers of the declaration were clergymen.
Not even close.
Only one of the 56 was an active clergyman, and that was John Witherspoon. Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister and president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
In an under-the-radar interview that aired on CNN Friday night (Oct. 19), conservative talk show host Glenn Beck asked Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee about current events in the Middle East. Then came the payoff question about Armageddon, and Huckabee delivered the ministerial money shot for values voters everywhere:
BECK: You're a biblical guy. You're a preacher. Do you believe we are possibly facing "End Times" scenarios with any of the events that we're seeing?
HUCKABEE: You know, every generation has thought that they were, and we could be, but we don't ever act like, "OK, this is it," so we just sit back and coast and ride it out until the end. We always act as if it could be today, but we also plan as if it could be 100,000 years from now.
With NBC reporting that "Huckabee has become an increasingly buzzworthy candidate in recent days -- with his warm reception at the Values Voter conference, a solid performance at the FOX debate, and the endorsement of roundhouse-kick-to-the-face expert and actor Chuck Norris" we here at NJDC Blog thought it worthwile to repost our August 13 blog entry about Huckabee.
The following was originally posted on 8/13/07:
The rise of Huckabee should be a major concern both for Republicans (who now have another very failed candidate as their potential nominee) and for Democrats (who should be concerned whenever an extreme candidate gets a whiff of the Presidency).
“He’s using the trappings of the governor’s office to get everything he can, and the sad part of it is, I honestly believe he does not see anything wrong with this,” said Kerns, a retired lawyer for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like ‘ethics’ is a foreign word to him.”
Let's hope he never has the opportuntiy to "use the trappings" of the White House to do the same.
“Trent Lott was really despondent after the hurricane hit, had a lot of property damage, but the thing he was most concerned about, was that it destroyed his entire library -- both books. And Trent wasn’t even finished coloring one of them.”