Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, comments during a press conference in Dallas, Texas, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007.
Flap has been discussing Mike Huckabee’s proclivity for making statements that will guarantee a 45 state loss for the GOP in next year’s Presidential race.
- Gays in the Military: Asked about gays in the military, for example, he didn’t just reject the idea but added: “I believe to try to legitimize that which is inherently illegitimate would be a disgraceful act of government. I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”
- Saddam Hussein: When asked whether the U.S. should take any action to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Huckabee replied: “The U.S. should not kill Saddam Hussein or anyone else.” The U.S. military captured Saddam, an Iraqi court convicted him and he was hanged last December.
- The elimination of political action committees and campaign contributions from lobbyists: He also said candidates should not be allowed to receive contributions until one year before an election and said there should be limits on the amount of out-of-state money they could accept. As Arkansas governor, Huckabee formed a political action committee based in Virginia to raise money for non-federal candidates that allowed him to travel and raise his profile for a potential presidential run. The Hope for America PAC shut down earlier this year as Huckabee entered the White House race.
- Would not support any tax increases if elected to the Senate: Huckabee’s record of raising some taxes as Arkansas’ governor has drawn fire from fiscal conservatives in the presidential race.
- Rejected the idea of women in combat: “because of my strong traditional view that women should be treated with respect and dignity and not subject to the kinds of abuses that could occur in combat.”
- Opposed passing a law that would give workers time off to care for an ailing family member: In 1993, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a close relative with a serious health condition or if the employee could not work due to health problems.
How many states did Flap say Huckabee as the GOP Presidential nominee lose 45? Well, he might lose more.
Mike Huckabee might be a nice sunny preacher man with a golden tongue but his political ideology is not only hypocritical in many instances but also radically outside the mainstream.
The GOP cannot retain the Presidency by nominating Mike Huckabee.
There are EVEN more:
- Living together out of wedlock: “Is demeaning to the highest expression of human love and commitment. I reject it as an alternate lifestyle, because it robs people of the highest possible relationship one can experience: marriage.”
- A smoking ban in public places: Would support. Said he had never smoked marijuana or “experimented with any illegal drug.” In fact, he said he had never used any tobacco products because of “a very sensitive allergy”
- Questions Mormons’ Belief: “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” The article, to be published in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, says Huckabee asked the question after saying he believes Mormonism is a religion but doesn’t know much about it.
- A wife is to submit: In August of 1998, Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: “I affirm the statement on the family issued by the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention.” What was in the family statement from the SBC? “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.” The ad wasn’t just a blanket, “we support the SBC statement,” but rather highlighted details. The ad Huckabee signed specifically said of the SBC family statement: “You are right because you called wives to graciously submit to their husband’s sacrificial leadership.”
Don’t think American women voters will especially like the last one. At Kos they say Huckabee is “TOAST.” Flap is inclined to agree.
And, how about this? Mike Huckabee had bariatric weight loss surgery.
In essence, if true, his weight loss book, state health care program, and the very thing that gave him his initial national exposure, his weight loss, is based on a lie. The evidence is compelling and while obviously a blog post can’t prove it – it does a pretty thorough job of raising the question. It isn’t light reading, it reads like a professional job. After reading thousands of words and looking at many graphs and graphics – I’ll just leave you with this – does that guy on the right look like someone who exercises constantly to lose and keep off over 100 pounds?
Huckabeeâ€™s signature issue is fitness and weight control, and his evangelism on these matters never strays far from his own example.
“Even if Governor Huckabee had lost weight by having bariatric surgery, there would be no shame in that,â€ says Alice Stewart, press secretary for the Mike Huckabee Exploratory Committee. â€œ
Except that he’s on the record denying it and profited from a diet book. Why the hedge? Anyway, as they say, read it all. It’ll take some time.
Flap doesn’t know about the last one.Â But, the others should be enough for enough direct mail and television ads to sink him.
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