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George Will on Huckabee & Edwards

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/06/2008

Will doesn’t often get worked up, but when he does the result isn’t pretty.

UPDATE: Steyn on Huck and Edwards:

“In The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan observed of Huck that “his great power, the thing really pushing his supporters, is that they believe that what ails America and threatens its continued existence is not economic collapse or jihad, it is our culture.”

She’s right. It’s not the economy, stupid. The economy’s fine. It’s gangbusters. Indeed, despite John Edwards’ dinner-theater Dickens routine about coatless girls shivering through the night because daddy’s been laid off at the mill, the subtext of both Democrat and Republican messages is essentially that this country is so rich it can afford to be stupid – it can afford to pork up the federal budget; it can afford to put middle-class families on government health care; it can afford to surrender its borders.”

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The GOP Debate

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/06/2008

UPDATE: Here’s the transcript of the Republican debate:

This was a very useful debate.

It reminded me why I don’t like John McCain, and why I believe he would be a terrible President.

Mitt Romney impressed me as the most substantive, the most intelligent, and the best informed. I also, surprisingly, found him the most likable.

Fred Thompson was the most Presidential, and showed the greatest ability to think on his feet. Thompson would clearly be a good President.

Ron Paul showed again why he is perhaps the weakest possible representative of the traditional small government views I hold most dearly. Why, oh why can’t we have a Republican Presidential candidate who can coherently advance the great principles of the Founding Fathers which are so deeply needed by the nation? Come to think of it, Fred Thompson was a better advocate of this perspective than Ron Paul.

If I were a Presidential candidate I’d put Mike Huckabee in his rightful place, letting him know I have a position for him in my cabinet — as the administration’s stand up comedian. I can’t recall a less substantive major candidate for President in my lifetime — unless it’s perhaps Barack Obama.

Riehl World’s thoughts on the debate are also worth a read — and you might also enjoy VodkaPundit’s take-down of Ron Paul and Hugh Hewitt on John McCain. I especially liked this: “John McCain seems incapable of not making politics personal and bitter. He also seems unwilling to take responsibility for the immigration fiasco, saying that “the people lost faith in government,” when in fact they overwhelmingly rejected his plan with his name on it.”

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Romney Crushes Huckabee Out West

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/05/2008

Mike Huckabee couldn’t get enough votes for a single delegate in the media ignored Western state of Wyoming — which Romney won in a landslide.

Why Midwesterner votes count more than Westerner votes in the MSM I haven’t a clue.

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PrestoPundit to The Corner to Rush In Less Than An Hour

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/04/2008

A little more than an hour ago I sent my thoughts on Huckabee’s 14% showing among non-evangelicals to Mark Hemingway at NRO’s The Corner and within less than a half an hour Hemingway had posted those remarks on The Corner and shortly thereafter Rush Limbaugh was repeating the 14% result on his national radio show.

This is how the long tail of Glenn Reynold’s “Army of Davids” helps wag the big dogs of the New Media, upending the stifling monopoly of the MSN. Got to love it.

UPDATE: In his second hour Rush repeated again the 14% number — and then read directly from my email to Hemingway.

UPDATE II: Sean Hannity led off his own radio show today with the 14% non-evangelical vote story.

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Huckabee Took 14% Of The Vote

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/04/2008

and came in fourth in the Iowa caucus among non-evangelicals according to the NBC Republican exit poll, barely beating Ron Paul. Non-evangelicals made up 40% of the Republican caucus vote in Iowa Thursday night — a percentage rather smaller than their makeup of the population of the nation at large.

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The Torch Has Been Passed

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/04/2008

Barack Obama will be a formidable — perhaps unbeatable — candidate for President. His victory in the lily white state of Iowa marked a turning point in American history. And Obama’s speech Thursday night played pitch perfect to the patriotic heart strings of every American who dreams of putting the nation’s long racial nightmare in our past. He explicitly signaled a historic political changing of the guard — moving past not only ancient conflicts over race, but also the wearying inter-generational wars of the Hillary Clinton cohort — and the current wars over the Iraq conflict.

Obama will be particularly strong running against Republican candidates Mike Huckabee, Fred Thomson, and John McCain. Obama rather brilliantly cast himself Thursday night as at once an identity candidate and at the same time as the great promise of an America where identity and race don’t matter. Contrast that picture — one that pulls at the patriotic civil religion of the nation — with the Republican on the ballot who is playing the game of identity politics: Mike Huckabee. In comparison to Obama, Huckabee’s identity politics feels almost 19th century, playing to ancient religious bigotries and looking at the race for the Presidency as if it were an old-time call to meeting. Obama’s future is one inspiring to large segments of the American population. Huckabee’s “back to the future” — and not so inclusive — fundamentalism with a happy face politics is a politics that large segments of the population will simply not see as including themselves.

The problem for Fred Thompson is that Obama will make him seem even more old, even less dynamic than he already appears. I’m afraid the man — and the ideas no matter how sound tied to him– will simply seem out of date. And John McCain next to Obama will seem simply ancient, the crotchety old man snapping at the kids running through his front yard. And McCain’s principle attraction — his Vietnam record — ties him irrevocably to the wrenching and seemingly never-ending conflict of the 60s. Part of the promise of Obama is the generational promise of the possibility of moving past the deep and upsetting conflicts which have divided America since the time of the the Vietnam conflict and the Civil Rights movement. It may be a hallucinatory hope, but it’s easy to see who reminds us of the past and who offers us hope of a future beyond that past, when you put Barack Obama up next to John McCain on a debate stage. The patriotic appeal of the promise of an America which has moved beyond race can at least match McCan’s patriotic appeal as a war hero, especially to the increasing numbers over the decades who have come to lack the instinct for patriotism toward America’s wars — and warriors.

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Two-Thirds Of Iowa GOPers Looked To A Candidate’s Religion When Voting

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/03/2008

The biggest news coming out of the Iowa isn’t who won the Republican caucus — but why. Fox News is reporting that two thirds of Republican caucus goers think that the religion of a candidate matters when choosing who should be President. [UPDATE: NBC is reporting the same numbers.] And this is exactly what Republicans in the rest of the country should think about when they consider the results of Thursdays Iowa caucus — a majority of the the Iowa Republican caucus goers are the kind of people who bring a religious test with them into the political arena. And it’s not hard to see that Mike Huckabee directly played to that bigotry and road it to a caucus victory. Lets recall how he did it. Huckabee ran ads in heavy rotation which flashed the words “Christian Leader” on the TV screen just at the point where the ad was attacking Mormon Mitt Romney. Too clever by half. Huckabee then dropped the cleverness and went straight for all the bigotry marbles, in an interview just before Christmas suggesting that Mormons like Romney believed that Jesus Christ was he brother of Satan. Huckabee then hammered home his own Southern Baptist bonafides with the repeated refrain that the most important thing of all in this Republican campaign was his — and the voters — belief in the birth of Christ.

We haven’t seen anything like this since William Jennings Bryan suggested that as a Unitarian William McKinley was unfit to be President of the United States.

It’s hard to imagine that Republicans nation-wide are going to want to hop on Huckabee’s Southern fried religious bigot band wagon.

CNN has the results. Note that Ron Paul is is double digits — out-polling Giuliani and in the second tier pack with Thomson and McCain.

UPDATE: Ron Paul took 21% of the vote among caucus goers under the age of 30, almost even with Mitt Romney among these voters. Read the NBC News poll results here.

And note well: Huckabee took 46% of the vote among evangelicals, but Huckabee took only 14% of vote among all other voters. Among non-evangelicals, Huckabee came in third behind Romney, Thompson and McCain — and just 3 points ahead of Ron Paul.

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Ron Paul For President

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/02/2008

David Beito makes the case.

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1/3 of CNN Questioners Where Democrat Plants

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/30/2007

John Fund reports on CNN’s sandbagging of the GOP Presidential candidates:

Now it appears that an amazing number of partisan figures posed many of the 30 questions at the GOP debate all the while pretending to be CNN’s advertised “undecided voters.” .. Almost a third of the questioners seem to have some ties to Democratic causes or candidates.

Commentary from Hugh Hewitt, and Michelle Malkin.

As I said yesterday, what a disgrace.

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Plantmania! The CNN/YouTube Freak Show

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/29/2007

Idiocracy is no futuristic disutopia — it’s America right now. CNN, MSNBC and ABC have given us Republican “debates” with questions from former Democrat party activists, now posing as “newsmen”. But now CNN has topped that, and they’ve gone straight to questions from current Democrat Presidential candidate supporters. What a disgrace.

UPDATE: Jason Coleman has found yet another Democrat plantand yet another. You begin to wonder whether CNN actually let any Republican ask a question at the Republican debate.

The Weekly Standard had this to say: “Is this what running for president of the greatest democracy in the world has become? Standing in front of CNN’s corporate logo in a hall full of yowling Ron Paul loons and enduring clumsy webcam questions from Unabomber look-a-likes in murky basements? .. America got to see a vaguely threatening parade of gun fetishists, flat worlders, Mars Explorers, Confederate flag lovers and zombie- eyed- Bible- wavers as well as various one issue activists hammering their pet causes .. ”

And the biggest pet cause advocate of the night was clearly Anderson Cooper and CNN. Stephen Green pretty much nails it: “What we really saw tonight was CNN playing out its own agenda in front of a couple million viewers and seven or eight candidates, without anyone calling them on it. To see what I mean, let’s take a look at some of the 30-odd questions CNN’s editors culled from the more than 5,000 submitted to YouTube by all those average Americans.

On of the best questions of the night came towards the end, and concerned the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The questioner, was a retired Army general who served, in the closet, for 42 years before he could reveal himself as a gay man. Did CNN owe its viewers the courtesy of letting them know that that the general now serves on Hillary Clinton’s “Gay Steering Committee?”

Another question came from a very self-important sounding YouTuber, who wanted to know which of the candidates believed “every word” of “this book,” with his camcorder floating ominously above a copy of the Bible. Now, I’m no Christian, but even I was offended. The question wasn’t an honest inquiry—it was a set-up to see which candidate would step up and make himself look the most like a fundamentalist Christian bigot.

Two different YouTubers asked questions about gun control. Both were, like most of the candidates and probably the entire live audience, against it. But the questioners were not the most wholesome-seeming guys. One demonstrated how his pump action shotgun worked while explaining that, “In small towns we like our big guns.” The second guy was just plain creepy. Both men—obviously well-armed—pretty much dared the candidates to say something positive about gun control.

Mostly what I noticed wasn’t the bulge of their holsters, but the obviousness of CNN’s agenda.”

Wizbang narrows in on CNN’s journalistic double standards: “A few weeks ago, during the most recent Democratic debate, it was uncovered that a lot of the questioners CNN picked had were Democratic party officials and apparatchiks. The justification at the time was “oops — we didn’t know!” and “well, it’s for the Democratic primary, so of course it’s going to be a lot of Democrats asking the questions.” Now that lightning has struck twice at CNN and we have a new slate of Democratic appartchiks and activists asking questions of Republicans, the new narrative seems to be “well, they were valid questions, so it really doesn’t matter who asked them.” This raises the interesting question: if who asked the questions is irrelevant, then why didn’t the gay general ask about lead in toys, while the mom with her kids ask about gays in the military?.. CNN, by playing by completely contradictory standards for its questioners at debates, betrays its bias: the Democrats get to stack their questions to make their candidates look good; the Republicans find themselves having to squirm and evade, or give concrete answers that won’t make some people very happy.”

UPDATE: Fred Barnes weighs in.

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