Jan 012008

There is no doubt whatsoever that Mike Huckabee is running for Pastor in Chief and that, if he is somehow miraculously elected in November, is exactly what we will get…

New Huckabee ad appeals to Christian conservatives

WASHINGTON (CNN) — For the second time in two weeks, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has aired a commercial in which a Christian symbol appears in the background.

In the campaign ad, Huckabee is addressing members of the Iowa Christian Alliance, an organization whose symbol is the ichthys, which appears on a banner shown prominently at the open and close of the 30-second spot.

The ICA is an influential social conservative organization in Iowa, and Huckabee can be seen speaking about his opposition to abortion before the group.

The ichthys, which resembles a fish, is well-known in evangelical circles as the symbol used by early Christians to secretly identify one another without attracting persecution.

I have always wondered how the Republicans can value life so highly yet be so intent on killing everybody. It just doesn’t make sense.

Jan 012008

FOX News has decided to not invite Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter to a circle jerk forum with Chris Wallace in New Hampshire this coming Sunday. Granted that neither has much more chance than I of winning the Republican nomination, but still… Mr. Paul did raise $19 million in one quarter (and he has delivered over 4,000 babies in his lifetime).

Needless to say, the Paulistas are not happy. They are nothing if not fervent (though somewhat misdirected) in their support and free with their money.

TV cuts candidates from debates, angering Paul backers

Ron Paul
Ron Paul

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC and Fox News Channel are narrowing the field of presidential candidates invited to debates this weekend just before the New Hampshire primary, in Fox’s case infuriating supporters of Republican Rep. Ron Paul.

The roster of participants for ABC’s back-to-back, prime-time Republican and Democratic debates Saturday in New Hampshire will be determined after results of Thursday’s Iowa caucus become clear.

Fox, meanwhile, has invited five GOP candidates to a forum with Chris Wallace scheduled for its mobile studio in New Hampshire on Sunday. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee received invites, leaving Paul of Texas and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California on the sidelines.

The network said it had limited space in its studio — a souped-up bus — and that it invited candidates who had received double-digit support in recent polls.

In a nationwide poll conducted December 14-20 by The Associated Press and Yahoo, Thompson had the support of 11 percent of GOP voters and Paul was at 3 percent. Paul’s support is at 6 percent in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted in early December…

Jesse Benton, Paul’s spokesman, said it was a “big mistake” not to include Paul, especially given Paul’s recent success in fundraising. He said the campaign has been trying to reach Fox News to get an explanation for the decision, but its calls had not been returned.

“There very well might be some bias,” Benton said. “Ron brings up some topics that aren’t very popular with Fox News, as in fiscal responsibility and withdrawing from the war in Iraq … that does leave us scratching our heads a little bit about whether it was deliberate. Based on metrics, I don’t see how you can possibly exclude Dr. Paul.”

Some livid Paul supporters are distributing e-mails calling for a boycott of Fox advertisers.

I am really hoping that Mr. Paul’s ego and his supporters can convince him to mount a third party campaign. That would be too delicious — and just what those uppity Republicans deserve.

Jan 012008

As you know, David Letterman and Jay Leno are returning to the air tomorrow night. (Letterman with writers, Leno without.) Letterman’s first guest will be Robin Williams. Guess who Leno is having? It’s My Man Mike!

Huckabee Opts for Leno on Caucus Eve

Huckabee family
Huckabee family

Sergeant Bluff, Iowa (AP) — On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee will trade jokes with Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

While his rivals will be making a final appeal to the state’s voters, Huckabee will be flying to Los Angeles to tape the show with Leno, who returns to the air Wednesday without striking writers.

A similar late-night appearance backfired on rival Fred Thompson, who irked voters in New Hampshire by skipping a Republican debate last fall at the University of New Hampshire to announce his candidacy on Leno’s show.

The unconventional move is somewhat fitting for Huckabee who broke with tradition on Monday, eschewing campaigning to go for a run and get a shave and haircut in front of his media entourage. He also held an odd news conference in which he announced he had decided against going negative with a critical TV ad against Republican Mitt Romney — and then played the ad for the media.

I think this probably qualifies as the quote of year thus far:

“I know a lot of people are cynical and think we pulled a stunt yesterday. I just decided if that’s what it takes to get elected, that’s a lousy way to run a country.”

Even a certified idiot would know that if you showed an ad to a room full of reporters it was going to get out to the public. “I just decided if that’s what it takes to get elected, that’s a lousy way to run a country.” Bull corn.

Anyway… I think I’ll be watching Letterman. Pastor Mike has proven himself to be just a bit too much of a hypocrite. Republicans, I’ve changed my mind. Please don’t nominate this guy. Sure, he’d be fun to beat in the general election, but it would be just too easy.