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Mike Huckabee Endorses Mike Cox (R-MI) for Governor

March 3, 2010

Well, in an interesting move that I’m still trying to figure out, former Governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R-AR) has endorsed Attorney General Mike Cox for Governor.  Here’s a copy of the press release that I received today.  I’ll give my analysis after the press release:

Mike Huckabee Endorses Mike Cox in 2010 Race for Governor

Huckabee: “Mike Cox best described as Michigan’s Pro-Life, Pro-gun conservative candidate for Governor”

     LIVONIA, MI— One of America’s most respected conservative leaders, former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee today formally endorsed Mike Cox in the 2010 race for Governor.

     “Mike Cox is best described as Michigan’s Pro-Life, Pro-gun conservative candidate for Governor,” said Huckabee. “Mike is an innovative, strong leader who is not afraid to take a stand on an important issue. He is opposed to the runaway tax and spend policies we are seeing at the federal and state levels.”

     Cox’s message of less spending, lower taxes and reformed government has set him apart in Michigan’s race for Governor. Cox recently drew a crowd of 1,200 families, activists and community leaders to a Rally for Michigan’s Future in Oakland County and hundreds more last weekend to the Grand Opening of his campaign headquarters in Livonia.

     “Mike Huckabee is one of our nation’s most respected leaders,” said Cox. “Mike Huckabee continues to fight for more liberty and less government. I am proud to have his support and am honored he is standing beside me as we fight to bring jobs back to Michigan.”

     Cox announced Huckabee’s endorsement first today via social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, U-Stream and conservative bloggers across Michigan.

     Huckabee has been called an early frontrunner for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination scoring well in many polls including last November’s Gallup-USA Today poll. Mike Huckabee polled ahead of President Obama as recently as January 2010.

     “Mike Cox has also fought hard to protect Second Amendment rights in Michigan,” Huckabee continued. “I am proud to endorse Mike Cox for Governor of Michigan.”

     Cox is the only candidate for Governor to release a comprehensive 92 point plan to put Michigan back to work, including proposals to cut billions of dollars out of the state budget, cut taxes on job providers and families by $2 billion, make government more transparent, reform education, and revitalize our cities. The plan is available at www.mikecox2010.com. The Mike Cox 2010 Campaign also recently announced that it raised $1.8 million in 2009 – with roughly $1.5 million cash on hand. The funds came from over 2,500 individual donors – with roughly 1,000 of the contributors donating less than $100.

     For more information on Mike Cox’s campaign for Governor, please visit www.mikecox2010.com or call the campaign office today at 734-525-5035.

     About Gov. Mike Huckabee: Prior to his 2008 presidential campaign, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and as the state’s lieutenant governor from 1993-1996. As a young adult, he served as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. Huckabee’s efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. He is the author of 6 books, the most recent being “Do the Right Thing,” which spent its first 7 weeks of release in the top ten of the New York Times Bestseller list. He is currently the host of the top rated weekend hit “HUCKABEE” on the Fox News Channel, and is heard three times daily across the nation on the “Huckabee Report.” Huckabee and his wife, Janet, live in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah.

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Alright, so my analysis… this honestly confused me when I saw it.  I’ve been wondering for the past few hours why a Presidential candidate would jump into the gubernatorial race here in Michigan.

One thing is for sure, this is by far the biggest endorsement that I can think of for any of the current gubernatorial candidates.  The announcement definitely gives Cox more momentum than he already had (which is quite a bit – he’s been battling Congressman Pete Hoekstra, with both of them leading the polls at one time or another).  But will it help him in the long run?

In the 2008 Presidential Primaries, Huckabee got 16.08% of the vote in Michigan, with Romney winning with 38.92%, and McCain coming in second with 29.68%.  Huckabee did worst in Cox’s area of the state, but better in central and western Michigan, so that might help Cox a little bit, by diversifying his support.  So, I’d say that the best endorsement to get would’ve been Romney’s but Huckabee is still a major player in the conservative movement, and as of now, polling well for 2012.

Now, another thing that I thought about was Huckabee’s stances on law and order issues.  One of the major problems I’ve always had with Huckabee (don’t get me wrong – I like the guy) has been his stances on law and order issues as governor.  He issued a lot of pardons and commutations as governor of Arkansas (most notably, the recent scandal with Maurice Clemons who shot and killed 4 police officers in 2009).  Being an Attorney General, I’m not sure if Huckabee’s endorsement is the best thing for Mike Cox’s law and order record, but I may be reading into this more than I should.

Huckabee’s endorsement will help Cox with social conservatives, a group that may be hesitant to vote for him because of his affair back in 2005, but I think most people have (rightfully) moved on from that issue.  But the pro-life movement in Michigan is very strong, and Huckabee’s endorsement will go a long way for Cox when it comes to social issues.  Then again, with the current emphasis on the economy, social issues probably won’t be the deciding factor in who voters do vote for (although in the Republican primary, it’ll be more of an issue than in the general election).

But the most interesting thing about this, and I’ve been wondering this all day, is why would a Presidential candidate endorse a gubernatorial candidate in a primary race?  There’s 3 answers that I think it could possibly be:

  1. Huckabee has given up running for President (at least for 2012), and is going to focus on his PAC and getting Republicans elected around the country.
  2. He’s gambling that Cox will end up winning, and will help him here in Michigan in 2012.
  3. Huckabee is already counting Michigan as lost to him in 2012, and isn’t afraid of losing a few potential delegates by angering non-Cox supporters.

Option 2 and 3 make the most sense to me.  I don’t think he’s given up on running, but I don’t think Huckabee can win Michigan in 2012 if Romney runs.  Romney’s biggest competition here in Michigan was McCain, and without McCain, I think Romney would’ve gotten close to, if not more than, 50% of the vote in 2008.

He may not be publicly saying it, but I don’t think he plans on winning Michigan.  My guess would be that he’s hoping Cox will bring in some supporters (and money) in 2012, so that can offset the voters that Huckabee may lose because he’s supporting Cox.

But no matter what the outcome is for Huckabee, this definitely gives Cox a decent boost for now.  Whether or not is does anything for him come August 3rd, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Done Analyzing,

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Did Barack Obama’s “Lipstick on a Pig” Comment Refer to Sarah Palin?

September 10, 2008

OK, so I’m sure that many of you have heard accusations that Barack Obama said the phrase “lipstick on a pig,” referring to Sarah Palin.  Let’s put that phrase into context.  This is from an Obama speech in Virginia on Tuesday:

“John McCain says he’s about change too, and so I guess his whole angle is, ‘Watch out George Bush–except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove-style politics–we’re really going to shake things up in Washington.’  That’s not change.  That’s just calling something the same thing something different.  You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You know you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still going to stink after eight years.  We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

Now, the McCain campaign is claiming that Obama used that line in a response to Palin’s convention speech where she said, “You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?  Lipstick.”

The McCain campaign has claimed (and I can verify this) that the crowd errupted when Obama made the comment.

McCain, while comparing Hillary Clinton’s 1993 health care policy with her current (back during the primaries) policy, said the following: “I think they put some lipstick on the pig, but it’s still a pig,” using the phrase in the traditional sense.

Brian Rogers, a McCain spokesman told reporters that the McCain campaign saw a “big difference” between McCain and Obama’s uses of  the phrase, saying, “McCain was referring to a policy proposal.  Obama was referring to Governor Sarah Palin.  It’s obviously disrespectful and offensive. … Who has been talking about lipstick lately?  It was obvious.  The crowd went crazy because of it.”

Another McCain/Palin spokeswoman, Maria Comella, “Barack Obama’s comments today are offensive and disgraceful.  He owes Governor Palin an apology.”

Obama adviser Anita Dunn told reporters, “The McCain campaign’s attack tonight is a pathetic attempt to play the gender card about the use of a common analogy–the same analogy that Senator McCain himself used about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care plan just last year.  This phony lecture on gender sensitivity is the height of cynicism and lays bare the increasingly dishonorable campaign John McCain has chosen to run.”

The McCain campaign has even put up on their website, a Web ad, “Lipstick,” (viewable below), which says, “Ready to lead?  No.  Ready to smear?  Yes.”

So, what do I think?  I agree with Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR).  Let’s see what he said on Hannity and Colmes: “It’s an old expression, and I’m going to have to cut Obama some slack on that one.  I do not think he was referring to Sarah Palin; he didn’t reference her.  If you take the two sound bites together, it may sound like it.  But I’ve been a guy at the podium many times, and you say something that’s maybe a part of an old joke and then somebody ties it in.  So, I’m going to have to cut him slack.”

And I absolutely agree.  Did Obama mean it against Palin?  No.  Did the crowd think he was referring to Palin?  I think many of them did, but this doesn’t mean that that’s what Obama intended.  I think Palin’s line was stuck in the heads of some in the audience, and when they heard that, they thought it was a joke against Palin, but that’s not Obama’s fault.  Looking back, should Obama have picked a different phrase?  Probably – it wasn’t wise to use that right after Palin’s speech, just for the mere fact that some WOULD connect the two, but I don’t think it was intentional or malicious.

The McCain campaign needs to get back to the issues, not this sound bite crap.

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Religious Right Movement Leaders Leaning Toward Supporting McCain

July 3, 2008

So, I just saw an Associated Press article that really encouraged me.  I have always considered myself to be a member of the “Religious Right” or the “Conservative Evangelicals” or whatever you want to label that group of people like James Dobson (president of Focus on the Family).

But then came Mitt Romney, and a lot of Christians said they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon, and I said that if Romney lost because the RR wouldn’t vote for him, I would disassociated myself from them.  Well, Romney lost because the media fell in love with John Sydney McCain III.  But, the RR didn’t exactly put up a fight for McCain’s love, in fact, RR leaders such as Dobson have said that they may not vote for McCain.  I did a post a couple months ago about why pro-lifers should vote for McCain, so I won’t go into details about why I think conservative evangelicals should vote for him.  If you want to read more, see the link above.

I’ll highlight some points from the AP article:

90 RR leaders (Phyllis Schlafly, head of the Eagle Forum; Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series; Beverly LaHaye [Tim’s wife], founder of Concerned Women for America; David Barton, founder of WallBuilders; Rick Scarborough, from Vision America; and Don Hodel, a former interior secretary and the former president of Focus on the Family; Dr. Dobson was not there – he was at a book signing in California) met in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night, at a meeting hosted by Mathew Staver, head of Florida’s Liberty Counsel legal advocacy group.

Staver told reporters, “Our shared core values compel us to unite and choose the presidential candidate that best advances those values.  That obvious choice is Sen. John McCain.  I think people left the meeting in unity the likes of which have not been evident through the primaries.  Obama is a considerable threat to our values.  At the same time, Senator McCain recently has been reaching out to evangelicals and conservative voters that we represent.”

The leaders signed a letter to McCain that asked McCain to pick Mike Huckabee as his VP candidate.  Staver, one  of the signers, had endorsed Huckabee earlier in the year.

Phil Burress, the  leader of an Ohio group that was involved in an anti-gay marriage ban in 2004 described the letter as more of a “suggestion, not a demand.  This is a man you don’t threaten.  His principles are his principles.  The last thing you want to do is try to force him to do something he doesn’t want to do because he’d probably do the opposite.”  I think that Burress is overreacting, but McCain does have somewhat of a firey personality, and a list of demands probably wouldn’t come across too well.

Burress went on to say that choosing Huckabee is not the main goal, but that McCain should choose a “pro-life and pro-family” candidate, whether that is Huckabee or not.  He then went on to say that some RR leaders don’t like Huckabee, because of his populist stances (social conservativism mixed with economic liberalism).  And that’s one reason that I disliked Huckabee.  Christians often use a populist message claiming that “Jesus wanted us to help the poor, so let’s have the government help the poor with welfare.”  Well, Jesus wanted US to help the poor, but the “us” wasn’t the government, but the church.  The reason that Christians turn to the government to help the poor is because the church has failed in its duty to the poor and elderly.  If the church did it’s job, we wouldn’t need Medicare and Medicaid.  And who do I mean when  I say “the church”?  I mean every Christian, including myself.  We should at least be giving a tenth of our income, and that would provide a huge resource to churches all over.  A lot of people give to the church, but it’s often just a bare minimum.  OK, back on topic…

Burress told reporters, “People are not saying, ‘Let’s all go out and support John McCain.’  It’s more like, ‘We have to do what we have to do for our country.’  Basically, that boiled down to John McCain.  The only evangelicals that will support Obama are the ones who haven’t read their Bible.  The more and more we learn about Obama, the closer and closer we get to McCain.  We have agreed that we’ll be working hard the next few months.”

“The only evangelicals that will support Obama are the ones who haven’t read their Bible” – THAT’S AN AWESOME QUOTE!  I’ve never heard of that guy, but I like him!  I will say that that  shouldn’t be taken to mean that anybody who votes for Obama isn’t a Christian, but anybody who can support somebody who CLEARLY violates basic Biblical principles (anybody who isn’t pro-life) has some issues with their Christianity (not that mine, or anybody’s spiritual life is anywhere NEAR perfect).

I would like to see McCain stop supporting embryonic stem cell research, but I’d be willing to take the lesser of 2 evils on this one, and I’d like to see Dr. Dobson support McCain.

I’m glad to see the Religious Right coming around and trying to do the right thing here.

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South Dakota Primary Results for 10:30 P.M.: Clinton & McCain Win

June 3, 2008

Here are the results as of 10:30 P.M. for the  South Dakota primary:

Democrats, with 61% reporting:

  1. Clinton 35,898 56% 8 delegates
  2. Obama 28,577 44% 5delegates

Republicans with 60% reporting:

  1. McCain 27,409 72%
  2. Paul 5.641 15%
  3. Huckabee 2,842 7%
  4. Uncommitted 1,135 3%

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South Dakota Primary Results for 9:30 P.M.: Clinton & McCain Win

June 3, 2008

Here are the results as of 9:30 P.M. for the  South Dakota primary:

Democrats, with 23% reporting:

  1. Clinton 14,917 56% 8 delegates
  2. Obama 11,664 44% 5delegates

I am prepared to call it for Clinton.  She is leading key areas of the state, and based on the exit polls, I think she will continue with the lead she has.

Republicans with 22% reporting:

  1. McCain 8,781 71%
  2. Paul 1,898 15%
  3. Huckabee 997 8%
  4. Uncommitted 378 3%

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Montana, South Dakota, and New Mexico June 3rd Primary Predictions: Clinton, Obama, and McCain to Win

June 2, 2008

First, I’d like to apologize to the Idaho Republicans.  While in the midst of a house crisis, I completely forgot about your primary, and  for that, I am sorry.  Yours was the only primary/caucus that I did not post a prediction for.

Now, on to the June 3rd primaries…

South Dakota:

Democrats:

  1. Clinton 53% 8 delegates
  2. Obama 46% 7 delegates
  3. Uncommitted 1%

Republicans:

  1. McCain 80% 24 delegates
  2. Paul 12%
  3. Huckabee 4%
  4. Romney 2%
  5. Uncommitted 1%

Montana (Democrats only):

  1. Obama 56% 10 delegates
  2. Clinton 43% 6 delegates
  3. Uncommitted 1%

New Mexico (Republicans only):

  1. McCain 87% 29 delegates
  2. Paul 13%

I may or may not be available to live blog the event, but I will post if anybody does reach the delegate count needed to win (Obama has been trying to get pledged delegates for “The Flood” tomorrow – where supposedly 30 Superdelegates will hopefully come out for him and give him the unofficial win).

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Oregon and Kentucky Primary Predictions: McCain, Obama, and Clinton to Win

May 19, 2008

Tomorrow, Kentucky and Oregon will hold their primaries.  Here are my predictions:

Kentucky:

Democrats:

  1. Clinton 67% 32 delegates
  2. Obama 32% 19 delegates
  3. Edwards 1% 0 delegates

Republicans:

  1. McCain 77% 42 delegates
  2. Huckabee 14% 0 delegates
  3. Paul 6% 0 delegates
  4. Romney 2% 0 delegates
  5. Giuliani <1% 0 delegates
  6. Keyes <1% 0 delegates

I have Paul as so low because it’s a closed primary and a lot of his supporters are independents.

Oregon:

Democrats:

  1. Obama 56% 29 delegates
  2. Clinton 43% 23 delegates
  3. Gravel 1% 0 delegates

Republicans:

  1. McCain 94% 28 delegates
  2. Paul 6% 2 delegates

Again, I have Paul so low because it’s a closed primary.

I may or may not have time to live blog tomorrows primaries, but I will post results some time.

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Nebraska and West Virginia Primary Results: 10:00 P.M.: Clinton & McCain Win; Nebraska Too Close to Call

May 13, 2008

Here are the results of todays primaries as of 10:00 P.M.:

West Virginia with 45% reporting:

Democrats:

  1. Clinton 107,566 65% 15 delegates
  2. Obama 46,872 28% 3 delegates

Republicans:

  1. McCain 41,418 76% 9 delegates
  2. Huckabee 5,573 10%
  3. Paul 2,778 5%

Nebraska, with 16% reporting (remember, this is simply and advisory primary):

Democrats:

  1. Clinton 10,805 49%
  2. Obama 10,536 48%
  3. Gravel 682 3%

Republicans:

  1. McCain 21,493 88%
  2. Paul 2,880 12%

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Nebraska and West Virginia Primary Prediction: McCain and Clinton to Win

May 12, 2008

Tomorrow, West Virginia, and Republicans in Nebraska will head to the polls.  Here’s my prediction for West Virginia:

Democrats

  1. Clinton 67% 19 delegates
  2. Obama 32% 9 delegates
  3. Edwards 1% 0 delegates

Republicans (the delegates for each candidate will be listed, and 3 from each 3 district will be elected):

  1. John McCain 60% 7 delegates
  2. Huckabee 21% 2 delegates
  3. Paul 13% 0 delegates
  4. Romney 5% 0 delegates
  5. Others 1%

Nebraska (The election tomorrow is simply an advisory primary.  The actual delegates will be chosen at the state convention in July, and the delegates are not bound by tomorrow’s primary):

  1. McCain 85%
  2. Paul 15%

I probably won’t be able to live-blog the results tomorrow, but I will hopefully have a couple of updates through the night.

Done Predicting,

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Indiana Primary Results: 11:00 P.M.: Clinton & McCain Win

May 6, 2008

This will be my last update for the night.  The amount of precincts coming in has now all but stopped, so I’ll just give a recap whenever the full results are in.  Here are the results from the Indiana Primary as of 11:00 P.M. EDT with 86% reporting:

Democrats:

  1. Clinton 560,720 52% 15 delegates
  2. Obama  521,415 48% 11 delegates

Union and Lake still haven’t reported in any precincts yet.  There’s a few down by Indianapolis that are incomplete, and then in northern Indiana, we’re waiting on about 25% of Laporte and Porter.

Republicans:

  1. McCain 298,374 78% 27 delegates
  2. Huckabee 38,956 10%
  3. Paul 28,986 7%
  4. Romney 18,388 5%

Done Reporting,

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