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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,

Ranting Republican

Chelsea Clinton Gets Defensive When Asked About Lewinsky

March 26, 2008

Alright, so, here’s a brief video of what happened at a Q & A session at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN):

And here’s a link to a slightly longer video (I’m sorry, but I tried and I can’t embed this one into the blog page):

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3968640n

So, my thoughts… the question never should have been asked.  Do I see where Evan Strange (the kid who asked the question) is coming from, in that it could show Clinton’s strengths?  Yes, but it’s still a WAY too personal question to be asking.  The affair of her father has nothing to do with the campaign of her mother.

On The Trail (a Washington Post blog), readers reacted, and I’ll provide some of the comments.  I was surprised how many people actually sided AGAINST Chelsea here:

The student should have asked about her underwear. Then, like her pa, she could have answered.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 26, 2008 03:21 PM

Exactly, edbyronadams — it seemed like a good question to me — assuming the questioner was an American voter, how exactly is “Was her credibility hurt during the Lewinsky scandal?” none of our business?

Posted by: JakeD | March 26, 2008 03:24 PM

I don’t understand. She’s a grown up now and she’s okay to stump for her mom and take softball questions all day. But when someone asks her a legitimate question regarding the Lewinsky matter, she says “none of your business?” How utterly convenient.Let’s get real here. Senator Clinton is Senator Clinton in part because she played the “innocent victim” card during the lewinsky scandal and stood by her man. We were led to believe she was clueless about her husband’s bimbo scandals despite the fact that this was one of many (Jen Flowers for one, and then there was that lady who the state troopers claimed went to a hotel room with then gov. Clinton…)Yet the recently released itineraries demonstrate that she was home when Slick Willie was getting Little Willie “serviced”.My house isn’t as big as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but if there was some bimbo alone in a room with me in my house, my wife would darn well be aware of what’s going on.So if Clinton knew about Lewinsky, it brings her character and morals into question. When something as personal as one’s religion is considered fair game, this clearly is a question that also deserved an answer. Chelsea’s non answer was typical of what’s turned so many people off about the Clintons.

Posted by: nwrepresent1 | March 26, 2008 04:09 PM

Hearing the video of the question asked of Chelsea makes her look really bad. Her response was defensive and testy. Chelsea could have done her mom a world of good by answering the question with glowing remarks of her mom’s strength of character and etc. But noooooo! Her response “I do not think that is any of your business” is disappointing but expected of a Clinton.

Posted by: ajtiger92 | March 26, 2008 04:22 PM

I thought Chelsea’s answer was funny! and typical Clinton behavior…can’t tell the truth? Put the opponent the blame on the opponent or Q&A attendees in this case?It was a legitimate question – but it should have been asked more diplomatically. But thats [sic] what you get when your almost 30 doing the college tour!

Posted by: ymaxoneil | March 26, 2008 04:26 PM

Now, there were some comments that commended Chelsea (which I left out for the sake of room), but I was surprised at how many bashed her over this.  Like I said – a personal affair of Bill has nothing to do with this, and I probably would’ve gotten just as angry (or angrier).  I mean, Monica Lewinsky ruined a decent part of her childhood – and being asked about it when it’s completely irrelevant would just make me angry – I think it never should have been asked, and it DEFINITELY could’ve been asked in a less blunt way.

Now, the 2nd video did bring up a good point – if she’s working for a campaign, she shouldn’t be exempt from the media.  If she doesn’t want the spotlight on her, she has to get off the stage.  She can refuse to answer questions to reporters, but I see no need for them to bow down to her wishes and turn off cameras whenever she’s around.

On this one though, I say, “Way to go Chelsea!”

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Faces a Range of Charges

March 24, 2008

Today at 11:00 A.M., Kym Worthy released her decision on whether or not to file charges, and boy was it a big decision.  She filed 12 counts of criminal activity against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Democrat), as well as some against former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.  Here’s what the Detroit Free Press said about her decision (I’m not sure if it was a press conference or what, I would’ve watched it live, but I was in class):

“Kilpatrick is charged with eight felonies and Beatty with seven.  They are: perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.  Worthy said the perjury charges accuse the two of lying during a whistle-blower lawsuit about the firing of Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown and about their romantic relationship.”

Here’s some of what Worthy said: This case was about as far from being a private matter as one can get.  Honesty and integrity in the justice system is everything.  That is what this case is about.  Just when did honesty and integrity, truth and honor become traits to be mocked, downplayed, ignored, laughed at or excuses made for them?  When did telling the truth become a supporting player to everything else? … Our investigation has led to other potential defendants, so we will continue our investigation into their activities.  Let me be very, very clear: this was not an investigation focused on lying about sex.  Witnesses must give truthful testimony and we have to demand that they do.  That is why they take an oath. … Some have suggested that the issues in this case are personal or private.  The justice system has been severely mocked and the public trust trampled on. … This case is about as far from being a private matter as one can get.”

Worthy also said that she expects Kilpatrick and Beatty to turn themselves in by 7:00 A.M. tomorrow.

The perjury charge alone could carry up to 15 years in prison as well as disbarment and removal from office.

If Detroit wants to prove that it is going to get out of this pattern of corruption, they MUST convict Beatty and Kilpatrick of the crimes that they are OBVIOUSLY guilty of.

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