Tuesday, October 24, 2006

You're not THAT skinny

Gov. Huckabee got himself in a sticky situation late last week when he made a joke Jewish groups considered to be insensitive.

Jewish groups aren't laughing after Arkansas' governor quipped that he lost 100 pounds after staying "at a concentration camp."Governor Mike Huckabee was on the "Imus in the Morning" show, where the host told him he looked "emaciated."

That led Republican Huckabee to joke that he'd been held by Democrats for six weeks at a concentration camp. The National Jewish Democratic Council calls it "insensitive" and thinks the governor ought to apologize. But Huckabee claims he wasn't referring to the Holocaust. He also says it's "far-reaching" to think he was, and calls it the "type of allegation that makes people cynical."

The relevant reason for posting on this today? KWWL (Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque) ran this story on their nightly news yesterday. You can see for yourself here.

Shouldn't those folks be focused on whether or not Bruce Braley is a communist this close to Election Day?


Blogger murphy said...

Easiest way to spot a liberal...they fall over themselves getting to the microphone about whose sensitivies got offended the most.

Had Huckabee been a democrat, his comments would no doubt be met with cheers from anti-Guantanamo fringies, while the press called Imus "mean spirited".

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is there NO democrat who doesn't become disabled at a word or phrase they don't like?

They really are the victim party. Everytime you turn around, some democrat is getting their poor little ole feeling hurt.

I would never be a Democrat because I can't figure out what stripe of victim I am.

I guess I need to pay more attention to my "leaders" to find out what my emotional malformation is.

DON'T BE A VICTIM - Vote Republican

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absolutely silly. As a former Baptist minister and a devout Christian, Gov. Huckabee has been to Israel nine or ten times, leading large groups of people on tours of biblical sites. He considers the Jewish people to be God's chosen people. There is no bigger friend to the Jewish people and Israel in American politics today than Mike Huckabee.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a poor choice of words and surprising that a proven campaign pro like Huckabee would make such a mistake. I'd expect such a rookie error from one-term cut and run Romney, but not Huckabee who has been tested on the statewide ballot 3 or 4 times.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"one-term cut and run Romney"

Are you kidding me? I think Governor Huckabee is a good man and I do not believe he made the statement in bad faith. However, when matching up Huckabee and Romney, there really is no comparison. The accomplishments of Romney far outweigh what Huckabee has done.

And lets not resort to attacks like the one you made. Keep it focused on the issues.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line is Huckabee did well enough as Governor to be succesfully reelected. Same can't be said of cut and run Romney.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:29...
Please provide a specific comparision of Romney's accomplishments as Governor versus those of Huckabee to back up your claim. I assume you can do this, since the directness of your statement implies knowlege about the subject. I can provide such an analysis, so please give me something to respond to.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line is: Huckabee got elected and re-elected as a conservative in a Democratic state.

Romney got elected as a liberal, switched his positions on abortion and gay marriage in order to run for President, and "declined" to run for re-election as Governor because his flip-flop on liberal issues would cause him to lose.

3:56 PM  
Blogger murphy said...


Romney hasn't flip-flopped on gay marriage. He campaigned against gay marriage in 2002. Check your facts.

As for abortion, it's not a "flip-flop"...it's a "flip" in the right direction which Romney has been very open and candid about it. Very influential pro-lifers are convinced.

Besides, comparing Huckabee's state to MA is apples and oranges...you do understand the obscene degree of liberalism in MA, don't you?

Maybe you should stick to the issues (which I haven't heard much about on Huckabee) instead of trying to drag down other Republicans. Really...I'd love to hear specifics on the Huckster w/r/t national issues.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and if raising taxes and offering blanket amnesty and social services for illegal aliens is what it takes to get re-elected in Arkansas, then count me OUT.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Romney ran in the 1990's as pro-choice, pro-gay, and anti-gun.

If you disagree then I suggest that the cooler start a post on each of these issues so that the evidence can be displayed.

Romney has no chance. Lets come up with a real conservative to run.

Please explain this:


11:10 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Anon 11:10,

Now you really made me laugh. Do you realize that some other "anon" posted that exact same article that you did just a few days ago on this exact same blogsite? I'm really hoping that this other anon was not you, else it might indicate that not only do you let other people do your thinking for you, but you can't read either. Well, I'll post my exact same response.

FACT: Romney's rhetoric has always been pro-equality for people regardless of their gender, orientation, etc.

FACT: Romney's rhetoric has always been anti-gay-marriage and anti-gay-sex-act.

That article cannot produce a single quote or fact showing these two points above to be false. Actually, when the article sticks to the quotes and facts, it supports the above statements.

The author of that article then tries to pretend that Romney's position has changed by comparing old quotes on bigotry and discrimination to current quotes on gay marriage. His only sources for this are other people as confused as he is.

Don't you understand what the whole marriage debate is about? Marriage is not about equal rights for adults! That is how the LEFT chooses to frame it. This author is pulling a bait-and-switch on you, and you're buying it!

As for Romney running pro-choice in the '90's, so what? He's obviously pro-life now. And his record is firm in defense of ordinary gun ownership. If you think ANY serious presidential candidate is going to come out against AWB these days, I've got a bridge to sell you.

You can't make your candidate (whoever he or she is) better by feeble attempts to tear down other people. Why not a little more positive presentation of other candidates instead of the usual anti-Romney tripe?

12:49 PM  
Blogger Yoda said...

Hmmmmm... thought I'd drop by and see what is going on here since my last visit and sure enough, more anonymous Romney bashing.

Mitt must really being doing things right to get so many opposing prez pac staffers to blog/cry like little girls with skinned knees.

I also noticed that when Murphy talks about other candidates besides Mitt, he does so in a manner that is positive and respectful. Like Huckabee for instance, I see Murphy defends him in this thread and yet his candidates still gets trashed by anons.

Oh well, back to krusty.

WAR 24

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many conservatives are NOT convinced of Mitt's election-year conversion on abortion. His statements just a few years ago are the most pro-choice of any politician in America.

That he "changed his mind" suddenly, just as he begins campaigning for president outside of his liberal state, is not out of the realm of possibility, but it's very suspcicious.

His conversion, I suspect, is rhetorical, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was well orchestrated over the past year to curry favor with conservatives disgusted with his strongly pro-choice statements.

An aide last year said he had been "faking" his pro-choice views as governor. But how do we know he's not faking now?

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, yet another "anon" bashing Mitt like clockwork. Is that you Larson or is that one of the Pataki entourage again?

Yoda is right, you folks are scared about something alright.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would a Pataki person attack Romney, or anyone for that matter? That's nuts. It's WAY too early for that. Lots of us may end up working together as the process winnows down all the potentials. Our bench is extraordinarily deep. We have another candidate throwing in his hat today, a congressman from California. So, why is anyone bashing anyone at this point? We don't even know what they stand for yet on the issues that are still not determined as the most important in 08. So, how about a little republicanesque display of good manners and debate issues with the good intentions of getting us to the strongest voice by 08 to defeat what surely will be a terrible person from the other side. Can't think of one that is palatable.

There are too few of us to fight and get personal at this stage. It will KILL Iowa in O8 if we do that now. We will all have to jump on the same team at some point.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Romney, what do you all think of the news that Jeb Bush may be his running mate? Fox had it on the news this morning. Seems a bit early to be picking a VP, but Jeb would sure be a good pickup for someone.

Now, about that conspiracy that that the Bush's were giving all their apparatas to McCain. Seems not to be the case if this is true.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

Make no mistake, Bush hates McCain. Not as much as the family does Perot, but they still hate McCain. They are apparently shopping for someone who can beat McCain in a primary and still beat Hillary in the general. If the number of Bush Pioneers and Rangers signing on is any indication, they seem to be picking Mitt Romney.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney = Perot

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps if the political elites weren't so eager to end the caucuses and other states' primaries before they began, the "bashing" wouldn't have to start so early.

As it stands, perhaps the bashing didn't start early enough for people to take a step back before running into the arms of the "annointed" candidates and trashing the lesser-known ones in print and online before they even know what they even stand for.

If this is wrapped up before New Years' 2007 for Romney or McCain, the caucus will be skipped by everyone else. Why bother? It makes more sense to listen to others and stop "rating" the others out of existence. Everyone should do some soul-searching, and not just because the GOP is going to be trounced in a week, sadly.

12:33 AM  

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