Two New York Times #1 bestsellers in the 1970s were “Winning Through Intimidation” and “Looking Out For Number One”.  Thirty years later, author Robert Ringer is trying to intimidate the one many polls indicate is the number one prospect to beat Barack Obama in 2012:  Mike Huckabee. 

When the self-help guru attacks Mike Huckabee, he plainly intends to attack millions of Christians along with the former Governor of Arkansas.  Robert Ringer assumes that because many Christians prioritize the protection of unborn babies and the sacred character of marriage, we are all closet liberals on economic issues. He wrote a year ago:

“If Gov. Huckabee could find a way to put together a coalition of evangelicals and disenfranchised liberal Democrats, he could conceivably slip in without the support of the conservative Republican base – and use the same strategy to win the presidency.”

Notice Ringer assumes pro-family evangelicals hold economic positions contrary to “the conservative Republican base”.  On the contrary, it is sell-outs to the Republican agenda on economics who reliably vote against social positions valued by GOP Evangelicals (Snowe, Collins, and Specter come to mind.)   It wasn’t social conservatives who pushed for TARP of 2008 and the bailouts/stimulus packages of 2009.  If evangelicals find someone as reliable as Huckabee on social issues and more conservative on the economy, they will abandon Huckabee.  Ron Paul was not able to woo these folks because of his stand on the war, and his state’s rights views on abortion and marriage.

And who are those “disenfranchised liberal Democrats” who would vote for Huckabee?   I challenge Ringer to name one single prominent Democrat who would prefer Huckabee over Obama because Obama is not liberal enough.  Or even an unknown Democrat.  Maybe he meant to say Huckabee could attract Reagan Democrats.  Now that would have been a good call.   

Now one year later, Ringer is at it again. This time he expresses fear that Huckabee is the “Most Dangerous Man in America” because after a friendly interview of Michelle Obama, Huckabee started “an all-out assault on Barack Obama and his policies – and he’s been at it ever since”[1].  He implies that this is insincere, but Huckabee has been solidly against the Obama agenda since day one. He opposed universal health care and mandates, he was against Cash for Clunkers, and he spoke strongly against the stimulus package.

Ringer calls Huckabee a confused conservative likened to George Bush who “abandoned his free-market principles ‘in order to save the free market.’”  He is referring to Bush and TARP.  But he is the one confused.  Huckabee came out against the stimulus immediately even though John McCain voted for TARP.  Perhaps he recognized that McCain had doomed himself with the TARP “yes” vote after making great strides with conservatives by the Sarah Palin pick.  But Ringer is so blinded he can’t see the political libel he has committed against Huckabee. 

Hatred of Huckabee in some circles has gone irrational.  Ringer joins them, though I do agree with one Ringer thought:  “If he wins the Republican nomination, he will easily annihilate the angry, whining BHO and ascend to the presidency.”  Now that is something to celebrate.  Perhaps Huckabee has finally won over the “he can’t win” folks.   But now it is Ringer who is doing a little recruiting for other intimidators: “Start spreading the word now that Mike Huckabee must be stopped.”  Is that because he is number one?

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[1] For the record, I think the Obama initiative on obesity was unconstitutional and foolish.  I know Ringer finds it hard to believe a Christian like me could be so thoughtful.

15 comments
  1. ” Huckophobia Freaks Out the Establishment”

    Robert Ringer’s “zinger” in his article today claiming Mike Huckabee to be the most dangerous man in America provided this Friday morning with some much needed comic relief. After being totally ignored month after month in the so called “conservative” media, (including even many Fox News reports) now all of a sudden he is “dangerous.” It is beyond humorous to watch the GOP establishment types conjure up every idea known to man to downplay, ignore, or distort “anything Huckabee.” Now suddenly he is “dangerous.” Even the forked-tongued Ann Coulter can’t dream up an effective smack down scheme. I thought he was a liberal hillbilly preacher from Arkansas that was unelectable. He has not even decided yet whether he will join the 2012 GOP contest and probably won’t for some time, yet hit pieces like these from Robert Ringer are already appearing. Can anyone say “over the target?”

    When the New York Times Magazine piece comes out this weekend called “The Education of President Obama” prepare for a comedy parade the likes of which you have never seen. Some of Obama’s aides are secretly predicting their 2012 opponent will not be Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum or John Thune.

    (Shhhhh….it’s Mike Huckabee so we have to change the subject because he’s not an establishment “yes” man that can be controlled ….He has won 109 polls in the past 13 months and we’ve ignored all those without any blow back so lets ignore this too– and if we get get forced into reporting it we can always downplay it or think of a catchy phrase about the hillbilly liberal preacher from Arkansas being “dangerous” or not being electable. As long as Rush, Ann Coulter, Robert Ringer and their ilk keep claiming he’s a liberal – maybe we can keep this charade up a little longer before too many of the American people catch on to our scheme and we get busted.)

    Governor Huckabee did a masterful job with the Michelle Obama interview earlier this year. He proved once again how you can be diametrically opposed to someone politically, but still sit down and find some area of general agreement while not compromising your principles.

    One of the many things that sets Huckabee several levels above his opponents is the fact he knew full well he would be attacked for this, but he did it anyway. He is a man of principle, not political expediency. He possesses a degree of character and integrity that is unheard of in today’s political circles.

    If Keith Olbermann had interviewed Laura Bush a few years ago and continually attacked her husband’s policies with all these “gotcha” moments, conservatives would have been livid.

    Our culture has developed such an attack mentality that when someone with class actually does a legitimate and thoughtful interview they are thrown under the bus for being a “liberal.” Governor Huckabee is so many moves ahead of most of the conservative talking heads in the media it’s literally comical to watch.

    There is no question in my mind that the GOP has within their power the ability to force Obama into being a one termer, but that is only if they get behind Governor Mike Huckabee. Not sure if he will run again , but it would be nice to have a true fiscal and social conservative (not to mention an adult) in the White House. Those who know him best support him the most. There is a reason for that. They know his real record, not the twist fest and nearly humorous distortions that even some “conservatives” engage in.
    I personally know people who lived in Arkansas during his time as Governor. When Huckabee arrived, Arkansas was a corrupt state, with education, unemployment and infrastructure ranking among the lowest in the USA. And despite lowering taxes more than any Arkansas governor in state history, he has always answered for one significant tax hike to rebuild the state’s foundational woes. What you don’t hear much of, is that he signed the bill into law after the voters passed a ballot initiative in favor of the tax funded projects…by 80%!

    Huckabee didn’t raise taxes, the people did. And to say that the most visible advocate for the Fair Tax Plan in American politics is liberal with economic policy, seems more than a little odd. That is not a liberal vision regarding tax reform and economic recovery. It, like many of his ideas and accomplishments, is an example of thinking outside the box and being bold enough to enact creative solutions to big problems,without worrying what the polls will say the next day. He answered to no establishment. He was loyal to no lobbyist.

    What his record shows as an executive leader, is that he is the most deserving person to credit for the literal modernization of the state. By the end of his era, Arkansas proved to be a model for restoration. It had a booming economy, low unemployment, better schools (went from 48th to 9th place), higher incomes and a relatively low tax burden compared to many states. And, though he arrived with the biggest state debt in history, he left with a surplus of millions.

    Mike Huckabee is in a league of his own. He has the most experience of anyone in the GOP bullpen at this time and has a likeability factor that would run off of any chart. Plus, his communication skills would even be envied by Ronald Reagan. If Obama wins a second term, it won’t be because of the liberals. It will be because many so called “conservatives” were so ill-informed and boneheaded where Huckabee is concerned that they failed to unite behind the wisest, most talented leader our nation has seen in a generation. Rush-Beck-Coulter-Malkin and that whole crew offered up Obama for us the last time around , and it would appear they are gearing up for act two in 2012. Had they been honest with themselves and their audiences in 2007-2008, they would not be whining 24/7 today about the socialistic drain America is swirling down — because it’s quite possible Mike Huckabee would be President today.

    While the Robert Ringer’s of the world are fearfully exerting all their efforts and energy into distortions of the real Mike Huckabee as they smugly playing political checkers, Governor Huckabee is playing chess. Great job Mike, keep up the superb work. True conservatives appreciate your wisdom and class and find your approach refreshing.

    1. “Rush-Beck-Coulter-Malkin and that whole crew offered up Obama for us the last time around , and it would appear they are gearing up for act two in 2012. Had they been honest with themselves and their audiences in 2007-2008, they would not be whining 24/7 today about the socialistic drain America is swirling down — because it’s quite possible Mike Huckabee would be President today.”

      That’s at best a cynical statement, and at worst, dishonest. They frankly didn’t believe Mike Huckabee was the best candidate in the 2008 election, and neither did I. I also won’t hesitate to state that considering some of the names brought up for 2012, I still don’t see Huckabee as the best candidate. I don’t know what chances Huckabee would’ve had against Obama in the general election in 2008, but it’s hard for me to see him as having better odds than if it had been Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani or (as it turned out) John McCain.

      1. It wasn’t that they thought he wasn’t the best. They deliberately sunk his candidacy and attacked him, knowing it would give us McCain. Many of the talk shows refused to take calls from Huckabee supporters or anybody opposed to Romney.

        If Romney was their man last time, and he was, they proved they can destroy but they cannot create. This time around, Huckabee is working an end around and may not need their support if he runs.

      2. I disagree with that. When it boiled down to just McCain, Romney, and Huckabee as the remaining contenders, they didn’t like any of them, but because they also knew McCain was so far ahead of Romney & Huckabee as far as committed delegates were concerned, they were ultimately resigned to reluctantly support McCain.

        They didn’t single out Huckabee for destruction; they didn’t believe he was the best candidate, and they presented reasons as to why (something they also did with other candidates in the running for the GOP nomination). I don’t know which talk show hosts refused to listen to Huckabee supporters that you speak of, but I do not believe either Limbaugh or Beck were among the hosts.

      3. As to Beck, I speak from personal experience. I got through to the call screener frequently, but no matter what I wanted to bring up. my calls were refused. Beck went so far as to call Huckabee the Great Satan because he refused to call Beck a Christian.

        I never got through to Limbaugh, but listened for weeks and weeks waiting for calls from Huck supporters, but they never came. Does anybody really believe that no supporters of Huck listened to Limbaugh?

        Mostly what was telling was the support of Romney in spite of Romney Care and his pushing of bailouts for Detroit. There was such a double standard that was so evident.

      4. As to Beck, I speak from personal experience. I got through to the call screener frequently, but no matter what I wanted to bring up. my calls were refused. Beck went so far as to call Huckabee the Great Satan because he refused to call Beck a Christian.

        I never got through to Limbaugh, but listened for weeks and weeks waiting for calls from Huck supporters, but they never came. Does anybody really believe that no supporters of Huck listened to Limbaugh?

        Mostly what was telling was the support of Romney in spite of Romney Care and his pushing of bailouts for Detroit. There was such a double standard that was so evident.

    2. “Rush-Beck-Coulter-Malkin and that whole crew offered up Obama for us the last time around , and it would appear they are gearing up for act two in 2012. Had they been honest with themselves and their audiences in 2007-2008, they would not be whining 24/7 today about the socialistic drain America is swirling down — because it’s quite possible Mike Huckabee would be President today.”

      That’s at best a cynical statement, and at worst, dishonest. They frankly didn’t believe Mike Huckabee was the best candidate in the 2008 election, and neither did I. I also won’t hesitate to state that considering some of the names brought up for 2012, I still don’t see Huckabee as the best candidate. I don’t know what chances Huckabee would’ve had against Obama in the general election in 2008, but it’s hard for me to see him as having better odds than if it had been Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani or (as it turned out) John McCain.

  2. I’m with Anne Coulter. Huckabee is liberal.

    The praise of him that he could beat Obama shouldn’t be taken to heart. Any Republican can beat Obama.

    That being the case, why nominate someone like Huckabee who has no record at turning around a nation headed down an abyss. I’m thinking competence this election. Obama clearly is over his head. This time one’s track record should count. Huckabee would be too busy pastoring to the pardon appellants to govern, he’d be distracted and not focused. Lets not go there.

    1. Thank you for posting on Caffeinated Thoughts.
      “who has no record at turning around a nation headed down an abyss”
      Reagan is dead, who are you referring to?
      Please enlighten us to who this competent person would be…
      Let’s start with the facts, shall we. First, Huckabee didn’t pardon a single criminal in Arkansas, he did not have that power. Second, the claim that pardons were based upon religion is unfounded and has largely come out of the mouths of people who have a bias against fundamentalist Christianity.

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