The Primaries are Over – Huckabee Takes Two Steps Backwards

Recently I’ve been blogging about bridging the gap with Huckabee supporters. Yesterday I posted Conciliatory Tones… It’s a Start to give recognition to the efforts of some HA members who seem to be willing to accept or offer an olive branch.

Unfortunately Huckabee’s focus doesn’t seem to be bridging that gap but further dividing it. Bad mouthing Romney openly on national TV will not be viewed by Romney supporters as uniting the party. He has effectively taken two steps backwards in that regard. Yes, Huckabee says that he will support a McCain/Romney ticket it there happens to be one, but that comment by no means hides his clear attempt to keep Romney off that ticket. A Romney VP nomination means Huckabee enters 2012 as an underdog again and he’ll have some serious ground to make up, and he knows it.

I’m sure the disdain between Romney and Huckabee is mutual. But let me point out something here – since Romney has dropped out of the primaries back in February he has not made any negative reference to Huckabee, let alone any mention of him at all. But I have heard things from Huckabee at least five times now. He just can’t seem to let it go. And he can’t let it go because he wants his supporters fired up to prevent Romney being on the ticket and prevent him from being the “heir apparent”.

I appreciate the comments from Huckabee supporters on my post from yesterday, and I now want to make some points concerning what was said. I agree that the media loves that fact that there is this schism in the GOP and are playing it up for all it’s worth. BUT…Huckabee seems all too willing to give them fuel to keep the fire going. YES, I am stating that he is purposefully giving them fodder to banter around with.

Now, what is the real reason for my beef with Huckabee? Among other things I disagree with, this is what Huckabee said:

I think the issue is that, you know, in many ways, Mitt Romney has had very definite swings of position, not just on one or two things, but on many of the issues.

That is a lie. Whether Huckabee believes it or not it is a lie. The media (and Huckabee supporters) have clung to this flip-flop mantra and have taken it far beyond what it’s worth. We have said it many times before and have provided much proof: Romney flipped on abortion, but never flopped. He did not flip, nor flop, on gay marriage, guns, the war in Iraq, support for Bush or Reagan, or any of the other things he’s been accused of. That dead horse has been beat for far too long, and boy does that dead horse really stink. The worst thing about it is that Huckabee is doing it on national TV for his own political agenda, and at the cost of a broken GOP. Thanks, Huck.

Here is the YouTube of Huckabee’s comment so you can see everything in it’s context:

Like I said, Romney as been completely mum about Huckabee since the primaries. Here’s a quote from Romney’s spokesman I found on Jonathan Martin’s Blog:

The primaries are over,” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said when asked for comment about Huckabee’s statements. “Now, the task of all Republicans is on uniting the party to help elect John McCain, not on sowing division.

Ditto.

~Nate Gunderson

Addendum: Quote from Jonathan Martin’s post from yesterday

At the same time, Huckabee’s Michigan supporters met with McCain social conservative liaison Marlys Popma last night in Saginaw. Though ostensibly held to discuss how Huckabee’s loyalists can help McCain, supporters of the former Arkansas governor also used the get-together to warn against tapping Romney, according to an attendee.

Elizabeth Sipfle, who called me without prompting, said picking Huckabee’s detested primary rival would amount to a poke in the eye of Huckabee’s supporters.

“We made it clear that we want Huckabee to be recognized,” said Sipfle, an Oakland County lawyer who chaired the Michigan effort of the volunteer “Huck’s Army.” “When you snub him, you snub GOP votes.”

Sipfle said she and her fellow Huckabee supporters were disappointed when a former Romney aide who is now working for McCain showed up at the meeting.

“It just was bad taste — and it didn’t go unnoticed,” she said.

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6 Responses to The Primaries are Over – Huckabee Takes Two Steps Backwards

  1. ecwoodrow says:

    But I have heard things from Huckabee at least five times now. He just can’t seem to let it go.

    Nate, I think you’re forgetting that Mike is a Fox News Contributor now. He’s on TV more than Mitt and just about every time he’s on they ask him “What do you think about Mitt Romney for VP?” and he gives him his opinion. It’s his job.

    Honestly, I’m starting to think that neither Mike nor Mitt should be on the ticket with Mccain. It should probably be someone that both sides can agree on, and not someone that might alienate the other 30% of the party.

  2. ecwoodrow says:

    But I have heard things from Huckabee at least five times now. He just can’t seem to let it go.

    Nate, I think you’re forgetting that Mike is a Fox News Contributor now. He’s on TV more than Mitt and just about every time he’s on they ask him “What do you think about Mitt Romney for VP?” and he gives him his opinion. It’s his job.

    Honestly, I’m starting to think that neither Mike nor Mitt should be on the ticket with Mccain. It should probably be someone that both sides can agree on, and not someone that might alienate the other 30% of the party.

  3. Nate G. says:

    ecwoodrow,

    The earlier instance were months, just a couple weeks after Romney dropped out.

    I do vaguely recall a while back when Romney was asked to comment about Huckabee (after Romney dropped out) still being in the race. Though they were baiting he didn’t take it and declined to say anything bad about Huck, knowing it would do no good. I wish I had a reference for that but I don’t.

    You may be right about that your last point.

  4. Nate G. says:

    ecwoodrow,

    The earlier instance were months, just a couple weeks after Romney dropped out.

    I do vaguely recall a while back when Romney was asked to comment about Huckabee (after Romney dropped out) still being in the race. Though they were baiting he didn’t take it and declined to say anything bad about Huck, knowing it would do no good. I wish I had a reference for that but I don’t.

    You may be right about that your last point.

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