HONOR IS DUE
Today we honor those that have served our nation in the military. There is no higher form of service and no greater level of sacrifice than to knowingly put one’s life into harm’s way in defense of this country. To such people we owe a debt that can never be repaid.
A simple “THANK YOU” seems insufficient but it is all we have to offer. It is offered with the deepest sincerity possible.
QOTD – Is Huckabee Running?
We have made well known here our opinion that Sarah Palin is not going to run – she lacks the organization; she does not have what is called in the political biz “a camp.” She has fans, but that does not a campaign make.
Over the weekend, similar questions began to swirl around Mike Huckabee. We first heard them, in private, related to his obvious weight gain. But then it got serious in the press. Tuesday’s WSJ Political Diary (subscription required) had this to say:
The latest Gallup poll shows Mike Huckabee as the Republican frontrunner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, but he sure isn’t acting like it.
The poll found that 71% of Republicans say they would seriously consider voting for Mr. Huckabee, while 65% said the same about Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. That might sound worth celebrating, but Mr. Huckabee was apparently too busy seething yesterday in an interview with Politico.com about how his two potential opponents are overshadowing him.
Sarah Palin kicks off a book tour next week for her memoir “Going Rogue.” The tour’s already attracted obsessive media coverage, leaving little of the spotlight for Mr. Huckabee’s “A Simple Christmas,” which he has been promoting in a trip to 22 states. Griped Mr. Huckabee: “Some of the people who had excoriated me and really been very dismissive of me for views that I had taken, and labeled me anything from a populist to an ignoramus — the same people have been very defensive [of] and laudatory to Sarah Palin. . . . I’m glad she’s getting the props — I know I’m not nearly as attractive.”
Then there’s Mitt Romney, whom some GOP opinion leaders and pundits already are calling the Republicans’ best shot at beating President Obama if the economy remains depressed in 2012. But Mr. Huckabee likened Mr. Romney to “the Kristen Wiig character on ‘Saturday Night Live,’” who is constantly making implausible claims for herself to upstage everyone around her.
Apparently Mr. Huckabee’s meeting with Club for Growth President Pat Toomey in the spring didn’t help assuage his bad feelings toward Mr. Romney and the so-called Wall Street gang either. “[The meeting] wasn’t very productive. I realized then that these guys are just what I thought they were — they’re pay for play, and they do it anonymously on behalf of people who don’t want to be known as the funders of these hit operations. I find that repulsive,” said Mr. Huckabee about the Club for Growth.
Everybody needs a role model. Mr. Huckabee’s seems to be the ever-resentful Richard Nixon.
Given that fiscal conservatives are the people Huck will have to win over to beat Romney, TNR calls this knock on CfG “the functional equivalent of Mitt Romney trashing evangelicals.” Exit question: Is Huck running or not?
So, far be it from us not to hop on this bus. Huckabee will run. But, as last time, it will not be a genuine effort. Last time, Huckabee lacked a serious organization, and he pulled any number of stunts that were “un-presidential” to say the least. Who can forget his famous, “I’m not going to do what I am about to do to show you I can do it,” press conference? Huckabee needs the appearance of candidacy for credibility, and he garnered way too much free publicity last time to not take a shot at it again.
The real exit question is: Will people take him seriously enough this time, as they did last time, to affect the outcome of the primaries?
Catholics In The Cross Hairs
FoxNews reports on efforts by Catholic Bishops to get abortion funding out of the health care bill. They do so because Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) [ed note: as a CA resident all I can say is *SIGH*} early in the day threatened the tax exempt status of the Roman Catholic Church and generally went on petulant anti-religious tirade quite reminiscent, absent the violence, of the petulance witnessed in the wake of the passage of Prop 8. At The Corner John J. Pitney pointed out:
Of course, Representative Woolsey is not the first Democrat to object to legislative advocacy by the clergy. Here is another:
It is an attempt to establish a theocracy to take charge of our politics and our legislation. It is an attempt to make the legislative power of this country subordinate to the church. It is not only to unite Church and State, but it is to put the State in subordination to the dictates of the church.