Mike Huckabee

Les Phillip, Like Moses, Has Been Called By God

Inspired by the earlier post about Les Phillip, who is running for Congress in Alabama, and his ad declaring that President Obama "played with terrorists" and allowed his "america-hating pastor to baptize his children," I started to watch some of the other videos Phillip has posted to his YouTube page ... including this one which comes across like something you'd see at a corporate conference, until the music fades away around the 3:30 mark as Phillip explains that he decided to run for Congress after watching President Obama's State of the Union address and seeing more than half of the audience "clapping for things that myself, my buddies, and most people in uniform were willing to die for, to prevent." 

So upset was Phillip by the spectacle that he retreated to the bathroom where he prayed to God to do something to stop America's descent into socialism, to which God responded by calling on Phillip to run for Congress ... just like Moses in front of the burning bush. 

And then out comes Mike Huckabee to declare Phillip a man who will be "one of our national leaders in the Republican party for a long time to come":

Huckabee-Backed House Candidate: Obama "Played With Terrorists" and Allowed "America-Hating Pastor to Baptize His Children"

Last summer, we wrote a post about Les Phillip who is running for a seat in Congress representing District 5 in Alabama after he received Mike Huckabee's endorsement and then ended up losing tens of thousands of dollars covering Huckabee's expenses when he appeared for a fundraising event.

The only reason I bring that up now is because, via David Weigel, we see that Phillip is running a rather remarkable new ad:

This is the story of two young men. One fell in with left-wing radicals; the other immigrated to America.

While one played with terrorists and allowed his America-hating pastor to baptize his children, the other joined the Navy to defend his country.

I love America, but President Obama is ashamed of it.

I'm going to Congress to help stop him from destroying our nation ... and they're not going to call me a racist.

I'm Les Phillip and I took and oath to defend this country against enemies foreign and domestic and I approve this message.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • According to the new Coral Ridge Ministries "documentary" on socialism, the whole country is going to end up like Detroit if President Obama has his way.
  • National Association of Evangelicals has announced its willingness to partner with groups that offer contraceptive services and other programs aimed at reducing the number of abortions.
  • The ACLJ is demanding that the Department of Justice allow volunteers to erect a replacement cross Mojave Desert World War I memorial.
  • Mike Huckabee is taking his Fox News show to Las Vegas.
  • Liberty Counsel says Dont' Ask, Don't Tell must be retained because "the military should not be used as a pawn to promote a political agenda, nor should it be used for a social experiment to deconstruct the family." Huh? 
  • I continue to be amazed by rigorous logic displayed by the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer.
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Maggie Gallagher: "Sarah Palin had me at the word 'Trig.'"

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The Family Research Council finally responds to the news regarding its co-founder George Rekers by claiming that haven't had contact with him in over a decade.
  • Mike Huckabee wants the border sealed ... and wants you to join him in wanting it.
  • James Dobson says sleepovers are dangerous.
  • You know, George W. Bush had two opportunities to nominate evangelicals to the Supreme Court, but Ken Blackwell prefers to attack Obama.
  • Just a reminder that right-wing groups do more than oppose gays and abortion ... like helping people censor books they find offensive from their local library.
  • Finally, the incoherent quote of the day from the AFA 's Bryan Fischer: "Shahzad tried to bomb Times Square first because of his hatred for George Bush, a hatred constantly inflamed by the loose bloviating of Barack Obama. And, secondly, he tried to bomb Times Square in retaliation for drone attacks on his countrymen ordered by Barack Obama. So we've got a tidy little package here. It's all Barack Hussein Obama's fault. Obama himself says so without even realizing it."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Cliff Kincaid's America's Survival, Inc has released a "new blockbuster report argues that the admission of open and active homosexuals into the U.S. Armed Forces threatens the lives of our service personnel."
  • The vice-president of the American Family Association of Kentucky, John Brewer, is among the candidates in the Republican primary for the 28th Kentucky House seat.
  • Guess what?  The AFA's Bryan Fischer thinks Arizona's new immigration law is great.  Who ever would have imagined?
  • Ken Cuccinelli "has demanded that the University of Virginia turn over documents related to a former UVa climatology professor at the center of the so-called 'climategate' scandal."
  • Exciting: "Fox News personality and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is in Nashville to record a music project with various country artists. A source close to the sessions, who declined to provide any other details, said it will probably be officially announced in June in conjunction with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Nashville."
  • Finally, the quote of the day from the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, hailing Rep. Jack Kingston's call for a Congressional investigation into why Perkins and Franklin Graham saw their speaking invitations withdrawn: "I join Congressman Kingston in his call for a thorough Congressional investigation, which will hopefully put a stop to this Administration's efforts to compel the military to do its political bidding. DOD should stand for the Department of Defense - not the Department of Disinvitation of Bible-believing Christians." Ummm ... wouldn't that make it the DODOBBC? 

Dobson: "As You Know, I Do Not Personally Endorse Many Political Candidates"

Back in February, James Dobson announced his endorsement of Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who is running for the vacant US Senate in Kansas, claiming that while he normally didn't endorse candidates, 2010 was so important that he had to make an exception: 

As you know, I do not personally endorse many political candidates. However, with the stakes so high in the 2010 elections, I believe it is imperative that we elect Christian leaders who will fight for the principles that promote strong family values. That is why I am enthusiastically endorsing Todd Tiahrt in his race for the United States Senate.

If the idea that Dobson was reluctant to endorse candidates seemed odd to you, you were not alone, considering that he endorsed Mike Huckabee back in 2008 and then all but endorsed John McCain after explicitly and repeatedly declaring that he would not vote for McCain under any circumstances.

Since then, Dobson has gone on to endorse several other candidates heading into the 2010 elections: 

Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, for re-election in 2010.

“Over the years, Gov. Perry has established a record that is consistently pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-religious liberty,” said Dr. Dobson. “He has demonstrated his deep regard for the sanctity of life by signing more pro-life bills into law than any other governor in Texas history. He demonstrated his support for the God-given institution of marriage by strongly supporting the Texas Marriage Amendment. And he has helped lead the effort to establish the strongest protections for religious liberty in the state of Texas. No other candidate in this race measures up to the high standards established by Gov. Perry on these critical issues of our day.”

Dan Coats

Dr. James Dobson, the influential evangelical and founder of Focus on the Family, is endorsing Republican Dan Coats in the race for Senate in Indiana, the Coats campaign said Monday.

“I have long respected former Senator Dan Coats for his integrity and his legislative influence in the Congress,” Dobson said in a statement. “I also admire his personal commitment to his Christian faith in public life. Dan has been a consistent leader of pro-family causes and a stalwart defender of unborn children. If my wife Shirley and I were Hoosiers, we would definitely vote for Dan Coats in the May 4th primary.”

In addition to the endorsement, Dobson cut a radio ad on Coats’ behalf that is set to run starting on Tuesday.

Trey Grayson

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, announced today that he is endorsing Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

“Trey Grayson is the only candidate with the conviction to lead on the issues that matter to Kentucky families. His unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life and the family resonates with me. I know that he will be a leader on these issues, not just another Senator who checks the box. As a matter of conscience, I encourage Kentuckians to support Trey Grayson on May 18th,” said Dobson.

You know, for someone who claims not to "personally endorse many political candidates," James Dobson sure does seem to be personally endorsing a lot of political candidates.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann's Tea Party rally cost taxpayers $14,000.
  • Speaking of Bachmann, she and Rep. Steve King are so in sync that they are now sharing a press secretary.
  • Niger Innin and Harry Jackson are taking their bogus "war on the poor" effort to the Tea Party crowd.
  • FRC's Peter Sprigg blasts Census officials for telling gay couples to report themselves as married .
  • It is "unlikely" that Tommy Thompson will challenge Sen. Russ Feingold.
  • Mike Huckabee has now registered to vote in Florida.
  • Behold an upcoming FRC event: "How a Climate Change Treaty Threatens You, Your Nation and Your Church." Not "How a Climate Change Threatens You, Your Nation and Your Church," but "How a Climate Change Treaty Threatens You, Your Nation and Your Church."
  • Finally, quote of the day from David Brooks: "First, let’s all stop paying attention to Sarah Palin for a little while ... She is in 2010 what Jerry Falwell was from the mid-1990s until his death — a conservative cartoon inflated by media. Evangelicals used to say that Falwell had three main constituency groups — ABC, CBS and NBC."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Not surprisingly, right-wing judicial nominations groups are hoping to exploit the Tea Party movement in opposing Obama's SCOTUS nominee.
  • Mike Huckabee claims The Perspective grossly distorted on gay marriage and Michael Steel; The Perspective responds by releasing the audio of the interview to support their article.
  • Joseph Farah calls John McCain "the father of the Birther movement."
  • CWA's "Issue Specialist for Pornography" is very concerned about Miley Cyrus and Dakota Fanning.
  • The National Organization for Marriage is running ads targeting New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.
  • Who knew quitting could be so lucrative?
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Norton O. Rodriguez: "The film Kick Ass has crossed every imaginable line Hollywood has had when dealing with kids, guns and violence. Our nation's youth is already suffering from violent acts such as: bullying, teen depression, teen suicide and youth violence is already out of control in this country... And now Hollywood comes out with a film that promotes and glorifies guns and youth violence to the max. Please, say NO to Kick-Ass the movie."

Get Ready For the Virtual Tax Revolt

Do you remember earlier this year when the Virtual March for Life was held to coincide with the annual National March for Life, where individuals could create avatars of themselves and join in an on-line march with the avatars of Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Tony Perkins?

Well, if you missed out on that, get ready to participate in the "Online Tax Revolt":

Tea Party activists are planning an Online Tax Revolt that will send an army of avatars on a virtual march on Washington on Tax Day, April 15.

The interactive march is being spearheaded by conservative activists such as former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist. It also includes some current members of Congress, such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. The campaign is protesting the tax policies of the Obama administration.

Once again, Mike Huckabee is participating as are Grover Norquist, Dick Armey, John McCain, Joe The Plumber, Phyllis Schlafly, Richard Viguerie, and dozens of others:

Baptist Church to Be Cut Off Over Female Pastor

Back during the last presidential election, questions were raised about the Southern Baptist Convention's position that women are subservient to men, especially as it related to Mike Huckabee and his support for the belief that "a wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ."

The issue came up again when John McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate, with people like Tony Perkins and Richard Land saying it was perfectly acceptable for Palin to possible be VP, but not okay for a woman to serve in a leadership position within the church.

Well, the issue is coming up once more, as the Georgia Baptist Convention is considering cutting ties with a local church where a husaband and wife team have been serving as co-pastors:

A more than 95-year-old church in Atlanta may be ousted from the Southern Baptist Convention over a woman pastor.

The Rev. Mimi Walker has been serving as co-pastor at Druid Hills Baptist Church with her husband, the Rev. Graham Walker, since 2003. But earlier this month, leaders of the Georgia Baptist Convention recommended cutting ties with the local congregation.


Dr. Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the Baptist Faith and Message does not state that "women are to be subservient to men." They are of equal worth before God, he stated earlier.

And though women are gifted for service in the church, Land says the New Testament teaches that "a woman is not to usurp authority over the man" and thus women are not to serve as pastors.

It was just last year that Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, warned that the SBC risked dying out if it did not find a way to stop losing members. 

Of course, that was said just weeks after the SBC had kicked out a church due to the fact that it was insufficiently hostile to gays.

It should also be noted that this would be the second time in a year that the Georgia Baptist Convention has severed ties with a local church over a female pastor.

Huckabee, Scarborough, and Brinson Are Getting The Band Back Together

Back when Mike Huckabee was running for President, Rick Scarborugh of Vision America and Randy Brinson of Redeem The Vote set out to host a series of "Patriot Pastors" rallys on his behalf across Iowa ahead of the caucuses.

Though Huckabee and Brison had big plans for the events, they never amounted to much, though Huckabee went on to win Iowa anyway.

Now, two years later, Huckabee, Brinson, and Scarborough are teaming up again, this time for an email blitz aimed at defeating health care reform:

This weekend's health care showdown in Congress will test the political clout of evangelical Protestant activists, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who are rushing to muster mass opposition to the Democratic bill endorsed by President Obama.

Dr. Randy Brinson, founder of Redeem the Vote, said evangelical leaders will target first-time voters, including Catholics, particularly in the Midwest, and voters not normally involved in religious or social activism, with an appeal highlighted by an e-mail from Mr. Huckabee.

Over the next few days, Mr. Huckabee's name, picture and words will appear on what organizers say will be "millions of electronic messages" urging voters to tell lawmakers to stand firm against the health care bill, set for a climactic vote Sunday in the House.

Mr. Huckabee, who ran for the 2008 Republican presidential nod, has teamed up with the Rev. Rick Scarborough of Vision America and Dr. Brinson, a Montgomery, Ala., founder of Optimum Impact LLC, which he describes as the "largest purveyor of e-mail data regarding political messaging."

"President Obama, [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid are doing everything in their power to push through a health care bill that would mandate federally funded abortions, along with a host of other issues that the American people have clearly said they don't want," Mr. Huckabee claims in his e-mail pitch ... The Huckabee e-mails will go to constituents of eight pro-life House Democrats who are considered on the fence or were heavily lobbied by Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders.

Keep in mind that Brinson claims to control a massive email list containing more than 70 million contacts ... and that Scarborough is a self-proclaimed Christocrat and Birther.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he will sue if Congress passes health care reform.
  • Pastor Don Hamer, founder of the right-wing "Better Courts Now" campaign, died of a heart attack yesterday.
  • Ralph Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition of Georgia is partnering with the Tea Partiers at Americans for Prosperity for a "Defending the American Dream Summit" which will feature Neal Boortz, Herman Cain, Erick Erickson, Jonathan Krohn, and others.
  • Apparently, Alberto Gonzales and several other former Texas Supreme Court Justices are preparing to endorse Debra Lehrmann in her run-off election against Rick Green.
  • Were gay soldiers responsible for the massacre at Srebrenica?
  • Finally, Mike Huckabee tells the Boy Scouts that the keys to America success are the "Judeo-Christian values system" and the Ten Commandments.

Janet Porter Defends Her Insanity

Last night, Alan Colmes had Janet Porter on his radio program to discuss her recent appearance at the "Convergence 2010" conference where she prayed for God to give Christians total control over the media

Porter began by suggesting that the footage of her prayer was obtained illegally and that Generals International is considering suing whoever obtained and posted the footage (that would be us) and then things only got worse, with Porter saying that she was not asking for complete control over the media, only equal access.  When Colmes pointed out that that was not what she was praying for, as she was asking God to take power away from the unrighteous and give it to the righteous, Porter then made a rather strange attempt at assuring Colmes that she was a great supporter of Israel and Jews, as if that had anything to do with anything.

Colmes then spent several minutes trying to get Porter to answer the simple question of whether she believes that non-Christians should have any power and influence, which she refused to answer before finally saying that yes, that is what she is praying for and then asserting that regardless of what anyone believes, there is a "one true living God."

For some reason, Porter kept insisting that this was somehow an attack on her right to pray, which Colmes diligently tried to explain was not the issue as nobody was attacking her right to pray or speak as she sees fit, but to no avail.

Eventually, the discussion turned to the May Day prayer rally she is hosting at the Lincoln Memorial and Porter defended her assertions that America is cursed for having elected Barack Obama, that anyone who has ever voted for a pro-choice candidate is cursed, and that anyone who voted for Obama is going to hell.

She went on to say that she supports Mike Huckabee because he is a pro-life, Christian candidate and backed away a bit from her claims that the swine flu vaccine was all part of an effort to round-up conservatives into internment camps and commit genocide, claiming that she did not agree with every guest she has had on her program, even though she did think this guest raised some valid questions. 

Her explanation of this was totally misleading, as she kept saying that her bringing someone on to her show to discuss this issue was no different than Colmes bringing her on to his show, in that the host does not necessarily agree with the views of their guest.  But unlike Colmes, Porter has never once brought someone on to her program in order to debate their views; she brings people on to her program for the sole purpose of sharing their views with her audience.

To close it out, Porter claimed that the Obama administration was seeking to shut down freedom of speech for conservatives and Christians via things like hate crimes legislation and taking over the internet:

Matt Barber's Two Minute Hate

Via Good As You we see that Matt Barber got together with Concerned Women for America to discuss their mutual opposition to repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell and discuss Barber's most recent column in which he asserts that the FDA's policy banning gay men from donating blood should, for some reason, be playing a central role in the debate.

The entire segment was just under fifteen minutes long, but I've edited it down to just over two minutes in an effort to demonstrate that, for all of Barber's supposed concerns about morality or safety or unit cohesion or whatever, he fundamentally just hates gay people, as he wonders if the military will have to "stamp a scarlet G" on the uniforms of gay men so that everyone knows they can't give blood and complains that nobody is willing to acknowledge the "pink elephant in the room," which is that a "radical, obnoxious President" is intent on appeasing "a loud and obnoxious minority of sexual anarchists who are trying to redefine what is or is not normal":

You know, now might be a good time to point out that when Barber released a collection of his rantings in book form last year, it was glowingly blurbed by both Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Today was James Dobson's final broadcast for Focus on the Family, and to show there are no hard feelings, Focus donated $1 million toward his new venture with his son.
  • Tony Perkins' being uninvited to the prayer luncheon was big news on right-wing outlets today.
  • A collection of Religious Right leaders have sent a letter to Congress asking it to stop DC's march toward marriage equality.
  • "Atheism and Secular Humanism" were to blame for The Holocaust, not Christianity. Good to know.
  • The CADC's Gary Cass,  who continues to insist that the murder of two street preachers in Florida was an act of anti-Christian violence despite an utter lack of evidence, declares that "we need to send a message that this kind of violence against Christians cannot be tolerated in our culture."
  • Finally, quote of the day from WorldNetDaily columnist Robert Ringer attacking Mike Huckabee for interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama: "Mike Huckabee's Slick Willie cleverness makes him hard to pin down, but his interview with Michelle Obama connected a lot of the dots for me. I once speculated that Mike Huckabee could possibly get the Republican nomination without the support of the Republican Party's conservative base if he could put together a coalition of evangelicals and disenfranchised independents and liberal Democrats. Today, I'm here to tell you to forget about that theory. It won't happen. By interviewing Michelle Obama on his show – apparently without concern for Rush Limbaugh's recent chest pains – he lost any chance he may have had for gaining the Republican nomination."

Anti-Gay Diatribe Opens Huckabee, Vander Plaats Event In Iowa

Let's say you have several minutes to fill before your featured guests, Mike Huckabee and Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, arrive at your event and take to the podium to speak.

What do you do?

Well you give that time to local radio host Jan Mickelson to spend several minutes railing against gay marriage, of course, just like the Iowa Family Policy Council did earlier this week:

Christians can’t “tolerate” same-sex marriage because to do so would be to give up beliefs and accept the homosexual lifestyle as “healthy and normal,” radio host Jan Mickelson said while introducing GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at a public event Wednesday.

Mickelson was addressing a fundraiser for the Iowa Family Policy Center. The influential social conservative organization has formally endorsed Vander Plaats’ campaign and vowed to sit out the November election if he’s not the candidate.

“Personally, I think two guys pretending to be sexual mates are making a mistake,” he said. “More than that, they are violating the design of their bodies. More than that, they are sinning against their maker. More than that, they are likely to shorten their lives in this world and impair their destinies in the next.”


Mickelson quickly turned his attention to the current situation in Iowa, saying that because a “a liberal court, a liberal legislature and a liberal governor” are standing up for same-sex marriage, groups like the Iowa Family Policy Center, and candidates like Vander Plaats, must resist.

“I’m really up for it,” Mickelson said. “I’m really up for this ruckus.”

Then Mickelson turned the podium over to Huckabee and Vander Plaats.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • How long before Lauren Ashley becomes the next right-wing hero?
  • James Dobson's time at Focus on the Family officially ends this week.
  • Mike Huckabee pleads for civility after right-wing bloggers savage him for interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama, saying "it seemed [they] wanted me to bring her on my show only if I yelled at her. Or it seemed they wanted me to hit her."
  • I have to say that the orchestrated manner in which Liberty University is pressing for its own polling station ought to be enough to give one pause regarding the school's impact on future elections.
  • Finally, the Quote of the Day from AFA's Bryan Fischer:  "And why is it that defenders of natural marriage are always the ones who get told to shut up? If advocates for special rights for homosexuals would just shut up, this controversy would go away tomorrow. If they would take their behavior back to the bedroom instead of demanding approval for it in the streets and at conservative conferences, they’d be left alone and this conversation would be unnecessary."

CPAC Strikes Back At Huckabee

I don't know if Mike Huckabee intends to make another run for president in 2012, but if he does, I have to say that I find his strategy of attacking and alienating conservative groups rather confusing. 

As we noted earlier, for this first time in the last several years Huckabee skipped CPAC and explained that he did so because the event was becoming too pointless, corrupt, and libertarian.

Not surprisingly, CPAC organizers did not take too kindly to Huckabee's slam:

The organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference are hitting back at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who argued over the weekend that the annual convention's influence among conservatives is waning.

CPAC is becoming "increasingly libertarian and less Republican," Huckabee told Fox News on Saturday, one reason he said he decided not to attend this year.

But that claim is not true, said David Keene, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, which has organized CPAC for 37 years.

"We were frankly a perplexed by Governor Huckabee's comments about CPAC given our long and cordial relationship with him and his family," Keene said in a statement provided to CNN.

Keene said Huckabee could not appear at the conference due to a scheduling conflict with his television show. At no point, he said, did Huckabee express concerns about the legitimacy of the event.

"We offered him several time slots, but on December 18th received an email from his scheduler saying essentially what the Governor's daughter told reporters over the weekend," Keene said. "The email from Kristin Dulin, the Governor's Director of Scheduling, said that he wouldn't be able to join us because he would have to be in New York to do his show, but assured us that he 'appreciates the invitation and hopes that you have a wonderful event.'"

Huckabee, who finished a disappointing tie for sixth place in the CPAC presidential straw poll, also accused the conference of being a "pay for play" event, not "truly grassroots."

Keene said the governor "has been misinformed."

"Many of those invited are from groups that are neither co-sponsors nor financial supporters of the conference itself," he said in the statement.

Since he lost the GOP primary to John McCain, Huckabee has attacked several high-profile Religious Right leaders and organizations by name, accusing them of being sell-outs and fundamentally irrelevant.

Of course, Huckabee lost to McCain due in large part to the fact that he couldn't get the support of these influential groups and individuals.  As such, it is rather hard to understand how he expects to be able to get their support next time around, should he decide to run again, when he's intent on spending more time attacking them than trying to win them over.

CPAC: Paul Wins Straw Poll While Huckabee Dismisses Event As Meaningless and Corrupt

While watching CPAC last week, I was wondering to myself why Mike Huckabee wasn't participating?  Did organizers decide to snub him by not inviting him or did he snub the convention by refusing to attend? After all, Huckabee had been given a speaking slot in the main auditorium each of the last three years.

But this year Huckabee skipped the event and blasted it as pointless, corrupt, and too libertarian:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee blasted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday as outdated, nearly corrupt and unrepresentative of the conservative movement.

Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential contender and potential 2012 candidate who had spoken at the conference for years, said the reason he blew it off this year was that the meeting has become dominated by libertarian activists.

“CPAC has becoming increasingly more libertarian and less Republican over the last years, one of the reasons I didn’t go this year,” Huckabee said in an interview with Fox News, where he is a paid analyst and has his own show.

He was responding to a question about whether he was upset by his single-digit showing in the conference’s straw poll, which was won by libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

But it wasn’t the only criticism the Arkansan leveled at CPAC.

Huckabee said the rise of the tea party movement had “taken all of the oxygen out of the room,” rendering the venerable conference far less relevant than it had been in previous years.

“Where CPAC was historically the event, the tea parties are having their own events all over the country and a lot more truly grassroots people are getting involved because of the tea parties,” said the former governor.

And, goaded by Fox Host Geraldo Rivera, Huckabee went even further.

“Because of the way that it solicits sponsors, it’s almost becomes a pay-for-play,” he said. “It’s kind of like, who will pay money to be able to be a sponsor and get time in the program. That’s one of the things that has hurt its credibility in the last couple of years.”

I have to say that I agree with Huckabee's assessment that something has happen to CPAC when Ron Paul is winning its straw poll

For the last three years, the poll has been won by Mitt Romeny with Paul hovering around 10% ... and this year Paul beat Romney by almost ten points.  In recent years, Paul has largely been treated as a sideshow by the conservative establishment which viewed him as far outside the mainstream of the movement but tolerated him because he had a relatively small but extremely dedicated base of support that somewhat overlapped with the movement in general.

The fact that Paul could pull in 10% of the vote at CPAC in previous years was generally a source of embarrassment to organizers. This year, Paul won (and organizers were utterly mortified.)

If that doesn't signal that the conservative movement has completely lost it bearings, I don't know what does.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • For some reason, Mike Huckabee thought it necessary to remind everyone that he is "unequivocally" pro-life.
  • FRC praises VA Gov. Bob McDonnell for making it easier for employers to fire gay employees.
  • Does anybody care what Ted Nugent thinks about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. If so, here you go.
  • Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham delivered his "State of the Nation"address last night.  Guess how he thinks the nation is doing?
  • Gary Bauer calls The Mount Vernon Statement "a seminal document reflecting both the past and the future of intellectual conservatism."
  • The Susan B. Anthony List and dozens of other right-wing groups have sent a letter to President Obama and Minority Leader John Boehner demanding there be no "taxpayer funding of abortion on-demand" in any health care reform legislation.
  • LifeNews.com, National Clergy Council, National Pro-life Religious Council, Operation Outcry, Priests for Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Wallbuilders and others are joining forces to launch a series of "Voter Registration Sundays."
  • Quote of the Day from the AFA's Bryan Fischer: "Our first order of business is to identify candidates who will be guided by the moral law of God in forming public policy, whose worldviews align with the value system found in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and help them become our 'ministers of God,' secular priests exercising sacred authority in the public square."
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Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/30/2014, 10:42am
David Lane is an extremely influential but notoriously media-shy Religious Right activist who regularly organizes secretive events at which leading Republican politicians speak to pastors in key swing states in an effort to mobilize conservative Christian voters. He is also a full-blown Christian nationalist who believes that the Bible should serve as "the principal textbook" for public education and has warned that the United States would see car bombings all over the nation as a result of God's judgment because "homosexuals [were] praying at the inauguration" of... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Saturday 09/27/2014, 8:51am
Mike Huckabee spoke at last night's session of the Values Voter Summit, where he made the case that President Obama was re-elected and America is now "on the precipice of disaster" because conservative Christians ignored God's call to vote in the last election. A good portion of Huckabee's speech was dedicated to rattling off statistics about how few Evangelical and like-minded Christians are registered to vote, which is made worse by the fact that only a small percentage of those who are registered even bother to actually vote. "When the call is coming to us from... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 09/25/2014, 1:50pm
At the Values Voter Summit, which begins this Friday, Republican politicians and Religious Right leaders will come together to rebuke President Obama, attack the gay community and decry the current state of affairs in the U.S. Subtlety and nuance aren’t this crowd’s strong suits. In fact, it wasn’t that hard for us to come up with a list of at least 15 scheduled summit speakers and panelists who believe that America has gotten so bad under Obama’s leadership that the country has become just like Nazi Germany. 1. Tony Perkins Family Research Council President Tony... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 09/25/2014, 1:10pm
It is no secret that Sen. Ted Cruz is a favorite of Religious Right activists. After all, at last year’s Values Voter Summit, the Texas Republican received a euphoric welcome and when one member of the audience declared that God supported Cruz’s effort to shut down the government, he was met with an enthusiastic round of applause. It’s no wonder that Cruz has won the hearts of the GOP’s far-right base, given his penchant for paranoid and incendiary rhetoric along with his boasts about his superior religious convictions. And the affection seems to be mutual. If Cruz... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 09/24/2014, 1:43pm
Mike Huckabee responded in a Newsmax interview today to new Pew findings showing that “a growing share of the American public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics,” saying that the poll results “give me a great sense of comfort that America is coming to understand that it cannot explain its history apart from an understanding of the providence of God.” Huckabee went on to explain how these poll results are very encouraging because all tax and spending issues stem back to a lack of “character and integrity” among the citizenry. “I know this... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/15/2014, 11:21am
Mike Huckabee closed out his remarks at last night's "Star Spangled Sunday" event by recounting how, many years ago, he used to watch Arkansas Razorbacks basketball games when they were re-broadcast late at night, especially when he already knew that they had won the game when it was played live earlier in the day because, no matter what the score was at any point, he knew that his team would ultimately win. Huckabee urged those in attendance to apply this same lesson in response to the threat from radical Islam, saying that they should read the Bible in order to realize that... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 09/12/2014, 3:19pm
Yesterday, Vision America's Rick Scarborough hosted a conference call with Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins that, as far as we can determine, was designed to promote the "Give Me Liberty" events that Scarborough has been organizing throughout the nation in an effort to encourage pastors to mobilize their congregations ahead of the midterm elections. During the call, Huckabee said that all of America's problems are "ultimately spiritual" and can only be solved by a revival among the citizens who will "vote the Bible." He blamed abortion rights laws on the... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 09/03/2014, 5:30pm
Concerned Women for America and Mike Huckabee are organizing a "Stand With Israel Rally." After he retires from the Senate in a few months, Sen. Tom Coburn is going to launch an effort in support of the right-wing plan to organize a Convention of the States. Gina Miller warns that Facebook "is the face of burgeoning communist censorship.  It is the face of the anti-Americanism of the radical Left. It is the face of the metastasizing tyranny that is fast growing in our nation." Tough guy Todd Starnes is back with more foreign policy advice:... MORE >