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Posted at 12:30am on Jan. 20, 2008 Huckabee: Down But Not Out

By Anteater

Mike Huckabee's campaign was critically wounded tonight. I could argue that it was a small 3% loss that was due to 1) bad weather in the northern part of South Carolina and 2) Fred siphoning votes from Huck, but I do not want to detract from McCain's huge victory. Congratulations, Senator McCain.

There is still one last chance for Huckabee to regain momentum heading into Super Tuesday. Florida is proving to be the new "South Carolina" this election season. Whoever wins Florida will have enough momentum to win the nomination. Could Huck possibly sneak in from behind and win Florida?? Yes, and here's why:

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Posted at 9:30pm on Jan. 16, 2008 Some South Carolina Thoughts: McCain vs. Huckabee

By Anteater

Recent polls are showing that South Carolina is a McCain vs. Huckabee race (Mitt and Fred are significantly behind in the state). South Carolina is a crucial state because it is the first state in which 4 major candidates are actually competing. South Carolina will give the winner the momentum to compete in Florida. South Carolina will eliminate at least one candidate from contention. And the winner of South Carolina will likely go on to win the nomination.

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Posted at 7:44pm on Jan. 2, 2008 Reason #3: Huckabee Supports the Federal Marriage Amendment

By Anteater

Here is Reason #1 and Reason #2 to support Mike Huckabee. I'll make my third reason short.

#3: Huckabee Supports FMA

The Federal Marriage Amendment would define marriage as between a man and a woman. While this issue of gay marriage is a winning issue for the Republican party, only two candidates actually support FMA:

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Posted at 4:34pm on Dec. 29, 2007 Reason #2: Huckabee Will Fight For Good Judges

By Anteater

I continue my march towards establishing 7 good reasons to vote for Mike Huckabee. In my first reason, I argued that Huckabee is the only major candidate who can be trusted on the issue of abortion. Today, I will touch upon another very important reason: judges.

Reason #2: Huckabee Will Fight For Good Judges.

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Posted at 7:21pm on Dec. 27, 2007 Huckabee was Right on Pakistan

By Anteater

While some are grasping at straws just to criticize Huckabee's every word (even when he clearly only meant to say "condolences"), it is actually Huckabee that was very prescient on the volatile situation surrounding Pakistan. Back in September, Huckabee gave a detailed foreign policy speech (see my commentary) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in which he said:

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Posted at 12:37pm on Dec. 20, 2007 Rudy's Campaign is Imploding

By Anteater

Take a look at the latest daily national Rasmussen poll:

Mike Huckabee 21%
John McCain 15%
Mitt Romney 15%
Rudy Giuliani 13%
Fred Thompson 12%
Ron Paul 6%

I had a feeling that Rudy's candidacy wouldn't last this long. The 2 man race is turning out to be Huck vs. Mitt.

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Posted at 3:03pm on Dec. 18, 2007 Reason #1 to Support Mike Huckabee: He is Pro-Life

By Anteater

I would like to present 7 good reasons to vote for Mike Huckabee in the primary. Today, I will only touch upon the first reason.

Before you read this blog, emotionally detach yourself from your preferred candidate. It is always helpful to be dispassionately objective and logical when analyzing political candidates. And if you are not pro-life, you can stop reading this diary right now.

Reason #1: Huckabee is pro-life.

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Posted at 1:02am on Nov. 29, 2007 Interesting Debate Poll [Updated!]

By Anteater

Insider Advantage did a poll of undecided Republicans in Florida to see who won tonight's debate:

Huckabee: 44%
Giulani: 18%
Romney: 13%
McCain: 10%
Thompson: 5%
Paul: 4%
Hunter: 1%
Tancredo: 1%
Rest: undecided

They did a similar poll for Iowa Republicans:

Huckabee: 32%
Romney: 16%
Giuliani: 12%
McCain: 10%

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Posted at 4:32pm on Nov. 24, 2007 RedState loves to talk about Mike Huckabee!

By Anteater

I have observed that the buzz around Mike Huckabee's candidacy is growing at an exponential rate. Even here at RedState, we talk about Mike Huckabee perhaps more than any other candidate! This is a very good thing.

Let me be clear. Huckabee is not the best choice for social conservatives who wish to nominate an electable consistent pro-life pro-family candidate. He is the only choice.

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Posted at 4:43am on Nov. 21, 2007 Huck's Immigration Position: Oppose Amnesty, Oppose Drivers Licenses for Illegals, Etc.

By Anteater

In 2005, Huckabee supported and signed Act 2210 that would have kept driver's licenses from being issued to illegals [source]. This article gives more insight into the bill that Huck signed:

Act 2210 will require anyone seeking an Arkansas driver's license for the first time to show a Social Security card or have a Social Security number verified through the Social Security Administration database.

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Posted at 3:05am on Nov. 21, 2007 Risky Moves: Rudy's "Virtual" Fence, Romney's "Universal" Health Care, and Fred's "Open" Phone Bank

By Anteater

It looks like some presidential candidates are starting to embrace risky political moves in order to gain an advantage. Let me give three examples.

1. Rudy is starting to push for a "virtual" fence [source].

The former New York mayor said that while a physical fence is needed in some places, most of the border should be policed with high-tech monitoring...Giuliani said his approach could end illegal immigration within three years.

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Posted at 6:27pm on Nov. 15, 2007 Mitt, why did you duck the Iowa debate?

By Anteater

I was disappointed in Fred for avoiding the New Hampshire debate. I took Rudy, John, Fred, and Mitt to task for avoiding the Values Voter Debate and the Baltimore Debate.

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Posted at 5:01am on Nov. 13, 2007 Grover Norquist: Fred Thompson is the "Worst" of the Republican Candidates

By Anteater

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, has come out swinging against Fred Thompson's stance on taxes, calling him the "worst" of the Republican candidates:

"Thompson didn’t sign the pledge as a senator, and he has no track record of being any good on taxes," Norquist says. "He won’t say no to tax hikes, and in this town, that means you will say yes to tax increases."

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Posted at 8:51pm on Nov. 8, 2007 Rudy and Hillary: Inextricably Linked

By Anteater

One of Rudy Giuliani's main selling points as a candidate is that he is best positioned to beat Hillary Clinton. We've seen Rudy blast Hillary over and over again on the campaign trail. People who otherwise wouldn't vote for a socially-liberal candidate have flocked to Rudy due to their dread of another Clinton presidency.

But what if Hillary falters? I believe that Rudy's campaign would absolutely implode. I see a doppelganger relationship between Rudy and Hillary. It is in Rudy's best interest for Hillary to be the Democratic front-runner.

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Posted at 7:27pm on Oct. 30, 2007 Huckabee's Fiscal Record Is Fine

By Anteater

Here, I would like to make the case that Mike Huckabee's fiscal record, while not perfect, should be perfectly acceptable to conservatives. Should he receive the nomination, I believe that Huckabee will be able to unite the three major factions of the Republican party, with his acceptable fiscal record, his impeccable social conservatism, and his strong stance against Islamofascism.

First, Huckabee was governor of Arkansas for 10.5 years, and lieutenant governor before that. Governors are responsible for running the state and balancing budgets, and thus, Governors Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney (and mayor Rudy Giuliani) should be graded on a totally different curve than Senators John McCain and Fred Thompson when it comes to economic issues. I believe it is much easier to be fiscally conservative as a Senator than as a Governor of a very economically liberal state (Arkansas) with a legislature composed of 86% Democrats.

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