November 28, 2007
Team Huckabee is asking why people are supporting Mike:
Tomorrow, the campaign website will receive a wave of traffic from first-time visitors considering supporting Mike Huckabee after seeing him in the CNN Republican Presidential debate.
We want to share with them your reasons for supporting Mike Huckabee and your reasons for contributing to his campaign. We encourage you to share your reasons here on this blog post. Try to be brief 🙂 and include where you live.
Here’s the reasons I posted.
I like Mike because he gives me hope for America’s future. And he’s for Main Street America, not K Street, and definitely not Wall Street. He’s for all of America.
Mike is focused on the issues facing America internally, as well as externally, something that has been missing from the current administration. There are serious problems facing America: health care, immigration, energy, environmental, trade, taxes, and out-of-control government spending. Mike has plans to deal with each of these; they may not be party-line solutions, necessarily, but America needs real solutions that will work, that are outside partisan bickering.
Finally, Mike cares about all human life: from conception until death. Yes, he cares deeply for the unborn, but he also cares for the hungry child that needs a good education, the young adult who is facing an uncertain job market, the 50-something that is uncertain if he will be able to support himself in retirement, or the 90-year-old grandma needing decent end-of-life care. He cares about all Americans, regardless of race, religion, age, ethnicity, or background.
Why do you support Mike? Let me know in the comments, and then go post over at the campaign blog why you support Mike, too!
November 15, 2007
Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared on Hannity & Colmes this evening, for almost 15 minutes of airtime. It was a great interview, where Mike was able to address the “immigration” problem (it’s academic scholarships for merit students who had to become citizens to get the scholarships), and ethics concerns, the tax-hike accusations, and the Wayne Dumond case. It was a great interview. Part 1 and Part 2 are available on YouTube. The best part of the interview was at the end, though. It’s why Mike is resonating with so many people. The transcript appears below:
Sean Hannity: One of the things that has really stood out, I think, in your campaign, I think that people have noticed that you have a pretty good since of humor. I mentioned that both Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson attacked you. You’ve had some pretty good one-liners about Hillary. You took a shot at Mitt Romney. You said I guess Romney would rather keep people out of college so that they can keep on working on his lawns, since he had illegals there.
Is that a part of your strategy to always sorta keep that sense of humor during this campaign?
Mike Huckabee: Well, it’s just who I am. You know, I take the issues very seriously, Sean. But I don’t take myself that seriously. I think one of the problems in politics people tend to think it’s all about them. It needs to be about the issues and about the people we serve. We don’t get elected so people can serve us. I think when we forget that, and we think it’s about us, we’re in trouble and our country’s in trouble.
SH: I think everybody, if they had that humility, I think it would serve the country well. Governor, good to see you. Thanks for being with us. Appreciate your time.
MH: My pleasure. Thanks to both of you.
And in other news, here’s a fabulous picture of Mike Huckabee playing Guitar Hero with a young boy. How great is that?? Can you see other politicians doing that?
November 15, 2007
My good friend Caleb has written a great post about why Mike is succeeding.
Some have watched in awe, some with doubt, and others with fear as Mike Huckabee’s campaign has taken off over these last few months. His success has left many people asking why a little known candidate with no money has been able to move into second place in Iowa.
Read the rest at his blog.
I responded on his blog, but I will post my comment here, too.
Amen, my friend, Amen. Mike is rising simply because he is the antithesis to normal political behavior. He’s unscripted, passionate, honest, genuine, talks about solutions, not problems with other candidate positions. He doesn’t attack. He talks about America’s problems and suggests ways to solve them. He isn’t afraid to criticize his own party. He’s almost outside the Republican party, in some ways. Almost.
He definitely and obviously represents and is trying to address the average American’s concerns. Not Wall Street. Not the special interest groups. He tells us that politicians are saying the economy is good, but when you talk to the hairdresser, the cabdriver, the hotel cleaning crew, life IS NOT good. And that resonates with voters who have felt neglected, rejected, seduced and then cast off in the past many many eleections.
Once my classes are done in a couple of weeks, I plan on doing some research and writing a lot more. My posts may not be a lot at first, but keep checking back. This will hopefully start to take off early in December. Meanwhile, check out the official Mike Huckabee campaign site and the Grassroots Huckabee website for a lot more information on Mike!
November 13, 2007
As I’ve followed the Huckabee campaign these past several weeks, and especially the campaign blog, I have wanted to point to excerpts of great comments as to why different people support Mike. I think that the first week of this blog’s life will do just that.
The first one:
He is a compassionate Christian conservative. Though solid in his faith and standing for traditional family values, he’s not an uncaring extremist. He lives what he believes, and respects others’ beliefs even when they disagree with him.
As “New Man” men’s magazine said (July/August 2007), “His proven ability to cast a compelling vision, as he did while governor, that transcends party, ideology and class might enable America to unite and begin to heal, an especially important goal at this point in our history.” TIME magazine named Mike Huckabee one of the five best governors in America. He’s definitely presidential material.
But what I find most appealing about Mike Huckabee is his humility, and ability to connect. Those are key indicators of a spiritually and emotionally healthy leader – someone who is comfortable with himself, authentic, doesn’t wear a mask, and is secure enough to be humble.
Another one of his greatest assets is that he alone, among all other Republican, Independent, and Democrat candidates “speaks American.”
Mike Huckabee hasn’t lived an isolated, out-of-touch life like so many politicians.
Read the entire comment here.
November 13, 2007
The above post originally was a letter in response to a comment on a discussion board on Facebook. Unfortunately, the thread was deleted before I could respond and then the person I tried responding to didn’t allow messages to be sent. What to do?
Well, I figured the next best step was to finally start that blog I’d been thinking about starting, to write about my support for Mike Huckabee’s candidacy for President. So here it is. “Blogging from Main Street America.”
I tried to come up with something catchy, but the creative juices weren’t there. After trying to come up with something about Populism and Kansas (since Mike is considered somewhat of a populist candidate, I’m from Kansas, and the Populist movement was the strongest in Kansas in the 1890s), I decided on the title, “Blogging from Main Street America.”
It doesn’t include Mike’s name, but I wanted something that transcended the campaign, a little bit. Because even if Mike doesn’t get the nomination (which isn’t going to happen if his supporters have anything to say about it), I want to continue the discussion that I see being started by his campaign. What is that discussion? You’ll have to check back and see!
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