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Huck: Doing the Right Thing?

By Barbara Gordon - Posted on 17 November 2008

Huckabee's new tell-all book, Do The Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America, debuts tomorrow. The title is a bit self aggrandizing, but if pre-release excerpts are to be believed, not entirely accurate. Here's why.

Huckabee spends much of the book describing the success of his campaign, thanking his supporters, and describing his proposal for the future of the GOP. But in doing so, he also includes scathing commentaries on nearly everyone involved with the party: the neocons who hijacked the party; the paleo-libertarians that represent the formeost "threat" to the GOP, the leaders of the relgious right who put political viability ahead of principle, the list goes on. He is particularly harsh toward Mitt Romney, whom Huckabee regards as a political shapeshifter.

Now, you don't have to tell me about the need for intrapartisan reform. It's been one of our foremost concerns here at RFO for two years now, and even longer than that for many of us individually. But does promoting intrapartisan reform (or "do[ing] the right thing," as Huckabee refers to it) really necessitate tearing down everyone in your own party? Hmm. Color me skeptical.

I'll be interested in reading this.  Not buying it, but reading it. ;-) 

I actually like Mike Huckabee.  I may not always agree with him politically, but he seems to be an extremely decent and likable man.  I will be interested to see what he has to say about the inner workings of the party, and what he sees as pluses and liabilities, especially where the religious right is concerned.

title should be ...

Doing the far right thing.

i dont like extremism and hate, even if the select quotes from a religious book gets mis-used to promote it. 



As a true conservative, Mike Huckabee scares the hell out of me.

He has lost more political stuff then he has won, and when he lost, he lost in a landslide. His victories have also been narrow.

As governor, many of his vetos were overturned.

He has been fined for not reporting campaign donations.

He released a rape and murder convict from jail early dispite controversy, and then the convict raped and killed someone else.

Huckabee signed a tax on private nursing homes for $5.25 per day per non-Medicare patient.

Huckabee supported a 2005 bill by Arkansas State Representative Joyce Elliott to make some illegal immigrants eligible for scholarships and in-state college tuition

He opposed efforts by Oklahoma Attorney General to reduce water pollution.

Shortly before announcing his candidacy for the President of the United States, Huckabee ordered that the drives of 83 computers and 4 servers be destroyed during his transition phase in leaving office.

So yeah, I don't like Huckabee and if he was president, I would move to Europe. 

Agreed.... I don't think Huckabee simply "panders" to a religious right theocratic base - he's the real thing.

"Huckabee called for the quarantine of AIDS victims, advocated a faith-based U.S. Constitution, predicted victory over Islam at the End of Times, declared wives should graciously submit to their husbands, undermined the teaching of evolution, offered faith-based pardons for prisoners, called on Americans to be "soldiers for Christ" in "God's army," and equated homosexuality with bestiality."

Anyone remember Huck's 1998 claim that "It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations - from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia."

Excuse me? Institutionally supported necrophilia???

Did Palin make it into the book? She was such an unknown not so long ago so my guess is that she won't be mentioned. Probably better-I've heard enough about her. I've always liked Huckabee's personality (I recall him being very against going negative against Obama and saying so publically.) But after reading some of the baggage listed by Wolfman, maybe he's more of a typical politician than I thought.
I imagine he's really disappointed about Palin's emergence. She's stolen his act and upstaged him simultaneously.
To be honest, it's not hard to out-Huck Huck. Look at Gingrich and Dobson.

And there's no sense crying over every mistake
You just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake.

From HuffPo, a few exerpts from the book.

Izzy, I agree about Huck's personality, and concur that doesn't make him able to lead our nation.

Huck is unique among the religious right.

His statements are largely populist in nature.  While holding personal religious beliefs, he is also a pragmatic politician and his administration was essentially secular.

As a governor, he focused on "getting stuff done," not the evangelical-agenda.    In the debates and his other public statements he made remarks supporting the separation of church and state.   

Surprisingly this did not alienate the religious-right voters most of whom supported him in primaries.    Perhaps it was because of his ordained minister background.

I agree that when all the GOP candidates debated, Huck came across as by far the most pleasant and likeable---and possibly even the most moderate in his views.   Especially on tolerance and inclusivity for the GOP.



Orange County, CA, where I live, has been home to several smooth-talking, likable, and media-friendly (read: marketable) Religious Right politicians and ministers. We have learned to fear most of all the ones who appear benign (read: Huckabee)

No Surprise.

California has more than its share of whackos into Zen, Scientology, and various Eastern mysticisms seeking converts to some ethereal other-world.

Better your should learn to fear the realities of earthquakes and runaway fires rather than imaginary threats to your area.

I am no fan of the Religious Right, but Huck's record as governor (with broad secular and minority voter support) does not fit any fear-worthy stereotype.


Does anybody else think he has a lazy eye? Suzi, you're a professional, right? I never noticed before, but that picture on the cover of that book jacket is driving me crazy.

(Don't nobody get offended at the son has awful amblyopia. I've just never noticed it in Mike before.)

He certainly does appear to have a lazy eye, and I've noticed it before.  Once you notice something like that, it seems to be all you see, until you find out for sure.

Just for the record, the term for the misalignment of the eyes is strabismus (which people often think only applies to crossed eyes) and the resulting visual damage is amblyopia. I guess optics is in my hardwiring. ;-)


It should be an interesting read.  Although, I am not a supporter of tearing others down to make yourself look good.  So if that is what he is doing, possibly laying the  groundwork for 2012, I'd be wary of him. 
I'm glad Romney shot back.

Thanks for the tip! Found it:

This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee. If we’re going to move the party forward, we need to offer more than personal recriminations. Unfortunately, in this book, Mike Huckabee is consumed with presumed slights, and he seems more interested in settling scores than in bringing people together.

 I have never liked huckabee, and the problem is , I can't tell you why. The book was not very good. It seemed he wanted to extract vengence and point fingers more than repairing the party and uniteing the people behind him! I guess I don't like him because he acts supior to others, and I've watched his show on Fox, and I get the feeling he is talking down to me, and others. I had the same feeling about Edwards when I was watching him run for the nomination. He just doesn't seem to feel real/honest to me. I get these vibes from people, and usually I'm right on the mark.

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