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Archive for 4 January 2008
Yes, we managed to survive our foray into the bowls of two different casinos in Vicksburg, and managed to come back out still clothed.Â He won, I lost.Â Nothing new there.
I was right.Â It was the crappy server at the motel in Dallas that was giving me all kinds of problems.Â We just ‘landed’ in Vicksburg and everything is working normally.
Now, we have to find Jr a ‘greasy cheeseburger’ and go off in search of ways to burn a few bucks.Â
The rap against Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and ex-Arkansas governor now doing for the Republican Party establishment what three-alarm chili does for an afternoon nap, is that heâ€™s too inexperienced to be president, too naÃ¯ve â€” a rube straight out of Dogpatch.
Few of Huckabeeâ€™s critics have actually come out and said what many of them think. The language is coded, as it usually is with class and race in this country. The Wall Street Journal, the anti-tax jihadists at the Club For Growth, the National Review â€“ these pillars of Old School Republicanism have signaled that Huckabee is Not One of Ours. But theyâ€™re careful to say itâ€™s not about class, because, of course â€“ it is!
Class war is forbidden in the Republican playbook. But Huckabee, despite an inept last week of campaigning, has forced the Republican party to face the Wal-Mart shoppers that they have long taken advantage of. Heâ€™s here. Heâ€™s Gomer. And heâ€™s not going away.
Huckabee revels in the class war. Heâ€™s Two-Buck Huck, and darn proud of it. He likes nothing better than playing the Hick from Hope. He and his wife lived in a trailer for a while, he points out. His son killed a dog one summer, â€œa mangy dogâ€ at that, as Huckabee explained to the befuddled national press corps. He said he used to eat squirrels, cooking them up in his popcorn popper. Ewwwwhhh!
Ya know, I find it quite amusing when a lefty says something about ‘class war’.Â Since it’s THEIR issue, and not ours, I can’t help but chuckle.Â What he fails to notice is that Huckleberry isn’t ‘one of ours’ because he’s a freakin’ liberal.Â He’s one of YOURS.
I don’t care if he ate squirrel.Â I couldn’t stand the smell of them on the grill.Â I’ve lived in a trailer.Â Some of them are nicer than that corner lot house on Primrose Lane, and a lot more affordable.Â I shop at Wal Mart, and no one is taking advantage of me.Â I don’t shoot dogs though.Â Peacocks are another story.
In his book â€œFrom Hope to Higher Ground,â€ Huckabee wrote that just before he moved into the governorâ€™s mansion, â€œdozens of hate-filled letters proclaimed that we lacked the class to live in such a fine and stately home.â€
Of course, he didnâ€™t help himself when he finally moved out of the mansion and into a fine and stately home of his own. A gift registry was set up so people could help the Hucks furnish their new 7,000-square-foot casa. This from a man who accepted more than $130,000 worth of gifts as governor, everything from a $600 chain saw to a discount card at Wendyâ€™s.
I can’t, for the life of me, understand the ‘gift registry’ for a new home though.Â The Clintons did it too.Â Is that an Arkansas thing?
At the root of all the sniping at Huckabee, he sees a common cause. Some powerful Republicans dislike him, he said on the â€œToday Show,â€ because â€œIâ€™m not one of them.â€
No.Â No, you’re not.Â You aren’t a tough on crime, tax cutting, secure the borders Republican.Â So, definitely, you are NOT ‘one of us’!
Itâ€™s okay to have faux rubes, a la Bush senior and his pork rinds, or George W. and his Midland malapropisms. But when something that looks like the real thing comes along, the Republican royalists get apoplectic. They were appalled at the recent YouTube debate because it looked like a parody of one faction of their party â€“ complete with Bible-waving wackos, trigger-happy gun nuts and Confederate-flag enthusiasts.
What’s wrong with pork rinds?Â Dad a little hot sauce on ‘em, they’re mighty tasty!Â And what’s wrong with the Bible?Â Got something against G-d, bubba?Â I suppose he has something against the 2nd Amendment and southern heritage as well. Â Â Â Damn yankee!
And his astonishingly regressive tax plan, getting rid of the income tax for one that takes revenue from sales, would do for the rich what the late Leona Helmsley did for her dog in that infamous will.
Republicans in the three-home set should relax. Huckabee may occasionally lack class, but heâ€™s no class warrior. You can have him over for dinner. Honest. Just hide the popcorn popper.
I don’t know any body that has 3 houses.Â Two maybe, but not 3.Â All purchased with hard earned money.Â Not given by the gubmint.
I wonder what it says about ya if you don’t get any votes.Â Not one.Â Zero.Â Zip.Â Zilch.
Seems the Iowans didn’t favor a couple of the Dhimmis, even wee tiny bit.Â Kucinich and Gravel had NO supporters in the entire state? Â Dang!Â I almost feel bad for them.Â Then again….
I’m not going to try to analyze the caucus.Â Not even for myself.Â The fact that the Huckster won in every district but one is baffling enough for me.Â I guess Iowa bought into his BS. Â I just hope the rest of the country has more sense!
As usual, I can’t link to the site with the numbers, because, well, MY COMPUTER SUCKS!