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Mitt Romney Leaves Race: The View From CPAC

February 7, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Mitt Romney at the podium

Photo Credit: The Dude The ball room was packed to capacity at above-the-fire-marshal limits.

But the thousands of supporters in the room didn’t know what was coming.

There is no wireless on the lower floors so they did not know from Drudge that Mitt was leaving.

Romney’s speech started out as a barn-burning stump speech to the cheering, yelling crowd.

But his tone changed subtly speaking of the war. He turned a corner, did a simple setup, then he drop the bomb, stunned the crowd. He was leaving and said McCain was the best leader for our country in this time of war.

(His words, his cadence , his delivery was world-class. McCain or Huckabee would do well to hire his wordsmiths…)

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Thank you (foot)notes:

We arrived on time but the room was full. The room was guarded by bouncers ushers at the entrances. So Your Business Blogger and Charmaine and some of the Penta-Posse and attachments were escorted ’round back through the press entrance, just like real Main Stream Media.

CPAC was treating bloggers right.

But the room was backed and no chairs were remained. The room-monitors commanded that all had to be in seats or leave. Print media had to sit on the floor.

Charmaine was in a businesses skirt and Your Business Blogger was in a bespoke suit, so sitting on the carpet was not our first option.

But the enforcers were not demanding that the visual-camera-media sit down — they were manning the camera equipment.

So we simply whipped out our Handy Cam and cameras and starting filming and taking pictures. Print media had to sit, but visual got to stand.

Print guys could still plow their trade by listening.

Visual media got to stand. They (we) needed visual access.

The First Amendment trumps Fire Marshal Regulation.

See Dr. Crouse at TownHall with Pushy Pundits

Update: We understand that Mitt Romney wrote the speech.

Huckabee: The Vice President for McCain?

February 4, 2008 | By | No Comments

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I Like Mike Huckabee and Charmaine

“The [Republican] establishment won’t have it…” said a high senior adviser to Huckabee (not Charmaine).

Speculation abounds on Huckabee being VP to McCain.

Salena Zito from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports in Huckabee: It ain’t over ’til it’s over, that even Larry Sabato from Mr. Jefferson’s University is suggesting this end game,

“Sabato says that there’s no question that Huckabee wants McCain to win if Huckabee cannot.

“Huckabee, like McCain, hates Romney. That is obvious. Let’s see what happens on Feb. 5. Huckabee may be splitting off enough evangelical votes to hurt Romney and help McCain. That may be Huckabee’s calculation. Eventually, he wants to be McCain’s running mate,” Sabato said. “

(What Sabato very graciously leaves out is that none of the candidates care for Romney. The public doesn’t really like him much either…)

People Like Mike. Huckabee.

Ronald Reagan would often remark on the “Difference between box office and critics.”

The critics — the establishment, the pundits and, well, the bloggers are often at odds with the box office. The public who buys the tickets. And who votes.

But today the critics, like Sabato, might be right. And might be aligned with the people. It might be possible for the voting public at the box office and ballot box to overwhelm the establishment-GOP-institution. To go against The Man. To go against gasp! Rush Limbaugh. Or Hannity or Ingraham or — [add establishment figure here].

The real story in this election is not the division between the critics and the box office. But the realignment. The ‘Establishment’ has now become ‘Limbaugh-Hannity-Ingraham.’

McCain and/or Huckabee will win. The Man will lose.

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Mike Huckabee is running for President. And polls point to a long shot.

But if he doesn’t hit this cycle, he is in the game and is the dominant contender in any future scenario.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

We have been under attack again and had to disable comments until we patch and repair. Please email me with your comments and thoughts here.

Charmaine served as a paid adviser to the Huckabee campaign. She also worked in the Reagan White House.

Your Business Blogger’s first consulting gig was in Reagan’s Department of Education, in the Office of Bilingual Education. Si, hablo Espanol!

See the Washington Post, Huckabee Could Impact Tuesday’s Results, By LIZ SIDOTI, The Associated Press, Sunday, February 3, 2008; 9:59 PM,

Speculation also abounds that he is positioning himself for a vice presidential slot. And with no job to fall back on, and with books to sell and speaking engagements to line up, it’s possible Huckabee believes his stock will rise higher the longer he stays in the race.

“I’m running for president,” he contends, refusing to entertain such talk.

Don Suber says, It’s Over.

Visit The Other McCain. And be sure to visit us at Reasoned Audacity at CPAC.

Mike Huckabee for President: “Romney Is No Conservative”

February 1, 2008 | By | No Comments

Alert Readers know that the best indicator of future performance is…past performance.

Is it possible to change at the age of 60? Your Business Blogger would hope that we all would embrace continuous learning and update our skills. And to embrace truth. At whatever age.

But.

How many convictions can one man change — all at once — all at a mature age?

Change on Reagan?

Change on abortion?

Change on guns?

Change on homosexuals in the boyscouts?

And each of the changes of heart happens to coincide with position of the Republican conservative base?

This does not seem, as we say in academia, to be authentic.

Watch the clip: Huckabee suggests that Romney found conservative puberty at 60.

Voters should be slow to completely trust any teenager…

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: The wife of Your Business Blogger, Charmaine, has been a paid senior adviser to the Huckabee presidential campaign.

Correction: It is not known if Romney has changed his position on allowing homosexual Boy Scout Masters.

The 2008 Presidential Voter Guide from the Family Research Council Action

January 30, 2008 | By | No Comments

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The Boy Scouts of America The Family Research Council Action has presidential candidate comparisons here.

Huckabee, McCain and Romney would veto any action to allow homosexuals to serve in the military.

This seems to be a conversion for Romney. Alert Readers will recall that to appease homosexual activists Romney did not allow the Boy Scouts at the Olympics.

Your Business Blogger is a former Boy Scout. We had to pledge to be “Morally Straight.”

“Straight” Boy Scouts. This was too much for Romney.

From David Brody at CBN quoting Brownback,

In a 1994 debate with Ted Kennedy, Mitt Romney offered his support for gay scout leaders:

“I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

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Thank you (foot)notes:

See General Pace Explains Unit Cohesion With a Morality Sound Bite and the legislation.

Homosexuals are not permitted to serve in the Armed Forces. There are many ways homosexuals can serve our country:

The Peace Corp,

AmeriCorp,

but not the Marine Corp.

The Salvation Army,

but not the US Army.

There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces.

But Your Business Blogger supports hiring homosexuals. Here’s why.

But not as Scout Masters.

Candidate Comparison: Who Supports The Human Life Amendment?

January 24, 2008 | By | One Comment

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AdvanceUSA Our friends at AdvanceUSA has a nifty comparison chart listing the presidential candidates. Look and link,

Dear Jack and Charmaine,

I thought you might be interested in our 2008 Candidate Comparisons. With half the country voting in presidential primaries over the next few weeks I wanted to send you a resource our organization has carefully researched and produced.

We have prepared some succinct and attractive Candidate Comparisons for both the Democrat and Republican 2008 presidential caucuses and primaries. We selected ten issues and compared and contrasted the candidates as objectively as possible.

You can view and download these Candidate Comparisons (CCs) free on our website at http://www.advanceusa.org/candidate_comparisons_2008.asp.

We hope you find this resource useful.

Thanks.

Dan Herbster

Legislative Research Assistant

AdvanceUSA

Alert Readers will note that Mike Huckabee supports the Human Life Amendment and the Marriage Amendment.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The wife of Your Business Blogger, Charmaine has served as a paid adviser to Mike Huckabee.

Americans Oppose Taxpayer Funded Abortions: How Would Huckabee Stop It?

January 24, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Americans Oppose

Taxpayer Funded Abortions Each GOP presidential candidate says he would not allow tax dollars to pay for abortions.

But how?

In the current tax code every line has a lobbyist. To change any line in a government rule or reg requires political log-rolling and horse-trading.

Every GOP candidate promises to tinker on the edges of our tax system. Small efforts will only provide marginal returns.

Mike Huckabee has an idea to rid America of our current scheme of tax collection. He would eliminate taxes on income and move tax collection to consumption in a national sales tax.

This is commonly known as the FairTax. Wage earners would receive their entire paychecks. No withholding. No tax preparation. No Internal Revenue Service.

April 15th would become just another pleasant spring day.

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End the IRS Please help us get rid of the IRS.

Support Mike Huckabee.

He is the only candidate who would eliminate an entire government department and make real tax changes.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

See the press release of the Family Research Council on the study,

New Poll: Americans Oppose Abortion Coverage In ‘Universal Health Care Plans’ Less Likely to Support Candidates with such a Plan, at the jump.

What do the Chinese like best about America? Our current tax system.

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Photo Credit: Your Business Blogger

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I Like Mike Huckabee: What Is He Really Like?

January 23, 2008 | By | One Comment

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Mike Huckabee on bass guitar

Photo Credit: The DreamerNo man is a hero to his valet, Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel.

It is a cliche that the closer the staff works with the principal, the easier his sub-clinical flaws are to spot. Close proximity, like sitting in a six-seat plane, makes shortcomings harder to hide.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

But not with Mike Huckabee. Everyone likes The Everyman who is utterly transparent in his likability. He is not perfect, but he does not seem to have many of the common failings that heroes often have behind closed doors.

Huckabee really is a good-guy. He was good to us.

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Alert Readers will recall that we are educating the Penta-Posse on life lessons and algebra and Mandarin Chinese while aboard the Hucka-homeschool-truck. Your Business Blogger is reviewing with my young students the building blocks of leadership of large organizations and the qualities the leader needs.

Mike Huckabee is my case study. Here’s a few of his leadership characteristics:

Temperament Huckabee is slow to anger — Charmaine never saw him really angry or lose his temper. There is no raging wrath. Even when he was fatigued; even when some may have deserved it.

Continuous Learning. He has written four books. He asks questions to learn why, to learn more, to learn what moves and motivates people. And after getting answers and advice, he would process the experience.

Discipline. Nobody — but no body — loses 110 pounds. And he manages to keep the weight off, even on the campaign trail. Charmaine gained five an unknown number of pounds… Huckabee gets by on (too) little sleep.

Honesty “If the campaign doesn’t make it all the way, we want to be able to walk away completely in the black,” Huckabee said in the Washington Post. This is not how campaigns are typically run. They always end up in the red: in debt. (It is a rule of political campaigns to never chance losing a race…with money still in the bank.)

We will continue to watch and cheer Mike Huckabee on. He can truly build coalitions.

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Baby Boo and Your Business Blogger

at the Hucka-Bash in New Hampshire

Credit: The Dreamer

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Fox producers Jenna Gibson and Alex Finland

in the FoxBox at the New Hampshire debate

Charmaine at right

Credit: The Dreamer

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Janet Huckabee and Dick Morris in Makeup at the FoxBox

Credit: The Dreamer

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Thank you (foot)notes:

See Huckabee Adopts New Southern State Strategy as Funds Get Tight

Your Business Blogger is also an adjunct professor of business management at Northern Virginia Community College and runs Management Training of DC, LLC.

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The Dude on his cell phone on the phone bank calling voters –

before his big break

Credit: The Dreamer

But if one really wants to know about Mike Huckabee, see the words to the country song (of course) Small Town Southern Man, by Alan Jackson, at the jump.

Watch Small Town Southern Man

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Mike Huckabee Focuses on Florida, Ed Rollins: A Class Act

January 21, 2008 | By | 3 Comments

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Charmaine, right at her Little Rock office

The Face That Launched Me A 1,000 miles.

Chip Saltsman’s office is next door on right. Saturday nite Huckabee came in three points down in South Carolina. So close — a mere field goal. But still a loss.

Charmaine’s leave of absence had come to an end. This meant one thing to Your Business Blogger’s household:

Road Trip.

We started packing up the Penta-Posse after Huckabee’s Saturday evening concession speech and set the alarm for 0:darn-thirty, military time and left Virginia for Little Rock on Sunday morning. We arrived at Charmaine’s office some 16 hours later late last night.

Nobody got hurt. (This trip anyway.) (We’ve got the best kids on the planet.)

We knew that the campaign would fly Charmaine home, but we thought we could drive home and visit kin along the way. A little delayed Christmas and New Year’s — Charmaine worked through both this year. We would also be implementing a lesson from World War II and Vietnam:

To Decompress.

After WWII the returning troops returned via slow ship transport with their buddies and slowly adjusted from combat to the idea of civilian life and regular sleep, regular food. And adjust to the idea that nobody was gunning for you.

Much like a presidential campaign…

Vietnam vets had no such decompression. They went from battlefield to seat 3B to USA tarmac in 24 hours. No wonder a few had such difficulty with re-entry. There was no time to cry.

We wanted to drive some 2,000 miles to learn from the wars. And learn from the war.

While I was a-driving cross country with the Hucka-Truck full of MacDonald’s wrappers, Charmaine was eating steak with Ed Rollins, Chairman; Jim Pinkerton, Senior Adviser and David Polyansky the Chief Operating Officer. They were saying goodbye.

Ed picked up the check. He’s a class act.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Ed bought the steaks instead of watching some football game. Where the NY Giants beat the Packers 23 to 20 in overtime. Ed has his office in New York. He gave up watching the playoff game to huddle-adieu. Ed knows how to coach a team…

Mike Huckabee is preparing for the next debate on Thursday in Florida. We will continue to cheer him on in any way possible.

We look forward to rejoining our Cherrydale Baptist bible study!

On The Plane With Mike Huckabee: Web Site Under Attack

January 18, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Mike Huckabee and staffers.

Charmaine in the black leather.

GOP presidential hopeful and former

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee talks with

advisors and campaign staff on board a plane

en route to South Carolina after the

New Hampshire primary in Manchester, N.H.,

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.

AP Photo Credit: Alex Brandon

Alert Readers have alerted Your Business Blogger that Reasoned Audacity was down.

I have assured our friends who support Romney that we were not forbidding access to them. But that we were under a denial of service attack. And it was not personal.

Unless the DOS was coming from the Romney campaign…

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See Charmaine in the red scarf.

Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, poses with a supporter as his wife Janet takes a picture during a campaign rally early in the day in Grinnell, Iowa Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008.

AP Photo Credit: Paul Sancya

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Charmaine and Mike Huckabee

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Thank you (foot)notes:

My web guru Peter Shinn, found and fixed my problem. He is a pro. You should retain him. He does good work.

But.

He is expensive.

Contact me if you’d like to reach him.

On The Campaign Trail With Huckabee: The Dude’s Big Break

January 17, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

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The Dude’s broken wrist

on the campaign (ski) trail Your Business Blogger has the rambunctious Penta-Posse on the road supporting Huckabee for President. Alert Readers ask,

“How do you do it?”

The one word answer,

“Noise-canceling-headphones.”

And I would follow-up: “Nobody gets hurt.”

I can’t say that any more.

On the way home from New Hampshire I steered the Hucka-Truck with the Penta-Posse for a day of night skiing at Pat’s Peak.

Charmaine suggested that taking five children out on the slopes is a formula for trouble.

Skisbootsglovesgoggleshelmetspolescoats X 5 + Your Business Blogger = Charmaine is right again.

So. Under close parental supervision — meaning within cell phone range — The Dude and The Diva were doing a Double Black Diamond double time.

Their first run down the Diamond was slow, deliberate and measured in keeping with our family motto of Safety First.

Their second run was faster. The Dude took a jump, grabbed some air, ate some snow.

That was the only thing he ate that night. He took the pain like a trooper. Better than me.

I wonder about the coming physical therapy though…

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The Dude before his big break at the Victory party in Iowa

Photo Credit: Brooks Kraft from Time

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Jeffrey Lovallo, MD, installed the cast. The Dude got the cast in black. In memory of the diamonds. No complications and the cast should be off in six weeks.

Dr. Lovallo,

is currently an upper extremity consultant to the Washington Redskins and the DC United professional soccer team. He is a consultant for DePuy Medical, the leading total shoulder joint replacement company in the US. As a total shoulder arthroplasty consultant for DePuy, he has produced a state of the art video on total shoulder replacement.

I asked if he could help us get The Dude on the field as a walk-on for the Redskins. He mentions some nonsense about how the NFL has rules on eligibility: a junior in college. But he says there might be an exception for homeschoolers…