Notes from Macon: Don’t look for Mike Huckabee to run

From Macon, at 4 p.m.: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is to announce whether or not he’ll run for president on Saturday – on his Fox News show.

I ran into state Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Kennesaw, as he was checking into the hotel. Setzler was at the top of the Huckabee campaign in Georgia in 2008 – when he carried the state.

Don’t expect Huckabee to try again this year, Setzler said. The man’s top advisors in Iowa have already gone elsewhere.

Both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, Georgia candidates for the GOP nomination for president, were given mentions this afternoon. Cain drew the stronger applause.

Two other potential GOP candidates for president gave video greetings to the 500 or so delegates assembled in the early hours – former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann, perhaps inadvertently, entered into local GOP politics by giving a shoutout to incumbent GOP chairman Sue Everhart, who’s running for a third term. She’s facing Tricia Pridemore, the governor’s choice.

Backstage, Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, said he thinks Senate Republicans are indeed close to a deal with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle over control of that chamber.

At any Republican gathering, the language aimed at Democrats is sharp and biting. Macon is no exception.

Newly elected state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said he was delivering on his promise to create a state agency that didn’t coddle labor unions – or “coddle people sitting at a home, waiting for a check.”

Said Chuck Eaton, a member of the state Public Service Commission, will be one of only two statewide candidates on the 2012 ballot, and said he was worried. “I know what kind of re-election campaign the president’s going to run. It’s going to be a Chicago-style campaign. It would not surprise me they bring their thugs down here from all over the country,” he said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Sam I Am

May 13th, 2011
4:27 pm

Eaton’s really a piece of work. Is that all he ’s got?


May 13th, 2011
4:43 pm

Memo to my fellow Repubs: Stop diluting your base with all these unelectable candidates, ie, Palin, Romney, Paul, Newt, etc. Pick one with common sense and rally behind him/her. Or else, Hilary Clinton will be the next POTUS.


May 13th, 2011
4:48 pm

Hey Repubs, wonder how much money you are going to throw away to the rich repub candidates, only to LOSE once again! 4 MORE YEARS BABY!!!!!!!


May 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

ok Enstein, whom should the republicans nominate? We really want to know!


May 13th, 2011
4:59 pm


Just two words….Remember 2010


May 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

Huckabee is just another big government neocon. Frankly I can’t understand how he won in this state last time. There will be plenty of other big government status quo neocons in the race without him. The power elite are likely lining up even more to go along with Romney, Pawlenty, Palin, Gingrich, Cain, Christie and others. Only one candidate speaks for the small government, responsible foreign policy group and he made it official this morning on Good Morning America. He may be absent in Macon, but his supporters in this state are ready to make it happen in GA, regardless of whether or not the tired old state party leadership is behind him or not.

Ron Paul 2012. End the Fed.


May 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

jut two words DannyX “UBL dead” and that will fade from the mind of the voter rapidly.


May 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

“Just two words….Remember 2010″

A year ago Gallup had Republicans way ahead in their generic Congressional poll, in fact their lead was by a record margin. Rasmussen too.

Now Rasmussen has the two parties almost deadlocked. Why is that Retired Soldier? How did that Republican advantage vanish in 6 short months?


May 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

Rebulicans should look at some new blood.. There are several good republican governors or exgovernors that would be a viable candidate. Ron Paul is a loose cannon.


May 13th, 2011
5:53 pm

“jut two words DannyX “UBL dead” and that will fade from the mind of the voter rapidly.

Not true. Last October, the week before the election, Rasmussen had Republicans ahead 51%-39%.

The Rasmussen generic Congressional poll taken right before Bin Laden was killed had Republicans ahead 42%-40%, taking into account the margin of error they are more or less tied.

What happened to that big lead Retired Soldier?


May 13th, 2011
6:06 pm

Why would anybody vote for Obama a second time?

The economy is the worst in many decades and Obama has done nothing to boost its prospects. Unemployment shows no sign of improvement and there are no legitimate plans to boost employment going on 3 years into his term of office. Annual deficits are 4X the previous administration’s worst year. We are more heavily involved in wars than when Obama took office. This Middle East is melting down and Iran still has nuclear weapons. or is close to having them.

So I ask again, why would anybody vote for Obama in 2012? Because he’s a Democrat? Because he’s not a Republican? Because he’s black? Because you want to continue receiving your “benefits”?



May 13th, 2011
6:08 pm

The measure of a good economic/political system should be ethics; i.e. it should be about promoted wellbeing & preventing suffering. Because the highest rates of wellbeing in Earth’s history exist in more Liberal nations than the US, like western European ones (especially Scandinavia), that more Liberal system should be enacted: as MLK Jr. said, (paraphrase) democratic socialism is the way forward.
The US GOP/Conservative platform is immoral in practice, based on mythology and far removed from reality, ergo, it should end for goodness sake. We all deserve better than economic Darwinism, survival of the richest with Christian theocracy on the side, which is the US Conservative stance.


May 13th, 2011
6:14 pm

Please, save the state from embarassment—let them have their convention quietly without press coverage.

Mama Says

May 13th, 2011
6:15 pm

Ok another republican loss is coming. Huckabee was the best hope we had. He has the ability to act down to earth. therfore connecting with the people. He is a moderate within the party, against abortion and for the fair tax. He had the ability to get some liberal support.

Ron Paul is absolutely right on his economic policy however he will not have party support b/c of his foreign policy (right or wrong).

Mitt Romney CANNOT WIN THE SOUTH b/c he is a northern conservative–generally meaning he is a liberal in sheeps clothing.

Pawlenty is in theh same boat but worse–he is a virtual no name

Santorum is the most conservative Republican, that and his “Washington” ties preclude him from getting any liberal support nor half of the parties—most certainly not mine.

Palin is Palin–enough said



May 13th, 2011
6:18 pm

RGB – Excellent question and I keep asking that. I even asked about 20 people I know that voted for Obama last time and only 3 would vote for him again. I’m hoping that will be the trend in 2012.

As to Ron Paul, my wife doesn’t follow politics very closely although she does consider herself a conservative voter. But she picks up a little here and there and yesterday she asked me “Who is this Paul guy”. I asked Ron Paul? She said “that guy is crazy, does he really think he has a chance?”. I laughed, because I know she is right. We need some serious change in Washington, and lifetime politicians won’t work. As my candidate of choice states when asked about him not having previous political experience – “We’ve had previous experienced politicians running the White House. How’s that working for you? How about sending a problem solver to the White House?”

Mama Says

May 13th, 2011
6:24 pm

Bachman is hot but you can’t take her seriously as a canidate

Cain is now my canidate—-as a conservative he meets all criteria. No political experience is now a positive (as I thought it was for Obama). He is plan spoken and can believed. He is not tied down as a “birther” and he has a sound economic policy. He is not a war monger but he will be taken seriously when he talks.

HERMAN CAIN IS THE MAN NOW. I was a Huckabee/Cain voter now I am a Cain/ Paul 2012


May 13th, 2011
6:26 pm

The measure of a good economic/political system should be ethics; i.e. it should be about promoted wellbeing & preventing suffering.

You’ve never read The Constitution:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Liberal policies employed by the countries you referenced have guaranteed their populations less freedom and more dependence on government. In short, they sap the human spirit which is a form of slavery.

You may want that but those who embrace the U.S. Constitution reject these statist policies wholeheartedly. We are not Western Europe. Because of the blessings of liberty, the U.S.–more than any other country–has lessened suffering and promoted well being. We have freed oppressed peoples, fed them, provided healing medicines and care, and did things other countries could not begin to do. When some country gets in trouble, they nearly always beg the United States for relief.

And the reason we are able to do all these things is not because of a great government, rather it is because we enjoy liberty and an economic system that allows us to be productive and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Our current outlook is poor because we’ve left these fundamental underpinnings in favor of the systems you referenced that history recognizes as failures.


May 13th, 2011
6:27 pm

Huckabee will not run because he likes the money he makes on Fox. It is paying for him to build a new house in Florida and he does not want to lose the house. If he declares that he is running for president, he loses his job on Fox. He has no other means of support. When he loses as president, he won’t have a job, and he is betting on getting his house finished and paid for. It comes down to that with Huckabee and I wish he would explain it again where everyone will hear it this time.


May 13th, 2011
6:37 pm

Move to Europe, you’ll be much happier and they provide the drugs you are using for free.


May 13th, 2011
6:38 pm

Re Huckabee, I will bet that he does run. First, you must rule logic out when discussing people who have been bit by the presidential bug. It is an uncontrollable disorder which does not allow them to resist the call to greatness. Just ask Harold Stassen—a challenge, can anyone remember him??

Last Man Standing

May 13th, 2011
6:40 pm


“Liberal policies employed by the countries you referenced have guaranteed their populations less freedom and more dependence on government. In short, they sap the human spirit which is a form of slavery.”

Exactly, mu friend, exactly!

Last Man Standing

May 13th, 2011
6:42 pm

“mu” should be “my” – sorry . . .

Alabama Communist

May 13th, 2011
6:43 pm

Breaking News on Huck’s run………..Chuck Norris said today, that he was disappointed that President to be Huck was making a big mistake by not running..Mr Norris said ” I have line-up 356 political mud wrestling events in this country with him wrestling in the nude against Rick Flair..”

Last Man Standing

May 13th, 2011
6:47 pm


I must say that it is impossible for me to diagree more with your post of 6:08 PM. If you truly think that a socialistic form of government should exist in he U.S., maybe Hussein will take you with him as he leaves the country.

justin Case

May 13th, 2011
7:13 pm

Christie-Cain 2012


May 13th, 2011
7:17 pm

Been There, thanks for a reply. Indeed it was a serious question but no Obama supporters (or former ones) could muster an answer. I’d just like to hear a sober answer.

As far as Scandinavia being a region we should model ourselves after, I couldn’t tolerate the reduction in standard of living. The average home size in Denmark is 1,184 square feet while in the US it’s 2,330. Material possessions aren’t everything, but these folks aren’t living in tiny houses because they are half our stature: they can’t afford it.

Finally, Toby, regarding your Christian-bashing: If you want eternal separation from God, that’s your choice. But don’t force others to adopt your sad choice. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom. The preamble to the Constitution refers to the “blessings of liberty” and those did not come from government. Further, more than half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence possessed seminary degrees. Christianity is in our country’s DNA though our founding documents provide for your rejection of it.

You should know better than to attempt to take both liberty and religious freedom away from a conservative on a Friday evening.


May 13th, 2011
7:18 pm

Yeah absolutely, let’s do our best to go back to Republican economic policies. Let’s see, we now have record corporate profits, record highs for the stock market, a greatly improved private sector job market, let alone an end to the miserable life of one of the most evil criminals ever. Yeah, who would want to continue with policies resulting in those things – by all means, let’s go back to Bushonomics.

Mama Says

May 13th, 2011
7:18 pm

I am more than willing to do four things ;

Have a socialist give us his honest policy points. (no rosy pie in the sky stuff just points)

Have a liberal give his honest party points ( just points)

Have a republican give his honest party points (again just points)

nobody can tell you what the other parties positions will result in or downplay them

then we have a straight up vote.

who do you think would win on policy ?


May 13th, 2011
7:21 pm

Nice to know how are labor commissioner feels about the people he is elected to help.


May 13th, 2011
7:24 pm

It hasn’t taken long at all for the Republican “talk sheet” to start making the rounds. The #1 phrase of the week “Chicago-style campaign” and it will be spun again and again to the loyals until it is the story that is not, has not, nor ever will be a story. Every little grandma in every little town will be shaking in fear that the Chicago thugs are coming to get us. Fear and nothing else. Why try something, anything different. Obama will serve a second term and use his “political capital” better than W did.

Mama Says

May 13th, 2011
7:24 pm

By the way the phrase

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…..

isn’t prohibiting prayer in school a “law”


May 13th, 2011
7:33 pm

Knew he nor Palin were running when Newt was cut off from the Fox money salary. It is just too much money to wean ourself off for a ten percent chance of the “big money” win. I bet Fox had them sign agreements to that affect! Time and history will tell.


May 13th, 2011
7:36 pm

Cherokee speaks with forked tongue.

Not that the truth would even be a speed bump on your way to the country’s destruction, but the all-time (closing) high for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) occurred October 2007. The index closed at 14,164.

Today’s DJIA closed at 12,595.

To complete the point, 12,595 < 14,164.

And 18 million people remain unemployed.

Truth Squad

May 13th, 2011
7:39 pm

“Christie-Cain 2012″ Haaaaaaaa! Yes Please.

Christie wouldn’t even win his own state:

Huckabee knows what most Republicans with at least half a brain knows: Obama is going to be reelected in 2012. He rightly believes 2016 would be a better cycle for him. Problem is, in 2016, there will be no race issue. That means the demographic change taking place know will advantage the Democratic nominee. Texas will be blue in 2016, Georgia too, if haven’t changed in 2012 already.

Without Texas, the path to the White House is blocked for Republicans. Alienating Latinos turned California from red to blue, but Republicans did not learn their lesson. Now they will lose the Southwest and several Deep South states as well. Every large state will be blue and all the anger and bitterness in the Republican Party will just alienate a generation of young voters.

My guess is the Huckabee will accept the VP nomination if asked. The Republicans have to have someone from the South on the ticket.


May 13th, 2011
7:40 pm

And anyone who actually reads the New Testament would realize that being a disciple of Jesus Christ and a Republican are mutually exclusive positions.

Start with Matthew 5, RGB.


May 13th, 2011
7:51 pm

“Start with Matthew 5, RGB.”

I absolutely love Matthew!

Peter Hoover

May 13th, 2011
8:01 pm

Herman Cain gets my vote. Good strong conservative values.

Mama Says

May 13th, 2011
8:19 pm

Truth Squad,

Fact is that Hispanics and African Americans are conservative in practice. They are generally religious people who are not republicans for a variety of racial reasons.

While I have NEVER known California to be a red state if your logic holds Texas may become a blue state however conservative democrats will be running it. The chances of the hispanic or black community supporting gay rights-civil unions, higher taxes and a passive foriegn policy are nill.


You didn’t just basically say Jesus was a democrat did you ?


May 13th, 2011
8:42 pm

“While I have NEVER known California to be a red state…”

True they produced that liberal, Ronald Reagan.

First thing Reagan did as Gov of California was raise taxes after promising not to. Then he raised taxes after promising not to as President. He also gave amnesty to millions of Mexican immigrants, who like Jesus, are “criminals.” Those Mexican Americans and their children and grandchildren are now voting Democrat. To top it off Reagan added to our Big Government by giving us another cabinet level layer of bureaucracy, and exploded the deficit.


May 13th, 2011
10:45 pm

Libs/Leftists/Statists/Marxists look to the past. They’ll attempt to impugn the character of deceased Republican presidents. Or retired ones. And it matters not whether these presidents were good or bad in terms of improving these United States in 2011.

The fact is the Libs/Leftists/Statists/Marxists can only attempt to smear people who are no longer shaping governmental policy in a futile effort to distract people from the facts:

*18 Million unemployed
*National Debt +60% (vs. country’s 1st 200 years) since Nancy Pelosi became speaker
*Annual Deficits quadruple Bush’s largest
*Average family’s net worth down $100,000 since Obama became president

We are weaker, poorer, sicker, with more crime and less hope. We are more divided as a country than at any time during the last 100 years. This from our great post-partisan, post-racial, “there is no Red state America, no Blue state America, only the United States of America” president.

That is why no Libs/Leftists/Statists/Marxists/Democrats could answer my simple question posted earlier (6:06PM): “Why would anybody vote for Obama a second time?”

Nearly five hours later and no one can answer the question.

That alone speaks volumes about President Obama.


May 13th, 2011
10:50 pm

One more thing, DannyX:

If you have to bash Ronald Reagan for deficits, amnesty, and increasing cabinet bureaucracy, then you ought to be the foremost opponent of Obama.

But you are not.

So I ask you directly: “Why would anybody vote for Obama a second time?”

Try giving a coherent, forward-looking answer.


May 13th, 2011
11:01 pm



Silent Jay

May 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

His heart said yes, but his wallet said no.

Yawl better come up with something better than phony candidates that “run” to jack-up Rupert’s checkbook.