Huckabee: Early Iowa, NH Primaries a Good Thing

Here’s Gov. Mike Huckabee sucking up to Iowa and New Hampshire voters explaining why it’s a good thing that Iowa and New Hampshire are the first in the nation primaries (or in the case of Iowa, caucuses) for presidential politics. The reason: Folks in the two early states are “seasoned political veterans” on account of all the time they’ve spent encountering candidates:

Every aspect of the argument here is absurd, of course. If there’s one thing I love about the fact that we’re three weeks past a presidential election, it’s that I know that for the next couple of years, I won’t have to listen to the wise pontification of those flinty New Hampshire voters, or watch clips of presidential hopefuls wandering around some random county fair in Iowa eating pork chops on a stick and shaking hands with those good salt of the earth Iowa voters. They just don’t want to move the early primaries somewhere else because if we did, no one one would ever have any reason to visit their stupid states. Don’t get me started on Iowa and New Hampshire.

Update: On the other hand, here’s good video from the same sitting with Huck calling the financial sector bail-out “the dumbest thing that Congress has done in a long time.” He notes that, had John McCain come out against the bail-out during the 2008 campaign, it might have changed the outcome of the election—or at the very least, would have “changed the dynamic.” Indeed.

And here he is talking about the coming Barack Obama administration: “My guess is that Barack Obama will more disappoint his supporters on the far left than he will enrage his critics on the far right.” He compares Obama to Bill Clinton, and suggests that Obama learned from Clinton’s early mistakes.

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2 thoughts on “Huckabee: Early Iowa, NH Primaries a Good Thing

  • November 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm
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    I have a theory about Iowa. Iowa is the geographical equivalent of Tantalus. You are in Iowa, it seems like things should be fine and dandy, but you have this constant hunger for something that you can’t identify. Iowa offers you everything you need to live, most of it tasty, but still you hunger and long for more.
    New Hampshire? Never been there. I’ve been close to New Hampshire but never crossed the state line. So I won’t comment. I will say this, I’ve been to Hampshire but I have not been to New Hampshire. New Hampshire is far more accessible and less costly to visit. But still, I have not been but have been to its more expensive namesake. That says something…I’m not sure what it says, but it says something.
    I’m all for the early primaries being in these states. Why? Because I don’t want all these goobers coming to Arkansas and clouding up the airwaves with commercials and robodialing us to death. Let the Yankees endure that. Let them take the punishment and weed a few of them out. I don’t want Ralph Nader calling me at suppertime and disrupting my reruns of Alf. No, give me Alf and let others wrestle with Nader.
    I don’t care if it is New Hampshire and Iowa or Ohio and New York that takes the brunt of the primaries. Just keep them far, far away from here.

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  • November 27, 2008 at 11:49 pm
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    Huck is just doing what every politician has to do until the system is changed.

    However, it’s so idiotic how friends and neighbors rig a caucus in Iowa corn country by having people move from one corner of someone’s living room to stand in another corner so that their neighbor can go to the convention too, even though s/he has no intention of voting for the person they just stood for. (I have to take a breath now.)

    I especially don’t care who the good people of New “Hampshuh” think should still be standing when it’s my turn to vote.

    Please let me do my own heavy lifting thank you very much.

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