CNN is projecting this split of Iowa's 37 Republican delegates, based on tonight's results:
Mike Huckabee: 17, Mitt Romney: 12, Fred Thompson: 3, John McCain: 3, Ron Paul: 2
I know Gov. Huckabee has gotten a lot of mileage out of his comment about who the average American would want as President, implying that Mitt Romney is not the guy across the street but rather the CEO of a big business. Actually, I personally wouldn't want the guy across the street to be the President; he's a good neighbor, but an ordinary guy who doesn't have the skills, knowledge or experience to be the President of the United States. And after hearing Gov. Huckabee's speech on CSPAN tonight, in which he admitted he wanted to make every American wealthy, it sure sounded like a "be like Mike" speech, except that he wanted to be like Mitt. Having seen Mitt Romney rescue the floundering, bankrupt, and bribery-ridden Salt Lake Olympics and turn them into a resounding success, and then seeing what he accomplished in Massachusetts, he has shown he knows how to accomplish goals in tough situations using the tools he has been given, and that he knows how to get different groups to work together in those situations. He even donated a substantial sum of his own money to the Olympics ($1 million) and then donated his entire salary he earned as CEO of the Olympics to charity.
As for Chey's comment about the background of some Mormon practices, if she's implying that not every Mormon is a great person, she's probably right. Some Mormons, just like some Catholics or Jews or Baptists or Lutherans, etc., don't always live the standards of their Church. Mitt Romney, however, is not in this category. No person is perfect, but Gov. Romney has served in positions in the Mormon church that require the utmost in integrity, charity, honesty, dedication and sacrifice of time and energy. These types of positions in the Mormon church, such as Bishop and Stake President, aren't held by those who don't live the standards of the Church. And these aren't paid positions–even though a person may spend an average of 20 hours per week serving in such positions for numerous years. These hours are all served, without remuneration, on behalf of others in addition to whatever employment or family responsibilities the person may have.
If Chey is implying that the Mormon church generally doesn't have good standards, I point readers to the Church's Articles of Faith, and the last three in particular:
11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
A person who lives by these principles, and has the experience and record of being a successful leader, such as Mitt Romney, would be a great leader to have as our President.
MIKE HUCKABEE: SOFT ON CRIME...TOUGH ON TAXPAYERS WHAT THE MEDIA DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW Anyone watching media coverage of the Republican primary will find a lot of "fluff" pieces on Mike Huckabee, or what many pundits would call "free press". I consider myself a christian conservatve, who shares southern values, and is well aware of the media's outright contempt for christian conservatives and our leaders in the church, and in the Republican party. So why does the anti-religious press praise Mike Huckabee, and John McCain, so much? Why do they parade Huckabee around as the new Reagan, the new great conservative leader who will lead us all to victory? I suspect that they know something most conservative voters do not. For anyone who isn't that familiar with Huckabee's record, I will shed some light for you. Although he was a pretty good governor, most conservative analysts rate him as a B-/C+ conservative, he was nothing really to write home about. The Arkansas Ombudsman proves that he significantly increased taxes, and with a conservative state legislature! He did not cut wasteful spending, and did nothing to assist taxpayers, or to streamline the state's burgeoning bureaucracy. And yes... he released a lot of violent felons. Is this the guy who will lead our party to victory? If I know all this, how can the mainstream media not know it? Or... could it be that they know that if Huckabee wins the primary, the networks will bombard us with countless stories about Huckabee's liberalism in order to depress the conservative vote, leading to a big Democrat victory... and the end of conservative media, their competition. I believe that is their ulterior motive. Don't be decieved... every media story on Huckabee should read:
MIKE HUCKABEE: LIBERAL, SOFT ON CRIME, TOUGH ON TAXPAYERS, NON-REFORMER