(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appears to be settling scores with two Republicans he battled during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
According to Time Magazine, Huckabee takes shots at onetime rivals Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson in his new book hitting stores Tuesday, a move that is likely to fuel speculation that the former Arkansas governor still harbors White House ambitions.
On Romney, Huckabee sharply criticizes the former Massachusetts governor for shifting positions on key conservative issues shortly before he decided to run for the White House, saying his record was "anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president."
Huckabee also lashes out at Romney for what he said was the former governor's refusal to offer congratulations when Huckabee was the surprise winner of the crucial Iowa caucuses in January. Many political observers say it was that loss that ultimately derailed Romney's bid for the Oval office.
“It’s hard to imagine Romney losing the GOP nomination after winning the Iowa caucuses,” notes CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Combine Romney’s deep pockets with the momentum of an Iowa win and a campaign shifting back to Romney’s home turf for the New Hampshire primary, and the most likely scenario is a Romney nomination by Super Tuesday.”
On Fred Thompson, the former senator and television actor who jumped into the Republican presidential race significantly later than the other candidates, Huckabee calls his campaign "amazingly lackluster."
"Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy," Huckabee writes.
Is it a requisite of Party membership that Republicans wash their dirty laundry in public and alienate sensible people in the process? Listen up guys and "u-betcha-wink-wink" gals: grind your axes behind closed doors. The rest of us are focused on serious issues and trying to live in challenging times. Some of us are hoping the California fires don't burn down everything we own. So unless you have meaningful solutions to this country's problems, keep your petty thoughts to yourself. You too Rev. Huckabee.
Not only do Mike Huckabee's book comments regarding Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson indicate the possible direction of his future political ambitions, but also reek of a little cheap shot mixed with a some payback. If Mitt is the Changeling, silver-tongued Mr. Huckabee is definitely the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.
Wow so much bitterness and envy coming from someone who calls themselves a christian. The Republican party are like cats in a barrel. Hope you boys find your way before 2016.
Thanks CNN, it has been 2 days without a mention of a certain cold state governor. I for one appreciate the cone of silence.
More Republican backstabbing. No wonder these guys lost the election and will continue to flounder in their attempt to redefine themselves. What they really need is new blood.
Oh good, the snake oil salesman has spoken. What a relief- I almost had him pegged as a nice guy.
I guess I shouldn't convert to christianity or I'll be called a flip flopper by Huckabee. Stop trying to bring down people with you huckabee! romney is a shinning star in our party and may be all we have left!
Fred T was the perfect voice to help me fall asleep :)
From one loser to and about more losers
He cant be any worse than Obama. I'll vote for Frisbee.
That's why the democrat won, the republicans are still fighting about what happen in the primaries and last year and pointing fingers for the last eight years. Lte them fight the democrats will gladly take the country forward.
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Great, the religious loons are fighting each other. Which crazy will it be from the GOP next time?
A Mormon? A Jesuit?
No, we need more imagination....a Scientologist!
Huckabee is as insignificant as insignificant can be. He's infinitely more irrelevant now that the country is focused on economic issues.
What's he going to do to fix the economy, pray? mediacondom.com
As usual, the media ignores the main points of the book and tries to create petty controversy. The guy was outspent 10-1 in Iowa and still won despite all of Romney's negative ads. Do you really expect him to have anything positive to say about Romney in the memoir?
I trust MIke Huckabee. He stands by what he believes. This means he's a stable and reliable person and he will do what is right, not be pushed around!!!
This is refreshing. The GOP is not afraid of debate and a little friendly "mudslinging". God forbid a Democrat say anthing negative about Obama. He/She would be labled a racist traitor. Hope this "Obama Mania" ends soon so we can get the country back on track.
...a book about some right-wing politicians who had NO chance whatsoever at becoming President Of The United States.
Who gives a rats arse what that religeous flake has to say.
Mommy he didn't congratulate me when I won. He's a bad man. Gotta try and sale some books somehow. Maybe if I take shots at folks that would help my book sales. Loooosserr.
If you need someone who can think on his own, vote Huckabee. He made tough choices in AK from what I heard, he'll make tough choices to make sure it is effective and it makes sense :)
I like Obama but I still consider him WEAK
Separation of church and state??? I don't think that is whats happening here. I see too many of these kind of people now a days. No wonder people shy away from going to church. It's the church(es) of "What's happening"?
This confirms my long term suspicion. Huckabee is a snake in sheep clothing.
Like dogs fighting over a bone!!!
Karma. Just like the polar bears the conscienceless republicans refuse to protect, they're eating each other.
The extreme Rush Limbaugh Reublican party is dead on arrival. The last 2 elections prove it. The conservatives must unite with moderate Republicans and independents or no more victories. REMEMBER IT IS CALL THE REPUBLICAN PARTY,
HuckleBerry is not McCain or Palin. He is a man in his own rights and he stands by his principles that founded this COUNTRY–> God, Guts and Guns.
Russia banned God from their society for 40 years. They woke up and they raised generations of EVIL men with no understanding of the purpose of life. Russia had to open the doors to God's love.