May 12th, 2009
03:36 PM ET
6 years ago

Huckabee slams Republican leaders' 'listening tour'

Huckabee isn't a fan of the GOP's new 'listening tour.'
Huckabee isn't a fan of the GOP's new 'listening tour.'

(CNN) - Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is continuing to deride his party's leaders in Washington, saying Monday he has trouble keeping a straight face over the GOP's newly-launched "listening tour."

"It's hard to keep from laughing out loud when people living in the bubble of the Beltway suddenly wake up one day and think they ought to have a listening tour; even funnier when their first earful expedition takes them all the way to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.," the former Arkansas governor wrote in a column on Fox News' Web site.

Earlier this month, Rep. Eric Cantor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney kicked off a campaign by party leaders to reshape the GOP's image, gathering at a restaurant in northern Virginia for the first of a series of town hall meetings.

The goal of the initiative, the National Council for a New America, is to connect Republican leaders with voters across the country to help get the party's electoral fortunes back on track.

"If some of these leaders had been listening already, they wouldn't need to form a group to start listening now," wrote Huckabee. "Some of the ones who have decided to start listening sure weren't listening last fall when they were supporting the TARP bailout bill that pretty much discredited any semblance of conservative conviction."

Huckabee echoed a similar sentiment last week, telling a California newspaper the GOP was at risk of becoming "irrelevant as the Whigs" if it moderated its policies.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Angela

    According to Huckabee, "the GOP was at risk of becoming "irrelevant as the Whigs" if it moderated its policies."
    I have some bad, bad news for Mr. Huckabee.

    May 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Tina,NC

    At first, I admit, I kind of enjoyed watching the Republican eat their own. Now it's just plain sad.

    May 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That's right... Republican don't listen to people. They do what is good for big business with little concern for much else except for social conservatives.

    May 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Huckabee joins Colin Powell as Democrat

    Huckabee has apparently joined fellow Democrat COlin Powell – this is a good sign for the GOP.

    May 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. johnny

    So, yeah. So much better to NEVER start listening.

    May 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Tulsa

    Keep talkin boys, keep talkin'.
    ....Every time a Republican speaks, a Democrat wins a race.

    May 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "If some of these leaders had been listening already, they wouldn't need to form a group to start listening now," wrote Huckabee.

    This must be the smartest thing I've heard from the right in I don't know how long. You still won't get my vote HuckaBOO, but at least you're coming towards the light and moving out of the darkness.

    May 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Ia Guy

    Now this is a guy I can't stand. Go back to preaching at your church and leave the rest of us free to live our lives. I'm so glad the religious right is finally losing it's grip on our government.

    You should have seen his signs in Iowa: "Religion still matters. Vote Republican". That is wrong in so many ways...

    May 12, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Not suprising that someone who refuses to believe in evolution in the natural realm would refuse to believe in it in the realms of politics and governance.

    May 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Dear Mike:

    The "R" party is already as irrelevant as the Whigs, and it has kooky christian conservatives like you to thank for its demise. You are a great entertainer, Mike, but a total dud as a leader. Just like your party, out of touch, narrow-minded, catering to Confederacy-longing racists, and blind as a bat. Guess what Mike, the "party" is over.

    Best Wishes in your Retirement,

    The American Voting Public

    May 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Mike in MS

    I like Huckabee, keep calling it like you see it!!!!!!

    May 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Clay

    The peace canidate will almost always win. (except 2004)
    Thats why Obama won and that why Huckabee, Romney, or Palin have no chance because they are all chicken hawk war mongers.

    If the GOP wants to really have a chance they need to follow Ron Paul
    and the constitution!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. ANGIE

    listening is not repugs problem they list and still do what they want. which is not what America wants. they are a big joke. nobody's going to fall for their lies again.

    May 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. JA/TN

    the Repubilcan party has written its wave, we live in a world so different, the need of the masses must be met, you've had a good run, get over it

    May 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Imarriedmysister in TheOleSouth

    I just love Huckabee Pyle.His motto should be 'Vote for Huck and Runout of Luck".

    May 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. MATT

    The GOP has had deaf ears for 8 years.....I don't think listening now will help them. It's a done deal you idiots!

    May 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Even though, its offensive to me, that CNN is quoting from a Huckabee op-ed from the 'Faux News' web site, I admit that Huckabee has a point!

    Indeed IF the GOP had been listening, they would not need a 'listening tour'. Which by the way, was demonized by their party leader, Limbaugh-the-comedian!

    Having grown up in a Republican home, with conservative "values"..... I jumped the GOP-ship, when I realized that Bush had lied about the reason to attack Iraq! Bush went downhill from there.

    The GOP are in serious trouble, not only because they are not listening to any one.......... but...... Limbaugh and the rest of the haters. But also because they continue to prove to America, that they are the party of NO....... no new ideas......... no new solutions......... no new inspiring leadership. Just the same grumpy-old-white-men at the helm!

    May 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Pluto

    It's hard to keep from laughing when you see Huckleberry staggering around trying to look relevant. Yeah, whatever Grampa. Tell us how far you had to walk to school when you were my age, that's always good.

    May 12, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Big red shoes

    This is all a laugh for sure. Those votes that the repubs need they will not get until they stop being hateful and become inclusive.

    May 12, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. John

    Mike is not a respectable source for anything political. His Faux news ties and show are insulting to anyone of intelligence. America needs fixing and Huckabee is just in the way.

    May 12, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Yes ... he's slamming the tour because he was the only one not invited to speak.

    May 12, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Terry

    Conservative leaders on a "listening tour" is a silly concept. NOTHING that they hear is going to change a single Conservative talking point. Nothing has changed in Conservatism since Barry Goldwater wrote "Conscience of a Conservative."

    If a single mom tells a Conservative leader that she can't afford medical care for her child, she will be told that by relaxing government constraints on global corporations, the free market will become more healthy, thus producing the maximum amount of goods. The law of supply and demand will thereby reduce the price of goods and make them more affordable.

    Of course, she will still not be able to afford medical care for her children, but if the free market (definition: a market controlled by global corporations who bribe government officials to regulate the economy to their benefit), then there is no solution.

    Conservatives will never just give the kid the medicine he needs, like Liberalism would. Conservatism will just give the kid a pep talk on Adam Smith's economic concepts.

    May 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. bud in NC

    Do any of you remember some years ago when they would have these big wrestling matches where a bunch of small brained huge wrestlers would fight each other? At first, two or three would join forces to beat up another group of two or three till the final two or three would pound each others brains out until the last one standing was declared the winner. Do they still do that?
    Now it seems the Republicans are recreating the same drama in the political arena. Little alliances forming and disintegrating as they pound each other into oblivion. Only difference is that the last one still standing will be declared the WEINER.

    .

    May 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Michelle

    If Huckabee would keep his politics out of my right to marry and my right to control my own body, I would really support him. He speaks a lot of truth here.

    May 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. KMAN

    "Some of the ones who have decided to start listening sure weren't listening last fall when they were supporting the TARP bailout bill that pretty much discredited any semblance of conservative conviction."

    Obviously, Mr. Huckabee is clueless as well if he thinks it was the TARP program that discredited any remaining "semblance of conservative conviction" from the GOP ... the DICK CHENEY/george bush administration's HUGE deficits took care of any remaining "conservative conviction" long before the TARP program! The only true convictions of the GOP are torture, bible-thumping, guns at any cost and lowering taxes for the rich!!

    May 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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