May 12th, 2009
03:36 PM ET
5 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. Sammy

    It seems the far right is seeing its days numbered within its own party and is not happy. The democrats went through the same thing once and that unhappy minority had to concede defeat and help repair a split party.

    May 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. rep

    all he had to say was..... There all out of touch!!!!!! hello real world, please take Rush the pig with you.....any place but here...

    May 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Lisa B in FL

    Geez. Why are these repugs so hard headed? But that's OK. Just let them keep trying to find those conservative values and hang tough. The dems will keep on winning as long as they keep looking for their roots. And oh, by the way, Reagan is really dead!

    May 12, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Pam

    Huckabee and Crist are the best the GOP has going for them. If Crist is elected Florida's senator, I hope he does not let the current republican senate clowns tarnish what so many people like about him and his stand on most policies.

    May 12, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. gary

    Trying to divide the party, ridicule the GOP, and sell books. He's managed the first two.

    May 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. William

    Yes, what a joke. All we are really seeing from the Republian Party is another series of slick ad campaigns and empty buzz words and slogans. Listening tours... yeah, right. Democrats listen and debate. Republicans dictate; they tell their membership what to think and do.

    May 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Had It

    Another zealot giving his religious two-cents worth. KEEP religion out of politics

    May 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Peter Mooney

    Frightening to think these buffoons "represent" us. I mean really how delusional can you be. You look at Obama and then at these guys and it's hard to believe they are both from the same planet.

    May 12, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Isabelle

    Really? Obviously, Huckleberry wasn't listening last fall either. An over-whelming number of registered voters decided his political fate some time ago or did he miss the memo? He fails to grasp the reality of the republican party's doomed future for dissension such as this.

    WAKE UP REPUBLICANS

    FORMER republican

    May 12, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Michael

    Republicans need to dump Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell.

    May 12, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. J Wills

    80% of Americans want nothing to do with the Repugnant Party.

    May 12, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Doc

    What does Huckabee do now for money? He had it made when he was governor and taking all manner of gifts (oops, got busted for that) or when he was Candiidate Huckabee he was eating free and pretty well. What sort of livelihood does he enjoy now? I still want to see all of his sermons that were recorded brought to light; hear what he really said in his church when pastoring. Until then, like Joe Scarborough who wont ever discuss the dead intern in his office, he hasnt any credibility until he comes clean.

    May 12, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. JML

    SEE, finally a republican who also noticed the 2+ faces of the GOP. Give em hell Mike.

    May 12, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Kathy Kebl

    I wish those like Huckabee would stop being so devisive towards others in the party that are seeking to unite all of us. Mr. Huckabee needs to stop the self-righteous thing and view others within the party, whether they are of his theology or no theology at all as contributors to the greater good of all. Mr. Huckabee is judgemental and lacks Christ like humility.

    May 12, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Sour Grapes

    Sounds like Gov. Huckabee is a little upset that he didn't get invited. He's always been upset that he wasn't part of the in-group. But, since his campaign was aimed primarily to making sure Mitt Romney didn't get the nomination, and Romney, not Huckabee, is considered a party leader and potential candidate for 2012 who can actually raise money, it's easy to see why he didn't get an invitation.

    May 12, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. David

    Well, you never listend to us when you were the "Tax Hike Mike" governor of Arkansas, Gomer!!

    May 12, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Big Al

    ..........and this is a guy who doesn't believe in the theory of evolution. Another Republican idiot.

    May 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. frank

    Huckabee and rush limpbrain and and whats her mouth should be put on a little piece of land out on the sea so they can drive each other nuts
    because no one want to hear the fools anyway

    May 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. suresh

    So it is wrong for listening tour because Rush says so. I thought Huckebee was lot more independent thinker and would not just follow Rush. I think Rush has now become a "Godfather" of Republican party. No body dares to oppose him. And if somebody like Gen. Powell does, he is criticized as too cozy with Democrats or why is he still in the Republiocan party. It is sad to see party of Lincoln in such disarry but they brought on to themselves by pandering to religious rightwing. Soon it will be party of the Southern states and will not have any national appeal.

    May 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Ms. White

    what is wrong with the GOP is that you are all living in the 1950s.
    The world has change and you are not changing with it. That world has died and you are STILL hanging on for dear life.
    Someone please cut the rope.

    May 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Carlos E Espana

    I enjoying the Republican civil war. A good advise for the GOP, keep fighting among yourself. It's good for the country; at the end, the country wins. Less obstruccionism, less bigotry, less right wing fanatism.

    May 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Greg, PA

    It's a rare occasion when I find myself more-or-less agreeing with Mike Huckabee. God help us all if he ever gets elected president – personally, I'd rather keep the Church and State separate.

    May 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. John

    Huckabee's cynicism and sarcasm serve as a good reminder of why Republicans are in trouble in the first place. Motivating voters by appeals to anger, alienation, and discontent isn't as effective now as it was a decade ago. Cannibalism among Republicans isn't going to help your party Mr Huckabee, it'll only help Democrats.

    But let me offer you a fork, knife and spoon anyway. Bon apetite, thugs.

    May 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Lynn

    The Republicans should all go on a long retreat somewhere and stay there until they reach some sort of agreement. As it is they are constantly making fools of themselves. Looks like the "listening tour" has gone the way of the socalled budget with no numbers and the socalled alternative stimulous package with no backup to their claims.

    Romney, Huckabee and the rest of the "had their time and now go away"are just continuing the primary campaign and offer nothing with this pathetic infighting. Frankly they make politics a sham in their constant campaign mode with no new answers and charade that they can "rebrand" themselves with the same old failed policies and claim to be a party of "values".

    Other than being against abortion and gay rights, what have they got in the way of so called values??

    May 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Mike from CA

    Huckabee is a Fascist. I don't care what anybody says but imposing your religious/personal beliefs upon others is fascism. Therefore Huckabee will NEVER have my vote.

    May 12, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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