May 12th, 2009
03:36 PM ET
11 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. Gracie, MD

    You HAVE to have people "listening" to have a LISTENING TOUR.

    Hello. What is Cantor and his cronies doing? They are so ass-backwards, all you can do is LAUGH at these clowns.

    May 12, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    Why would he scold them for voting for the bailout. republicans have allways stolen from the poor and tax payers. that was nothing new. like their tax cuts for the wealthy. where do they get the money for that. why cut the programs for the poor and disabled, oh and don't forget to cut veterans benifits too.

    May 12, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Huckabee seems to have the right idea about the leaders of the GOP, out of touch with the majority of Americans...

    May 12, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Joshua College Station Texas

    Listen to voters? Listen to voters??!!

    Republicans don't have to listen. They have "principles" (=dogma) to make all their decisions for them!

    (Just ask Dick Cheney).

    May 12, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. walleye

    The Republican Party is so fouled up it does not know if it’s coming, going, or if they have even been there. They are the party of the past and have lost all credibility with the American public. Until they get rid of their radical views and those that espouse them they will remain irrelevant.

    May 12, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. BillH

    Listening to the Republicans criticize each other is becoming more entertaining than late night comedy. It's like a three-ring circus. No wonder they talk of establishing a "big tent"; they will need a big tent to hold all the Republicans who are criticizing other Republicans. Odd thing is, most of the criticism is right!

    Instead of putting these articles in Politics, maybe CNN should put them in a new tab called "Political Comedy."

    And these guys & girls want to govern the country?

    May 12, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. BOB

    He wasn't invided on the tour, so he acting like a crybaby.

    May 12, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Mr. Phil

    Bobby C:

    I'll tell you what the "conservatives" want to do to solve problems. They want to whittle down the corporate tax burden to almost nothing and dismantle the unions and let corporate America solve everyone's problems. Health Care? Cut union wages to minimum wage to free up money to pay for health care (while the pharmaceutical companies reap all the benefits). The economy? Cut payroll taxes to free up money to hire more employees (while actually hiding the savings in overseas accounts or lining their pockets). The environment? Global warming doesn't exist, remember?

    May 12, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Tim, Seattle

    @ Jerry
    "As Rush said today…Colon Powell wants "moderates;" we had that with McCain. So who did Powell vote for? A Democrat. Guess that says it all."
    Yeah, Powell being an intellegent man and hero to his country thinks the GOP is screwing it up. That certainlky says it all alright.

    Jerry, looks like geetting your talking points from the leader of the GOP, Rush Limbaugh. You must be so
    You and the 19% of America who actually believe in the GOP now.

    It must suck to know your political; philosophy and its party have failed you and the country. Sadder still that you still believe in the ideas of the 1950's.
    You and your ilk are dinosaurs. Cant wait til you all have nervous breakdowns and are reduced to fetal-position whimpering.
    Oh wait, thats happening already. Never mind 😉

    May 12, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Huckabee has the same principles as the Republicans on the listening tour - anything for money - take from the poor and give to the rich. The problem is, the Republican Party's image caught up to its policies. They did fool some people some of the time, but couldn't fool all the people all the time. Using 9/11 as a distraction to loot the U.S. Treasury and invade Iraq to reinstate oil companies kicked out earlier is treasonous murder for money on an international scale. Reshaping the party's image won't work unless its governing principles change too under new leaders, but that won't happen.

    May 12, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Al Mellen

    Listening to these republican politicians,,,,,,,,who needs the late night comedians. Some of these people are better than the old 3 stooges show. The comedians are loving these morons,,,,,,the more,the better. Cheney and friends are digging their hole a little deeper every day. Keep up the good work you simple-minded fools.

    May 12, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. skyhouse

    anything that involves a Bush can not be taken seriously. take it from a Floridian, if you think W was bad, try the brother. we are a mess down here fiscally because of his policies and his autocratic manner left no room for input. jeb is like cheney and W wrapped up in one person. losytening and republican in the same sentence is just laughable. i actually have to agree with huckabee on that

    May 12, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Jeff G

    I'm surprised that some folks' vision of a "listening tour" doesn't have the concept going in the wrong direction.

    There are those within the GOP whose idea is "we tell you what we think, and you'd better listen!"

    May 12, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Shawn

    Ha Ha. It's frankly HILARIOUS that the Republican instinct is to lurch to the right in a country that's moving to the left.

    What a bunch of dummies. Enjoy your extremist Southern regional party, Republiban.

    May 12, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Denver Dem

    He might be a religous Zealot but he is spot on. If I was a repug I would want more leaders like Mike. He sticks to his convictions and does not hesitate to call stupid, well stupid.

    May 12, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Garry

    As an Arkansan who is used to his ramblings, he opens his mouth and says nothing unless he benefits from it.
    We are glad your gone Huckster, but I think you need a room-mate, can you ask our current Governor Beebe to join you, we are tired of him as well!

    May 12, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Thanks GOPs!

    Just keep talkin' not acting – you guys, especially Cheney, are helping the Dems a lot, reminding everyone why your party is so despised. Keep up the good work – we need you guys to keep the GOPs out of power so that Dem reforms will have time to kick in.

    May 12, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. jack debrot, new york, new york

    this always happens when a party loses an election and is out of power. memories are short, but i remember when the democrats had lost two elections to president bush and they were falling over themselves writing books about how to get back into power. some of these books were real howlers, like the one that said the democrats ought to lerarn how to cover up their positions so that they seemed more conservative or patriotic (like republicans). so you democrats, don't enjoy this too much. it's just a process that the recently losing party goes through.

    May 12, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Retired US ARMY

    They are already "irrelevant as the Whigs", not because the became moderate, but because they do not listen to anyone but the right. You are either far right or you are irrelevant, that no longer, actually never has represented main stream America.

    The Republican's went fully swing right after 9-11, not that they were not pushing right before hand, but they went totally overboard and never noticed that they were sinking.

    May 12, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Bubba

    He wants America to be what it was in the past: a howling wilderness with few buildings or people. Why, oh why doesn't his message resonate with the common folk?

    May 12, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. kyle from ohio

    Terry May 12th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

    Terry your are so right, And they always miss the part of Adam Smith books that talk about the social concepts, only the economic concepts are talked about. go figuar?

    May 12, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Sam I Am

    A listening tour, eh? Anything I want to communicate to the Republicans can be done with a single finger. No need to listen.

    I can't begin to say just how silly a "Listening Tour" sounds. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't elected officials supposed to be listening all the time? They are, after all, our representatives in Washington. The idea that they want to road trip and have a "Listening Tour" shows just how incredibly out of touch these guys are. Huckaby is generally someone I don't agree with, but this time he has it nailed.

    May 12, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. LIP

    Huckabee is too busy promoting himself and listening only to himself these days. Don't take this guy one else does.

    May 12, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. thetruth

    truth be told, Mike Huckabee dosent stand a snowball's chance in hell of becoming President. Simply because of his name. I mean, can you imagine it "President Huckabee". Nomatter how good his ideas are, he'll never be president.

    May 12, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. jerry2

    I can't stand Huckabee, and I'm a Republican.

    May 12, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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