September 20th, 2010
11:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee: Washington GOP deserves getting 'spanked'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Huckabee directed some colorful language toward his party establishment over the weekend."](CNN) – Leave it to Mike Huckabee to give his own colorful assessment of the latest Tea Party victory in Delaware, where Christine O'Donnell prevailed over establishment pick Mike Castle.

Speaking to reporters in Arkansas over the weekend, the former presidential candidate said he is thrilled establishment Republicans are 'getting spanked' in the primary elections.

"I think the Republican establishment in D.C. is getting spanked and deserves it," said Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. "Frankly, I'm thrilled that they're getting a little kicking in the backside over the races like in Delaware, because there has been this elitist and pompous, contemptuous attitude toward a lot of the grassroots."

Video for the remarks were posted Sunday on the conservative Arkansas website The Tolbert Report.

Huckabee's comments come as the former presidential candidate placed a close second in the recent presidential poll of attendees at the Values Voter Summit – an annual gathering of social conservatives. Huckabee won the same poll in 2009.

"It's better than finishing third," Huckabee said with a smile regarding his placement this year.

Third place went to Mitt Romney – whom Huckabee had a notably frosty relationship with during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Regarding his own future as a presidential candidate, Huckabee told reporters he has yet to make a decision.

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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Jackalope

    The Huckster looks like he's porkin' up again.

    September 20, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. usmc1

    @realistic, come on man you can do better than that. Witch craft? Really? Grow up. Figures its coming from someone who supports the building of islam barracks

    September 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    Republican party is best I can’t believe he is selling the party to tea party

    September 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. SJ

    AMEN!! I'm a conservative that has felt this way for years!! Sick of hearing conservative speak, with no actions. My 2nd vote for Bush was not an affirmation of what his first term was, but rather a second chance. They blew that and is why I feel the Dems took over. I don't think I was alone!!

    Not sure what label fits me...Fiscal & Social Conservative but environmental liberal (for lack of better term). Don't want over regulation, but DO want enforcement of existing regulations. Don't believe in most ideaology liberals call noble but don't believe in being corporate whores either!! The MIDDLE is lost in the screaming of the LEFT and RIGHT.

    September 20, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. ehwilson429

    how about something more serious like neutering or Sharia law.

    September 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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