Monday, December 03, 2007

I [Heart] Huckabee

So I heard on some crazy news program Sunday morning that this guy named Mike Huckabee is leading the Republican primary polls in Iowa.

And I think I speak for much of America when I say: Who the heck if Mike Huckabee?!

I had scarcely heard of him prior to this weekend, and now he's leading the polls?

Romney and Guilliani must've really ticked off the Iowans.

Criminey. I mean, I'm not saying I vote Republican, but a sad majority (sort of) managed to do just that the last two presidential elections — and since we all know how important those Iowa polls are — I figure it's my civic duty to learn a thing or two about our next possible Commander in Chief.

So I did a little research on Mr. Huckabee and found out there was a film made about his family a couple years ago, staring Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Mark Whalberg (the brother of 80s heartthrob, Donnie), and other people. I can't say for certain, but I'm pretty sure Mike Huckabee has a cameo appearance as himself in that film.

Anyway. The movie got so-so reviews and most people don't even realize it exists, which I guess is how America felt about Huckabee (the politician) at first, too. Turns out he's a devout Southern Baptist from the town of Hope, Arkansas. A two-term governor of that state, too, where he's known for dropping 110 pounds, living in a mobile home while the governor's "mansion" underwent repairs; and being a "liberal in disguise."

Oh, and, also: he's being endorsed by Chuck Norris. No kidding.

I'm not telling you what to think about him. I've hardly decided myself. But, man, if a vote for Mike Huckabee is a vote for Chuck Norris, I'm in.

Anyway. If you want to learn more, you can go here. Or here. Or maybe... here.


Unacademic Advisor said...

I haven't paid much attention to this guy, nor have I seen the film. But I was aware of both of them. I guess I just don't care about them. Maybe I'm wrong about that, though. You make me think I should give Huckabee a little of my time.

But btw, I think you have your Whalbergs mixed up. Mark was the heartthrob, known as the rapper Marky Mark and famous mainly for dropping his pants on stage. He's decided he's an actor now and has been in several films, including last year's best picture Oscar winner. Donnie is his less famous brother, also an actor, most memorable as the messed up guy who shoots Bruce Willis in _The Sixth Sense._ Just FYI.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Un Ad - Oh, no, I meant Donnie precisely. He was a leading member of New Kids on the Block and was actually famous before Marky Mark (and the Funky Bunch) broke out onto the scene. Oh, and the film doesn't actually have anything to do with the politician, that I know of. You'll have to forgive me. I've had far too much caffeine today, and it seemed a natural connection to make at the time.

=) said...

But let's talk "aboot" the bigger issue. Mark's brother Donnie was friends with JORDAN!

Anonymous said...

Oh.... and BTW.... Did you know that Chuck Norris' tear can cure cancer?

Too bad he's never cried.

Franki said...

I dunno crap about politicians, but I yuv Marky Mark and I Heart Huckabees. Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman are existential detectives. Marky Mark is a hot fireman who is against petroleum so won't ride the firetrucks anymore so he has to ride his bike in his full fireman gear to fires. I thought it was a riot.

Michael K said...

Mike Huckabee is one of those hillbilly crackpots who thinks he can protect those of us who live in the city by allowing all of us to carry concealed weapons legally. Only a person who knows nothing about city life or is running for federal office ever takes this position.

M@ said...


I was just about to write a post endorsing him. Stealing my thunder! I loved him in the Cnn/youtube debates! For a republican, he's my kind of guy.

M@ said...

So liberals don't like him on a couple of issues, such as gay rights. The guy opposes torture, military adventurism and pointed out that as the only theologian in the republican field, he's uniquely qualified to tell us that the bible is in part allegorical. Romney, on the other hand, believes the bible is the literal word of god but he conveniently left out the part about the Mormon book.

Yeah.... And don't even get me started on Guiliani. I actually think Huckabee would be better than Clinton. There are some really good choices.

Eli said...

I heart Ron Paul, but the movie was good, actually a great film.

Woodrow said...

I don't like any of the candidates. The same traits that make somebody want to be President so bad they'll actually run, are the traits that make them someone I don't like.

Unacademic Advisor said...

Donnie Whalberg was a New Kid on the block? See, this is what I get for questioning you on music trivia. Like, what do I know?

(I'm not worthy; I'm not worthy; I'm not worthy....)

Winter said...

I love that movie! I was friends with a girl who went to school with his son, no lie.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

=) Man, Jordan was so dreamy. But it was Joey McEntyre who won over my heart with those baby blue eyes...

Franki - Yeah, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, too.

Michael - From what I've heard so far, his stance on gun control is one of few things that aligns him with the republican party. I dunno. I'm remaining skeptical, but then again... I generally do.

Matt - Easy, tiger. I'm not endorsing him just yet — so feel free to write that post. I'm just saying that if Chuck Norris supports him, he can't be all bad. I can honestly say I'd scarcely heard of him prior to hearing the news Sunday. Sad but true.

Eli - I heard Ron Paul on "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me." Can't say he'll necessarily get my vote, but I'm keeping my options open.

Woodrow - I know exactly what you mean. It takes a certain type of person to run for a position like that. And that certain something often smells rotten.

UnAd - When it comes to bad 80s music, NKOTB is something I know a thing or two about.

Winter - What'd she think?

disgruntled world citizen said...

huckabee has written a book about losing all kinds of weight. he is a former gov. of arkansas (flashbacks of clinton for me). but i'm curious about him because he isn't the other republican candidates. keep an eye on huckabee... he might have some "big mo" to quote bush the first.

as for chuck norris: his blood type is d.o.a.

Workman said...

I'm no Republica, but I'm quite impressed with Huckabee. I actually met him a few times when I was a reporter in Texarkana. That guy really knows how to talk to the media.

I think what people like about him is that he's nice and reasonable. After 7 years of Bush, that goes a long way.

I've a hunch that voters will want to change the political landscape as much as possible next year. That bodes well for Huckabee and Obama. Not so much for Clinton and Rudi

Workman said...

Just so you know, I'm not a Repubilcan either.