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Huckabee Campaign Calls for "Full Investigation" into Washington State Results

The latest 2008 Presidential race drama-

Fox News has learned that the Huckabee campaign has called for a "full investigation" into the Washington State Caucus results, and are sending campaign lawyers to the state to help in that pursuit. Ed Rollins, Huckabee campaign chairman, directly challenged Washington State GOP Chairman Luke Essers move in anounncing that John McCain had won the tight race with only 87.2 percent of the votes counted.

"The chairman showed very bad judgement in stopping the voting last night when announcing John McCain had won, when there was less that a 200 vote margin between the two candidates," Rollins told Fox in an exclusive interview." You never announce a vote, in my 40 years of politics I have never know anybody to announce a vote count before the vote is counted."

Rollins was quick to say that they were not accusing the McCain campaign of any impropriety but that their issue was soley with the Esser's "bad judgement".

I think the bad judgement being used is this idiotic challenge by the Huckabee campaign. Essers jumped the gun fine, but how does that change the result of last night's caucus?

Michelle Malkin writes-

If something fishy happened, it should be exposed.

I will add this, though: Imagine if it were Romney challenging the Wash. results and continuing to press on with his campaign instead of Huck.

Can you imagine the recriminations and ad hominem attacks that would come his way for refusing to step down and fall in line and "close ranks?"

Yet, none of that has been directed at McCain's good friend, Huckabee, who's playing hardball and amassing his power base for the future.

Interesting dynamics at play here, no?

No interesting dynamics here. An idiotic challenge and the anti-McCain crowd frothing at the mouth as the Arizona Senator rolls to the Republican nomination. Their grasping at straws are sign of not just desperation, but looking more like sabotage at the only person between either Obama or Clinton and the White House. Huckabee is no fiscal conservative, has shown plenty of ignorance on foreign affairs, and won't fess up to his mistakes as Governor. Michelle for one called Huckabee 'a open borders drag queen' less than a month ago. Isn't immigration one of the issues that got conservatives so up in arms about McCain? That and the rest of the Governor's record make any support for Huckabee now would look plain silly IMHO.

Note- At no point does Michelle say she supports Huckabee now but with no one else challenging McCain now, and posts like this and this advertising nose plugs for the Arizona Senator, I drew my own conclusions. She refuses to submit yet, but who is left but Huckabee.

Memo to the Anti-McCain crowd- Vote for the Democrat or act like a cry baby and stay home in November but don't whine when the US pulls out of Iraq, taxes are increased, and other parts of the Democratic agenda are implemented. That's the result your actions will help produce and it is all likely to happen with a Democratic Congress in place to help Obama or Clinton once they become President. How happy are you going to be then?


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"I think the bad judgement ... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

"I think the bad judgement being used is this idiotic challenge by the Huckabee candidate.

Hands down, this is the worst comment I've ever seen by a Wizbang author. I don't care if it's Hillary Clinton getting shafted... voting irregularities of this magnitude should be condemned by everyone. I have NEVER seen an election called by election officials before the actual count is completed. For these folks to do this with a 242-vote disparity is beyond comprehension. This is about much more than the Huckabee vs. McCain race... if we allow this kind of nonsense to occur in our elections, we have lost our democratic process. Shame on you, Mr. Jempty, for your short-sighted remark. Your contempt for Mr. Huckabee has exposed your apathy for our process of fair elections.

I agree! A full investigati... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I agree! A full investigation is needed!

How in the hell Huckabee won MY state is definitely suspicious.

"Their grasping at straws a... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

"Their grasping at straws are sign of not just desperation..."

Washington is not a winner-take-all state and the actual results from the missing 12.6 percent are really insignificant, so your comment about Huckabee's challenge being "desperate" was simply ignorant. The actual primary does not occur until later in the spring. This is about the PROCESS and all Americans should be very concerned when votes are not counted, regardless of the significance of the situation.

Maybe I'm misremembering wh... (Below threshold)

Maybe I'm misremembering what I read in about 2 dozen blog posts and half a dozen news reports but isn't it a moot point since no delegates are awarded in the caucus? Didn't I read many times about how the delegates are actually awarded some time in the future at the state party convention?

Tell me for one how Essers ... (Below threshold)

Tell me for one how Essers statements and actions can change the result?

Read this- Rollins was quick to say that they were not accusing the McCain campaign of any impropriety but that their issue was soley with the Esser's "bad judgement". It was bad judgment, it couldn't change the result and its idiotic to think it did. So why therefore the challenge????

"frothing at the mouth...cr... (Below threshold)
mikem Author Profile Page:

"frothing at the mouth...crybabies"

Nice, nice. Great imitation of McCain talking about his fellow Vietnam War veterans, the SBVT, and the nativist secure borders racists/haters.

And a vivid example of frothing at the mouth, as well.

The Washington state caucus... (Below threshold)
Skeptic Author Profile Page:

The Washington state caucus did NOT assign delegates. All that was decided at the caucus was a straw poll that showed preferences.
Delegates for the county convention were chosen, there will be a further weeding that will happen at the county level, only when the state convention is held will delegates be truly assigned. Oh, that is only for 50% of the delegates, the other 50% are assigned in a primary being held on the 19th of February.

So for Huckabee to make a fuss about this is ridiculous, the media helped by not understanding the process in Washington state, but who cares about facts!

Sending lawyers to dispute a straw poll will only further endear Huckabee to an electorate here. /sarcasm off

51% of the delegates are ch... (Below threshold)
ke_future:

51% of the delegates are chosen from the primary and 49% through the caucus. or it's the other way around.

i went to my caucus on saturday (republican). the room was packed! i'm new to the area, but from what people were saying is that last time there were maybe 30 in to room. this year there was well over 100, standing room only. and it was really great to see some young people there as well. some were as young as 17-18 years old. surprised me a bit.

the paul supporters fell into 2 camps. those that wanted smaller federal government. they're fed up with government types who think they know better. the other half was all for pulling all our troops home and standing guard behind a wall around our country's borders. while i could sympathize with the first, i am diamatically opposed to the later. we had words. respectful, but we were obviously not ever going to agree. and people say the republican party is monolithic HA!

not really sure about the huck's supporters. the one i talked to mostly felt that huck could do a good job specifically because he didn't have any washington experience. i get that one even less than isolationalism. but hey, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. the younger caucus goers were mostly for huck it looked like to me.

myself? i wrote in Fred Thompson. so did the lady next to me. we both agreed that he would have made a great president, but that he sucked as a campaigner. we both praised his stability, intelligence, and grasp of the issues. she suggested that he should have had something done about the bags under his eyes; that he looked too old and that scared some people away.

i also signed on to be the PCO (precient committee officer) for my precient. in november, for $1, my name could be on the ballot if i want the position permenantly.

a group of us got together afterwards and talked with our state party committee member. we talked about how we, as a party, needed to do a much better job on getting our message out, recruiting better candidates, and how we can start to get involved in local politics.

for those of you out there who don't have caucuses, i have to tell you it was an incredible event. i'm glad i went, it really energized me.

Mr. Macklin,Yes, t... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

Mr. Macklin,

Yes, the effect of any voting irregularities is nominal on the actual nomination, but ANY such inproprieties should ALWAYS be confronted. Again, I'd support Clinton if this happened to her campaign... all our votes must be counted and reported fairly or our entire system is threatened.

Memo to the Anti-McCain cro... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Memo to the Anti-McCain crowd- Vote for the Democrat or act like a cry baby and stay home in November but don't whine when the US pulls out of Iraq, taxes are increased, and other parts of the Democratic agenda are implemented. That's the result your actions will help produce and it is all likely to happen with a Democratic Congress in place to help Obama or Clinton once they become President. How happy are you going to be then?
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I am no fan of McCain. But Pelosi reminded me again of the scary prospect of the liberal agenda ("killing babies, not terrorists"). THanks to Drudge for this report. The lunatic left is determined to make Iraq into a failure for America and a success for AlQuaeda

Al-Queda in Iraq in 'total collapse', say seized letters...

Pelosi: Iraq 'is a failure' -- surge was bust...

But they won't take respons... (Below threshold)

But they won't take responsibility for putting a Democrat in the White House. They'll just go on the attack against that Democrat and hope that everyone forgets where they stood in November of '08. If pressed they'll blame the Party, they'll blame the voters, they'll blame Bill Clinton, but they will never, ever accept any responsibility for their words or actions. The pundits of the right have become a bunch of 5 year-olds in who missed naptime.

Your generalization that al... (Below threshold)

Your generalization that all "anti-McCain" forces are together is absurd. I have been opposed to McCain for a long time, but also dislike Huckster. Huckster is a cry-baby Democrat sore loser who can't accept defeat and is working to become a frontrunner in the future. But don't confuse pro-Huck forces with anti-McCain forces, many of whom (like myself) are simply exasperated about what to do, even though we despise Huckabee just as much.

Ok, you've actually convinc... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Ok, you've actually convinced me to vote for McCain ...

I promise to pull the lever for that back stabbing bastard ...

Now please tell him to stop pissing on our backs and telling us its raining ... try pissing on the Dems once in a f***ing while ...

Memo to the Anti-M... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Memo to the Anti-McCain crowd- Vote for the Democrat or act like a cry baby and stay home in November but don't whine when the US pulls out of Iraq, taxes are increased, and other parts of the Democratic agenda are implemented. That's the result your actions will help produce and it is all likely to happen with a Democratic Congress in place to help Obama or Clinton once they become President. How happy are you going to be then?

Memo to the McCain crowd - Vote for this maverick, dunce and liar if you want to damage the Republican party so badly that the Democrats will control congress for decades. And for what? We will be pulling out of Iraq. That was settled in 2006. The only reason it hasn't happened within the last year is because there was no political advantage for the Democrats, but there was significant political risk. That won't be true after November 2008 regardless of who the president is.

McCain won't even say where he stands on immigration, only that the borders must be secured first, but his stated idea is to require the governors of borders states to certify the borders are secure. What branch of government does McCain think runs the Border patrol? Is McCain going to cede the defense of U.S. borders to the states? And you expect me to vote for this dunce!

When it comes to the economy, global warming, energy, and job growth McCain is a complete dunce.

Some think McCain is needed to preserve the conservative voices on the Supreme court, but that's a pipe dream. No conservative justice would voluntarily retire with a Democrat in the Presidency, but they might be lulled into doing so with McCain as President only to watch the maverick nominate a liberal to placated the Democrats in the Senate.

The reason I oppose McCain is for the long term good of the nation. He doesn't have the intellect, the creativity, nor the charisma to lead this nation at any time, but particularly not in the next four years. A McCain presidency would set back the Republican party more than Carter set back the Democratic party in his time. Better to let the Democrats take full control so they can take full blame for the disaster that will follow them. Unless, of course, you support McCain because you're afraid the Democrats will do a good job.

If that miscreant, Huckabee... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

If that miscreant, Huckabee, puts his mind to it he could force that other miscreant, McCain, to step down.

"Esser now saying th... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


"Esser now saying that the state GOP is going to try to get as "close as we can to 100 percent" of the vote counted."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/177867.php

I guess curiosity got the best of them.

The pundits of the... (Below threshold)
The pundits of the right have become a bunch of 5 year-olds in who missed naptime.

Yes. And I think this was a great post. Finally, something that I can agree with.

As for Ms. Malkin, I'm quite sure the woman is losing her mind.

McCain isn't going to be Pr... (Below threshold)
mimisk:

McCain isn't going to be President. Democrat voter numbers are way in front. Republicans do not have the body count anymore, divided or united.

The talk about sitting out the election in November hoping for a comeback in 2012 is unrealistic. There will be no conservative Republican comeback, probably ever, unless something extraordinary happens to the closed American mind.

I don't want to vote for McCain, but I will. I will also vote for any Republican on the ballot in my state. If there is any chance of putting even a little a chink in the works of the coming liberal tide, I'm going to do it.

The talk about sit... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
The talk about sitting out the election in November hoping for a comeback in 2012 is unrealistic. There will be no conservative Republican comeback, probably ever, unless something extraordinary happens to the closed American mind.

The liberals are in favor now for two simple reasons. First, the American electorate has no stomach for war. Second, they fondly remember the .com economy under Clinton and they believe the empty democratic promises of good jobs and low cost college education.

America is headed for tough economic times. There'll be no .com frenzy or housing bubble to offset the weakening of the economy's fundamentals. McCain and the democrats all believe the junk science behind global warming and they will sign up the U.S. for crippling mandatory CO2 caps and trading schemes that will pay billions to Russia and other foreign countries.

McCain and the democrats all believe is some sort of universal health insurance or health care that will cost the currently insured 260 million Americans more so the 40 million uninsured will get insurance or care at little or no cost.

The economy will be crippled and the military budget will be decimated to pay for social and environmental programs. If McCain is president, Republicans will take the brunt of the blame and we can expect the democrats to be in total control for decades to come. If a Democrat is president, they will take the blame and the American electorate will wake up and sweep Republicans back into power for decades to come.

Bottom line: McCain won't do anything or be able to do anything to stem the coming storm, but his fumbling will insure democratic rule for decades to come. That's what you support when you support McCain.

mimisk: Barring the second ... (Below threshold)

mimisk: Barring the second coming of Christ, there WILL be a conservative comeback. It may not be in a party called "Republican" (the "two" parties have changed before) but nature abhors a vacuum so if the Republicans fold, something else will rise up to take the conservative banner. (How conservative it is will be argued just like this is of course)

But nothing is forever.

Jaysus, Bill, didn't your m... (Below threshold)

Jaysus, Bill, didn't your mama tell you that you catch more flies with honey then vinegar?

You really talk SO SWEET when you sneer at 60% of the Republicans that did not vote for McCain that we should shutup.

No, not on your life. McCain needs to have his feet held to the fire and made to make hard promises NOW to secure the vote of Republicans. Come on Bill, stop running McQueeg as the Not-Hillary candidate and start giving me reasons to trust McCain won't open the borders (why hasn't he gotten rid of Juan Hernandez?), shutdown criticism against his administration (via trying to get McCain-Feingold renewed against the internet)or appoint judges that hew to his arguably liberal views.

Sweetheart, no one likes a sore winner. Get over yourself and realize YOU are the problem, not those of us with serious policy issues with McQueeg.

Now the Ron Paul campaign i... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

Now the Ron Paul campaign is protesting the Washington results as well... they have some serious inconsistencies happening there.

Looks pretty obvious that t... (Below threshold)
914:

Looks pretty obvious that the fix is in for McCain doesnt it?

Every vote in every sort of... (Below threshold)

Every vote in every sort of election needs to be counted to prevent these sort of scandals, whether or not it will change the actual outcome.

I wouldn't suggest any "fix... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

I wouldn't suggest any "fix" is in (and the Huckabee campaign went out of their way to stress they are not accusing the McCain folks of any malfeasance), but these kinds of irregularities rapidly erode confidence in our process. Should a Republican prevail in November, I don't want to listen to another four years of election fraud allegations from the 'rats.

Democrats have the votes be... (Below threshold)
BSorenson:

Democrats have the votes because the majority of the country is not made up of fervent religious zealots like yourselves. The current version of the Republican party is not the Ronald Reagan version, but the Pat Robertson version.

Get rid of the influence of Ralph Reed, Pat, James Dobson, Sam Brownback and others and you might have a chance of regaining some support someday. Stay 100% the party of the religious right (which you are today) and you will always be a minority party - and for good reason. You people have become too addicted to your own influence, and you don't seem to understand that America is not such a myopic country.

<a href="http://www.time.co... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Al-Qaeda's Last Stand in Iraq . Looks like Al-Qaueda needs Obama or Hillary to turn this around. Pelosi did her part yesterday. The dems in Congress are ready to do their part on the wiretap vote. And the liberals are just so excited to do their part in November.

why doesn't you war hero mc... (Below threshold)
dave:

why doesn't you war hero mccain release his military records?

why doesn't you war hero... (Below threshold)

why doesn't you war hero mccain release his military records?

hmmm...definite publik skool dropout there

Think about the disrespect ... (Below threshold)
Irish Rose:

Think about the disrespect that the Democratic candidates have shown to General Petraeus, our military, and the Iraqi people. Use Google, if you've forgotten about their treachery for the sake of convenience.

Understand this: if you don't support the Republican candidate in this election cycle, then you don't support the troops.

Oh yes, I can hear the protests to the contrary from people like Michelle, Rush and Laura. They are already puffed up with indignation over the suggestion that they don't support the troops if they back McCain.

They can rant all they like, as far as I'm concerned. It solves nothing.

These folks need a reality check, and they need one very badly. The GWoT must be won, and the time to do that is NOW... not four years from now. And any action that Republicans take to keep McCain out of office is going to come at the expense of our men and women in uniform and their families.

Thats' it, in a nutshell.

We have men and women with their boots on the ground on foreign soil, right now. They're doing very tough duty, a long way away from their loved ones.

And the "troop supporting" Republicans who advocate throwing our troops under the bus next November so that they can gain a political advantage 4 years from now, make me sick to my stomach.

The Republican party will survive intact. But I'm not so sure about partys' inflexible far-right leaning conservatives.

These folks are losing their collective minds and in a very public manner. They're losing it because they're simply not able to accept or even willing to consider that their particular brand of "conservative values" is NOT mainstream in the Republican party. They don't like being thwarted, and their behavior is nothing less than infantile.

The impending McCain nomination is proof positive that Americans who understand the grave importance of having politicians on the hill who can work together in a bipartisan capacity on these difficult issues, are FED UP with being dictated to by those on the far right.

The Shrillary debacle is proof positive that moderate Democrats share that very same sentiment re: leftist liberalism, in my opinion.

Back our military personnel and their families, Michelle. If you can't bring yourself to do that because McCain is an evil moderate, then don't expect ANY FURTHER SUPPORT from those who have loved ones in the military. We actually WANT our loved ones to come home safe, and to come home victorious.

IR, Marine mom




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