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Monday, October 7, 2013

Mike Huckabee blasts Republicans for shutdown

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 6:46 AM

click to enlarge 'HAD TO GOVERN': Mike Huckabee.
  • 'HAD TO GOVERN': Mike Huckabee.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee continues to blast the strategy of Republicans who forced the government shutdown as a last-ditch effort to scuttle the federal Affordable Care Act.

A website generally unfriendly to Huckabee and Fox News, Newshounds, had some reason to praise him and quote him at length for commentary on his weekend TV show. He noted that he had to find a way to govern while working with a majority Democratic legislature. As a talk show host, he can be an absolutist. Quote:

This week, most of the Republican callers to my radio show supported the shutdown and the showdown. One of them said it best. He said, ‘We sent those guys to Washington to take a stand.’ That’s when I realized, Houston, we’ve got a problem.

Because, no, we didn’t send those guys to Washington to ‘take a stand.’ We sent them to govern. You see, it’s really easy to take a stand. Heck, you don’t even have to go to the trouble of running for office or serving as an elected official. On radio and TV, I take a stand every day. You can take a stand by raising your voice on the Capitol steps but to make a real change, you’ve got to get inside that building and have a vote.

I can raise Cain as a talk show host. But to raise up test scores, create jobs, or build roads and reform prisons, I had to govern. And unless the numbers are all on your side, you are not going to get everything you want.

…When I cook barbecue ribs, I cook them on low heat and I cook them slow to make them fall off the bone, real tender. ‘Cause good cooking is not done over an explosion but over a steady heat.

You know, we’ve seen people in Washington taking a stand, but the question is, are they governing? Most people don’t care about the process in the kitchen. They care about the finished product. Governing is about mastering the process so the product will nourish and not make us sick.

I’ve come to the conclusion that some of the politicians would be better as talk show hosts and some of the talk show hosts ought to run for office and find out what it’s really about.


So what about it Speaker Boehner? The Senate has voted on your legislation. How about letting the House vote on their legislation to keep the government open with continuing funding for health insurance for millions of Americans? Free the hostages.



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