The New American

The much-touted ?Huckabee Surge? in November-December opinion polls has been attributed by the major media pundits to the former Arkansas governor?s performances in the televised GOP candidate debates and the recent discovery of him by Evangelical Christian voters. However, more skeptical observers might be inclined to note that Mike Huckabee?s sudden jump in the polls was assisted by a quantum jump in media publicity, and that Huckabee, the supposed ?outsider,? has been given the stamp of approval by the ultimate political ?insider? organization: the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

In a December 16 interview, CNN?s Wolf Blitzer asked the candidate who his foreign-policy advisers are. ?Well, I have a number of people from whom I get policy,? Mr. Huckabee responded, mentioning by name Frank Gafney, Richard Haass, and John R. Bolton. Two of the three, Haass and Bolton, are members of the CFR. In fact, as Wolf Blitzer pointed out to the CNN audience, Richard Haass is president of the CFR.

Huckabee?s anointing by the CFR was evident before the CNN interview, however. The council clued in its members that Huckabee was an acceptable candidate with a November 9 Washington Post op-ed by CFR Senior Fellow Michael J. Gerson entitled ?The Huckabee Difference.? In the article, Gerson complimented Huckabee?s ?compassion,? as exemplified by his record of government programs for the poor while he was governor. Gerson is the author of Heroic Conservatism, published by the CFR, which attempts to redefine political conservatism into a philosophical view that promotes government as the solution to poverty, rather than the traditional conservative view that individual charity, private charitable organizations, churches, and the free market are better fitted for assisting and uplifting those in need. Before joining the CFR staff in 2006, Gerson had been a chief policy adviser and speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

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11 Responses to “Huckabee?s Elite CFR Backers”
  1. BEADALONG says:

    This is another great article to pass on. I’ve warned several people about this CFR and didnt’ get anywhere, but I’ll try again.

  2. Eddie B. says:

    I almost filled my bucket seeing Huckleberry HOund all dressed up in his field gear. Looked pretty new too.


  3. The Watchdog says:

    I think the CFR might be grooming Huckabee for a slot as VP. Maybe there will be a Rudy-Huckabee ticket. Wouldn’t that be disgusting! And then the Dems could have Hillary and Bill Richardson run together. The horror.

  4. BEADALONG says:

    Yea, it would be Watchdog. I’ve tried warning people about this CFR, that the CFR are the ones appointing the candidates and is the reason we keep getting Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and we have to hold our noses and vote for the lesser of 2 evils…..As usual, they look at me like I’m nuts, but I still keep plugging away.

  5. Faye says:

    I think we’d better look out for a Ghouliani-Perry ticket. Perry has been all over campaigning for Ghouliani and Hutchison is retiring early from the Senate… rumors are she’s going for governor.

    Perry wins over voters - but not for Giuliani
    Iowans like messenger more than his message
    12:00 AM CST on Friday, November 16, 2007
    By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News
    DAVENPORT, Iowa ? Gov. Rick Perry was barely into his first stop in a two-day defense of Rudy Giuliani when a woman at the Thunder Bay Grille had a question about immigration.
    “Isn’t New York a sanctuary city?” said Andrea Archer, a nurse practitioner from nearby Bettendorf.
    The Texas governor offered an elaborate answer about how the federal government had failed and how Texas had sought to stem the tide of illegal immigrants ? and how Mr. Giuliani would solve the problem.

    KEVIN SANDERS/Special Contributor
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (center) spoke with voters Monday outside Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign office in Iowa City, Iowa. The campaign hopes Mr. Perry’s conservative credentials will reassure those who are uneasy about the former New York mayor’s liberal record on social issues.
    Ms. Archer was not convinced.
    Her reaction was typical during Mr. Perry’s first solo voyage this week on behalf of the Giuliani presidential campaign, which hopes the governor’s conservative credentials will reassure voters uneasy about the former New York mayor’s liberal record on social issues.
    It’s unclear how many Iowa Republicans the Texas governor won over. But if they were skeptical about the message, they seemed to like the messenger.
    “He’s impressive; he’s charismatic,” Ms. Archer said after Mr. Perry’s visit to the Scott County Republican Women’s Club luncheon, where he made his way around the tables in a dark suit and blue tie, greeting members.
    At the Kiwanis noon meeting in Waterloo, GOP activist Charles Wheeland said he liked Mr. Perry’s style.
    “He is a politician, but he doesn’t sound like a politician,” said Mr. Wheeland.
    Mr. Perry denies national political ambitions, although he is seen as an increasingly attractive party spokesman. He brought up the idea of himself as Mr. Giuliani’s running mate ? but quickly swatted down the possibility, saying he has “the best job in the world.”
    In his pitch to Iowa Republicans, Mr. Perry touted the former New York mayor as a leader tested by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and as the Republican most likely to beat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    But Mr. Giuliani’s support of gay rights, abortion rights and gun control is an obstacle for many conservative evangelicals who make up a key Republican voting bloc. Critics say sending Mr. Perry as a surrogate won’t help Mr. Giuliani, who has struggled to gain footing in Iowa.
    “Rick Perry coming to Iowa, I don’t think is going to get Rudy Giuliani any mileage among social conservatives at all. None,” said Steve Scheffler of the Iowa Christian Alliance. “They know Rudy is wrong on guns. They know he’s wrong on marriage. They know he’s wrong on life.”
    Iowa holds its presidential caucus Jan. 3, and voters here are serious about their first-in-the-nation nominating contest.
    “This is an unusual group in American politics,” said University of Iowa political scientist David Redlawsk. “Iowa caucusgoers are far more aware and involved in politics than pretty much anywhere else.”
    Across the fields of Iowa, political signs have sprung up among the light-brown stubble left from the harvest.
    TV and radio are filled with political spots: Fred Thompson (”a true conservative”) and Tom Tancredo (”jihadists are here and planning our destruction”) and Texas congressman Ron Paul (”If we’d listened to Ron Paul, we wouldn’t be mired down in Iraq”).
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has expended time and energy here and leads in the polls. Iowa caucusgoers want to see the candidates themselves, Mr. Redlawsk said.
    “Surrogates can play a role because you can bring some people out if they’re curious,” he said. “But a lot of that is driven by whether anyone knows who that surrogate is.”
    For the most part, the voters Mr. Perry met during his six-city swing had never heard of him. One woman asked if he had “any history with the president.”
    Mr. Perry smiled, explained he had known George W. Bush since the late 1980s, served as lieutenant governor and succeeded Mr. Bush when he went to Washington.
    He rarely mentioned Mr. Bush. Mostly, he denounced Washington as a place that has spent too much money and botched immigration ? and how putting Mr. Giuliani in the White House would fix things.
    There was the occasional miscue.
    Mr. Perry asked about Calvin Coolidge’s presidential library. It’s Herbert Hoover’s, who is still highly esteemed by Iowa Republicans.
    He noted that famed University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry was a Texas native. “Didn’t he pass away?” said Mr. Perry.
    Actually, he moved to Nevada.
    It might have not been the best idea to begin the swing at a restaurant decorated like hunting lodge ? with pictures of fish on the walls and a sculpture of a moose outside.
    Mr. Perry avoided any mention of Mr. Giuliani’s support of gun control, emphasizing instead his success as a crime-fighter. Nobody asked about gay rights. But everywhere, people wanted to talk about abortion and immigration.
    At a roundtable with undecided voters at the community college in Peosta, Mr. Perry was interrupted when he advocated securing the border and providing noncitizen workers with a tamper-proof ID card.
    “That sounds like amnesty,” said Charles Burkhart.
    But it was abortion ? and Mr. Giuliani’s support of abortion rights ? that sparked the most passionate debate around the table.
    “We’re talking about our leader standing up and saying, ‘I’m going to be pro-choice and pro-open marriage,’ ” said John Markham, a natural gas executive from Dubuque. “The social thing is a real, real hurdle.”
    Mr. Perry described himself as “the most anti-abortion governor in Texas history,” but said he was satisfied by Mr. Giuliani’s promise to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court.
    “What about a veto of stem cells,” said Colleen Pasnik. “Money for Planned Parenthood?”
    Others jumped in, talking over one another.
    “I can tell you I’m comfortable that on the vast majority of those issues, he is going to be …” ? and here Mr. Perry paused in search of the right word ? “… a proper leader.”
    Mr. Perry looked down at the table. “I’m doing a poor job of explaining,” he said.
    Afterward, Ms. Pasnik said that Mr. Perry didn’t convince her, but he did make a good impression on his own behalf.
    Mr. Markham agreed.
    “He’s got a good practical approach to governing that seems to be results-oriented,” he said. “I think he’d be a great selection for vice president.”
    Mr. Perry insists he has no aspirations for higher office and says he’s happy being governor.
    At Giuliani headquarters in Cedar Rapids, he recalled how Mr. Bush was so confident that a year before the 2000 presidential election he told Mr. Perry, “You’re going to love being governor.”
    After being elected president, Mr. Bush called one day from the Oval Office.
    “Laura was in Crawford. He talked for 30 minutes. I think he was a bit lonely,” Mr. Perry recalled. “He said, ‘You remember that conversation we had about governor of Texas being the best job in the world?’ ”
    Mr. Perry said he did.
    “Well,” said the president, “it is.”

    He’s also been in Florida that I know about.

  6. Vincent Narodnik says:

    Great post Faye!

    I guess my current main theme in my posts is the falsehood in the use of the word “educated”. Mirroring many posts above, I can only say that the vast majority of “educated people” are entirely ignorant of even the very existence of the CFR, and those who are, are committed to the blithe ignorance requisite to what they assume to be their “class”.
    I guess it seems as some kind of betrayal to their class that they admit that something big and secretive and unelected might even exist-or that such a construct might actually be working furiously day and night to dissolve the ground beneath their feet and give their place in society to the lowest bidder, legal or not.
    It then appears that they are more interested in maintaining the outward signs of strength (composure) to the necessary reaction to being decimated.
    “Problem???What problem?”
    A stiff upper lip is suitable only for casket residents.
    We who live ALIVE must forego the pretense of unflappability
    and, like William Wallace, give the warriors shout and engage in battle.
    However strained it might seem,

  7. Eddie B. says:

    Good one Faye. Certainly Perry is a choosen one. I don’t think it will matter who is in front. Perry certainly could be the number 2 on the Republican ticket.

    His “star” certainly points down already. CFR darling, Texas Republican Govenor who has proven his ability to sell out. He is perfect. Reminds me of Edwards.

  8. Faye says:

    That’s okay. I sent everybody I could locate in that article, articles from down here….(:) (is that a smiley face? I’m alerning this here puter thing.)


    Wishing Iowa well.

  9. Angel says:

    Ron Paul excluded in debate in New Hampshire by Fox NeWs?

    Faye, I didn’t know that Texans wanted Perry impeached.

  10. HellDogger says:

    I don’t understand the CFR. I see some people in there that totally disgust me and others that I really like, such as Monica Crawley. Am I being took. Wouldn’t be the 1st time.

  11. the marlboro man says:

    If this election is not watched real close and not checked and rechecked the CFR will elect our next president and the average AMERICAN willn,t what happened .Just like it did in 2000,2004 BUSCH didn,t win he was selected by the CFR,to do there work!!! Why can,t electroic voteing machines spit out a paper trail to check to see if these dam thing are rigged,ATMs do it all the time,but they can,t when it comes to voteing???WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ?? Or do they think we are realy that stuiped??If FLA. had been counted right in 2000 GW BUSCH would not have been elected,If the OH. vote had been counted right in 2004 GW BUSCH would have lost !!!

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