There’s one thing standing in the way of Republicans adding to their majority in the House and releasing the Senate from the grasp of Harry Reid and his Democrat foils—and it’s other Republicans. Jesus said “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” and neither Jesus’s statement nor Obamacare have been repealed. With the jobless rate continuing to keep many able Americans from finding enough work to pay their bills, with our overall economy only favoring those well connected to Washington or Wall Street, and our standing in the world decimated by bungled policies, and embarrassing mistakes like getting caught spying on foreign leaders, 2014 should be a record year for the GOP. But if something doesn’t change, it will be a disaster and we actually run the risk of seeing Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker’s chair. Republicans shouldn’t allow the party’s process to be hijacked by the big bucks advertising campaigns which don’t target liberals, but provide the weapons of fratricide so conservatives can slice other conservatives to pieces rather than focus on the real contrasts with leftists. Those who blame the Tea Party for this are misguided. The Tea Party is a movement, not a structured organization, and as such has rightfully helped the Republican party refocus on the perils of spending money we don’t have and borrowing money we can’t afford to pay back. It’s the infighting, and the back biting, and the wounds from those who ought to be our friends that will hurt us most. When Republicans spend time and money to tear down other Republicans rather than to build up the country, why would we expect people to want to vote for us? People want to be led by someone who looks like he’s going somewhere, not someone who looks like he’s sorry he’s been. We asked you to offer your thoughts on FB and Twitter as to how the Republican party should go forward and you surely did. Many of you used a term that I’d like to see outlawed from the vernacular of the party---RINO. It stands for Republicans in Name Only, and it’s a pejorative term that questions the authenticity and orthodoxy of someone’s party purity. One of our Tweets from Bettina Flowe said to me, “Get rid of all of the RINOS---including YOU….”For one to imply that he or she is more pure a Republican than someone else must is to assert that one individual has either been given or has taken the role of keeper of the kingdom. With all due respect, I’ve fought in the trenches of Republican politics for over 2 decades, but I wouldn’t pretend that I’m Lord over determining who the real Republicans are vs. the so-called RINOS. I think Wendy Harris has it right—here’s what she posted: They all need to be on the same page fighting the same fight for " WE THE PEOPLE". Get rid of all who don't or won't….Jayne Gladden also expressed real common sense when she posted “Stand together! A house divided against itself cannot stand... and a Party divided cannot win..” and Raymond Davis sent this message to us: “Quit beating on each other through all the ridiculous debates. We need to be the world leader respected by other leaders and really secure our borders and stop rewarding those here illegally. The most important thing, tell the truth and get our house in order.” Our thanks to all who sent in comments, but one thing ought to be certain—someone who agrees with me 90% of the time is not my enemy. If factions within the Republican party insist on spending time and money to attack other Republicans, I wonder if they want to win elections and save the country, or just proudly boast to their party pedigree. I’d rather have a loyal dog who licks me than one with a pedigree who bites me. I’d rather go to battle with someone who isn’t perfect than with someone who thinks he is.

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  • Marvin Miller

    01/24/2014 10:48 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    I think a lot of people would vote for you if you would run for President. We need someone with some maturity, integrity, and wisdom to lead, what is still the Greatest Country to live in, in the world!
    You have my vote, and I would be honored to promote your campaign in any way I could.
    Thank you, Marvin Miller

  • Clint Hyde

    01/24/2014 10:18 AM

    Your comments on women reflect a profound disrespect for humanity.

  • Avery Johnson

    01/22/2014 06:05 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I pray that you run for president in the next election. I would like to make you an offer. I will travel were ever, and when ever to help you. I am a Christian, and would pray for, and with you every day the entire time! May God Bless you

  • William (H.) Selman

    01/20/2014 11:46 AM

    Dear Governor,
    I am a little perplexed with your comments concerning people who appear to be Republicans in name only. When President Reagan was nominated in 1980 Lowell Wyker was on the party platform committee and he basically opposed all the things that made the Republican Party the "Republican Party". I wasn't his "judge". My observation (by their fruits ye Shall know them)was that he was trying to destroy the Republican brand.
    He was pro choice on abortion, pro homosexual rights , pro higher taxes and a host of other things that would qualify as "Republican in name only". Of course I was angry because he wanted to take away many of the reasons I vote Republican.
    Now then, if the liberal establishment wing of the Republican Party will stop calling me a right wing religious extremist Republican I might stop using Rino for them. As it is, while they are quick to judge me and my "crowd", I am not inclined to judge them as to identify them as the one thing that keeps us moving to an untimely end as a nation.
    It is easy for them to label us all day long and get away with it, but we are supposed to role over and take it with out any reasonable debate.
    I would say that your voice should be stronger for those things that make the Republican Party what it is and let unity worry about itself.
    schmoozing is not going to get our nation out of this terrible time. Only back bone and strength of character will save the day.
    Thank you for your time. William Selman

  • Joan Chambers

    01/20/2014 09:16 AM

    Dear Mike,
    This is a comment on Friedman the movie maker against NRA.
    I am a fan of Streep's however if she does this film I will have to find a new movie favorite.
    Thanks and God Bless you,

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