September 27, 2017

Congratulations to Judge Roy Moore, who handily beat appointed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in yesterday’s Alabama GOP runoff for the special election to fill Jeff Session’s former seat. Full disclosure: I endorsed Moore, so if we can take anything away from the results, it’s that y endorsement is more powerful than President Trump’s.

No, I’m only joking (although, hey: my guy did win!) Trump congratulated Strange on a good race then immediately gave his support to Moore. Good for him for accepting the voters’ will instead of wallowing in sour grapes (Hillary Clinton, take note.)

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What we can take away from this was summed up well by John Nolte at, who said it shows that the voter wave that put Trump in office is larger than any one person, even Trump. Hillary and fellow Democrats are desperately ginning up excuses as to why she lost to Trump without ever reaching the truth, because they don’t want to face it: Trump won because many millions of Americans are fed up with both parties living inside a bubble of privilege and arrogance. They are sick of being told that they have no choice but to accept policies that take their money, kill their jobs, erode their freedom, steal their privacy and bloat federal power and debt; that reward cronies and scofflaws while punishing hardworking citizens and taxpayers; and if they object, they’re racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic deplorables.

It wasn’t a determining factor in the race, but it was perfect synchronicity that Moore’s win came on the very day Senate Republicans once again caved on their latest attempt to replace Obamacare, the bedrock promise they’ve been making to voters for seven years. Maybe there’s some truth to Trump’s claim that Strange was not really close to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. But he was close enough for the bad juju to rub off. And the very fact that a candidate being seen as favored by the party’s leaders now acts as voter repellent on the base should tell you just how fed up Republican voters are with the Washington establishment’s broken promises and lack of accountability.

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Democrats who are gleeful that Moore won because he’ll be “easy to beat” should remember that they said the exact same thing about Trump. And if they think Republicans will sit out the 2018 election and help them win, sorry: we are now “woke.” If we’ll throw out our own incumbents for not killing destructive, failed liberal policies, then we’re not going to help give power back to the very people who forced them down our throats to begin with.

And Republicans who think that the power of incumbency will protect them from primary challengers are also not just whistling past the graveyard, they’re twerking past it. The lesson establishment Republicans should take from the stars falling in Alabama last night is that they are eminently replaceable. The days of a Congressional seat meaning lifetime job security are coming to an end.

You are called Representatives for a reason. Start representing the people who put you there, or they will find somebody who will.


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  • Kathleen Nalley

    10/14/2017 07:54 AM

    Thank you for so boldly and eloquently voicing my thoughts to Hillary, Democrats, and establishment Republicans.

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    10/01/2017 10:25 PM

    Americans need to begin electing independents to Congress who will govern according to the Founder’s intent of the Constitution. As long as these false representatives put the party platforms first, the Constitution never will be.

  • Judi Duffy

    09/30/2017 01:25 PM

    Gov Mike, thank you so much for rightly dividing not only God's Word, but the word of man as well! I say this at every opportunity: please remember that these people in Wash DC are OUR employees, that termination of employment is at OUR discretion, and that their appointments end after two terms, just like our president. Do NOT confuse politician with lifetime privilege. You people work for ME, not us supporting you in a lifetime of luxury! Keep your banner waving, Gov Mike!

  • Jamie Dershem

    09/30/2017 11:26 AM

    I appreciate your comments & that they are coming from a Christian.
    Almost daily my husband says about the Republicans: "Fire them all!"
    I pray for them daily (ev/morning) & bind up the enemy: stubborn, disobedient, resistant spirits from them & they still don't change. I loose the Hand of God onto them to get something done & still they fuss, go on vacation (for too many reasons) & don't keep their promises. What did they do for 8 years & 8 months! If they don't work, they don't eat or get paid! Maybe that would get their attention! Maybe they may need to be graded for their performance & paid accordingly.

  • Wilton D. Wilton

    09/29/2017 09:38 AM

    I welcome and support your letter regarding Roy Moore's win. Minute by minute the American people cry out for their 'representatives" to represent them. Yet time and again these politicians represent their own selfish interests. I can only hope you are right in that this election serves as a "wave" (your words) of a populism that is ever present in my daily associations. Furthermore this populism MUST remain strong and supportive of candidates into the midterm elections.

  • Barbara

    09/29/2017 07:54 AM

    Thank you for your wise explanation of the vote in Alabama. I had no idea who was the correct candidate until I read who you were supporting. These days it is difficult to know the truth of what is written or stated on media. Hard to decide who to vote for based on these two vehicles of information.
    I wish you the very best in your life, Mr Huckabee. You are such a Godly man and I value your opinion so very much. I have commented previously that you remind me of my Dad. You are well read, well spoken and always add the right amount of appropriate humor. My Dad was a Reformed Church Pastor and a humble/Godly man. Continue to seek God in all you do and say, it is being heard and seen by all. You are truly a blessing in my life. (Your daughter is also a bright spot in the life of Washington DC!)
    Many thanks for all you do. Sincerely and Respectfully, Barbara K. Schut

  • Marilee Males

    09/28/2017 11:38 PM

    My sentiments exactly. Amen brother. I am fed up with liberal Republicans who have lied to the American people & want their own agenda. They are divisive and they can be replaced.

  • curt norman

    09/28/2017 11:13 PM

    Right on, Gov! I love your newsletter---jives with my own opinions, so you must be right---

    Keep up the good work.

    Curt Norman

  • Lynne Wilford

    09/28/2017 08:15 PM

    Thank you so much, Mr. Mike Huckabee. I read your letters daily and I am SO THANKFUL for you! It's so hard to find the truth but you give it out daily! I trust you, you are honest, God-fearing, and right up close to what is really going on. I love reading what you have to say. And thank you for all your hard, hard work to get good people into our government to bring some real change and improvement. I will be in Washington D.C. next week for the Awaken the Dawn 2017 prayer time. This is what our nation and world need more than anything -- lots of people praying, invoking God's mercy and power to turn this nation and world around!! Will you be there? Thank you for everything!! Lynne Wilford

  • shelley Rubinstein

    09/28/2017 06:35 PM

    Here's where I am standing. I am a new widow who lost my husband just last year tragically as a direct result of Obamacare. He served all his adult life as a fireman, EMT, Deputy Sheriff, city peace officer, prison chaplain, and minister to the homeless and the poor. His ministry led thousands to the Lord and provided nutritious food for many tens of thousands in southeastern New Mexico. We have been betrayed by our "representatives" and that betrayal has become deadly. Now, I am struggling to pay federal, state, and county taxes with the sword of Damocles hanging over my head that if I don't come up with the thousands of dollars the land taxes amount to, my land and home will be auctioned out from under me on the courthouse steps. If I skip meals and sell everything not tied down, I might be able to pay this year's taxes but on my private school teacher's salary, I don't know how I will come up with next year's. I am sick of giving money to candidates who talk a good game and then go to Washington and work only to aggrandize themselves and their cronies while they continue to bankrupt me and my fellow Americans.

  • Don Loucks

    09/28/2017 06:35 PM

    Mike - please publish a list of all the senators that are up for election in 2018

  • Sylvia Hashimoto

    09/28/2017 06:06 PM

    Well said and I'm in total agreement.

  • Henry Long Jr

    09/28/2017 06:00 PM

    Along with what you said about Strange, the fact that the NRCC threw millions of dollars into Strange's campaign and threatened to blackball any organizations who helped the campaigns of the other candidates was a HUGE factor to me and many of my friends. Strange, a former Washington lobbyist jumped right into the middle of the swamp the day he arrived to serve in the senate. Along with the fact that he "bought" the appointment from a disgraced governor the reasons to vote AGAINST Strange were overwhelming enough to make me mark an "X" by the name of another candidate I had vowed to never vote for. Unfortunately, to me our choice was the "lesser of two evils".

  • Deniece Gentry Fulcher

    09/28/2017 05:48 PM

    Thanks for keeping us informed, I enjoy reading your emailed comments. I am reading The Paradigm by Jonathan Cahn. You need to read this book. It gives a biblical paradigm as to how Trump won the presidency. Very enlightening. Keep up the good work you do.

  • Steven Gazanian

    09/28/2017 04:35 PM

    Mike, well said!!!

  • Vicky Sigworth

    09/28/2017 04:27 PM

    As a life-long Republican in a blue state (CT),I'm embarrassed at the callousness of the current Republican attempts to overhaul an admittedly bad Obamacare system. With two disabled sons, the blindness of Republicans to the necessity of simply assuring that "pre-existing conditions" are insurable is beyond my comprehension. Don't they know that such folks are often unemployable,or not able to work full-time due to their medical condition, and should not therefore be expected to pay MORE for insurance than fully employed folks? Has compassion so totally left the Republican party??? I agree that "bleeding heart liberals" often go overboard, but even worse, the current Republicans are anathema to me, except for a few reasonable souls like John McCain and Susan Collins. I'm also deeply concerned that the extremism of the tea party folks will boomerang in our faces again. Trump holds a lot of promise, but so far has listened to so many unreasonable billionaire bigots that our historical opportunity to make REASONABLE changes will likely be squandered. Extremes always beget extremes. Please lead the party in repentance for our nation's greed, racism, sexism, and self-righteousness on ALLsides, etc, which is showing up in spades. Start by helping to rewrite the business laws so that companies are accountable to INTEGRITY and social good, not just to the shareholders' profits. Our nation desperately needs a turn of heart, to stop judging, taking the log out of our own eyes, and then to also then see clearly but humbly that people who act like pigs and dogs should not be given our pearls. (See Matt 7) Then we will develop godly compassion,not just "bleeding heart liberalism".

  • Kathy Freeman

    09/28/2017 04:21 PM

    Totally agree. I have been so disappointed that the Republicans have been unable to work together to pass the President's agenda. The American people are going to remember this when they go to the polls. This was our one chance to really make great improvements for America and right now I just see the opportunity going straight down the drain.

  • Richard Petersen

    09/28/2017 03:53 PM

    OK So now how do we get rid of McCain here in AZ?

  • William Martin

    09/28/2017 03:39 PM

    Good article!

  • dar kyl

    09/28/2017 03:23 PM

    Someone explain to me why Trump endorsed Strange rather than Moore.

  • Elaine kuebler

    09/28/2017 02:52 PM

    100% on point Mike! The sitting reps better take here that we are completely f fed up with their status quo and if they don't start doing OUR will they won't have their jobs any more!

  • James buettner

    09/28/2017 02:39 PM

    Strange lost because it appeared that he refused to do his job as AG in prosecuting Gov. Bentley and then took the appointment from Bentley to the Senate. Plus he was a lobbyist for years. As an Alabama voter I could not vote to send another insider to Washington backed by the establishment even though I was not fully on board with Moore. I will be extremely shocked if a democrat will beat Moore.

  • James Evart

    09/28/2017 02:32 PM

    Great commentary Mike. You are exactly right. I can't wait for the next election to rip the Rhinos a new perspective.

  • Robert L. Fragoman

    09/28/2017 02:19 PM

    I am a President Trump supporter, but I thought that he was wrong in his decision to back Luther Strange in Alabama. I remember Judge Roy Moore when they went after him for having the 10 Commandments in his chambers.

    I still love our President, Donald J. Trump, but this shows that he is human too and he admits to his mistakes.

  • Richard saito

    09/28/2017 02:12 PM

    Mike you are right on about being tired of politics as usual! If the ones we sent to Washington aren't going to do what they said they would do, we will get rid of those liars! Drain the swamp...I believe Mitch McConnell got in on the campaign and ruined it for Luther, shows that what we think of Mitch! All talk, no action!

  • Danna Stevens

    09/28/2017 01:43 PM

    Agree 100%. Always liked/admired Judge Moore. Glad to see him in the driver's seat for AL Republicans. GO ALL THE WAY!

  • Ellen Russell

    09/28/2017 01:16 PM

    Mike, I agree 100%! I'm so mad at our do-nothing Congress I could scream. For seven years we've heard about repeal and replace and now it's too hard? Give me a break. I wish Judge Moore luck in the upcoming December election and look forward to one more conservative voice in Washington.

  • Roland Gilliam Jr.

    09/28/2017 12:59 PM

    Good read on Moore. I think more rinos will be replaced in 2018 then any body thinks. We are mad at the do nothing Rinos in Washington.

  • Don Bower

    09/28/2017 12:51 PM

    Amen Brother! We are in the same boat here in WV. Couple of representatives that need to start their representation soon...

  • Richard Miller

    09/28/2017 12:33 PM

    Well said Mike.