November 8, 2017

This week brought some major political anniversaries. Monday was the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution that brought down Russia’s Tsar and ushered in nearly 75 years of communism – and (coincidentally, according to today’s college students) starvation, poverty, mass death, oppression, aggression, tyranny and…oh yes, “droughts.” Tuesday was also the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton (well, I predicted it, but nobody listened), which ushered in 12 months of liberals across America and all over the media throwing a 24/7 tantrum and screaming about “Resistance” like a Bolshevik revolutionary who was told to take a bath.

Yesterday will also go down as a political date of its own importance, but with echoes of both previous events. Tuesday’s elections are being depicted (let’s be honest: “celebrated”) in the media as a November Revolution, a Republican Armageddon, a Democratic tsunami proving that, to quote George Costanza, “We’re back, baby!” As usual, most commentators are letting their personal biases color their interpretations. I know I’ll be accused of trying to put a pro-Republican happy face on a rotting Jack-o-lantern, but I’m honestly not. I try to give you honest and informed analysis, good or bad, because blowing smoke does the GOP no good. You don’t want to be like one of those wailing Democrats a year ago who believed the polls about Hillary. So here goes:

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First of all, the highest profile Dem wins (governors in Virginia and New Jersey) were entirely predictable. Both states were the Dems’ to lose. New Jersey is solid blue, and the Republican candidate was tainted by his association with outgoing Gov. Chris Christie, who has popularity problems unrelated to Trump or conservatism. And in Virginia, the heavy northern influx of lobbyists, government workers and other big government dependents during the Obama era has spread, turning the once-purple state so blue that the last governor elected there was Clinton fixer Terry McAuliffe. Republican Ed Gillespie always faced a steep climb. Some analysts say he was too associated with Trump. Trump says he didn’t embrace his issues enough. Others say he did embrace them, but Trump voters didn’t believe him. And some analysts just said it was a mistake to run on national issues instead of local issues. They all have a point, but none touch on the most important fact.

As one analyst put it, Republicans turned out as if it were a regular election, while Democrats turned out in huge numbers. They’ve were fired up by a solid year of ‘round-the-clock anti-Trump rhetoric, and they charged to the polls like bulls who’ve had a red flag waved in their faces for 12 months. Whether these wins will energize them even more next year, or they’ll eventually get tired of the nonstop divisiveness is hard to predict, but so far, it seems to be only getting worse, not dissipating. They're thriving on their liquid diet of anti-Trump vitriol.

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Republicans should be more concerned about Democratic wins further down the ballot, in states where they should have had better odds. 2020 is a redistricting year, and they don’t want to turn the drawing of voting district lines over to the same party that thinks opinions they disagree with should be treated with shout-downs, punches, riots, tax audits, lawsuits and jail terms.

Coming into 2018, Republicans need to energize their base, and despite the Democrats’ Tuesday sweep, I don’t believe that parties can build a longterm winning strategy on relentless negativity. Democrats won largely because they were so fired up by the non-stop anti-Trump drumbeat. Republicans might have persuadable to show up and counter that, but the party gave them no positive reasons to do so. People want something to vote for, not just to vote against. This election is being painted by the left as a Democratic resurgence, but a new CNN poll shows the party has a 37% favorability rating, a 25-year low. (Before Republicans sigh in relief, their rating is 30%.)


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  • Michael Egbert

    11/12/2017 04:09 PM

    You have to admire President Trump's stamina and courage having to face the opposition being thrown at him. There are many who would have wavered and fallen by now. Even if the Spirit of God like a Dove were to come down on our President...they would find fault with it. The "Evil One" has been at work with the media and he hasn't been taking any coffee breaks!

  • Gerritt W KENYON

    11/12/2017 03:20 PM

    Get so tired of poor reporting where everything is known as opinion column instead of journalism, that I turn on Hogan's Heroes to rest or quiet my mind. Separate what is news and repetitious opinion - Enjoying your news letter.

  • Nelda Howard

    11/12/2017 11:45 AM

    New: CIA Agent Whistleblower Risks All To Expose The Shadow Government- on You Tube. I watched this for 1 hour and 7 minutes 2 days ago and it disturbed me terribly. I am sure you may have read it or at least heard about it and is this true. If so, what can we do about it.
    I always enjoy your emails. Look forward to them daily. I hope you can look into this and get back to me. It is frightening. Thank you!

  • Joe Kunkle

    11/12/2017 10:01 AM

    Regarding millennials falling for Marxism in a day when we have such brilliant examples of its successes, i.e. Cuba, N. Korrea, and Venezuela, I remember Nikita Kruschev pounding on the podium at the U.N. and bragging how "you will fall into our hands like ripe fruit." I could not imagine back then that it could happen in my life-time!
    J. Edear Hoover and J. McCarthy were right---and character assassinated for their trouble!

  • Bonnie Knight

    11/09/2017 03:57 PM

    Mike, I read your comments and pretty much agree with everything. I also agree with Carl's comment about standing together. I watch Fox news and I really don't think the commentators are doing us any favor by attaching any of the Republican candidates. I get very frustrated when they can't seem to get on the same page and get something done (don't even get me started on John mc cain!) but to keep talking about how bad they are just adds fire to the D's arguments. I have been accused more than once of not being a team player - I think it was Patton that said if everybody thinks the same thing, nobody is thinking, but there is a time to close ranks and not help the opposing team. I agree the legislature could be doing better but it really does not help to keep telling people (especially Trump supporters) to get these people out of office - nothing like helping the other team.

  • Leslie Clemmer

    11/09/2017 01:22 PM

    Thanks for the election update Mike!!

  • Carl Erickson

    11/09/2017 12:15 PM

    Hi Gov. Mike, I think that the GOP needs to do ONE THING. UNITE with each other to get things done! Does it work? Look how the Dems stand together on every issue, no matter how stupid sometimes, but never on issues that would be GOOD for the country, and bad for them as a party. Actually, is there a Democratic Party left anymore? They have gone so far to the left, they soon might fall off their cliff, and become communists totally! Scary thought for our country. Are you still open to running for President in the Future yet? Hope so.. but in the mean time we ALL need to unite behind our President to continue turning our country around. Know what is really funny? The Dems don't even realize that a good FAIR TAX would be good for them as well. As far as a deficit because of it.. the huge growth in the economy it would cause would automatically take care of that issue! We need a Tax Reform (Fair/Flat Tax) to give it the Reaganist effect! Don't you agree? God Bless and have a Great Day!

  • Dawn and Joe STREET

    11/09/2017 12:14 PM

    I think you were spot on about Virginia. We have endured 4 years of Terry McAwful and now we will have to endure 4 more years of McAwful's protegee, Ralph Northam. I gotta think of a good last name for him. I am sure a good one will come to me. The rural areas of Virginia are just not able to overcome the metro areas. Our rural county goes for the Conservatives. We do have enough liberals to make things a bit interesting at times, but it seems we vote mostly Republican. I prayed we would have a miracle and Gillespie would prevail as well as Vogel and Adams. Their ads were bland but Northam's and his buddies were just plain awful!!! Northam is like McAwful and is a supporter of sanctuary cities no matter what he flipped over to say.

  • Mike French

    11/09/2017 11:16 AM

    Looks like you left out a "been" in the third sentence. Thanks anyway


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  • Joanne Hardy

    11/09/2017 09:17 AM

    I feel that the Republicans need to step up their game. I voted for all of them and I consider them wishy-washy, if that makes any sense. No one seems to be stepping up to the plate, making real decisions, all you hear about are the Democrats and their antics. The President along with Republicans need to start making changes in America. We cannot keep letting the liberals be in control, always be right, always asking for an apology. Things need to change with people screaming slavery, racism, etc. Slavery was so long ago, why is it still brought up so often? Racism has never been so prevalent since Obama got into office. It was really never a problem till then. I also never heard of a President getting involved in a matter in a neighborhood. People need to drop their biases and start to see another’s point of view. We really need to try to get everyone working together to make this a better world.

  • Ann Hayes

    11/09/2017 08:11 AM

    First off I must say how much I love your daughter Sarah! She does a fantastic job as Press Secretary and is truly a breath of fresh air in this political arena. Please tell her she is greatly appreciated! Ok now the bad news. I am so disgusted with Congress and disappointed with the Republican Party. They have made all these promises and have kept none. They won't work together and therefore, don't get anything done! How do we get through to these people?!? It will be in the election booth. We will be forced to vote out those who do nothing and vote in some new blood in hopes for some real change in getting things done. Thank you Governor for your continued leadership and love of our country.

  • Jan Roeth

    11/09/2017 02:12 AM

    Mike, I look forward to reading your messages as they are always spot-on and are refreshing to read! I truly enjoying reading news that is true, I'm so tired of Fake News! So don't stop, keep on writing your messages! God bless you, sir!

  • Ann Ray

    11/08/2017 09:08 PM

    We always look forward to your candid remarks, and you really put the VA and NJ wins into proper perspective. VA is well on the road to a give away program for the whole state which will drive them to the brink of bankruptcy just as all the other solid blue states are going. VA has no way out of the downward spiral with more and more swamp rats moving there and out of Washington DC. Thank you for your passion for the truth, for your love of America, and for your strong faith in our Lord.

  • Mitchell Fillet, Professor, Economics and Finance, Rutgers University

    11/08/2017 08:07 PM

    As you have outlined, the two important governor elections were leaning towards the Democratic candidates in those states for a few understandable reasons. What our populations seems to not understand is how important money is in this political process. The rancor and bias statements and reporting that has become a fact of life in America over this past year, is really about control of the flow of money that results from various business interests that had control of segments of our economy....And now they do not.
    In general, the Democrats were shocked that their plans to pursue and further their business interests that were established and grown under the permissive watch of Barack Obama were coming to a very quick and unpredictable end. Until they exhaust themselves, which will not happen until after the 2020 Presidential elections or until they regain sufficient control of key states and both houses of Congress so that they can achieve their financial goals, the Democrats will block the path of all Republican initiatives.
    A simple example is Obama-care, which was poorly structured in the beginning and, therefore, too expensive in the end. It was dying because of its own inability to deliver health care to our citizens at a price that they could afford and that the insurance companies found acceptable for the services that they provided.....
    Hopefully, the American electorate will come to realize that we cannot afford another eight years of a Democratic President before they elect Michelle Obama...Thanks for all your commentary.

  • Steve Blount

    11/08/2017 07:21 PM

    Give it a rest. You can fool all the dupes, but you and I are cut from the same cloth. You just use "religion" as your bait. Time to roll out the ol "war on Christmas" scam huckster

  • Roy Houseman

    11/08/2017 06:56 PM

    Costa said "We're back..." ! Well "they" never left. Face it, we only have two choices, the Repub's and the Dem's! We know that Republican voters rarely turn out deep in midterm elections. Mainly because most of them are working and content to lose time and money from going to the polls or waiting in line after work. Send will turn out in force to recoup their ideologue and their freebies! The main thing the Repub's should fear is not voter turn out but we are getting to the point where we would rather have a Democrat, whom we know what and how they will govern, instead of a Republican that tells us one thing and does not do anything they promise except keep their jobs. We cannot trust those in charge to deliver on the mandates we have them by electing them to office. We have a majority so we do not need the dems permission. They didn't need ours to force Obama care down our throats. So how about we force some true conservative values down theirs. If America doesn't like it then vote them out. Their will never be non-partisan conservative values out forth again! Obama and the Clinton's took care of that pipe dream!

  • Paul Yoder

    11/08/2017 06:50 PM

    2020 is a redistricting year, and they don’t want to turn the drawing of voting district lines over to the same party that thinks opinions they disagree with should be treated with shout-downs, punches, riots, tax audits, lawsuits and jail terms. Don't forget that lethal violence is increasingly being seen as acceptable by large numbers of that 'party'.

  • Rhonda Martinez

    11/08/2017 04:14 PM

    Thank you Governor. I love your articles and commentary’s. I would also like to let you know that you have a wonderful, intelligent and beautiful daughter and am appalled at the nasty light people have tried to put her in. The light that shines from her in all I have mentioned above will always outshine all those who try to diminish hers. Please pass this along to her. God bless you and your family!!

  • D.P. Hunt

    11/08/2017 04:02 PM

    For several years I have heard elect us and we will do---- Well
    being a life long Repub I have listened, voted and day after day
    been disappointed. I have come to the conclusion that except
    for rare exception the GOP is in many way no better that the
    Democrats, and they are, in my opinion AWFUL.

  • Ann Preece

    11/08/2017 03:59 PM

    It's good to have you back sharing the truth with the public! I believe we need to clean house in Washington DC! Fire everyone and start over. Place term limits on every elected position and bring back accountability standards in the civilian jobs. Then hire back the people who want to work and not just collect a pay check. And do whatever can be done to get things done in Congress. Thanks for listening. And I agree wholeheartedly with Joanne, your daughter is a breath of fresh air in the White House. You taught her well.

  • D.P. Hunt

    11/08/2017 03:58 PM

    For several years I have heard elect us and we will do---- Well
    being a life long Repub I have listened, voted and day after day
    been disappointed. I have come to the conclusion that except
    for rare exception the GOP is in many way no better that the
    Democrats, and they are, in my opinion AWFUL.

  • Suzanne Stanley

    11/08/2017 03:53 PM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee for your positive reporting! It's so refreshing. The GOP elected officials had better wake up NOW! I previously donated to multiple candidates & the NRC, but no longer do so. In fact, the NRC will NEVER receive a dime from me until these people support President Trump fully! Pass the tax reform, some kind of health care & fill all the vacancies in the legal areas!!

  • Walter L Zimmerman

    11/08/2017 03:36 PM

    First let me say, I love America, the gteatest country in the world. I worked 50 years to get what I have. I'm a disabled Vietnam Veteran, born, raised, lived & retired in Arkansas. It turns out we voted for the lesser of two eviles, as we have for the last 104 years. I am not a Democrat, Republican, Tea Party, Liberterian nor any other party. The reason being, Woodrow Wilson provered unethecial politicians could be bought when he let The World Bankers bankroll his election in 1913 & sold out America by rewarding them with ownership of Our Federal Reserve. (We even pay our City Police to guard their fake money reserves, if my imformation is correct.) I'm not meaning to degrade you, whom I think are one of the few last remaining honest politations. (I love the job Sarah is doing.) We voted for the Republican because they were going to Get-'er-Done! They have failed miserably instead, infighting! Jeff Session & Paul Ryan need run out of town as do many others on all party's. Working American's do not owe anyone a free cut of their wages through social programs. The Bible teaches to earn your keep by the sweat of your brow, not someone elses, if I understand right. We need Graduated Sales Taxes at the point of sale, US Gov 4% / State 3% / County 2% / City 1% = 10%. Downsize all the goverment's from top down. (US Gov., State, County & City.) Budgets Manditory! We need people that love America instead of themselves & their bank account. They are bought & paid for by The World Bankers & Corporate Lobbyist. They vote themselves raises and benefits because We The People have let them. They need put on Military Grade Pay and Benefites. Serve four to eight years and go home, not become career polititions in Washington D C. Have a wonderful and blessed day.

  • Chad Kneller

    11/08/2017 03:34 PM

    Thanks for always bringing value. In a world of endless junk mail and opinions I look forward to your emails. You may just inspire me to go into politics someday. It seems our country is in great lack of true leaders. Thank you for being a leader with character and integrity. You are appreciated.

    Chad Kneller

  • Aneta Dockery

    11/08/2017 03:23 PM

    Dear Governor, I voted for Ed Gillespie. He had solutions to local problems and Ralphie is just another Hillary clone. I don't like that the incumbent Democrats are obstructing what I elected President Trump to do. Nor do I approve of the weak-knee, slack-jaw, do-nothings who are incumbent Republicans. A "third party system' always sends the election to the Democrats. And South D.C. (known as Northern VA) is heavily populated with Save-Our-Rich-Behinds-at-All-Costs, even at the destruction of the rest of the state, Government Workers who have us in a stranglehold. Since, unlike Democrats, I don't resurrect my dead parents to add to the vote tally, WHAT Dear Governor, do YOU think would have helped us carry old Virginia back into Republican hands?? As I recall, you got in when your Democrat Governor got kicked out. I'm glad you did well enough to be re-elected. But we don't have that to hope for here. So other than moving to FL's Panhandle, what CAN One-Person One-Vote people do?? We're drowning out here. Thanks for the sympathy.

  • Panella Frick

    11/08/2017 03:19 PM

    With an almost unanimous media against our president and most of the Republican Party, what are America's conservatives supposed to do? Stop trying to keep up with current events? I absolutely believe in a "free press", which must include all legitimate media. However, it now seems our media have become so biased as to present themselves as one sided, to the "left" . I would appreciate any insight into this problem that you might have. While you're at it, do you know how this phenomena happened to come about?
    Panella Frick RN MSN Title given simply to show my level of education. (with pride of course)

  • Patricia de la Tejera

    11/08/2017 02:41 PM

    Now is the time to end abortion. Congress must pass the bill by Rand Paul, LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. Then I have faith the Lord will bless our country again, and the USA will be a Christian nation that welcomes Christians as refugees.

  • Firewagon

    11/08/2017 02:10 PM

    Sad, VA "was" a Southern state, but has, over the decades, become addicted to that Northern disease of government dependency! So much corruption, so little time. It is scary, for my grandchildren, how America's culture has undergone such decimating change. Too many, today, view the changing mores and morals, in America, as some positive "evolution," brought about by an "increase in knowledge." They might do well to research and review what preceded the "rot and ruin" of many "Great Societies!"

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    11/08/2017 02:05 PM

    We must elect Independents who will vote to uphold and defend our Constitution as the Founders intended. Not a party platform. For too many Demicans and Republicrats, the party’s platform comes before the Constitution.
    $20,000,000,000 (plus) in debt...That is Twenty Trillion people. This will bring us down, yet no one is talking about how to pay it off. They can’t even pass an annual budget without adding to the debt. Even if they could enact a “balanced” budget it does nothing to pay down that debt. And the interest on it just keeps growing. Like your credit card, when you don’t pay it off entirely each month. Socialism is already sucking us dry.
    And it’s our fault for allowing it.
    Guess where this quote comes from; “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government... not for light or transient causes;...”
    This government is outta control.

  • Noemi Garza

    11/08/2017 02:05 PM

    You know the old adage "Sling enough mud and some will stick." There has been enough mud slinging at Trump and his party this past year to fill all the football domes in America, and then some! In spite of it all, the fact remains that the Republicans are holding all the aces. They just need the wisdom and courage to stand up and do what they were elected to do. I find it hard to believe that they cannot find common ground, compromise with each other and pass the legislation they promised. Its as if the party has lost focus and is imploding! :(

  • RT Castleberry

    11/08/2017 02:03 PM

    THIS is your version of honest? Like I figured, you've forgotten the definition--if you ever knew it. You have a chicken fried pork chop for a brain and hole where the heart normally beats.

  • Kenny Gardner

    11/08/2017 01:27 PM

    Absolutely correct! The Dems won since it was theirs to win. Virginia with all the political atmosphere and Jersey being East Coast.
    The GOP has had absolutely no COURAGE and no MESSAGE! The Establishment does not want to make waves. They are afraid of negative press yet the press hates them anyway! Relying on the Karl Roves, I like Karl, but these people have been wrong in the last TWO Presidential Election cycles. They have no pulse on America.
    The average person does not care about, listen liberals, transgender rights, what bathroom should be dictated by law, funding abortions, illegal immigrant funding or rights, climate change etc. To the GOP, they also care not about setting up democracies in Nations that do NOT understand it nor want it, care not about making China's economy better while ours struggles nor care about whether the world likes us.
    Hence Trump! Who speaks truth and what the AMERICAN PUBLIC that actually works and pays the taxes THINKS! If the GOP fails to see that they are as treasonous as the uber left who want our Nation's Sovereignty and Heritage destroyed.

  • Paula Harris

    11/08/2017 01:19 PM

    I am really tired of the BS that is coming from all factions. Congress can't get anything done because both parties are too busy trying to oust a duly elected POTUS. The election was a year ago. Get over yourselves and work with the man. If Hillary had been elected both parties would line up to kiss her "ring". Quit dividing this nation with the racial tensions. The things that have been going on years is out of the play book of Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. How about Congress, all government employees, state and local officials (elected and appointed) read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and follow that for a change.

  • William Bailey

    11/08/2017 01:08 PM

    I know Jesus would have wanted you to help Congress and the parties involved to compromise and to quit bickering over big gov. Vs very small gov. I know Jesus is not happy that we violate the 9th commandment. I know he would very happy if you and I helped provided profit sharing and health care to all of our citizens and not just congress. Profit sharing was a Thomas Jefferson suggestion that started the middle class. Profit sharing provides loyalty innovation, and profit.
    If we continue down our current path we we will become a bankrupt nation because many of the wealthy would not share with with those workers that made them there tremendous wealth. Without these workers giving their lives the wealthy would have nothing. God and his son Jesus said, we must love one another as ourselves. And this is the most violated commandment!
    Vaya Con Dios
    Your friend in Christ.

  • Mike Tierney

    11/08/2017 01:06 PM

    I am not sure why you are such a strong supporter of Don. Maybe it is because your daughter is his front man? He has done nothing for anyone yet. Big talk is about all he has to offer. Admittedly, he was the best candidate among the Republican aspirers and HRC was the worst candidate ever. But he has had no ideas other than to try and change everything Obama did in his final years in office. Not much of a solution to any problems. More than likely these reversals will be a source of problems down the road. One can only hope that Don does something besides try to finance his stupid wall and add trillions to our debt. As usual, he promotes job and industry growth with tax cuts but has no skin in the game if the whole idea turns out to be Kansas on a nationwide scale. Maybe if he had proposed a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for wage increases for indirect labor we would see McDonalds, Walmart, Target, GE, their people more thereby creating demand for goods and services. Companies will not simply "invest more" because their taxes go down. They will simply pay bigger bonuses to the executives. Additionally, Don should be developing a plan to eliminate the disaster welfare program. States like TX, FL, LA, SC, NC... will all see more hurricanes. OK, MN...will see tornadoes and CA will have a major earthquake. All these states should be paying for national disaster relief insurance. No more FEMA that is funded by the general funds. It should be the administration branch of the disaster relief insurance program. Costs would be easy to calculate based on historical experience and projected costs. Sort of like the Workman's Comp insurance method of basing future costs on past costs. Farm welfare in the form of subsidized insurance needs to go away too. These are issues that can be dealt with in spite of the legions of lobbyists that are patrolling DC to get even more free stuff. Additionally, the budget should never send back to a state more than 110% of what they paid in nor less than 90%. Today, the southern states keep serious benefits from Washington in their ratio of paid in to paid out.


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  • Kay McCoin

    11/08/2017 12:08 PM

    We should do away with two party system that divides us and fails us.

  • Joanne Heck

    11/08/2017 11:55 AM

    The Democrates really don’t have to say or do anything. The Republicans are shooting themselves in their own foot. If they can’t get together and do something (anything!), they will continue to lose elections. What people are tired of, is nothing being done - good or bad.
    By the way, your daughter is a breath of fresh air.

  • Diane Arguin

    11/08/2017 11:40 AM

    Not liking results!!! Repubs better WAKE UP!!! TAX REFORM!!! ECONOMY!! DO YOUR JOB!!!

  • Genie Krivanek

    11/08/2017 11:33 AM

    The problems Republicans face are things they could overcome but they don't seem willing, or able, to face them. First, they keep betraying their platform. Then they don't seem to be able to find really good candidates. Their saving grace here is that the Democratic candidates are even worse! But the Republican's biggest problem is that they are NOT following through on the promises they were elected on. They have party turncoats (ex: McCain) and cowards who won't - or can't - stand up to Democratic bullies. I'm frankly disgusted with the whole lot of 'em -Democrats and Republicans. Honestly, if some excellent people would run as third party candidates, they'd probably win in a landslide! A lot of people are disgusted with BOTH parties. My fear is that the current crop of liars and cheats and traitors have gone so far in betraying this country that they have destroyed our national will to live.