August 8, 2018

Talk of a "blue wave"

If November is going to bring a “blue wave” of voters clamoring for the Democrats to take over again and bring back the good old days of high taxes, slow growth and working three part time jobs to afford a gallon of gas, then Tuesday’s elections didn’t show many signs of it. 

The left’s greatest symbolic hopes for a return to national power are still teetering on a too-close-to-call 12th district congressional race in Ohio (and just stop and think for a moment what that says about how far the Party’s fortunes have fallen.)  After a ridiculous amount of national jawboning and outside campaign donations, at this writing, Republican Troy Balderson is leading Democrat Danny O’Connor by 1754 votes (50.2%-49.3%) with about 3300 provisional and absentee ballots still to count. 


The bad news for Republicans: this seat has been Republican for nearly 35 years and should have been safe, which shows that Republicans had better turn out and vote in November if they want to keep their majorities.  The bad news for Democrats: even with all that money, publicity, celebrity endorsements and media help on his side, even if O’Connor manages to pull out a win, it will be by half a drop, not a wave.  And he’s a candidate who promised not to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, which is hardly representative of the hard-left candidates the Party is saddled with elsewhere. 


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Some other tea leaves, if you want to read anything into them: in the statewide races in Kansas and Missouri, the kind of non-solid blue states where the Democrats need to score wins, Republican turnout was substantially larger than Democratic turnout.  And every candidate endorsed by socialist media sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lost or is on track to lose, showing that the brave, new socialist “wave of the future” is embraced by, at most, only about one-third of the most engaged Democratic voters.


At this writing, the only candidate endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders who is even within grasp of winning is Kansas Congressional candidate Brent Welder, and he’s trailing Sharice Davids by about a point with 30% of precincts yet to be counted.  He’s only that high because the vote was split six ways, and if the trend of “progressive” support holds, he’ll probably end up with about the same one-third of the vote in a run-off election. 


Welder ran on the usual “progressive” platform of “Medicare for All” (estimated cost over 30 years, according to a new Manhattan Institute study: $218 trillion) and the kind of big hike in the minimum wage that’s putting restaurants out of business and young people out of work wherever it’s imposed.


I think it’s foolish to draw any conclusions about the general election from the primaries, but if I were forced to, I’d say Democrats do seem charged up to take back Congress, but Republicans are charged up to stop them.  If Republicans avoid getting complacent, I don’t expect Democrats to surf to victory on a giant blue wave.  


Also, the claim that “Democratic” socialism is rising in popularity with Mid-American working class voters reminds me of those stories that roll around every few years, assuring us that the next big trend in men’s fashion will be skirts for dudes. Just as there will always be some men who wear dresses, but it’s a rare few, the number of Americans who embrace socialism seems stuck on the same one-sixth or so of the population that will always vote for anybody who promises them enough free stuff.      



 Unsettling sign

Another “unsettling sign” that’s worrying Democrats is that they’re apparently sensing that calling Trump a racist who hates immigrants might not be scaring Hispanic and Latino voters as much as the lowest Hispanic unemployment rate in history is impressing them.  And this trend must be pretty hard to deny if CNN is reporting it!


 Getting your statistics wrong

“Democratic” socialist media darling Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez gets tons of fawning media coverage and puffball questions, but every time she opens her mouth on serious subjects, she gives the impression that her degree in economics came out of a Crackerjacks box.  Her latest headscratcher came when she complained to an interviewer that the older Democrats in Congress don’t understand how appealing socialism is because they’re stuck in the ‘90s, “when we had more of an American middle class. This upper middle class is probably more moderate, but that upper middle class does not exist anymore in America.”  I guess she thinks Americans are all either uber-rich or sleeping in their cars, and that’s only true in Silicon Valley.  


At the link is a handy chart that I hope she will print out and carry around to prevent future such embarrassments.  It shows the relative changes between the numbers of poor; lower, middle and upper middle class; and rich Americans from 1979 to 2014.  The percentages of Americans who are poor, lower middle class or middle class all shrank, while the percentage of those who are rich increased slightly, and the percentage of those in the upper middle class grew by a whopping 16 percentage points, the biggest change in any income group.


If it helps, she can always claim that capitalism is wiping out the poor and middle class in America.  Just don’t mention that it’s doing that by turning so many of them into the upper middle class.  At least then, she’d be half-right about something.




 Real "hope and change"

Here’s some real “hope and change”: Crowds are filling the streets in Iran, chanting “Death to the dictator,” but it’s not the kind of anti-American chanting we’ve heard from Iran for years.  The dictators they want to get rid of are Iran’s President Rouhani and the mullahs. One chant translates to English as “Islamic regime must get lost!”  This is in response to hardships suffered by the Iranian people due to President Trump reimposing sanctions that Obama lifted, with the intent of cutting off the Iranian leaders’ funding of terrorism and forcing them to negotiate a real deal to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. 

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It should be mentioned that the protesters might also be emboldened by knowing that America now has a leader who will back them and stand up to the Islamic hardliners and not leave the people twisting in the wind, as happened the last time an uprising looked possible.  The regime is now under pressure from all sides, and while the Trump Administration says they are just trying to make Iran change its ways, not its leaders, it would be a great day for the world at large and especially the Iranian people if the current government were finally banished to the ash heap of history.

And here are some comments on the situation in Iran from National Security Adviser John Bolton.


 The anti-Trump show

I don’t really think it’s worthwhile to spend too much time talking about Monday's big Rosie O’Donnell-led, anti-Trump show tunes sing-in outside the White House -- especially since Trump didn’t even hear it because he was in New Jersey (thus creating the previously-unknown concept, “a great time to go to New Jersey.”)  After all, Rosie and her Broadway pals have a perfect right to sing protest show tunes if they want, although it doesn’t seem like a very productive use of an adult’s time.  Still, if you’re going to demand the public’s attention while you make crazy statements to the national media, whether while singing on street corners or ranting on CNN, you have to expect some comment on it (aside from, “Didn’t you promise to move to Canada if Trump won?”)   So I thought I’d put mine in the form of a multiple choice quiz:

What is the craziest thing Rosie O’Donnell believes this week?

A.  That Trump “swore his allegiance to Russia” in Helsinki, and his press conference was evidence of impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors.”

B.  “The country has never been in worse shape than it is now.”

C.  “The economy is doing good if you're a multi-billionaire. It's not doing good, and the tax cuts didn't do good for the average American.”

D.  Russia didn’t merely try to interfere in the 2016 election, they actually changed the votes to steal the race from Hillary.

E.  There are not tens of thousands of people at Trump’s rallies, but if the arenas are full, it’s only because people are paid to attend.

F.  It's a good idea for Rosie O’Donnell to sing show tunes in public.


 Bruce Ohr emails and texts confirm the Steele "dossier" plot

As recently noted, the purpose of both the FBI investigation and the special counsel probe always was and still is to GET RID OF TRUMP.  Now, it turns out that everything we’ve suspected about the anti-Trump connections between FBI investigators and top Obama DOJ officials such as deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former associate deputy AG Bruce Ohr –- married to Nellie Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS, who hired (through Hillary Clinton, the DNC and law firm Perkins Coie) the anti-Trump British ex-spy Christopher Steele to write the unsubstantiated “dossier” –- has just been shown to be true.  The story emerges in hundreds of previously unreported emails and memos that show Ohr’s close association with those who were clearly out to get Trump, both inside the government (the FBI and Obama’s DOJ) and outside (Hillary and the DNC).

These documents show a friendly relationship among people who met often.  Notably, Ohr and Steele met at the Mayflower Hotel on July 30, 2016, the very day before FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok opened the FBI investigation into “Russia” and Trump.

Ohr, then the fourth most powerful person in the Obama Justice Department (under Sally Yates, who signed the FISA application for a warrant to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page), seems to have been the central figure, the coordinator of this group; he had contact with Christopher Steele through notes, emails and texts over 60 times, most of which were during the 2016-2017 period surrounding the investigation of candidate Trump and, later, President Trump.  Apparently, Steele was being paid by both the Hillary campaign (through Fusion GPS) and the FBI, which seems oddly appropriate considering they were essentially one and the same.

Even after Christopher Steele’s relationship with the FBI was officially terminated over charges of misconduct –- speaking to the media and lying about it –- Bruce and Nellie Ohr continued to function as conduits for him to continue digging up salacious gossip against Trump and funneling it to the FBI –- even after Trump was elected, and inaugurated.  (Why admit defeat just because the people have spoken?)  Obviously, the FISA judges were kept in the dark about this.  Reporter John Solomon, in his opinion pieces for THE HILL, has been all over this story for months, and there’s little I can add to his new report, so, please, just read it because he lays it all out so well.  But a warning:  it’ll make you so mad.

Such outright corruption surely has enormous bearing on the legality of the original FBI investigation and, by extension, the special counsel.  There was never any evidence of a crime, nothing to show probable cause.  Was the appointment of Robert Mueller by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein even remotely constitutional, especially since Rosenstein had major conflicts of interest that should have forced him to recuse himself?  Should any of this special counsel garbage be going on at all?  A U.S. attorney's office could be looking into Russian "meddling," as well as old tax and loan fraud cases like Paul Manafort's.  And what right does this bureaucrat (who never went through the confirmation process required for a position of such authority) have to make the President of the United States, on whom no evidence exists that he “colluded” with Russians, take time out of his busy schedule to answer even one stinking question?

The President should not stand for this.  He’s been willing to cooperate because he knows he didn’t do anything wrong, but surely he also knows that in this investigation, his innocence doesn’t matter.  Rudy Giuliani has said his team is still “leaving the door open” for an interview with conditions.  But anyone testifying under oath can be unwittingly caught in a perjury trap, which undoubtedly is the goal here.  So, in the end, I'd say no interview, Mr. President.  But maybe it's good that I'm not your lawyer, because if Mueller tried to serve you with a subpoena, I'd have a hard time not suggesting a convenient but rather uncomfortable place for him to put it.


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  • Helen Collette Ellenberger

    08/11/2018 11:40 AM

    Greetings Mike!

    I just received an email with an attachment regarding Chuck Schumer. It mentioned a speech he gave back in 2009. He sounds just like President Trump regarding illegal immigrants, etc. I wish there was some way I could attach it and send to you. It is an 'eye-opener'. You're probably aware of it, but I sincerely wish Fox News would run it on their show. Thank you for reading this. Regards, Coco (Collette)

  • Kathy Atkinson

    08/10/2018 12:23 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for your stand with our country and the one and only living and true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I love your stand with conservatives and our constitution. May God bless you and watch over you and your family as you continue to be a voice for the people who stand for our God, our country and our President.


    08/09/2018 03:43 PM


  • Lois Oleson

    08/09/2018 09:54 AM

    Good column Mike. Your daughter is doing a good job!

  • Denisa Reberger Timberman

    08/09/2018 08:38 AM

    Thank you for providing readable, understandable, truthful information on current issues that are relevant to my life. Issues that, for me, are too overwhelming or complex or time consuming to wade through all the media nonsense to understand.

  • Anna Davis

    08/09/2018 07:31 AM

    Not sure why you’d give Rosie Odonnell the time of day. Almost nobody cares what she, or the nuts on the View, or most any other “star”, and I use that word loosely, say.

  • Bryant Wood

    08/09/2018 04:34 AM

    Thanks again, Mike! Now I won't have to read all the news because you answered all the questions I had!

  • Kathy Wingate

    08/09/2018 01:05 AM

    If I'm commenting too much, just say so. This is my hope for the Nov.. elections. The Dems will be split between the Dem. Socialists, an the rest. The Republicans stick together and WIN!! We just have to get the vote out. I promise to do my part.

  • Catherine Tewksbury

    08/09/2018 12:05 AM

    I loved this summation. I learn so much from you. I have also been voting in your polls. Is there a way to see the results? I'd be interested in seeing what the consensus is. Thanks! Hey! to Sarah especially for showing the World what a strong woman looks like. She is amazing. You have a really great family. You make me proud to be an American. Big hug to all...for all you do. -Cathe

  • Barbara J. Raley

    08/08/2018 11:42 PM

    MUST ask Gov. you ever sleep? GOD surely has placed in you the Spirit of Willingness but you still only have 24 hrs. in a day like the rest of His Saints! HOW do you accomplish all you do, then write about it and keep us all so up-to-date? REMEMBER to "be still and KNOW that He is GOD" .... take care of YOU! GOD bless, Barbara

  • Barbara J. Raley

    08/08/2018 11:35 PM

    One Arky to another Gov. Huckabee, LOVE your daily recap! You put everything into perspective, interspersed with your delightful humor! Been in AZ since 1959, but still an Arky Farmer's Daughter! LOVE your Sarah too! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU in all you do for us! Pasa Chara, Barbara

  • Stephen Yarbrough

    08/08/2018 10:13 PM

    Gov Huckabee, I’ve seen and heard many so-called news reports and commentary but I have to tell you, your wit and vocabulary concerning the news of the day are most appreciated and understood. You speak my language!! May God bless you and your family immensely!

  • Billy Hudson

    08/08/2018 10:03 PM

    Given the fraudulent matter that all of the "Russian Investigation" has followed shouldn't those who have been involved be charged with waste fraud and abuse of taxpayers funds. Millions of dollars have been wasted to prove nothing! The individuals that should have been investigated for taking funds from the Russians and selling political favor have gone free and continue to waste taxpayer funds. The Democratic Party and their cohorts are a disgrace to America.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    08/08/2018 09:49 PM

    Some days I think my 90 year old head is going to explode trying to keep all this stuff straight. But, keep it up and I'll keep reading. Bless you and your daughter.

  • Michael Galloway

    08/08/2018 09:22 PM

    From your newsletter of several days ago . . . So disgusted with these federal judges acting as if their opinions and rulings are the law of the land. Nothing less than undermining the president. How many of these federal judges are Obama appointees pursuing Obama's agenda to trans fundamentally changing America !!! No regard for our constitution, just like Obama and their push to destroy democracy. Is there anyone who is going to pursue our nation returning to the balanced scales of justice and our constitution besides the president himself. Of course the president will have zero help from the Democrats and sadly, not much if any from some of the Republicans, who if they don't wake up, will be handing elections to the Democrats and helping America lose, instead of win.

    Continue providing " a good guy with a gun" stories, as many of us who already believe in our 2nd amendment know the power of good guys with guns, but the mainstream media continues to paint a different picture right along with the anti-gun groups, who just can't seem to understand that if all the guns are taken away from good law abiding citizens, the criminals and terrorist will always have their guns to control those who gave them up !!!!

    Your show on TBN deserves the 2018 Award for being the greatest show and recognized by the Country Gospel Music Assoc. Too bad a great show like yours couldn't be on the main media channels, but we know that's not going to happen. Great show and always great newsletters !!! Thank you !

  • Jim sharpe

    08/08/2018 09:14 PM

    So now we know for certain that the FBI and DOJ were in over their necks...but nothing is any different. So when the hunt is over sanity and justice will prevail? That's as likely as Alex Jones winning a Pulitzer prize. PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE! If that fails meet me in the street!

  • Paul E Avizinis

    08/08/2018 08:32 PM

    Has anyone taken the time to venture into the financial/ payroll hole this "Reality" investigation has set back the US taxpayers? To be true to their screed, the Democrats, who won't let this show die, are not chipping in a penny of their own money and would probably drain Fort Knox just because the taxpayers don't know any better. The total may be a little short, but I am willing to bet that we could have The Wall nearly built using the tax$ wasted, Yes Wasted, during this comedy of planned errors.

  • Marie de Putron

    08/08/2018 08:32 PM

    The U.S. needs infrastructure improvements. Obama set aside (printed) money to make these improvements. Nothing was done. So, where is the money? Remember Obama gave the responsiblity to Biden to keep track of the trillion dollars? What happened to it?

  • Marie de Putron

    08/08/2018 08:31 PM

    The U.S. needs infrastructure improvements. Obama set aside (printed) money to make these improvements. Nothing was done. So, where is the money? Remember Obama gave the responsiblity to Biden to keep track of the trillion dollars? What happened to it?

  • Jheri & Bud Zumwalt

    08/08/2018 08:02 PM

    Loved your old T-V show, watched it every week. Love ?? your daughter Sarah
    and respect her. Do not know how she keeps her cool ?? with the White House
    Press idiots. She is definitely your daughter, so much strength in that girl. I read
    Your posts every day and just wanted you to know you have a big fan in Tucson,
    AZ. Hugs ??

  • Peggy S Nelson

    08/08/2018 07:23 PM

    Hi Governor Huckabee, I am glad I can respond tonight. Great comments. Elections are always interesting and it seems that President Trump is a game changer, his endorsement means a lot.

  • Marie Krause

    08/08/2018 07:22 PM

    It would not surprise me if other countries do not realize that we finally have a leader that should not be messed with. Could be why their citizens are wanting change.

    I switch the little 'off' button in my head when I hear any of the Hollywood bunch come on the news. I have 5 year old grandchildren with more common sense than most of them. All mouth and I doubt many of them have bothered to read the Constitution or Bill of Rights. because they sure don't sound like they know what rules we should follow.

    Bernie???? I just shake my head in grief that someone could fall for his rants.

    We need to appoint investigators to investigate the investigators.......what a waste of the taxpayer money running such a racket as they have going. Sure sheds a lot of doubt in our trust in our CIA and FBI. Almost time for midterms and they are still trying to find criminal charges on our president. For shame.

    Keep spreading the truth. I sure hope people are listening. Having an open mind seems to be a lost talent. Well......the information either stays and makes sense, or rolls out with the rest of the ignorance.....whichever way you want to describe 'open mind'.

  • Robert W Gholston

    08/08/2018 07:03 PM

    Governor, I hope you read this. I've written (er, typed) you before, but I've seen no change yet. Your messages come tiny inbox addressed to "Robeet". As you may have noticed, I spell my name Robert, as most people named Robert spell theirs, I'm told.
    It probably shouldn't be a big deal, but continuously seeing my mail addressed to someone named Robeet is dismaying.
    Hopefully you can direst someone to "fix" that.
    Thank you,

  • Ellen Russell

    08/08/2018 07:00 PM

    I LOVE how you articulate, both in speaking and writing, your take on news. My husband and I both enjoy your show also! Thank you!

  • Nelda White

    08/08/2018 06:51 PM

    I tried to congratulate you on your award but it wouldn't let me. So Congratulations on your award. It is well deserved. We like your program.