So I haven’t read it (and I have no intention of doing so), but from what I have read, Huckabee decided he hadn’t done enough whining so far, and that he needed to publish a book to settle the rest of his scores with Romney and Thompson. He whines about Romney not calling him after Iowa. He blasts Thompson, and criticizes his strategies.
Also taking on McCain’s VP choice, he rolled out one of the funniest quotes yet:
“I was scratching my head, saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute. She’s wonderful, but the only difference was she looks better in stilettos than I do, and she has better hair.’ It wasn’t so much a gender issue, but it was like they suddenly decided that everything they disliked about me was O.K. . . . She was given a pass by some of the very people who said I wasn’t prepared.”
Note to Huck: You lost. You will not win in 2012. No one wants you. And please don’t ever give me another image of you in stilettos and a Palin wig.
This is why this bailoutpalooza leads to socialism. How can you say no to a piddly $25 billion when you’ve made it clear that you won’t even stop at $700 billion?
WASHINGTON – Congressional officials say Democratic leaders have decided to put off a bailout vote for the auto industry until December and will insist that the Big 3 first come up with a plan showing how the money would help transform their industry.
Because anyone who can afford to have someone draft a solid proposal deserves to have money thrown at their problems. IT DOESN’T WORK. Money cannot fix fundamental problems in industries. When huge industries are thrown lifeline after lifeline, hanging on by a thread, it kills the effectiveness of the free market by failing eliminating the weak links. In order for some to succeed, others must fail. PERIOD. And Detroit WON’T succeed if things stay the way they are, regardless of whether or not they have another $25 billion to cover their butts for a while.
Mitt Romney gets it right…
If General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
Granted, he screwed up with his bailout position. However, this op-ed is spot on. You can’t fix fundamental weaknesses in an industry by throwing billions of dollars at them. Until the UAW is busted up and American manufacturers quit operating at a $2000 per vehicle handicap, they are going to struggle. Well done, Mitt.
Jindal had an MS-NBC interview to talk about the future of the GOP, as well as the republican governors conference that has gotten so much attention due to the attendance of Palin. Here’s the clip:
His three bullet points on what we have to do to win elections:
1. Actions have to match rhetoric
2. Root out corruption
3. Be the “party of solutions”
“You can be a traditionalist and a reformer”.
I think you have to be a reformer in order to be a traditionalist at this point. The one thing both sides agreed on this entire election was that big changes need to me made in Washington – the divide came in that no one agreed on which changes should be made. Governor Jindal impresses me more every time I watch him. If Obama has even a mediocre presidency, I don’t think the GOP has a shot in 2012. I’d hate to see Jindal or Palin run against a historic incumbant who has even a moderate approval rating. The inevitable loss could irreversibly taint any future either one of them has nationally. This situation would require a sacraficial lamb on behalf of the GOP for 2012… someone past their prime, possibly? Any ideas? Guiliani? Romney?