Gov. Rick Perry Frightens the GOP Establishment

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown,

Rush Limbaugh is starting a movement, a movement to draft Texas Governor Rick Perry for President. Here’s what Rush said this week on this radio program:

There’s no way you’re gonna hear Rick Perry supporting amnesty in any way, shape, manner, or form. He’s solid on that, plus pro-life. Rick Perry stands in opposition to inside the Beltway Washington elites, I don’t care what party they are.

Since Mike Huckabee bowed out of the presidential race this week, conservatives are now in a mad search to find a non-Washington establishment candidate to lead the campaign against politics-as-usual in D.C. The pickings are slim.

Whatever you call it, Tea Party, conservative, or just plain dissatisfaction, there are lots of us outside the capital city who just plain don’t want more of the same. We all share a simple observation: D.C. changes good people. Call it a desire to be loved, call it a desire to be accepted, call it the influence of staff or pomp and circumstance, but we repeatedly send good people to D.C. who fail to cut the size and scope of government.

We are embarrassed by the spectacle of House Speaker John Boehner trying to cut deals with Democrats. Too many deals over too many years have put this country at dire risk. We want a government modeled on the U.S. Constitution.

Our rallying cry is….

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How They Stack Up: A Look at the 2012 GOP Field (So Far)

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown,

It has been a busy week in presidential politics. With Barack Obama gaining only a minimal boost from the slaying of Osama bin Laden, it is now obvious to Republicans considering a run that he is vulnerable.

Republicans have a crowded field, but an impressive group of candidates. Here is our ranking of their prospects and the latest news.

We believe that if he chooses to run, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the odds on favorite to win the Republican nomination. Huckabee has been quiet, but some impressive reports have surfaced.

First, it is reported that if he runs, Ronald Reagan’s confident and 1984 campaign manager, Ed Rollins, has signed on as manager and chief strategist. Huckabee, who came in second to John McCain four years ago after winning the Iowa caucuses, will be well served by an experienced manager like Rollins. Rollins has eluded that he has a team of experienced people on standby for Governor Huckabee.

Also this week, the new website went online. On the website Governor Huckabee sounds more like a candidate….

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Huckabee Website Asks for Prayers, Not Donations

Michael A. Memoli, Chicago Tribune

Usually, potential presidential aspirants seek cash before waging a campaign. Mike Huckabee wants your prayers.

To that end, a new website has been launched seeking divine inspiration for the former Arkansas governor, called

“As many of you know, I am prayerfully considering an important decision about seeking the office of president in the 2012 election. I am asking for God’s guidance now, and I humbly ask that you would join me in prayer as I seek to discern His will for my life,” Huckabee writes on the page. “Together, let’s pray for God’s mercy on America. Pray that He will heal our land. Pray that I will hear the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit as He leads my steps according to His will”…

Hogan Gidley, executive director of Huckabee’s Huck PAC political committee, said in an e-mail that the site “is not one of Governor Huckabee’s official websites nor does it have anything to do with Huck PAC. However, the Governor is overwhelmed and encouraged by the many people who pray for him as he prepares to make a decision about running for president.”

The page was linked to, however, by Huckabee’s official Facebook page.

The domain was registered by Floyd Brown, an author and political consultant who has recently written favorably of Huckabee. Gidley did not immediately respond to further questions, and Brown could not be immediately reached.

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Huckabee Solicits Prayers for 2012 Bid on New Website

Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is asking his supporters to join him in prayer as he seeks God’s guidance on whether to run for president. — a new website that Huckabee promoted on Wednesday through his official Facebook page — features a personal message from the 2008 Iowa caucuses winner as he mulls another White House bid.

“As many of you know, I am prayerfully considering an important decision about seeking the office of President in the 2012 election,” Huckabee writes on the site. “I am asking for God’s guidance now, and I humbly ask that you would join me in prayer as I seek to discern His will for my life.”

According to a spokesperson for the former Republican governor, is not directly related to Huckabee’s political operation, but the remarks attributed to Huckabee on it are genuine.

“The Governor so greatly appreciated the sentiment that he decided to pen a personal statement of thanks to those administering the site and those who would take the time to pray for him,” HuckPAC spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement to RCP.

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Poll: Majority of Republicans Doubt Obama’s Birthplace

Kyle Trigstad, Roll Call

A slim majority of Republicans are still in disbelief that President Barack Obama, now in his third year in office, was born in the United States and therefore is legally eligible to be president, according to a poll by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

The survey looked at whom these “birthers” prefer in the 2012 Republican presidential primary contest. Among the 51 percent of Republicans who think Obama was born outside of America, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was preferred by 24 percent, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by 19 percent, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) by 14 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 11 percent.

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