Did Huckabee’s Granddaughter Just Give A Sign Of What Lies Ahead For The Conservative’s Candidacy?

And now there are six — six GOP candidates who have officially announced they are running for president. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Tuesday morning said that he will vie for the Republican nomination to be at the top of the ticket in 2016, marking his second bid to attain the highest elected office in the land.

Huckabee launched his campaign from his hometown of Hope, Ark., — a place that saw another leader from another party toss his hat into the presidential ring decades ago. As NBC News reminds us, Bill Clinton announced what was then a “long-shot presidential bid from the small southern town in 1991.”

In a wide-ranging speech to supporters gathered at Hempstead Hall in Hope, the 59-year-old Huckabee hit on a host of hot-button issues that should play well with conservatives, including a number of direct criticisms of President Obama and his policies that the former Baptist minister said threaten the nation’s future.

“Washington is more dysfunctional than ever and has become so beholden to the donor class who fills the campaign coffers that it ignores the fact that 1 in 4 American families are paying more than half their income for housing,” said the newly announced candidate who maintained a smile through much of his address.

When he had finished the speech that was punctuated by numerous applause lines, Huckabee was joined onstage by his wife and two of their grandchildren. That’s when the candidate’s granddaughter showed the appreciative crowd what supporters no doubt hope will be a sign of good things to come for Mike Huckabee’s dream of moving America “From Hope to Higher Ground.”

Image Credit: Fox News

Image Credit: Fox News

As Western Journalism watched Huckabee’s Hope speech, we also tried repeatedly to bring up his campaign website, which — for reasons unknown, but possibly because of high traffic — was unavailable through much of the candidate’s time at the podium.

Website downBy clicking on the video above, you can see — courtesy of The Washington Examiner — the emotional moment Mike Huckabee announced that he’s once again running for president.

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The Weirdest Republican Candidate Merchandise

Here are some decidedly odd products for sale relating to the Republican presidential candidates:

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There are some who say that Rand Paul fans are fanatics. I would never call them fanatics. I would just say that some of them like to go to sleep at night wrapped up in a giant photo of Rand Paul.

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Rand Paul flip-flops. I think the bottom of the left one (the “left” one, get it?) says “Cut the military,” and the bottom of the right says, “Build up the military! More drones, we need more drones!”

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Ok, I’m guessing this dart board probably isn’t an official product from his campaign. Do you think they got that photo from drone footage? Just wondering!

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Is Ted Cruz really hot? Perhaps a woman can speak to this in the comments section!

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Ok, I’m seeing a LOT of ladies clothes here with Ted Cruz’s name on them. Is he some kind of Latino heartthrob, like a modern day Marc Anthony?

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This is a bargain at only $500. Who would pay $500 for this? Do you think it’s valued so highly because it’s written in English?

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Two comments about this: (1) It’s a paper plate. When you’re done with it, you crumple up and throw out Jeb Bush’s face. And (2), if you’re eating a medium rare steak, when you’re done, you have blood all over Jeb’s face. How weird is that?

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We can only envy the inroads Bobby Jindal has made with the African-American community.

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Ok, this is very weird. Marco Rubio underwear? As a man, I would feel more than a little homosexual wearing Marco Rubio underwear. They don’t look like they’re made for women; what kind of audience do you think he’s going after here?

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A Chris Christie doll, stopping traffic at the bridge! Just remember, though, that this is a doll doing this; the real Chris Christie has no knowledge of it.

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An interesting sticker!

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I think this is Lindsey Graham’s #1 constituency. I just hope it’s not meant to be taken literally.

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Ok, this is just weird. For one thing, Huckabee has a short Hitler moustache every day at 9 o’clock.

A closing note: I tried to find interesting products related to Scott Walker because, as many of you know, he’s my top favorite from my list of least favorites. However, all his products were decidedly ordinary and boringly normal. A harbinger of things to come?

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Watch: Chris Matthews Is Not Happy The Republicans Are Attacking Hillary Clinton

On MSNBC’s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews led a panel bemoaning the 2016 presidential candidates, announced and otherwise, for focusing their energies on Hillary Clinton.

This is how Matthews, who was joined by Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, began his segment:

We begin with the legion of Republican presidential candidates, 19 at the latest count, that holds one abiding, unifying belief.

It’s that the best way to run for November 2016 is to bash Hillary Clinton in April 2015. It’s their number one pastime. They’re like a chorus of angels, even if angels are a heck of a lot nicer.

The panel also discussed a new book due out next month by former George W. Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer entitled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Fineman and Matthews had the following advice for Clinton on how to handle the book:

Fineman: She has to lay down the predicate that she just did which is this is the political season, that this is the kind of stuff you can expect, that this came out the day before she arrived in New Hampshire.

Matthews: This thing being this book.

Fineman: The book about selling access to the State Department. I think she should say, flat out in addition to what she said, that it’s baloney. And I would have liked to, if I were advising her, I would have told her to do that.

Matthews: Skip ahead to that step.

As The New York Times notes, “The book…asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.” The duo had another exchange attempting to dissect the GOP’s 2016 strategy.

Fineman: What do they have to do? They only thing they have to do is destroy Hillary’s character if they can.

Matthews: Early.

Fineman: Early. Do it early and do it often. That is their strategy

Matthews: That’s their strategy. Get her while she’s starting.

h/t: Newsbusters

Do you think MSNBC is just pro-Democrat propaganda? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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Republican Bill Would Change How Unemployment Data Is Calculated

A bill introduced in Congress last week would force the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to report the “true” unemployment rate. The bill has more than a dozen sponsors.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (pictured above), R-Calif., introduced H.R. 1876, similar to the measure he introduced in 2012 which would change the primary measure of unemployment from the ‘U3’ to the ‘U5.’ BLS calculates U1 through U6, as Forbes notes:

  • U1: Percent of Civilian Labor Force Unemployed 15 Weeks and over
  • U2: Unemployment Rate – Job Losers
  • U3: Unemployment Rate
  • U4: All of U3, plus discouraged workers
  • U5: All of U4, plus marginally attached workers
  • U6: All of U5, plus total employed part time for economic reasons

While BLS calculates every figure, Hunter’s bill would ensure the U5 would be presented to the general public as the official unemployment rate.

In March, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent using the U3 standard. But using Hunter’s metric, the rate would increase to 6.7 percent. Still, the San Diego-area congressman does not think this is about so-called ‘gotcha’ politics.

“[I]t makes me look bad too when unemployment is sliding … it makes the Republican Congress, the president and the Democratic Senate – anybody who is an elected representative and in charge look bad. I don’t think it goes one way,” Hunter said of his original proposal on Fox News in 2012.

Hunter amplified the case on his Facebook page Tuesday.

I introduced legislation to change the way the federal government reports unemployment. We shouldn’t only count those who are out of work and looking for a job–as currently the case. There are a lot of Americans, whether they are discouraged or face other challenges, who aren’t factored in the monthly U3 rate. They should be counted too–otherwise, true unemployment goes unrecognized.

Hunter has 15 members cosponsoring the bill, which has been referred to the House Education and Workforce Committee. They include:

  • Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga.
  • Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.
  • Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J.
  • Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie, R- Ky.
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill.
  • Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Va.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
  • Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.
  • Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.
  • Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind.
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark.
  • Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
  • Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

h/t: The Blaze

Do you like Rep. Hunter’s idea? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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You Won’t Believe How Scott Walker Was Just Attacked By The Dem He Defeated In 2012 Recall

The contentious recall election that Scott Walker survived in 2012 did a lot to elevate the Wisconsin governor’s political profile and position him for a possible bid to become the GOP nominee for president in 2016. The man Walker defeated in that high-stakes challenge was Milwaukee’s Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett, who’s apparently still aiming to bring Walker down.

Following a weekend shooting in Milwaukee that left two people dead, Mayor Barrett held a news conference in which he suggested that Walker and Republican state lawmakers are partially to blame for the shooting deaths.

According to Fox News, Barrett “blamed the shooting on recent gun laws championed by Walker and Republican state lawmakers.”

That set off a strong push-back from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who said that Barrett was way off base in his criticism of the law and his attack on Walker.

You can see the Fox News report on the firearms firestorm in Wisconsin by clicking on the video below.

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