Blogs 4 Brownback

August 2, 2007

An Unfortunate Battle

Filed under: Election 2008,Mike Huckabee,Sadness,Sam Brownback — Psycheout @ 5:24 pm

Boxing GlovesA disagreement between the Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee campaigns, that I’d rather prefer to have ignored, has been escalating. And this makes me sad. Somebody should just apologize and get it over with.

Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager, responding to demands that the Huckabee campaign apologize to Sen. Sam Brownback and disavow a pro-Huckabee, anti-Catholic letter written by an Iowa pastor, wrote this afternoon that it’s Brownback who needs to show “Christian character” and “stop whining.”

Just apologize and get it over with. Huck, you’re a better man than this. And you know it. This isn’t about who has more “Christian character.” I don’t think that’s a battle you decent men want to wage before the eyes of the world. Rather than simply apologizing, your campaign has made this whole thing worse with that antagonistic response.

For those of you not following this, here’s what happened that led up to this war of words: an Iowa pastor and supporter of Huckabee’s going by the rather apt name of Tim Rude, sent an insulting email to Brownback supporters.

“I know Senator Brownback converted to Roman Catholicism in 2002,” the Rev. Tim Rude, pastor of Walnut Creek Community Church, wrote in the e-mail. “Frankly, as a recovering Catholic myself, that is all I need to know about his discernment when compared to the governor’s.”

In the e-mail, Rude calls Huckabee “one of us.”

The predictable and understandable result was this:

Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback said rival Mike Huckabee should apologize for a supporter’s “prejudiced whisper campaign” against him for being Catholic.

The Huckabee campaign’s response, “stop whining” is where we’re at now.

It seems to me to be a reasonable request coming from the Brownback campaign: “apologize to Sen. Sam Brownback and disavow a pro-Huckabee, anti-Catholic letter written by an Iowa pastor.” And why not? What’s the downside of doing the right thing? Frankly I’m puzzled by this whole thing.

The battle seems to be ongoing. Where will it stop? I don’t know, but it’s high time somebody stood up and put and end to it. We shall see who that person will be.

Marc Arbinder looks at the bright side (if there is one):

The only upshot for both of these candidates is that this spat is getting them quite a good amount of publicity before the straw poll.

Meanwhile, the Club for Growth, who like Brownback, are hammering Huckabee in Iowa. Interesting. You can watch the ad, entitled “Bill Clinton or Mike Huckabee?” here.

Update: The Brody’s File’s conclusion about this battle:

You know what all this says to me? It means the August 11 straw poll is just around the corner. Huckabee and Brownback are competing hard to do well there, hoping that a strong finish will catapult their campaign. Iowa Christian conservatives are important here.

David Brody adds:

The Brody File has great timing because I sit down one on one with Senator Brownback tomorrow in his D.C. office. Check back on The Brody File. We’ll play video clips. Bring popcorn.

This should be interesting. B4B will keep you up to date on the latest Brownback buzz, so stay tuned. Only nine more days until the Ames straw poll. Go Brownback!

Update 2: More background on the bruising brawl.

Update 3: In a statement today, the Huckabee campaign referred to Obama as “Osama.” The reaction was a revised statement with this:

“That was obviously a typo,” Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart wrote in an e-mail when asked for an explanation. Obama’s campaign didn’t immediately comment.

Gosh, that “typo” excuse sounds vaguely familiar. Osama is to Obama what Capitol is to capital. Hmmm.

Update 4: Did Pastor Rude jeopardize his church’s tax-exempt status?

— Psycheout


  1. You really want to go down the road of demanding that candidates apologize for random supporter’s words? Do you seriously think that is a legitimate demand? Candidates do not choose the voters, the voters choose the candidates.

    Comment by Jeremy — August 2, 2007 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  2. Huckabee’s answer to the CFG ad is here. Snippet below:

    “Governor Huckabee cut taxes 94 times and returned almost $400 million to Arkansas taxpayers, including the first broad-based tax cut in the history of the state. He doubled the standard deduction and the child care tax credit, eliminated the marriage penalty and the capital gains tax on the sale of a home, and reduced the capital gains tax for both businesses and individuals. After serving as governor for more than ten years, Gov. Huckabee left the state with almost $1 billion in surplus.

    “More than 80% of the voters supported a 4-cent tax on diesel fuel to fix the roads. Similarly, the voters approved a 1/8 cent increase in the sales tax to preserve their natural and cultural heritage. The Governor would have violated his oath of office if he did not go with the will of these voters. He did not raise taxes — the people did.

    “Governor Huckabee did not raise spending by 50%. With respect to the spending that the Governor had under his control, spending rose about six-tenths of one percent a year during his ten-and-a-half year tenure. As far as taxing the internet, in 2004, Gov. Huckabee joined with 43 other governors in asking Congress for help in creating a level playing field for Main Street businesses and preserving revenues for schools as well as state and local government.

    Comment by Jeremy — August 2, 2007 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  3. You’d prefer for it to just go away. Then drop it. Here is the deal. Huckabee’s campaign did not say anything negative about Catholics. So he shouldn’t apologize for it. The man who did say did apologize, but that wasn’t good enough for the Holier than Thou Brownback camp. So it is really not about apologizing. It is about Brownback wanting to get some attention and make negative attention for Huckabee a man who he can not even come close to in terms of originality, vision, energy, or charisma. What Brownback needs to do is go to the senate and do the job that my tax dollars are being spent on. He has missed so many votes that he has now become the leading vote misser. And the ones he does show up for, he flip flops within 1`5 minutes. I also think that maybe he should not be so quick to judge, wasn’t it Brownback who made mocked Asians in a committee meeting on the Hill. Huckabee is a GREAT man, commmunicator, and man of vision. Brownback is struggling and he has to throw rocks to get his name in the paper. Go Huckabee GO!

    Comment by James Boulder — August 2, 2007 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

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  5. “Brownback is struggling and he has to throw rocks to get his name in the paper.”

    This has been proven time and time again.

    Comment by Brandon Explosion — August 3, 2007 @ 11:34 am | Reply

  6. Psycheout, you left out one important event on your timeline: Huckabee disclaimed the (Rev.) Rude comments on Tuesday.

    Comment by Ned Williams — August 3, 2007 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  7. In your post you demand that the offender should apologise and disavow. Guess what?

    HE DID!

    Why does Brownback have to go after people not involved? Why cant he just get a life? Due to something called the constitution of the United States Huckabee cannot control what other people say. If it was a paid staff, only then should he apologize.

    Comment by Nate — August 3, 2007 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  8. Disclaiming the remarks is not the same as saying they are disgusting and unacceptable.

    Look at it this way, if this had been about Lieberman being Jewish or Obama about being black, people would be clamoring for a denunciation of the attack.

    I guess anti-Catholic bigotry is just fine with Huckabee supporters though. Thanks for clearing that up.

    Comment by Psycheout — August 3, 2007 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

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