Back-Room Deals

Who met with John McCain behind closed doors and conspired against a competitor?

Mitt Romney supporters often claim that Mike Huckabee conspired with John McCain against Mitt Romney in order to win the West Virginia Primary.

That is a lie.

McCain’s people in WV acted on instructions from John McCain which were completely in John McCain’s own self-interest. John McCain did not want Mitt Romney to win West Virginia, becuase McCain perceived Romney as a bigger threat than Huckabee. McCain’s game plan was to defeat Romney first, and then use Mitt Romney’s dislike of Mike Huckabee as a weapon against Huckabee. McCain’s Machiavellian strategy worked.

Mike Huckabee did not cut any “back room deals” with John McCain. But Mitt Romney did…

Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee both pledged to stay in the race Wednesday [February 6, 2008] after picking off victories against front-runner John McCain on Super Tuesday…

Only one of those two men kept his pledge.

The day after Mitt Romney’s insistence that “this campaign’s going on”, Romney met behind closed doors with John McCain and other “prominent Republicans“. (Who, exactly, were those “prominent Republicans”? What role do they play in American politics?)

The outcome of that back-room deal? The very next day Mitt Romney dropped out of the race and used his CPAC speech to try to force Mike Huckabee to quit, too:

Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.

Romney was implying that if Huckabee didn’t quit, Huckabee would be letting his campaign “be a part of aiding a surrender to terror”. Heck, it’s almost as laughable as saying, “If Huckabee doesn’t quit, the terrorists have already won!”

Two days later, the honest candidate, the man who did NOT meet with McCain behind closed doors, the man who kept his pledge to stay in the race, used his CPAC speech to reply:

We are a special nation. (Applause.) And we are a special nation because, throughout our history, we have been people who have made choices rather than simply echo the voices of others. I know that there was some speculation that I might come here today to announce that I would be getting out of the race. But I want to make sure you understand. Am I quitting? Well, let’s get that settled right now. No, I’m not. (Cheers, applause.)

If Mike Huckabee had been conspiring with John McCain against Mitt Romney, in order to make Romney quit, then there would have been no reason for Huckabee to stay in the race.

If forcing Romney out had been Huckabee’s goal, then Huckabee would have quit when the mission was accomplished.

(Just like Fred Thompson quit the race 3 days after he accomplished his “stalking horse” mission of preventing Mike Huckabee from defeating Thompson’s “good friend John McCain” in South Carolina. Keep in mind that McCain lost the South Carolina primary in 2000 to an evangelical Christian. McCain needed a “stalking horse” to draw votes away from Mike Huckabee, and his “good friend” Fred Thompson accepted the mission. McCain’s Machiavellian strategy worked.)

If Huckabee only wanted Romney out, then Huckabee would have used his CPAC speech to exit the race, just like Romney did.

But Huckabee didn’t quit the race that day, because he was in it to win it.

Any candidate who quit before McCain reached 1191 pledged delegates is a candidate who quit prematurely, and with questionable motives. (I believe Rudy Guiliani was another McCain “stalking horse” whose “mission” was to ensure Mitt Romney didn’t defeat John McCain in Florida). Staying in the race would have, at a minimum, forced John McCain to make concessions to conservatives (such as signing, like Mike Huckabee did, Senator Jeff Session’s Immigration Plan).

If Mitt Romney had stayed in the race (as he should have), and the originally scheduled February 28th Republican Debate had not been cancelled, you can bet that McCain would have been put on the spot about Immigration, just 4 days before the Texas primary. McCain wanted to prevent that, so he struck a back-room deal with Romney, had CNN cancel the February 28th debate, and refused a request to participate in alternate debate, setup by the Values Voter coalition, with Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. Instead, “Juan McAmnesty” celebrated his Coup de Grâce at a barbeque with CNN and other “impartial journalists”.

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32

Update:
Isn’t it ironic…the McCain-Romney “back-room deal” came the day after his campaign manager Beth Myers claimed a McCain-Huckabee-Paul “back-room deal”:

“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a back-room deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change,” Myers said. “Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today’s first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington back-room deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.”

Beth was right about McCain, but “pants on fire” in her slander of Huckabee as “the tax-and-spend candidate”. Who Is The Most Conservative?

UpdateYou know who probably shouldn’t be VP? Mitt Romney

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17 Responses to Back-Room Deals

  1. I just found a very significant clue. Huckabee was referencing a book. When he said:

    We are a special nation. (Applause.) And we are a special nation because, throughout our history, we have been people who have made choices rather than simply echo the voices of others.

    He was referring to this book:

    A Choice Not an Echo: The inside story of how American Presidents are chosen
    by Phyllis Schlafly

    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

    A Choice Not an Echo, July 13, 2007
    By K. Spyker – See all my reviews

    Written in part to promote Republican Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, Schlafly’s book is also an astounding revelation of back room politics. For decades, groups of industry leaders created a web of influence specifically designed to defraud the American people of free elections at the highest level. This book provides shocking insight,an important history lesson, and is a must read for anyone (of all political affilliations) interested in liberty and the right to a free society.

  2. Red Pill is a term that describes a human who has been freed from the Matrix, a fictional computer-generated world set at the end of the 20th Century. Red Pill is the opposite of Blue Pill.

    Borrowing from the movie, the terms blue pill and red pill have become a popular metaphor for the choice between blissful ignorance (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth (red).

    The painful truth is that the astounding revelation of back room politics described by Phyllis Schlafly in her 1964 book are very much a part of the current Presidential elections.

    Mitt Romney quit the race becuase of a back-room deal by “prominent Republicans” who probably promised him the VP slot now and the “Chosen One” slot for 2012 as long as he would withdraw from the race and try to make Huckabee quit, too.

    Mike Huckabee is the “Goldwater Conservative” who is fighting the “establishment” web of influence specifically designed to defraud the American people of free elections at the highest level.

    No wonder the “establishment” has bloggers to smear Mike Huckabee as “The Huckster”/”Nanny-stater”, etc. Those are lies intended to deceive the voting public.

  3. Winghunter says:

    Your vivid imaginations are only surpassed by your deep denial…these are what make liberals the regressive fools that they are as The Huckster is no republican, let alone, a conservative.

    To then laughably offer Bloggers are part of the “establishment” is the most outrageous whining conspiracy theory that not even the aluminum hat wearers will join you in.

    Grow up and get a clue.

  4. Winghunter,
    Thanks for your comment.

    It looks like the Holy Spirit has used me to hit a nerve once again.

    Just like He did when He used me to point out how important Chicago is to the Communists, and a commenter gave a typical troll comeback:

    What’s with all of the random irrelevant crap about Chicago, Red Pill? Did you just cover something in your 8th grade history class, and feel a need to show off your shiny new knowledge?

    DaveS on June 6, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    My response then:

    Hit a nerve, have I?

    Clinton and Obama are Alinsky Marxists. Chicago is very relevant.

    Red Pill on June 6, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    6 days later, we found out how relevant Chicago is.

    Don’t tell me that wasn’t the Holy Spirit giving me revelation.

    However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

    John 16:13

    God has given me a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. God has not given me a spirit of fear. God said He will rebuke the devourer on my behalf because I don’t rob God.

    God has called me to be a prophet and I choose to be obedient to His calling. I will continue to speak the truth in love so that we may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ.

    And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head —Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

    Ephesians 4:11-16

    If you don’t like it, take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.

    You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…Remember, all I am offering is the truth. Nothing more…

  5. Ken says:

    R U AN IDIOT? Just quit hating. This blog is so lame. What? Yo Mamma married a Mormon? Puh-leese, grow up, quit using big words that you don’t understand, and for Methusala’s sake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . stop hating Mormons. They are good people. Even if you disagree with their beliefs, just don’t hate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ken,
    Thanks for your comment.

    R U AN IDIOT?

    That’s a pretty hateful way for you to start a comment.
    As Forrest Gump says, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

    Just quit hating.

    I sugest you follow your own advice. If you were paying attention, you’d see the word “love” not “hate”. I love you.

    This blog is so lame.

    If you think this blog is lame then take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.

    Yo Mamma married a Mormon?

    Where did I say that? I obviously didn’t.
    But if you want a “Mamma” quote, here it is:

    My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

    I told the truth about what happened at CPAC, and you are the one responding with hate. I’ve seen this plenty of times before. Check out the comments here. Who was doing the hating? (By the way, when the “Red Pill” comments there have a hyperlink for “Red Pill”, follow the links…they’re different each time)

    Puh-leese, grow up

    but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
    Ephesians 4:15

    quit using big words that you don’t understand

    How very mature of you.

    and for Methusala’s sake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . stop hating Mormons.

    I don’t hate Mormons. Why do you hate evangelicals?

    They are good people.

    I agree. I was complimented by a Mormon for what I said here.

    Even if you disagree with their beliefs, just don’t hate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You should take your own advice. It appears that you are the one doing the
    hating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. The original CPAC 2008 link,
    http://www.conservative.org/pressroom/2008/speech_huckabee08.asp,
    is no longer working. I found an archived version of at archive.org, and then made my own cache of that archived link using webcitation.org:

    Your recent WebCite request has completed. Following are the results from this request:

    ————————————–
    SUCCESSFULLY CACHED

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080501074620/http://www.conservative.org/pressroom/2008/speech_huckabee08.asp

    Please use the URL http://www.webcitation.org/5u8rUkTF6 to access the cached copy of this page

  14. I also found the CPAC 2008 speech in an archive location within the conservative.org site itself, and I similarly made a WebCite cache of that…

    ————————————–
    Your recent WebCite request has completed. Following are the results from this request:

    ————————————–
    SUCCESSFULLY CACHED

    http://www.conservative.org/cpac/archives/cpac-2008-former-governor-mike-huckabee

    Please use the URL http://www.webcitation.org/5sQmThJWW to access the cached copy of this page

  15. And here are the links for Mitt Romney’s speech at CPAC 2008:

    SUCCESSFULLY CACHED

    http://www.conservative.org/cpac/archives/cpac-2008-former-governor-mitt-romney

    Please use the URL http://www.webcitation.org/5uAHmCSLX to access the cached copy of this page

  16. On November 11th, 2010 at 3:53 pm, ITookTheRedPill said:

    Speaking of debates,
    I would have liked to have seen the Republican Primary Debate that was supposed to have been held by CNN on February 28, 2008.

    That debate would have been very helpful to Huckabee against McCain. Had the issue of illegal immigration come up, and Huckabee was able to compare and contrast his 9 point plan against McCain-Kennedy amnesty, that could have made the difference in Huckabee winning the Texas primary on March 4th. Here were the bullet items of Huckabee’s 9 point plan:

    1. Build the Fence
    2. Increase Border Patrol
    3. Prevent Amnesty
    4. Enforce the Law on Employers
    5. Establish an Economic Border
    6. Empower Local Authorities
    7. Ensure Document Security
    8. Discourage Dual Citizenship
    9. Modernize the Process of Legal Immigration

    Instead, CNN cancelled the debate and cleansed any evidence that it had ever been planned.

    The Values Voter Coalition scheduled a venue for a substitute debate on February 3rd, but McCain refused to attend, sayin that he had a prior commitment.

    What was that prior commitment? What did McCain end up doing instead?

    Instead of debating his opponent, McCain toasted to victory with his co-conspirators…

    He attended a celebratory cookout with the media (CNN included).

    Remember Who Wanted to Debate…and Who Didn’t.

  17. …with a focus on behind-the-scenes conversations with reporters to shape coverage of Perry…

    Oh, so ethical… NOT!!!

    I think a lot of voters have had enough of “behind-the-scenes conversations”.

    And I think a lot of voters have had enough of media manipulation and spin in election coverage.

    We don’t want the media’s preferred candidate, regardless of their party label.

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