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Monday, February 11, 2008

Huckabee: WA Is the New USSR!

posted by on February 11 at 13:44 PM

Huckabee on Luke Esser and the Washington State Republican Party: “That is not what we do in American elections. That may be the how they used to conduct it in the old Soviet Union, but you don’t just throw people’s votes out.”

Via TPM.

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Washington? No.

Washington State GOP? Yes.

The Red Bushies hate our democracy, and our core American values of Truth, Justice, and the American Middle Class way of life.

As they prove day after day after day ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 11, 2008 1:49 PM

the caucuses are a gift that just keeps on giving.

Posted by Jason B | February 11, 2008 2:00 PM

I have to agree with Huck on this one.

Posted by bohica | February 11, 2008 2:02 PM


No shit, and WOOT!

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 11, 2008 2:02 PM

Wow, here even in Russia all votes we count.

Don’t stupid Republicans know you figure out election by how candidate you select not by not vote counting. You piss off stupid westerners not vote counting.

Posted by Vladmire Putin | February 11, 2008 2:08 PM

Gee, Huckabee's sort of behind-the-times on this one:

"There are forty-seven states in the Union - and the Soviet of Washington."

-- U.S. Postmaster General James Farley, 1936

Posted by COMTE | February 11, 2008 2:16 PM

I really don't understand what the GOP's problem is, why don't they just finish the damn election?

Posted by Cale | February 11, 2008 2:18 PM

Pabeda za naroda!

(Victory to the nation.)

Posted by Zander | February 11, 2008 2:28 PM

He's exaggerating but I agree - this state is weird.

Posted by Bedeviled | February 11, 2008 2:37 PM

PULEZ!! Not counting all the votes is EXACTLY what the GOP does! Fuckabee should be proud that his party is holding up the tradition of Florida state!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | February 11, 2008 2:37 PM

If this were the Soviet Union, wouldn't we just make him disappear and be over it?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | February 11, 2008 2:37 PM

Yes, Napoleon. In USSR we like caucus system because we send to Siberia candidates and participants.

Posted by Vladmir Putin | February 11, 2008 2:55 PM

@7, the election is next week.

I don't quite understand why they are even declaring a "winner" of the caucus when he only got a 1/4 of the vote, it's not a winner takes all deal is it? I'd imagine they'll each get about the same number of delegates won't they? And if Huckabee can get some of those Romney supporters to vote against that COMMUNIST! McCain next week, he might come out ahead overall.

You know, if the repubs keep busy attacking each other until the convention, they'll only have a couple of months to attack Obama, and if they blow a lot of their money on each other, all the better.

Posted by Epimetheus | February 11, 2008 3:05 PM

I'm pretty sure WA is a winner-take-all state for the Republicans. Or rather winner-take-half, since the other half go with the primary.

Posted by Fnarf | February 11, 2008 3:32 PM

In Soviet Russia, Republicans caucus YOU!

Posted by yakoff smirnoff | February 11, 2008 3:47 PM

It's way more complicated than that. The caucus system awards 18 R delegates more or less proportionally (although you elect delegates--who have announced their pres preferences--directly, not within your presidential preference groups). The primary awards 19 delegates: 1 per congressional district won, for 9 of the delegates, and 10 proportional to the statewide vote.

Posted by annie | February 11, 2008 3:50 PM

I would like to request that Stranger writers refer to Huckabee as "The Reverend Mike Huckabee". Hopefully, if enough people in the media start doing it, it will catch on. It is a small gesture, but it might be enough for independent minded voters who still believe in a separation of church and state and might not realize he is a minister. This is especially important if he ends up getting the VP slot on the R ticket.

I remember as a kid always seeing Jesse Jackson's name printed with an R-E-V. precurser. Why doesn't Huckabee get the same treatment?

Posted by Clint | February 11, 2008 3:53 PM


King County has 2,548 precincts, and state GOP rules required allocation of at least twice as many elected precinct delegate positions countywide, as the number of precincts in the county. This would be 5,096. In addition, the 785 Republican PCO’s were allowed as automatic precinct delegates, without being elected, so long as they attended their precinct caucus. This would have been at least 5,881 precinct delegates that COULD have been selected on Saturday — so long as even a minimal number of GOP voters attended in each precinct.

However, only 4,195 precinct delegates were selected on Saturday. This means that at least 1,686 precinct delegate positions went to Candidate “NO SHOW” because of the absence of ANY Republican voters in well over one thousand precincts in King County.

So Candidate “NO SHOW” had a convincing victory in Saturday’s King County caucuses — at least 1,686 precinct delegates, compared with John McCain’s 1,321 precinct delegates, and Mike Huckabee’s 798 precinct delegates.

Posted by Richard Pope | February 11, 2008 4:07 PM

I stand corrected. Thanks, Annie.

Posted by Fnarf | February 11, 2008 4:56 PM

@14 - it's winner-take-all for most GOP caucus/primary votes UNLESS they have no candidate with at least 50 percent of the vote.


Annie's right.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 11, 2008 5:07 PM

No, Will, you're wrong (you're always wrong). Only one state had the 50% rule you mention.

Posted by Fnarf | February 11, 2008 5:30 PM

zander @8:

"Pabeda za naroda!"

shouldn't that be "pobedli"? Or does it change depending on how it's used?

Posted by gnossos | February 11, 2008 11:23 PM

Only one state? Strange, I heard it on Fox News ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 11, 2008 11:36 PM

ignore @22 pabeda/pobeda is right.

Posted by gnossos | February 12, 2008 1:23 AM

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