EFM Author Steve Muscatello

About Steve Muscatello

Steve is a former writer for EFM.

That’s the question on the tip of my tongue after tonight’s results. I think Rudy has done the honorable thing in dropping out now that it has become clear that he isn’t going to be the nominee. In so doing, Rudy has shown class, and a concern for the future of the party. He understands that after Florida he would be reduced to a non-candidate candidate who could merely siphon votes (largely from Sen. McCain) without any chance of actually winning. This wouldn’t be good for the country, nevermind the party.
Now consider Huckabee. He’s siphoning votes from somebody, and I believe that person is Gov. Romney. After his dismal performances in New Hampshire and Michigan and his underwhelming performances in South Carolina and Florida, it’s clear that the Huckster has lost his groove.
Now let me say this: I believe Mike Huckabee is a good and decent man. But … Read the Rest »

After my brother Charles’ prodding, I thought it appropriate for me to rear my ugly head on EFM again. Trust me, it’s a nice break from trying to figure out the parol evidence rule (don’t ask).
Anyhow, I just got back from casting what will surely prove to be the decisive vote for Gov. Romney in Florida. It’s funny, I’ve now voted in three very different places–Massachusetts, Northern VA and Florida–and I swear the same sweet old lady has been working at every polling station I’ve visited. She’s like Santa Claus! Seriously though, I get a little burst of civic pride when I think about poll workers. (Mostly this helps me mask the fact that I’m too lazy to ever volunteer myself….)
Anyway, in lieu of regular blogging on this site, you all will be glad to know that I have been ruthlessly seeking to persuade my fellow law … Read the Rest »

…for Governor Romney, this time in Nevada. Here’s the governor’s statement:

Throughout the state of Nevada this morning, people gathered at their local caucus site and cast their vote for change in Washington. With this important victory in the heart of the West, Governor Romney will continue traveling across the country calling for change in a Washington that is fundamentally broken. Governor Romney issued the following statement concerning his victory in Nevada:
“Today, the people of Nevada voted for change in Washington. For far too long, our leaders have promised to take the action necessary to build a stronger America, and still the people of Nevada and all across this country are waiting. Whether it is reforming health care, making America energy independent or securing the border, the American people have been promised much and are now ready for change.
“The need for change is even more apparent today

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Gov. Romney is locked in a four-way tie for first in my home state of Florida. After a few weeks of admittedly difficult circumstances for his campaign, this has to be welcome news for the Governor. And it should be welcome news to those of us supporting the Governor, obviously, because it means we still have a chance to get this election right. We still have a chance to nominate a full-spectrum conservative who can lead and unite the party, and more importantly, the country. Michigan can help make that happen, and then it’s on to South Carolina and Florida (OK, enough of my Howard Dean impression.) Seriously though folks, we’re still in this thing and with a better shot than many people–including me–thought about a week ago.… Read the Rest »

Gov. Romney’s support is strong, but Gov. Huckabee’s support may be slipping.

A week ago, an ARG poll placed Mike Huckabee over Mitt Romney by an 11-point margin among likely Republican caucus-goers, but the latest poll by the group puts the two back in a statistical tie, 23 to 21 percent.
…the poll indicates that Huckabee’s support among male voters in Iowa may be slipping. Last week, Huckabee had 31 percent support among Republican men; this week, he and Rudy Giuliani are tied at 20 percent. John McCain and Mitt Romney both have the support of 17 percent of the GOP’s likely male caucus goers.

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The truth continues to trickle out about Gov. Huckabee’s law and order record in Arkansas. I’m probably more of a hardliner on law and order issues than many evangelicals, but even if you’re particularly predisposed to granting second chances to criminals, this has to make you feel a bit uneasy. Via the Wall Street Journal:

As Mr. Huckabee has surged to the top of the Republican presidential race, scrutiny of his record here in Little Rock has grown. One element in particular is the high number of prison-sentence commutations and pardons that Mr. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, granted during his decade in office — more than a thousand, or twice those of the previous three governors combined.

Here’s the story of one criminal who benefited from Gov. Huckabee’s leniency:

Mr. Claiborne, who will turn 40 on Friday, grew up in Little Rock. In 1991, while he was

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Forgive me if I’m late to the party on this, but I just read Kane Webb’s recent NR piece making the case for Gov. Huckabee. Here’s something that caught my eye:

An old radio announcer, Huckabee can’t resist a good line. Or a bad one. So long as it’s clever. To his credit, though, I can’t remember a time when he accused the press of misquoting him. By and large, he stood by his one-liners. Huckabee’s candor — a blessing for us newspaper types always craving good copy — could get him in trouble. He once referred to Arkansas as a banana republic. He slapped the most conservative members of his party in northwest Arkansas as Shiite Republicans. (This was long before the war in Iraq. Those who fear that Huckabee, a social conservative and Baptist preacher, would turn the White House into a tent revival ought to take note

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Judge Robert Bork has endorsed Gov. Romney for president. From a campaign press release:

Joining Romney for President, Judge Bork said, “Throughout my career, I have had the honor of serving under several Presidents and am proud to make today’s endorsement. No other candidate will do more to advance the conservative judicial movement than Governor Mitt Romney. He knows firsthand how the judicial branch can profoundly affect the future course of a state and a nation. I greatly admired his leadership in Massachusetts in the way that he responded to the activist court’s ruling legalizing same-sex ‘marriage.’ His leadership on the issue has served as a model to the nation on how to respect all of our citizens while respecting the rule of law at the same time.”
Judge Bork continued, “Our next President may be called upon to make more than one Supreme Court nomination, and Governor Romney

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….no one running is more impressive than Mitt Romney. It was his speech on religion in American life that caused me to take another look at him. Until then, I confess that I saw him as a sort of robo-candidate: smooth, articulate, but perhaps a little opportunistic and possibly even insincere. The religion speech cast a new light on him.

What Romney’s religion speech demonstrated was not so much his devotion to his own faith (though he declined to run away from it) as his understanding and embrace of America’s civic religion. In his telling, that civic religion amounts to a commitment to religious liberty as well as to broadly shared religious values. “It is important to recognize,” he said, “that while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it’s usually

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