On the Stump in New Hampshire, Huckabee Tries Guitar Hero

September 8, 2007 -
Now, I'm not saying I'm a Republican gamer, but if I was, which presidential candidate would be top of my list?

Certainly not Mitt Romney, who sees video games as part of an ocean of filth. Ditto for Sam Brownback, who's pushing video game legislation in the Senate.

It's gotta be former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who was cool enough to take a turn at Guitar Hero during a recent New Hampshire campaign event. As reported by Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH):
The former Republican governor from Arkansas spent almost two hours talking one-on-one with voters during a meet-and-greet session...  After making the announcement, Huckabee thanked [a pair of supporters] for their contributions with guitars signed "Let's Rock America".

The former governor even took time at the end of the event to play the video game "Guitar Hero" with the [host's] children as the party began to wind down.

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Re: On the Stump in New Hampshire, Huckabee Tries Guitar Hero

Now, I’m not saying I’m a Republican gamer, but if I was, which presidential candidate would be top of my list? Certainly not Mitt Romney, who sees video games as part of an ocean of filth. Ditto for Sam Brownback, who’s pushing video game legislation in the Senate. It’s gotta be former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

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@ From Arkansas

"Its funny for me to see Huck getting positive attention, esp considering he wasn’t that great of a governor. He ignored our education system for 6 of his ten years, right up until the state got sued for having an unconstitutional school system. His solution: shut down small schools and consolidate and make all elementary school classes centered toward one single thing, passing a standardized test."

Quoted as being spot on. Huckabee and NCLB were the tag team that turned AR schools into nothing more than prep for standardized tests. He also has changed a lot (more than McCain) to try and win votes, and- from talking to people who worked with him- an all around douche bag.

[...] Here are a bunch of people who think arch-conservative Mike Huckabee is cool because he plays Guitar Hero. [...]

Mike Huckabee can go to Hell. I've had to live in Arkansas under his reign as governor, and despite what he's claimed, he's done a miserable job.

He claimed he cut taxes. Guess again, he raised them several times.

He said he improved education. Bullshit. My mother is a teacher in Arkansas, and she and her colleagues will quickly tell you that education in the state is a disaster, although much of that is related to Bush's "No Child Left Behind" act.

He's also a health Nazi. He made such changes as to require that schools perform BMI tests on students every two years. There have also been huge changes to what is allowed in cafeterias, such as hamburgers can be made out of soy.

In the end, who cares that he played Guitar Hero for a little bit? That doesn't mean that he's out to defend gamers and their rights. It means that he played a video game with some kids at a publicity event.

Rock on dude! *guitar solo*

Guitar Hero, I think, is meant ot be one of those that can get non gamer's foot in the door to gaming, so, Go Mr Huckabee

Did they play Freebird?

Nice to see a candidate actually try and connect with kids today. Rock on Huckabee!

I'll trust Huckabee with my video games when I see him sit down and play a good, long session of GTA:Vice City.

Would it be safe to say he did it for "the childern".

In a good light? lol

*In an old guy voice*

See kids! I'm cool, I'm hip, I'm happen'in!

*Turns wrong*

Ohhh, my hip, my hip!

That's pretty cool actually. Seems like an ok guy overall.

Actually, he plays bass guitar in his own band, Capital Offense, so he's not just pandering. He's had a guitar since he was a kid, loves music and the arts and thinks they should reemphasize them in the schools. With two kids in band, one of whom also plays the guitar on the side, and another in college majoring in theater, the man got my attention!

[Wolfiej Says:

September 8th, 2007 at 5:57 am
Did they play Freebird? ]

Answer: Freebird's no problem for the Governor! See the YouTube link below. (Note: It's a little weak at the start, but it gets better.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkeflmkFCj0

Well, I found my candidate!

I was there. Those kids loved Mike. It was a private time with them just before he left - not a contrived media moment. Regardless of one's political leanings, I can say he is certainly the most down-to-earth candidate in the race. When you meet him, he's the same face to face as he is on Face The Nation.

Go Mike! He's been about the only candidate trying to talk about education. He believes music and art need to be emphasized once again. He's been upset that not one question has been asked in the debates about education. He's really got my attention lately. He's the most interesting in the debates every time, I think.

Guys that's...got to be one of the worst Photoshop jobs I've ever seen. I believe the story and all, but that picture is horrendous, unless the 360 version of the controller really does have enormous swatches of white background cutout sticking out of it at every angle.

Awww, he plays bass. If he was wailing on lead that would have been great. Its still awesome however. :D

Wow. And here I thought I would have to watch my vote wasted as rumors of Black Babies brought my candidate down in flames once again. (McCain supporter)

He may talk education, but he doesn't believe in evolution. One of those silly little things kids don't need to learn...

I don't like him at all...he is only doing this to show he is "hip" and in line with current fads.

The real problem is how he pushes his personal health ethic on everyone in roughly the same manner as the governator.

just because he is playing a guitar game and is a musician does not mean he will be on our side when it comes to games.

Mike

@Jonathon

He seems like the best of the GOP candidates, despite his lack of scientific understanding. However, he might do alright, as long as he doesn't continue Curious George's practice of trying to stick the government's nose in science and try to force it to conform to his political notions, even when they go against reality. Personally, I like Edwards and Obama the most right now, but I think a mixed ticket would be great, considering politics in our country are growing disturbingly polarized.

i was at the Iowa Straw Poll and saw Huckabee play Freebird, but he is considers Bush a great president and is for the status quo. Ron Paul is the best candidate for the U.S because he is for following the Constitution and for not expanding executive power. Ron Paul is for small government and never voted to raise taxes or a unbalanced budget. Ron Paul is the true Conservative.

It's pretty neat for this Mr. Huckabee fellow to do that :) .

"He understands teh kids!!!"

I am sick of politicans using video games as a tool to reach out to children. Video games ARE NOT THE SOLE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF CHILDREN.

Great. Another example of a politican playing video games only within the context of childish play thing. Just what we need, more examples of how baby boomers can't grasp the sad facts:

1. Games are like any other form of media. They are not intrinsically childish.

And yeah, if you have a functioning brain, you should be somewhat disturbed that a man who favors Biblical creationist theory over evolutionary theory can actually be considered a valid presidential canidate. He's a typical superstitious, bible-thumping, conservative pig.

@ Pandralisk

You anti-religion pandering is getting real annoying. Please stop. Just because someone does not believe in evolution does not make them ignorant of the current political climate.

@ Zach

Religious undertones that justify the valuation system that is currently being used to strike down the progression of video games as a form of entertainment have been extremely annoying for years.

I will not apologize for a comment that is responding to the blind -- non-gaming related -- praise that Huckabee is reciving on this thread. Sure, I'll stop this mildly off-topic anti-Hubkabee post when I see the mildly off-topic pro-Huckabee praise cease.

The fact an individual turns to an ancient hate manual and believes counter-intuitive content for fact is a MAJOR indication that the individual has lost touch with reality and should not be trusted with the welfare of a nation.

@Pandralisk

Why do you hate the Constitution?

From Article VI, emphasis mine:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Oh my good God.

Mike Huckabee kicks ass.

Sounds good to me. I've thought for years the only way to get politicians to stop being so quick to blame video games for violence is to get them to play and understand them, and even though Guitar Hero is far from violent, it's a start.

@Pandralisk
SHUT. THE. F*CK. UP. Already. We get it. You hate God. You think anyone who believes in the Bible is an idiot or hatemonger, and you despise conservatives. Good for you, and good luck with that outlook. As illspirit already pointed out, the Constitution explicitly makes religion a NON-FACTOR in presidiential nominations. Not only that, evolution is such an unimportant issue to whether or not someone can govern the country well. You're the only one coming across as a narrow-minded bigot; it's certainly not Huckabee.

@illspirit

Did I ever make an arguement that it should be **illegal** for Huckabee to run for office? No, I suggest reading my comments closer. Public perception and legal measures are completely different things. I simply pointed out the fact that rational, forward-thinking, and unbiased voters should seriously consider the competence and ability of someone who favors a form of fanatical bronze-age superstition over rationalized, naturalistic, models of thought. You should react to a person like Huckabee with the same amount of intellectual discrimination you would practice against a canidate who claimed that his supernatural, invisible, friend George would run alongside as vice-president.

And, again, if you expect to wave the "i love X" flag without question or discussion, be prepared to deal with the painful hammer of rational critcism when it pulversizes your shoddy arguements into the dirt.

and what gives you the right to weld that hammer Pandralisk?

@Dale - thanks much for checking in with that first-person account!

...and Jim F, love that YouTube link.

-GP

I am a Republican gamer and have supported Mike since before he decided to run (his speeches are amazing). It is very unfortunate that he does not stand much of a chance.

He at least seems to be the sanest Republican.. Maybe he doesn't believe in evolution, but as he said on Colbert he certainly believes in devolution. As far as "reaching out to kiddies" Guitar Hero may be popular with the kids, but the music is from the later 60's and 70's generation. One of the few candidates brave enough to actually go on Colbert. Sure McCain and Obama have hit Daily Show, but only because Stewart is fairly gentle with his guests.

@ Pandralisk

Well, I am sure glad to find out that you are no different than JT. You generalize all Christians as hallucinogenics that breed hate mongering. Good for you. You have shown that you are just as bigoted toward Christianity as Jt is with gamers. Good luck getting along in the real world.

Its funny for me to see Huck getting positive attention, esp considering he wasn't that great of a governor. He ignored our education system for 6 of his ten years, right up until the state got sued for having an unconstitutional school system. His solution: shut down small schools and consolidate and make all elementary school classes centered toward one single thing, passing a standardized test. The only way I'd vote for him is if his dem opponent was Hillary.

@Pandralisk

You OBVIOUSLY don't understand the Christian position on evolution. Do a little research instead of spewing your HATE!

The only way I would vote for him is if he would just wake up and stop trying to appease the conservative far right.

It is the duty of the President to represent all people under him/her and not to pander to one side. He needs to look at what everyone wants and try to find a good middle ground.

Will he get us out of Iraq?, Will he get us universal health care?, will he push for seperation of church and state that has been broken for so many years?.

He will do what his conservative supporters tell him to do...and that is why he will never get my vote.

Pandralisk is being very blunt but I think he/she is trying to say that Huckabee is not making any secret out of his strong religous ties and if he was by some miracle to get elected, he would not go out of his way to support equal rights to homosexuals or promote the expansion of scientific knowlege in areas like stem cell research or evolution.

His opinions on personal health are also a issue...I know that smoking is bad but I have no intention of quitting just because he tells me it is bad and raises taxes on them...or bans smoking in most resturaunts and some bars (dumb).

We need a younger and fresher president...someone who perhaps has a agnostic view on religion and experience in the world of modern science and technology.

Mike

Wow, 34 comments & only one Ron Paul supporter? My mafia's slipping :p

Huckabee does seem a groovy cat, certainly groovy enough to convince me he might do this for more than a photo op, but when he talks he seems like any other politician to me (& his creationism would bother me even if he didn't make such a big deal about his theism too, he really lays it on thick) Ron Paul has un/fortunately not been asked to comment specifically on video games, but he has gotten behind gambling (despite hating it) & protecting the Internet so it would seem consistant, any of y'all uninterested in politics might be surprised by him.

He didn't do Freebird did he?

@Pandralisk

You sound just like the bible thumpers on evolution. Doesn't make you very popular.

Just to set the record straight Governor Huckabee was at our home when my son asked the Governor if he would play Guitar Hero with him. It was not some publicity stunt set up by his campaign. I have spent a lot of time with the candidates and have been at both debates in NH. Governor Huckabee is the real deal! He is honest and straight forward, he is a man of conviction and has the moral fiber to lead this country. And yes he did play freebird!

@Dan

Okay, who are you, how much did the Party pay you and why don't I believe you?

@Pandralisk
Go fuck yourself you jackass.

@BlackIce
Of the few people in politics I've met, Huckabee was the most sincere, and he actually played bass with me while I played seven deadly sins on guitar.

ugh, not pandralisk again, with his biased and insulting views on christianity. *sigh* here we go again.

@ Zach
I'm sorry you were forced to live in Arkansas, I'm sure some Arkansans were sorry you were there. I know teachers all across the country will say the education system is disaster. I seem to recall it went to pot with prayer being removed from school, no more corporal punishment, and forced busing, all which occurred many years before Huckabee was Gov. I should know, I was born there and was forced to leave(better job) while Clinton was Gov.

@ Pandralisk
If you think Christianity and politics don't go together, you must have missed those world history classes and the the history of the United States...but I forgot, I grew up when they actually TAUGHT such things. Evolution and natural selection are not the same thing. Huckabee is not against science, after all God created science. Has anyone proven evolution through scientific method.......?

Finally read pandralisk's comments, either he's the Jack Thompson of relgion...or the next Hitler, I'm honeslty hoping for the former. I just laugh at the fact that he's is claiming that christians hate freedom and everything for that matter(in which I see no evidence in the Bible to suggest that, since God was kind enough to give us the power of choice), and making false assumptions about christianity and christians in general, yet here I am, a christian myself, talking calmly back to him. The fact that I can retain self-control on this man should be testimony to the falsehoods of his claims. Now I'm just waiting for JT to come in and make some comment to divert attention away from Pandralisk and onto himself like he did last time.

@JL

Speaking as someone who is not a Christian, I would appreciate it if you would stop trying to ram Jesus up my ass. I would also like to suggest you go back to history class, because you seem to have forgotten about the whole "seperation of Church and State" thing.

I would also suggest you go back to science class because you clearly don't understand what science is.
 
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