December 5, 2007, - 2:00 pm

What Did Mike Huckabee Promise Chuck Norris?

By Debbie Schlussel
The viral, web-inspired, parody-laden rumors about Chuck Norris are one thing. As is the onscreen version.
But the real-life Chuck Norris is entirely another. He’s not the saint everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s very much “in it” for himself.
As you probably know, Norris endorsed Republican Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Presidential contest. Not that I believe too many people are going to follow the endorsement of an on-screen action star. But it’s important to know what’s behind the endorsement.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Chuck Norris has “gotten something” in return for his previous Republican Presidential endorsements:

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Chuck Norris is So Strong . . . He Takes Tax-Funded Hand Outs

Two decades ago, Mr. Norris says, Republican operative Lee Atwater approached him “when that wimp thing was going around,” suggesting that George H. W. Bush also wasn’t tough enough to be president. “Next thing I know, I’m on the campaign trail,” he said. The former president later helped Mr. Norris get his karate program into some Houston public schools, Mr. Norris added.

Now, Norris is on the campaign trail in Iowa for Huckabee. So what kind of government-subsidized largesse did this Republican candidate promise? And how much will it cost American taxpayers?
You can bet–with Norris traipsing all over Iowa for Huckabee–it’s something on a larger scale than Papa Bush’s tax-funded hand-out in Houston.
This is the real Chuck Norris. Not the fantasy.
So, here’s my attempt at Chuck Norris fantasy:
Chuck Norris can single-handedly get millions from taxpayers without lifting a finger.

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10 Responses

I’ve read his columns for awhile now, he’s been a republican during that time. While he may be getting something in return, he’s damned sure not the only one. He’s just the more famous … so far.

CaptShady on December 5, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Debbie, you’re so full of sh*t sometimes that it’s coming out of your fingertips and onto your blog. I know you’re only trying to boost your dog in the race, Gigoloiani. (BTW I’m not a subscriber to WSJ.com so I can’t read the article so I don’t know what spin is put on it.)
I’m not a big fan of the first Bush, but he was trying to instill a sense of civic duty with his ‘thousand points of light’ idea. Chuck Norris has always tried to help kids with karate with programs like ‘kick drugs out of America’. Bush helped Norris do a good thing in this case. If it helped kids, then what’s the fuss?
I don’t like the new ultra-conservative Norris, but certainly he still deserves credit for all the good he’s done in the past not to mention serving in the military.
Gee Deb, I’d like to see you run for president. Let’s see if the criticisms of you are true.
[NB: DO YOU REALLY THINK NORRIS DID THIS FOR FREE? HELLO . . . . THAT'S WHAT HE DOES FOR A LIVING NOW. I'VE CHANGED THE LINK TO A PUBLIC ONE, SO YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLE. DS]

Norman Blitzer on December 5, 2007 at 3:50 pm

I like Chuck Norris, he filmed a lot in Israel and he seems like a good guy, but give me a break with Huckabee! Hillary will steamroller right over him (and haven’t we had enough with Arkansas politicians? What state would Huckabee bring to the GOP in Nov. 2008 that GW Bush did not? Also what is that rats nest doing on Norris’s head?

Ripper on December 5, 2007 at 4:21 pm

[DO YOU REALLY THINK NORRIS DID THIS FOR FREE?]
No, and I never said he did. Lots of people become teachers or karate instructors to help kids, paid or unpaid.
[HELLO . . . . THAT'S WHAT HE DOES FOR A LIVING NOW.]
Yes, hello Debbie and that’s exactly the point. Norris made his fortune from his movies and the Texas Walker series. I don’t know how much money he makes through his martial arts programs, but it can’t compare with his movies and TV series. I believe he loves kids and wants to help them.
http://www.kick-start.org/

Norman Blitzer on December 5, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Debbie, get a grip. Sometimes people do things because they believe in it, not in what they can get out of it. I believe you need to reassess your thoughts on the subject of Norris and Huckabee. I know Chuck Norris did a stint on your nemesis’ (Sean Hannity) show as his stand in. Could this be affecting your judgment?
[TOM: OH, YOU MEAN WHEN CHUCK NORRIS SAID WHEN HOSTING THE SHOW THAT 99% OF MUSLIMS ARE GREAT PEOPLE? HE'S COMPLETELY IGNORANT. I CAN'T STAND HANNITY, BUT NORRIS IS ABOUT AS IGNORANT AND VENAL. DS]

TheOmegaMan on December 5, 2007 at 5:00 pm

I’m usually in agreement with you, Debbie, but come on. Norris is “completely ignorant” and “venal” for saying 99% of Muslims are great people? Which part do you disagree with — the 99% or the implication that 1% are not? Would it be the same if he’d said 99% of certain other Middle-Eastern-originated, tracing-parentage-back-to-Abraham faiths are great people? If not why not?
This seems to be recurring more often with you, Deb. Ted Nugent is scum because he hasn’t lived a sinless life, Norris is “in it for himself,” Hannity is — well, space forbids a full recitation.
Frankly this post is a perfect example of why I’ll never run for office as a conservative. I can handle the flak from my enemies, but heaven preserve me from my “friends.”

DocLiberty on December 5, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Hi Deb!
Is Huckabee “good for the Jews”? Why or why not?
I honestly don’t know much about him. Feel free to reply via email if you prefer. You know where to find me.

There is NO Santa Claus on December 5, 2007 at 9:54 pm

Deb, I agree that Norris is about as knowledgeable of Muslims as my sister’s black cat’s ass. I still don’t believe Chuck actually writes that column for WND by himself either. But, I believe your round house kick to Norris was not called for.
I agree with DocLiberty comment above.

TheOmegaMan on December 6, 2007 at 11:24 am

As far as I am concerned, Chuck Norris lost all credibility as a conservative when he decided to support the Huckster. This is what I think is happening.
Mike Huckabee is one of the most corrupt politicians in recent history and his record in Arkansas proves it.
It just amazes me that conservatives cannot see what is happening in this election. All of the anointed “Front Runner” nominees that the RNC is promoting are members of the CFR except for Tancredo, Paul and Duncan Hunter. Thompson may or may not be a CFR candidate and even Rush Limbaugh said of the front runners in the last CNN debate, Thompson was the only one articulating conservative positions on the issues.
One problem for the Rockefeller RNC, thanks to the internet, conservatives are starting to see just how liberal the candidates are being shoved down our throats. Every single CFR candidate selection is for open borders, Free Trade, and a One World Government! What a surprise.
I believe the CFR planned to promote Huckabee if the front-runners started losing support by mainstream conservatives (The Base). The emergence of Mike Huckabee out of “no where” has been planned all along. Remember, Bill Clinton another CFR candidate, came out of no where too.
The RNC polled real republicans and to find out what they really wanted in a presidential candidate and sent Huckabee out on the campaign trail to promote those values even though the Huckster does not support any of our issues in reality. His dismal record in Arkansas demonstrates he is just as liberal as Jimmy Carter.
Anyone that has not lived in a cave knows Huckabee is a charlatan.
He is joined at the hip of the CFR and Global Government. He interfered in an INS investigation with Tyson Chicken allowing 6,000 Illegals brought to this country by Tyson coyotes. He brought a Mexican Consulate to little rock to hand out Matricular Consular cards and gave them an office suite for $1.00 a year rent. He gave speeches at LULAC calling conservatives that want our immigration laws enforced racists and xenophobes. He gave college tuition to Illegals. He gave them the Arkansas version of SCHIP,free health care for Illegals.
I think Chuck Norris was recruited to sell Huckabee to conservatives and values voters alike. I agree with Debbie, I believe he was promised some big favors for his efforts. His Karate program may be one of the promises but remember, he also just started the World Combat League or WCL.
http://worldcombatleague.com/inside_the_wcl.html
I think it is interesting that the Versus Channel just picked up the WCL and it will be interesting if his new WCL begins to get Government support as well.

ScottyDog on December 7, 2007 at 2:22 pm

You’re usually complaining about how this country is neutering males.
Even if there is self interest, Chuck is trying to bring martial arts into a government school system that currently bans dodgeball for being too “comeptetive”. Seems good to me, time to put bumps and bruises back into government p.e. classes and develop real men again.
It also seems to Chuck is taking the same path Arnold did, if you recall he was helping the Bushes bring health and fitness back into the public school system prior to his run for governor. I think the RNC is grooming Chuck for office right out of Arnold’s playbook.

melchloboo on December 8, 2007 at 10:43 am

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