Huckabee nobly cancels attack ad on Romney — then plays it for reporters Updated Press conference video added

posted at 3:00 pm on December 31, 2007 by Allahpundit

So cynical is this move that, according to Politico, the press in the room actually started laughing when he pulled it. He called a presser to unveil an attack ad on Romney, then decided at the last minute that he’s too Christian a leader to attack another candidate — and then showed the ad to reporters anyway, knowing of course that it’d be the talk of political news coverage tonight and tomorrow. It’s his entire cynical faux nice guy style of politics in microcosm — the man who’s so innocent and virtuous that he doesn’t even recognize the Machiavellian gambits he somehow keeps stumbling into.

Mr. Huckabee, with his wife standing silently off to the side, said that the “conventional wisdom” was that when you are attacked, you attack back. But, he said, an hour before the press conference, which was scheduled for noon, he just decided not to go that route.

“It’s not worth it,” he said.

Polls regularly show that Iowa voters do not reward candidates who go negative, and perhaps Mr. Huckabee saw some of those polls. “The people of Iowa deserve better,” he said.

Asked if he wasn’t being hypocritical by showing the ad to a roomful of cameras that are likely to record it and show it — for free — around the country, Mr. Huckabee said he was showing it to reporters only because reporters were so cynical that if he didn’t show it, they would not believe that he really had made such an ad.

Mark Halperin was in the room and recorded it, so the viral copies are already starting to spread. Click the image to watch. If you can’t make out the audio, NBC has a transcript. If there’s any justice the media will tear him to pieces for this, if only for treating them like they’re stupid.

Update: Perfect:

Huckabee acknowledged that his decision not to run counter ads to Romney’s is “a huge gamble,” and he conceded that Romney’s ads targeting him had hurt him.

But, he said, “if you gain the whole world and lose your soul, what does it profit you?”

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Update (Bryan): Fox’s Carl Cameron was at the Huckabee presser. He’s calling it “stunning” and a “classic Iowa caucus moment.”

Joe Klein was also there and gets in the obligatory reference to the Swiftboat ad on the way to declaring this move a “Huckabust.”

Update (Bryan): IowaPoliticsDotCom has posted a 10-minute clip of the Huckabee presser. The audio is low, and the “too hot for Iowa TV” ad comes in at about 4:27 in. The press gets its belly laughs in at about 3:55. If you go by the comments at YouTube, which is always a dubious proposition, the press conference didn’t fool anyone.

The “lose your own soul” line comes in at about 7:45, after several glitches get taken care of the ad finally plays.


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What is the name of that new campaign manager of his?

bnelson44 on December 31, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Huckabomb.

tickleddragon on December 31, 2007 at 3:04 PM

Huckabunk.

tickleddragon on December 31, 2007 at 3:04 PM

Makes me pine for the days of Lee Atwater. Nostalgia,…

a capella on December 31, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Ha that’s awesome. I may have to vote for him now.

Dash on December 31, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Huckabee might be the most disingenuous politician since Slick Willie. There must be something in the water for both Arkansa governors to have so much trouble with the truth. At least he doesn’t have the libido of a high school freshman…………yet.

volsense on December 31, 2007 at 3:10 PM

I really can’t stand him. I wish he’d just go away.

Esthier on December 31, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Par. for. the. course.

Vizzini on December 31, 2007 at 3:12 PM

volsense on December 31, 2007 at 3:10 PM

About that water in AK…true. I feel the same, and even more about the water in Mass, and another bloated, drunken lifer politician.

tickleddragon on December 31, 2007 at 3:12 PM

I had something bad to say about Huckabee, but that would be stooping low and is beneath my dignity.

I was going to say he’s gutter-crawling, cynical, manipulative piece of sh!t.

But I won’t.

flipflop on December 31, 2007 at 3:14 PM

But, but…he’s a brilliant nimble communicator!

Unlike Fred, who has narcolepsy and low blood sugar.

/MSM

Cuffy Meigs on December 31, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Huckabee says he won’t run the ad, but it has already been released to the media by his campaign? Which means what? EVERYONE will now be playing it without his campaign having to pay a dime. Is he really so dumb as to think people wouldn’t notice what he was doing?

davenp35 on December 31, 2007 at 3:19 PM

I was going to say he’s gutter-crawling, cynical, manipulative piece of sh!t.

But I won’t.

flipflop on December 31, 2007 at 3:14 PM

Could you speak a little more directly into the mike, and stand so the cameras can get a three quarters profile shot when you say that? Perhaps wipe away a tear and say something abourt how your soul won’t let you do bad things?

a capella on December 31, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Yeah thats all we need… Another slimy politician who thinks we are all just a bunch of idiots.

Why do I get the sense that even after Huckabee crumbles he’s still not going to go away? He’s still going to want to tell us how to properly live our lives. Why do I have a feeling that he is still going to be attempting to push his federal smoking bans and carbon taxes on me even post voter rejection? Please Huckster, just go away. Forever. That will be better for all of us.

Zetterson on December 31, 2007 at 3:20 PM

He and his campaign just figured out away to get 5 million dollars worth of ads played for free.

Is that being Cheap or Frugle?

TheSitRep on December 31, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Vizzini on December 31, 2007 at 3:12 PM

Nail. in. the. coffin.

davenp35 on December 31, 2007 at 3:22 PM

About that water in AK…true. I feel the same, and even more about the water in Mass, and another bloated, drunken lifer politician.

tickleddragon on December 31, 2007 at 3:12 PM

The water in Mass is okay of you boil it first. When I want cold I go bottled out of state. And I always make sure the top is not tampered with.

On topic. Chucklebee was on CNN this morning about 7:30 talking about the Romney dishonesty about he and McCain,who he referred to as a good or fine man. I don’t remember the exact words. McCain did his little shtick last night saying Hucky was a good man. Are they in cahoots now? I smell something afoot.

PowWow on December 31, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Could you speak a little more directly into the mike, and stand so the cameras can get a three quarters profile shot when you say that? Perhaps wipe away a tear and say something abourt how your soul won’t let you do bad things?

a capella on December 31, 2007 at 3:20 PM

OK. Now, how’s my make-up?

flipflop on December 31, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Bonita Butrell

geckomon on December 31, 2007 at 3:24 PM

The way I see it, this will hurt Huck and Mitt while benifiting all the others..

TheSitRep on December 31, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Huck’s free press, why pay for the cow when you can get the milk free?

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 3:29 PM

What the Huck?(WTH)

sonnyspats1 on December 31, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Shamelessness of Clintonian proportions. How the hell is anyone gullible enough not to see right through this snake oil salesman?

ReubenJCogburn on December 31, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Oh brother. Mike Huckabee gets more annoying every day.

SoulGlo on December 31, 2007 at 3:34 PM

And this is the frontrunner of the party. Oh Em Gee.

Dash on December 31, 2007 at 3:35 PM

At the beginning of this one was a cut-off sentence ending with the phrase “American hero, John McCain.” Yesterday, we noted that McCain busted on Romney for attacking Huckabee, “a good man” in McCain’s words. Are these two gearing up for a possible McCain/Huckabee ticket in the general?

baldilocks on December 31, 2007 at 3:35 PM

If there’s any justice [regarding] the media …

faith precedes the miracle

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 3:35 PM

PowWow on December 31, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Great minds.

baldilocks on December 31, 2007 at 3:36 PM

I just can’t believe how he’s able to just dish out the “dishonest” card so willy nilly. That is just unbelievable and makes it look like he’s responding way over the top. I can imagine commercials saying we need “honest leadership” or the like, but to call, outright, another (Republican!) candidate a name, particularly when the adjective wasn’t sticking, and probably won’t? Not wise. Not Presidential. Not ready for prime time.

Vizzini on December 31, 2007 at 3:36 PM

What the Huck?(WTH)–sonnyspats1 at 3:31 PM

lol

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 3:37 PM

Good grief Charlie Brown.

oakpack on December 31, 2007 at 3:46 PM

baldilocks on December 31, 2007 at 3:36 PM

There may be something to that, but Mitt’s ads also usually start by calling either McCain an honorable man or Huckabee a good man before throwing the punch. I think all this is more a way of making the ads seem less negative than being evidence of any plan for them to join up later. Both McCain and Huckabee are hitting Romney personally, though, by calling him a phony and whatnot when they’re asked about him so there is at least a similarity in the way they’re treating him vs how they’re treating each other.

Bryan on December 31, 2007 at 3:46 PM

Huckiavellian…

Geeze man, is there nothing Huckles won’t do to tell us he’s a “Christian leader?”

Guiliani got burned for always talking about NYC and 9/11. All Huck ever does is talk about how supposedly pious he is. Huck is frankly more annoying and insulting that Rudy will actually be.

Huckabee’s version of “Christian leadership,” at least according to the Bryan posts, is to replace solid church theology with handout never-offend-anyone PC garbage.

BKennedy on December 31, 2007 at 3:48 PM

BKennedy on December 31, 2007 at 3:48 PM

Pretty much.

Bryan on December 31, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Oh, sure, on the face of it, it looks like the issue is Huckabee. Yes, Machiavelli.

But, Atheist, we really know what the issue is – right?

I know, I’m going to use Huckabee as the device to attack Christians. The hypocritical bastards. The frauds. The fools.

The sock-puppet show continues.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 31, 2007 at 3:57 PM

The MSM will try to present Huckaboy as the poster child for Christians everywhere. The libs are going to laugh all the way to the White House if they force this guy through the system and let Shrillary defrock him.

volsense on December 31, 2007 at 3:58 PM

The election of 2008 ranks with the ones in 1860, 1940, and 1980 as being the most important ones in US history.

Every Democratic candidate is a surrendercrat and not fit to be President. If they win, America will be in for a very hard and dangerous time as they are willing accomplices of Al Qaeda.

Yet Republicans like Huck are “eating their own” over nonsense accusations. They are treating this election as normal politics instead of the pivotal election for the security of the country it is. They are letting their egos write check that the DEMOCRATS will end up cashing if they win the White House and still control Congress.

We have some real problems here.

Democrats in Congress have tried to surrender America to Al Qaeda some 60 times according to some counts.

The management of the CIA has been openly defying their boss, the President. Isn’t insubordination grounds for termination even if they are civil servants?

Some holdover Clintonistas in State and CIA have committed palpable crimes, bordering on treason, and have not been punished. In fact, NOTHING happens to them.

In history, Lincoln and Wilson imprisoned people who worked against the country during war time. FDR interned Japanese and some German immigrants during WWII as a precaution.

The media have colluded with the Democrats to sabotage the war in Iraq. Why hasn’t Sulzberger and the editors of the Times been charged under the espionage act?

What is being done to deal with this? Nothing. The Bush administration sits on their hands and thus gives cover to the far left to sabotage the war — a war that started before almost 3000 people were murdered in New York and DC.

Why are the Republicans allowing their enemies in the media (NBC/MSNBC, CNN) to run their debates? Why haven’t the Republicans boycotted NBC and CNN for their behavior. For that matter, why is Helen Thomas still accredited to the White House and allowed in the door?

Malkin says that liberals are unhinged. She even wrote a book about it. Fine, easy to say so, but what to do about it?

Apparently nothing.

H. L. Mencken once wrote:

“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.”

It is time to push back.

The father of modern conservatism, Barry Goldwater once said in a speech:

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.”

Whenever the disloyal left holds signs “free mumia,” where are the opposition ones that say “execute mumia” or “kill the cop killer” After all, he was condemned to be executed (that means killed) by a jury for his murder of a police officer.

The 3 liberal, bush-hating, holdovers at State who wrote the recent NIE summary committed a palpable act of treason, and did so for political motives. Why are they still in their jobs? Why are they not awaiting discharge for willful deception and insubordination? Why haven’t they been charged with capital treason? Why aren’t they awaiting trial for violating their oath to uphold and defend by injecting their political biases into their work product?

Mark my words: Innocent Americans may pay with their lives because they were more interested in sabotaging Bush than in protecting the country. It goes beyond incompetence but is active sabotage of policy because they are acting political not apolitical with respect to national security. Why shouldn’t they pay with their lives for their treason if an Iranian made nuke destroys a US city? In case you didn’t know, treason carries the death penalty. Why should not these 3 individuals pay the ultimate price for deliberatly misleading the nation as to the threat from Iran?

Why hasn’t the IRS investigated the illegal campaign activities of any of the Soros cut-out organizations? Where is the IRS investigation of media matters, and his other active groups? Where is the IRS investigation of MoveOn.org for clear violation of their non-profit status? Certain Clintonistas violated the federal election laws and got “slaps” on the hand. Why aren’t they in prison?

Why is Hillary not in jail for obstruction of justice?

The blogosphere Right is simply playing “catch-up” with the left and the media, who are unceasing in their attempts to grab power by ANY means necessary. Certain Right-side blogs are afraid to tell it like it is and confront our enemies on the left. They are afraid to tell the hard truth in terms that the left would understand: that we are no longer going to allow them to get “unhinged” without a response.

Does anybody remember the movie The Untouchables? The part when Sean Connery explains to Kevin Costner what the Chicago Way is?

Why aren’t the Right blogs applying the political equivalent of the “Chicago Way” here?

Civility and comity is long gone. The Democrats destroyed it starting during the Bork confirmation hearings and continued through the Thomas confirmation. So why pretend? Remaining “civil” is useless when dealing with the left. How many times do we have to experience their strategy to understand this?

Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman have exposed their party for what it has become: brownshirted thugs. The way to deal with such thugs and bullies is to fight back. Why aren’t we fighting back in kind?

Say something too rough here and you get banned. Since the management of this blog and the companion MM blog seem to be against direct and forceful comments in confrontation with the left, it’s time for me to move on and participate elsewhere. It is time to say what must be said because the confrontation is HERE, in this election. Unfortunately, I doubt I’ll be back. Maybe to read some interesting threads, but why bother to comment when I can’t speak “truth to power” here without being banned? Yes, I know it’s her blog and she can run it anyway she wants. And that’s the problem.

Once again, Goldwater: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice…” I am not ashamed of being an “extremist” in tone in defense of our liberty against both foreign and DOMESTIC enemies. However, you won’t be able to blame me when the MoveOn.org Democrats walk all over us in 2008 because we, collectively, are afraid to confront them. I’ll be doing something I’ve never really done before, and that is volunteering for the Republicans.

Sayonara. Best wishes to all in the new year.

georgej on December 31, 2007 at 4:01 PM

baldilocks on December 31, 2007 at 3:36 PM
There may be something to that, but Mitt’s ads also usually start by calling either McCain an honorable man or Huckabee a good man before throwing the punch. I think all this is more a way of making the ads seem less negative than being evidence of any plan for them to join up later. Both McCain and Huckabee are hitting Romney personally, though, by calling him a phony and whatnot when they’re asked about him so there is at least a similarity in the way they’re treating him vs how they’re treating each other.

Bryan on December 31, 2007 at 3:46 PM

For me, it’s always about the timing. I know the caucus is Thursday. So everything has to be fast. This is just way too close together to be a coincidence IMO. And the words too similar. I think somebody stuck too close to the script.
As I’m typing this they’re showing Hucka on Fox from this morning, again, the same press conference. The reporters laughing…

PowWow on December 31, 2007 at 4:04 PM

Some here may remember when I said something similar to this a few weeks ago:

This underhanded behavior by Mike Huckabee has been pervasive all throughout his campaign. He tries to set himself up as the better man, only to dish out dirt in a sneaky, nasty manner. Huck’s dishonest behavior is really causing me to dislike the man. Mike Huckabee reminds me of the guy who’d say something nasty about someone’s mother under his breath, then run off laughing when the guy who punched him for saying such a thing got in trouble.

Connie on December 31, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Bryan on December 31, 2007 at 3:46 PM

I get it.

baldilocks on December 31, 2007 at 4:13 PM

i hate to use the term ‘slimeball’ when describing an (inactive??) minister, but What the Huck…

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fred5678 on December 31, 2007 at 4:16 PM

Hmmmm. What the huck?

You know, the one thing I gave Huck major credit for was being a smart – Machiavellian if you prefer – politician.

But this? This was just stupid.

What does it take to become a campaign adviser anyway? I’d think any of us could have done better than that.

Professor Blather on December 31, 2007 at 4:17 PM

Professor @ 4:17
Sometimes the man himself shows us who he really is, despite any warnings to the contrary. Ego.

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 4:32 PM

@ 4:16 PM, nice “baby” site fred5678.

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Bizarre! Awkward! Weird! Lame!

SouthernGent on December 31, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Bryan on December 31, 2007 at 3:46 PM

Well where I come from that particular tactic is called a sucker punch. It may work, and it may not. But regardless the guy who uses it is almost always tared with the stigma of being a punk or chump.

doriangrey on December 31, 2007 at 4:41 PM

OK. Now, how’s my make-up?–flipflop at 3:23 PM

Wardrobe, the shirt! Wrong shade of blue! The tie, the tie! (from yesterday’s juvenile demands)

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 4:44 PM

While cameras roll, Huck flutters his eye lashes, quivers his lips, and draws a deep breath before uttering the question he’s been waiting to ask,

“Isn’t it true that Mormons believe Mitt and I are brothers?”

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Joe Klein of Time Magazine, locus of MSM convential wisdom, says Huckabee’s move was a monumental implosion.

Cuffy Meigs on December 31, 2007 at 4:47 PM

I don’t know if this is just wishful thinking or not, but I see this backfiring on Huck. He’s trying too hard to be the “nice” guy. I don’t get the support, honestly, I really don’t. I don’t buy anything that comes out of his mouth. It’s just one poor me thing after another. It’s politics. Today he said, well Romney broke Reagan’s 11th commandment, and lied about my record. Then he lied about his own record again while doing it. How can his supporters not see through it?

PowWow on December 31, 2007 at 4:51 PM

Drudge Report has it up now…on Huckabee’s pulling the ad but showed it to reporters.

Kokonut on December 31, 2007 at 4:55 PM

I’m confused…

this goober named Huckabee….

is he some kind of Christian or something?

Always Right on December 31, 2007 at 5:09 PM

I’d vote for Hillary before I’d vote for Huckabee, and man, that’s really saying something. The guy beclowns himself at every turn, and frankly, given his stunning ignorance on the foreign policy front, I think he’s more dangerous than Hillary.

JM Hanes on December 31, 2007 at 5:27 PM

What a transparent jerk!!

jeanie on December 31, 2007 at 5:33 PM

@ 4:16 PM, nice “baby” site fred5678.

maverick muse on December 31, 2007 at 4:39 PM

OT: Thanks. It took me 5 years to track down the American O.S.S. officer who recruited my uncle while he was escaping back into occupied France. I recently stayed with that officer’s surviving daughter, who introduced me to her father’s best friend from the Varian Fry organization, Charles Fernley Fawcett, whom I visited recently in London. Fawcett is the ‘friend’ mentioned by Julia Roberts in “Charlie Wilson’s War” as, “A friend of mine made a movie; I want you to see it.”

fred5678 on December 31, 2007 at 5:38 PM

fred5678 on December 31, 2007 at 5:38 PM

So cool!

Professor Blather on December 31, 2007 at 5:50 PM

georgej on December 31, 2007 at 4:01 PM

As I told you once before, I always appreciate reading what you write. Obviously the track we are on is unsustainable. I’ve reluctantly concluded that little will change except in response to some devastating attack, and one even greater than the WTC. I suppose there is an element of human nature involved in that. We’ve got short memories and we outlawed history.

We’ll win the next big confrontation, but the cost will be the loss of our superpower status and present way of life.

As an aside, let me add a political comment about this election. Rudy, for all his “conservative” faults, ushered in a paradigm shift in NYC’s dysfunctional urban psychology. I also think he would use nuclear weapons on our enemy. Unless I am convinced another Rep. candidate will do that, I’ll probably vote for Giuliani.

Good luck georgj.

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2007 at 5:58 PM

What is the name of that new campaign manager of his?

bnelson44 on December 31, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Vicente Fox.

DfDeportation on December 31, 2007 at 6:03 PM

McCain and Hucky pucky slinging mud, displaying man love and acting cowardly just like liberals, what.a.surprise.

Speakup on December 31, 2007 at 6:34 PM

Huck thinks the people are stupid. He thinks he’s playin’em.

Maybe he is.
That would make them as stupid as he thinks they are.

Ed Rollins thinks he is the smartest F’in man on the planet. He just has no soul.

Ex-tex on December 31, 2007 at 7:23 PM

Wow. I actually don’t worry about Huckabee anymore now!

HUZZAH!!

thareb on December 31, 2007 at 7:44 PM

Wow! Congrats to Huck for this “Howard Dean moment.” I think this is worse, however. At least Dean had the decency to implode after the Iowa caucuses. I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes, and still, it’s difficult to believe. That is insanity.

sandman on December 31, 2007 at 7:46 PM

georgej on December 31, 2007 at 4:01 PM

Amen! Thanks for writing that.

rslancer14 on December 31, 2007 at 9:22 PM

This is truly sickening-he’s even quoting the Bible, the source for these words: “if you gain the whole world and lose your soul, what does it profit you?”

I have a quote from the same source for Huck as well:

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

INC on December 31, 2007 at 9:23 PM

What a pig! I won’t lower myself to this level, but if I did, this is how it would go.

I don’t think the fine folks in Iowa will like this too much.

conservnut on December 31, 2007 at 10:00 PM

So cynical is this move that, according to Politico, the press in the room actually started laughing when he pulled it. He called a presser to unveil an attack ad on Romney, then decided at the last minute that he’s too Christian a leader to attack another candidate — and then showed the ad to reporters anyway,

The real reason the media love Bill Clinton so much isn’t just because he’s liberal — he’s really not any more liberal than most leading Democrats are.

The real reason the media loved Bill Clinton is because he was so good at slickly helping them do what they so desperately wanted to do: get him elected.

Mike Huckabee is like a Republican version of Michael Dukakis. The media, for the time being anyway, are doing everything they possibly can to grease his skids. But he just can’t play the game way he’s supposed to: subtly.

logis on December 31, 2007 at 10:03 PM

Huck’s Massachusetts flub

Mark Halperin has a copy of Huckabee’s pulled ad. Watch it closely. Just before jabbing Romney on gun control, the announcer says and the screen flashes the words “No executions.”

The last time I checked, there was no state death penalty in Massachusetts. No death penalty=no executions. Short of changing the law, Romney has no control over that, last I checked.

So this was either an error or serious spin.

If it was an error, could that have contributed to Huckabee’s epiphany about negative politics? Hmm…

http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/presidential_briefing/?p=149

TheBigOldDog on December 31, 2007 at 10:42 PM

OK, I get that if you’re from state government in Arkansas you must be as phony as a $3 bill (apparently this is a legal requirement for state officeholders in AR) …but what makes Huck a Republican?

He looks more and more like a mirror image of Hillary: same disingenuous manner, talks out of both sides of his mouth, says whatever he thinks you want to hear….

All in all, if the choice is Hillary or Huck, we’d best leave the office vacant and rely on the Minutemen to defend the country for four years.

landlines on December 31, 2007 at 11:53 PM

This pretty much sums it up.

thareb on January 1, 2008 at 12:16 AM

But, he said, “if you gain the whole world and lose your soul, what does it profit you?”

Nice.

Tell me, those of you less ahem versed in scripture, do you catch this guy’s scriptural references? I ask this honestly, becasue he does it constantly and I’m curious to know if he actually gets away with these secret handshakes or if everyone sees right through him.

TexasDan on January 1, 2008 at 1:11 AM

I can’t stand 4 minutes of this man let alone 4 years!

Bicyea on January 1, 2008 at 7:27 AM

This guy is still relevant WHY exactly? He brings nothing. I’d vote for freaking McCain over this guy.

Metro on January 1, 2008 at 9:11 AM

I can’t stand 4 minutes of this man let alone 4 years!
Bicyea on January 1, 2008 at 7:27 AM

Four minutes is about my limit for Huckabee. He’s got those buggy eyes, like Gomez from the Addams Family TV show.

But for some reason Mitt Romney creeps me out more than any other candidate – on either side. I can’t watch him for four seconds. Even with somebody like Ron Paul or Hillary Clinton, I might watch for a minute or two every other week to see what new craziness they’re spouting. But I see Romney’s over-tanned, plastic face and the channel changes before I even realize I touched the remote.

logis on January 1, 2008 at 9:14 AM

according to Politico

Three words that should NEVER appear here.

Ex-tex on January 1, 2008 at 10:09 AM

But I see Romney’s over-tanned, plastic face and the channel changes before I even realize I touched the remote.

logis on January 1, 2008 at 9:14 AM

I’ve heard this from some folks before. I look at his life for some real substantive issues to vet him on.

It appears that every thing he is involved in he succeeds. He is a very accomplished father, husband, businessman, governor, and chair of the failing Olympics. Not withstanding his appearance, no one who is fake or disingenuous could ever be successful as Mitt has been. For that reason I believe Mitt is the real deal. I don’t see the plastic looks others do, but even if I did, it would never be an issue.

IE: Every time I look at Fred I see Kane from “poltergeist”. I’m just not comfortable vetting him on his looks. That is why I have made a study of Fred’s history and I make my assessments of him on that history.

csdeven on January 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

IE: Every time I look at Fred I see Kane from “poltergeist”. I’m just not comfortable vetting him on his looks. That is why I have made a study of Fred’s history and I make my assessments of him on that history.
csdeven on January 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Hehe. Of course. Your “open and completely objective mind” finally figured out through pure scientific analysis that Fred Thompson is – despite your first impression of him – actually an evil monster!

Don’t worry, dude, nobody here believes you have some sort of crazy vendetta against Fred Thompson. So quit being so darned defensive about it all the time.

logis on January 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

The last time I checked, there was no state death penalty in Massachusetts. No death penalty=no executions. Short of changing the law, Romney has no control over that, last I checked.

TheBigOldDog on December 31, 2007 at 10:42 PM

Exactly right, and when he instituted his insurance plan, he also had no control over abortions being covered, but Huck and other Romney opponents would have us believe that this was something Romney specifically asked for.

FACT: Under State Law And Court Precedent, If The State Is Funding Health Care Benefits It Cannot Refuse To Provide Abortion Coverage:

Buy Danish on January 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Huckabee IS Charles Logan, I’m absolutely convinced!

Melba Toast on January 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

The Fox News video is hilarious. The jogging part made me laugh out loud.

He looks like a big Yellow Jacket with a bunch of Worker Bee drones running after him. I wonder if they ever found the hive.

Jaynie59 on January 1, 2008 at 2:51 PM

I just REALLY hope we don’t end up with the Huckster. Not that I think it’s possible. Of course we COULD end up with Ron Paul.

Man, I’m sorry I even thought that.

Capt.Herp on January 1, 2008 at 10:05 PM

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