Video: Huckabee accuses Romney of buying Hannity’s endorsement

posted at 12:30 pm on February 2, 2008 by Allahpundit

Even more amazing than the accusation is the fact that the embed who recorded it buried it in a post about Huck’s dopey Romney/Hillary comparison. Skip ahead to 1:31; the beginning of the question is cut off but it’s clear enough that Hannity, who announced two days ago that he’ll vote for Mitt, is the subject. Huck himself refers to “Sean” in his answer. The background here is that Mitt’s firm, Bain Capital, owns Clear Channel Communications, which in turn owns all sorts of talent, Hannity included. Not until the last few weeks, though, when talk radio broke hard towards Romney to stop McCain (and, before him, Huck) was the Bain/CCC connection an issue. In fact, we’ve gotten several tips to the effect that Bain just recently bought CCC in a last-ditch effort to monopolize the media on Mitt’s behalf; for that lazy smear you can thank HuffPo, which duly repeated it on their site before googling for five seconds and discovering that Bain actually bought CCC back in November 2006. Which means that, per Huck’s theory, Hannity’s supposedly been in the tank for Romney for the past 14 months even while he was giving tons of airtime and admiring buzz to Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson.

And of course, true to Huckabee form, not only does this come in the context of a longer class-warfare harangue (per the emphasis on Mitt breaking up companies and laying people off) but he doesn’t have the balls to own the dirty trick he’s engaged in. He qualifies the accusation by stressing that “some suggest” Hannity might be in the tank, not necessarily our “Christian leader.” We’ll see if Hannity has more balls than he does by hammering him about this the next time he’s on H&C. I’m not optimistic. Click the image to watch.


Update: Not all talk radio stars are with Clear Channel either, needless to say. Ingraham is with Talk Radio Network.

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Chakra Hammer on February 3, 2008 at 12:17 PM

RCP Average 01/30 – 02/02 McCain +19.0

Rasmussen 01/30 – 02/02 McCain +4.0

Gallup 01/30 – 02/01 McCain +20.0

ABC/Wash Post 01/30 – 02/01 McCain +24.0

FOX News 01/30 – 01/31 McCain +28.0

Chakra Hammer on February 3, 2008 at 12:19 PM

You can carry Hillary’s water, and the real risk of future American lives at home from a terrorist attack, I wont.

Chakra Hammer on February 3, 2008 at 12:15 PM

What if those terrorist attacks come from people walking in across the border and getting a Z visa?

a capella on February 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Actually, according to the SEC, Clear Channel Communications is a publicly held company and, as of Friday, February 1, 2008 Bain and Thomas H. Lee Partners are still engaged in pending talks with Clear Channel Communications (symbol: CCU) regarding a buyout.

There are several published reports from credible sources (e.g. The Financial Times) that the buyout is not going to succeed.

All of this, however, is moot because Sean Hannity is not syndicated by Clear Channel Communications. He’s syndicated by Citadel Broadcasting which is majority owned by Disney.

withoutfeathers on February 3, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Hannity just found a Free LIFETIME Pass to Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses …with the mysterious initial R. on its endorsement… in his mailbox.





profitsbeard on February 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM


McCain +19 RCP Average


Chakra Hammer on February 3, 2008 at 12:17 PM


BKennedy on February 3, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Three things are very apparent to me (OR: IMHO)

Huckabee is a nasty little man who dresses up to look like a sane adult man of God.

McCain is the Democrats secret weapon to make sure that Soros open borders destruction of American sovereignty stays on his timetable.

Romney isn’t conservative but at least he is a real Republican and come Tuesday I’m going to vote for him.

Buzzy on February 3, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Huckabee is going to look nice after all of this in his paper hat and KFC apron…

D2Boston on February 3, 2008 at 10:46 PM

What if those terrorist attacks come from people walking in across the border and getting a Z visa?

a capella on February 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Oh be serious. That is so unlikely as there would be so few of them.

Oh wait!

MB4 on February 3, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Who likes Romney?

Tommy Thompson Endorsed Rudy Giuliani
Sam Brownback Endorsed John McCain
Duncan Hunter Endorsed Mike Huckabee
Rudy Giuliani Endorsed John McCain

Tom Tancredo (frmr. Rep. Colorado)
Sen. Jim Talent (Missouri)
Sean Hannity
Michael Savage
Rush Limbaugh
Laura Ingraham
Mark Levin
Rusty Humphries
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Liz Cheney
Bob Jones III
Ann Coulter
The National Review
Rich Lowry
Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC)
Sen. Rick Santorum
Rep. Rodney Alexander (La.)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (Ala.)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (Fla.)
Rep. Dave Camp (Mich.)
Rep. John Campbell (Calif.)
Rep. John Duncan (Tenn.)
Rep. Tom Feeney (Fla.)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.)
Rep. Dennis Hastert (Ill.)
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.)
Rep. Joe Knollenberg (Mich.)
Rep. Ron Lewis (Ky.)
Rep. John Linder (Ga.)
Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.)
Rep. Jim McCrery (La.)
Rep. Tom Price (Ga.)
Rep. Ralph Regula (Ohio)
Rep. Hal Rogers (Ky.)
Rep. Mike Rogers (Ala.)
Rep. Bill Shuster (Pa.)
Rep. Mike Simpson (Idaho)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Georgia)

joncoltonis on February 4, 2008 at 6:46 AM

Let’s see…Huck or Mitt…Huck or Mitt…Huck or Mitt.
Hard to even put Huck’s name in the same sentence as Mitt’s. Huck is an embarrassment to the Republican party, and to faithful Christians.

right2bright on February 4, 2008 at 9:35 AM