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.