Open thread: Are you ready for the Huckabee South Carolina presidential forum?

posted at 7:15 pm on January 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

8 p.m. ET on Fox News. Actually, it’s too late to get ready: They taped it this afternoon. But here’s your thread in case you’re one of the three people in America who’s watching this tonight instead of the final battle of good and evil in Foxboro. The best reason to tune in, in fact, isn’t the candidates’ answers but rather to see how the GOP’s class warrior of Campaign 2008 handles the questioning on Bain. Remember when he used to say of Romney, “Americans want a president who looks like the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off?” Apparently he’s warming up to the idea of the latter:

Romney has come under a lot of fire for Bain Capital’s investments in some companies that were then scaled down with layoffs to become profitable. That’s been demonized thoroughly by the media as corporate raiding, But it’s surprising to see so many Republicans embrace that leftwing argument against capitalism. It’s terrible for the workers who lose their jobs, and nobody likes to see viable companies looted and destroyed. But if downsizing can turn around a failing company, then at least it prevents all the jobs from being lost, and it sets up a stronger company that can grow and start rehiring. The term for this among people who aren’t hostile to capitalism is “creative destruction.” Bad companies have to die to make way for stronger companies, in the same way that old trees fall over to make way for new trees. The other alternative, the Obama way, is to use vast amounts of taxpayer money to prop up companies that are failing in the marketplace. Sometimes, with a big enough cash transfusion, they survive, like GM. Other times, all the money in the world can’t stop them from going belly-up and losing all their jobs, like Solyndra. But at least when a company that’s bought out by investors goes bankrupt, the money that’s lost was voluntarily invested, not taken from taxpayers at gunpoint.

Watching Mike Huckabee get indignant on behalf of Mitt Romney over a blue-collar attack on Wall Street would be a television moment made of pure spun gold. Especially since stories like this are just now starting to appear in South Carolina newspapers.

Rep. Tim Scott is co-moderating, so there’s another reason to watch: You’re likely to get some tea-party-flavored questions, possibly involving RomneyCare, that you won’t get at the Fox News debate on Monday or the CNN debate on Thursday. Feel free to use this as a thread for the forum or for the big game. Here’s some video to put you in the mood for either, or both.

Update: Oh my:

At a forum hosted by Mike Huckabee with 800 undecided South Carolina Republicans, Newt Gingrich was loudly booed when he criticized Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, according to a Republican who attended the closed-press event.

“They were really angry,” said the attendee. The forum will be aired on Fox News tonight.



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Hopefully, Perry backs away from the Bain Capital attacks and Huntsman gains some ground.

It’s not over yet, Mittbots!!

Aizen on January 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

no, but i am ready to vote third party/sit at home on election day!!!

GhoulAid on January 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Especially since stories like this are just now starting to appear in South Carolina newspapers.

Nice of the MSM to get around to vetting Romney now that he already has IA and NH under his belt and everyone else has officially imploded.

Kataklysmic on January 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The pot-bellied socialist has been exposed. Going out to with friends to watch the beat-down of the chosen one today, I mean Tebow by the way. As a Chargers fan, I usually detest the Patsies, but the fawning over Tebow has pissed me off, and I am hoping for a massive beatdown.

It looks like their will be 2 beatdowns to enjoy today, the pot-bellied socialist, and the chosen one. What a good day. Thanks for reminding me to tape this forum.

Chudi on January 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

no, but i am ready to vote third party/sit at home on election day!!!

GhoulAid on January 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Hopefully there will be a cookie waiting for you at the poll booth.

haner on January 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

“Hit the Road Barack” jam features Gov Huckabee on Bass, Rep Tim Scott on vocals w/ Tea party Rocker Chris Holly http://youtu.be/OrR6tvo8b7w

joisSC on January 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Newt needs to show Huckabee’s comments from 2008 and go against the now bloated Huckster.

What a hyopocrite Huckabee is. I know now why I hated him so in 2008. Nothing has changed, except the wolf still kept his 3 hairs. He is a passive-aggressive, my most despised people. Obama and Romney are the same.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Wait, what? There’s something other than football on tonight? Huh. Who knew?

Weight of Glory on January 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I’m from New England, so obviously I’m cheering for Brady. But I like Tebow too, he has great potential.

haner on January 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Nice of the MSM to get around to vetting Romney now that he already has IA and NH under his belt and everyone else has officially imploded.

Kataklysmic on January 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The NYT ‘loves’ Romney. Wait until he’s coronated.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

make fun if you want, but these Huckabee forums are exponentially more informative than the debates

commodore on January 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

i’ll probably be switching between the game and this….

SA TUR DAY Hey!

Happy Saturday HA :)

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

But here’s your thread in case you’re one of the three people in America who’s watching this tonight instead of the final battle of good and evil in Foxboro.

Atheist’s obsession in play once again. Sometimes a football game is just a football game.

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Free popcorn fried squirrel for all!

Yee-hah!

profitsbeard on January 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Obama and Romney are the same.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

That’s profound. Profoundly stupid.

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Sanderson said Bain Capital replaced longtime managers who had built Georgetown Steel with bean counters looking for ways to cut costs. They demanded increasing financial performance with little idea of how the daily operations were run, he said.

Even if this is true, that’s how you learn, by making mistakes. The other path to the presidency, by making speeches and writing books, leaves fewer footprints in the snow but isn’t as good for the country.

pedestrian on January 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Huckabee (vomit)

john1schn on January 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Huckabee has gotten fat and happy sucking at the teat of FNC. He is fine with toeing the Mittlove line.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Liar Huckabigot holds an arse kiss fest. Huck and old Nick are brothers, both authors of lies.

borntoraisehogs on January 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I guess Huckabee lost all that weight, not to be healthy, but to run for president. Shame shame shame.

andy85719 on January 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Round 2 with HUCK!!!

The Nerve on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Don’t think I’ll even watch a second. I’m burned out on this whole thing.

Football tonight – go Tebow!

gophergirl on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Huckabee v. Tebow?
Holy Smackdown, Batman!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Huckabee has gotten fat and happy sucking at the teat of FNC. He is fine with toeing the Mittlove line.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Huckabee is serious about seeing Obama defeated in the fall. Che Gingrich and Comrade Perry don’t offer that at all.

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

That’s profound. Profoundly stupid.

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

You know little about personality types.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I’m hoping FOX livestreams it so I can watch the forum online and have the game on TV in the background.

Go Broncos!

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

It’s time for Newt and Perry to drop out and endorse Santorum.

dforston on January 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Huckabee is serious about seeing Obama defeated in the fall. Che Gingrich and Comrade Perry don’t offer that at all.

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Huckabee despises Romney. He will love to see him defeated by Obama. Don’t ever underestimate how mean the Huckabee types are, never. They’ll stab you, smiling.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Any link to an online broadcast of this?

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Any link to an online broadcast of this?

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Which of the two do you mean?

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

You know little about personality types.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

lol wow…

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

No. Enough of Huckabee, already.

WeeWeed on January 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

atonerii, if you meant the Huckabee thing

http://live.foxnews.com/

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Huckabee despises Romney. He will love to see him defeated by Obama. Don’t ever underestimate how mean the Huckabee types are, never. They’ll stab you, smiling.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Whatever. Don’t tell me, tell it to Southernblogger.

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

lol wow…

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Thanks for the smile, sincerely.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I saw this earlier on CSPAN and I thought Newt and Santorum did an excellent job.

terryannonline on January 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Looks like, from the pic, that Huck is larding up a tad once again.

Those great Southern breakfasts of biscuits, red-eye gravy and sizzlin’ sausage will do that to ya. My Aunt Thelma in Alabama fixed some wonderful ones.

However, Huck seems to be showing signs of triple helpings.
.

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

atonerii, if you meant the Huckabee thing

Sorry, s/b astonerii

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM

i thought huck hurt his knee, and that was the reason he couldn’t run anymore, hence the weight gain. hey, how long does it take to heal a hurt knee???

GhoulAid on January 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM

You know little about personality types.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

fixed

Shay on January 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Erudite one, you just insulted the Romney folks’ hero, one Mr. Christie.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Chudi

As Maude Finley used to say, “God’ll get you” for that tirade on Tebow. Better start scanning the skies for lightning.

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Erudite one, you just insulted the Romney folks’ hero, one Mr. Christie.

Mr. Christie eats anti-Romneys, for snacks.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

make fun if you want, but these Huckabee forums are exponentially more informative than the debates

commodore on January 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Yes, I found the last one to be one of the most informative debate/forums we’ve seen so far. And IIRC, Governor Huckabee didn’t ask any of the questions. Now that Mr. Cain and Congresswoman Bachmann aren’t going to be there, it should give the candidates more time to answer the questions, or, result in more questions.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Schadenfreude

HaHaHaHaHa! Put “Larded-Up Huck” and “Krispy Kreme” Christie in the same room and you’d have World Cup Sumo Wrestling at its finest.

Ann Coulter would wet herself.

Horace on January 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Tebow!
Versus, balding Satan.

carbon_footprint on January 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

make fun if you want, but these Huckabee forums are exponentially more informative than the debates

commodore on January 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

On very serious note, you are totally right. The last one was superb, especially since Huckabee stayed out of it. The AGs were all incredible.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

i thought huck hurt his knee, and that was the reason he couldn’t run anymore, hence the weight gain. hey, how long does it take to heal a hurt knee???

Quite possibly never, especially at Huckabee’s advanced age.

Knee injuries are an absolute b*tch. A number of serious ones never fully heal. I’m no fan of the husky huckster Huckabee, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Esoteric on January 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

It’s not over yet, Mittbots!!

Aizen on January 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

*yawn*

MadisonianRombot on January 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

atonerii, if you meant the Huckabee thing

http://live.foxnews.com/

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Thank you very much. I did a google search and got some satellite direct thingy.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Esoteric on January 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

True. There are myriad of reasons to make fun of the passive-aggressive angry man. He’s like Michelle Obama.

p.s. for the uninitiated, I’m talking about their personality and pretensions/claims, reality to the contrary.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I like the idea of Hit the Road Jack, but seriously, they’re all tone deaf. I couldn’t listen to the entire video. And now that I think about it, some of these candidates seem to be tone deaf as well.

MustLoveBlogs on January 14, 2012 at 7:49 PM

The sad fact is, American does not produce men of Ronald Reagan’s caliber anymore. No, we get Romney.

carbon_footprint on January 14, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Esoteric on January 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

oh, ok. well, he can do low impact stuff like swimming. or cut calories.

GhoulAid on January 14, 2012 at 7:51 PM

cicerone on January 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Newt or even Santorum are stronger than Mitt in the general. Mitt is being carried to the finish line by suicide jockeys.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Only one thing worse than pompous liberal d*cks moderating and defining our campaign to dethrone Obama and that’s a pompous liberal d*ck masquerading as a conservative moderator defining anything concerning our campaign.

But then its a moderate in the lead right now maybe they could huddle, play tiddly winks, send us back to the wilderness, reminisce how Huck, Thomas and McCain conspired to knock Romney out of the race.

Speakup on January 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I saw a little of Newt as a Fox News show tease tonight. No wonder he got booed. Bad Newt = Bad News for himself. He never learns. More compulsive behavior from a spoiled brat.

Philly on January 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Anybody crazy enough to choose the Huck option should keep us updated here.

Southernblogger on January 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Fat Phony is on

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

If you’ve never pardoned a couple of cop killers

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

i like the pink jacket nikki

nice :)

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

oooh yeah, he has added a little weight…

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Romney’s on stage now. Being asked a question by an audience member,”what will you do to restore the housing industry”?

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM

So far, Mitt is doing OK.

Philly on January 14, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Noooooo!

FLconservative on January 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Romney’s on stage now. Being asked a question by an audience member,”what will you do to restore the housing industry”?

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I like that they’re letting “real people” ask the questions.

JPeterman on January 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Union stooges non-recess appointed on the NLRB.

Philly on January 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

agree mitt is doing well…

recess appt question

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

D*mmitt,anyone,ahem,have a linky,just getting in?!

canopfor on January 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Common ground with the RATS? Thats’ what I am afraid of No Rumney for Me.

Every time Common Ground is found with the Rats the American people suffer!

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Romney just argued that even given a Republican majority house and senate, he will implement nothing other than progressive policy with limited conservative adjustment.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Romney just said this will be Obama’s only term, got applause. Then noted that he was the Gov of a Democratic state, had to learn to get along with legislators and says he will do the same as president.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Wow, this Saints/Niners game is AWESOME.

Bishop on January 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

live fox is not airing the show.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Then noted that he was the Gov of a Democratic state, had to learn to get along with legislators and says he will do the same as president.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Then Pelosi & Reid (whether in the minority or majority) will continue to get their way.

INC on January 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Wow, this Saints/Niners game is AWESOME.

Bishop on January 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

You ain’t kidding!

IrishEi on January 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

What is Romney going to do? How is he going to get the Democrats to support that?

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Paul supporter telling him that he will need their support if he’s the nominee, ask what he would do differently than Obama. Romney answers that we need a strong military. Says he will cut, cap and balance the budget.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

live fox is not airing the show.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 8:13 PM

It will be rerun tomorrow. Same time, same place.

JPeterman on January 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Paulnuts! Paulnuts making enemies. Shocka! Paulnut wants to know how Romney will woo Paul supporters if he gets the nom. Mitt answers strong military, cut spending, keep economy thriving by letting the private sector build the economy, not the government.

Philly on January 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Starts by assuring a Ron Paul supporter he is in favor of strongest military in the world.
Not the approach to talk with Paulians

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Ron Paul supporter? I thought they were undecided voters?

tbrickert on January 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Come on audience call on someone other than Romney

William Amos on January 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Come on audience call on someone other than Romney

William Amos on January 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

They each get about 15 minutes on their own.

JPeterman on January 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Good question from doctor about changes to Medicare reimbursement formula because docs are opting out. Romney says government price controls aren’t working; wants Medicare to be able to choose between Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Likes the Ryan plan.

Philly on January 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I am not going to fix it for you. But I plan to continue the health insurance paid by third parties scam that has kept our health care the most expensive in the world.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM

They each get about 15 minutes on their own.

JPeterman on January 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Thanks

William Amos on January 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Is everyone out watching that Tebow fellow right now? Really slow comment rate.

andy85719 on January 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

D*mmitt,anyone,ahem,have a linky,just getting in?!

canopfor on January 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

ive fox is not airing the show.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 8:13 PM

http://tinyurl.com/7hrkw2r

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

not a lively thread this pm…i guess it must be tebow time…

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Anti-Christian sentiment question; wants to know how Romney would protect freedom of religion. Being Mormon, Mitt ought to know what religious intolerance is.

Philly on January 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Bad start

Southernblogger on January 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

andy85719 on January 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

jinx :)

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Great win by the 49ers

Southernblogger on January 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

she called him a moderate republican…how about those flip flops?

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

One of our inalienable rights according to Romney is the right to a house you can afford. Government should subsidize as needed, as he did to the tune of hundreds of millions in Massachusetts.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

INC on January 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

That’s a concern, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM

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