Huckabee: What a surprise to see free enterprise attacks on Romney from fellow Republicans!

posted at 7:57 pm on January 16, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s already been established that Newt Gingrich’s and Rick Perry’s attacks on Mitt Romney for his record at Bain Capital flopped — but that doesn’t mean Mitt Romney won’t continue to use them to gain whatever mileage he can from their missteps. The latest video to come from the Romney campaign features the voice of Mike Huckabee in defense of Romney’s capitalistic practices:

The real question is: How will this play out in tonight’s debate? Expect to see both Gingrich and Perry back off if the topic of Bain Capital comes up. Expect Mitt Romney to really play up his “private-sector experience” talking point. Expect Rick Santorum to steer clear — to his own advantage — just as he has throughout.

Meantime, don’t fall for the theory that the Bain Capital attacks have prompted scores of voters to flock to Mitt Romney. As Karl’s recent post reminds us, casual voters probably haven’t given more than a cursory thought to the Bain drama, if they’ve heard of it at all.


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Expect Ron Paul to forget where he is and lay down to take a nap.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

There’s a debate tonight?

mythicknight on January 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Huck gets it!

Roymunson on January 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I don’t see how Romney is “milking” Gingrich’s asinine attacks. That’s what responding to them is called, now?

changer1701 on January 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Uh…yeah.

Ordinarily when a presidential candidate declares that he’s “for Main Street, not Wall Street” and laments that he doesn’t want his party to stand for “the CEO making $100 million instead of the guy who gets laid off because of that,” one’s reflexively response is “oh, go back the hair salon, John Edwards.” But these are Huckabee’s words…

Hearing Huckabee refer to the Club for Growth as “The Club for Greed” is enough to make most free marketers take an angry spit-take.

That’s from 2007.

amerpundit on January 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I want to see a President go to Washington, DC and FIRE SOME PEOPLE!

Roy Rogers on January 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Isn’t the point to downsize …

… government?

Romney should just pick it up and run with it: “Damn right I’m going to downsize government, leaving only a lean core of efficiently delivered necessary services.”

Random on January 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Let’s face it, Romney has it in the bag. The other candidates have been weighed and found wanting.

I have to run out to the store and get some ear plugs. The sound of 300 million Americans all snoring at once could be deafening.

NickDeringer on January 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Romney is keeping his mouth shut and sending surrogates to stage attacks, which is smart. I’ve heard him address them nationally once, during his NH primary victory speech. I don’t call that “milking” either. Mitt seems content to let Newt keep shooting at his own feet.

Philly on January 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

There’s a debate tonight?

Yeah, at 9 eastern. TheRightScoop will carry a live stream as usual, or you can watch it on Fox News.

Random on January 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Arkansas’s former nanny-state governor hath spoken.
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annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Tell me somebody else is watching O’Reilly knock this South Carolina DNC chairman all over the place lol.

Roymunson on January 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

If the debate has a live audience and Newt & Perry triple down on stupid with the anti-capitalism again, the least they should worry about is more booing. This time the folks might grab the tar and feathers.

whatcat on January 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Didn’t Huckabee and McCain use the same Bain attacks on Romney in the last presidential runoff? Two opportunistic hypocrites they are, trying desperately to be relevant. Neither is a statesman.

Did I read somewhere that Obama has a lot of Bain contributions in his own campaign coffers?

This whole issue is a non-starter.

Let’s start talking about the job-creation legislation that is being stalled in Harry Reid’s Senate. Put the Dems on the defensive. Let’s start talking about how Obama’s policies have killed job creation and what each candidate will do to unravel these poison pills? Which candidate has specifics to address the quagmire?

onlineanalyst on January 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Hope it’s worth the third party in ’16, Mittsters.

Sekhmet on January 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Uh…yeah.

Ordinarily when a presidential candidate declares that he’s “for Main Street, not Wall Street” and laments that he doesn’t want his party to stand for “the CEO making $100 million instead of the guy who gets laid off because of that,” one’s reflexively response is “oh, go back the hair salon, John Edwards.” But these are Huckabee’s words…

Hearing Huckabee refer to the Club for Growth as “The Club for Greed” is enough to make most free marketers take an angry spit-take.

That’s from 2007.

amerpundit on January 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Huckabee’s sucking up to the establishment with an eye on 2016.

ddrintn on January 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I would be surprised too if Mitt hadn’t turned his tenure at Bain Capital into part of his stump speech. That and Bain Capital doesn’t = The Free Market so there’s that Governor Huckabee. Mitt Romney’s record isn’t off limits none of it. I suppose the media wants to rubber stamp Romney the same they did Obama…well until the General election. Then we all get to hear how Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital is fair game….Always was – Always has been.

Dr Evil on January 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

What a joke. Huckabee was a populist warrior back in 08. A lot of his appeal was that he was not some Limbot spouting parrot lines.

Southernblogger on January 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Isn’t the point to downsize …

… government?

Romney should just pick it up and run with it: “Damn right I’m going to downsize government, leaving only a lean core of efficiently delivered necessary services.”

Random on January 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Does Romney think that way? Has he ever expressed this idea?

onlineanalyst on January 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Expect Ron Paul to forget where he is and lay down to take a nap.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

For some reason Dr Paul makes me sleepy. I hope he doesn’t get much time tonight. Has 7% posted the rules yet?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Oh good a thread that “DrTelsa” hasn’t contaminated yet.
And yes, Bain Capital is fair game. Just don’t claim it does something it has not. Also fair game are Newt’s former alliances and Santorums time in the Senate. Go for it. May the best man win.

bluealice on January 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

i think newt is pretty confident that he has increased his value as a pundit so that he can re-open that Tiffany account.

i for one am hoping that Fox does not hire him again as a pundit.

although, msmbc could…he could show up on Ed’s show and fit right in

r keller on January 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

What a joke. Huckabee was a populist warrior back in 08.

Southernblogger on January 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Yep. He was the “We’ll stand with workers rather than those rich, far-cat executives” last time around. Now he’s attacking others for trying the same.

Romney should just pick it up and run with it: “Damn right I’m going to downsize government, leaving only a lean core of efficiently delivered necessary services.”

Random on January 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Obama should do the same thing. But neither man is inclined to want that.

amerpundit on January 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

There’s a debate tonight?

mythicknight

Ya darn tootin’ there is!

Expect Perry to go on the offensive and tell about how 8.4% unemployment in Texas is due to his job creatin’, while the 8.5% unemployment nationwide under Barry is…uh…well…not as good…or…about the same as in Texas…or… somethin’.

Anyways, if any of them fellers gets outa line, “Moses” Perry can always throw his stone tablets at ‘em.

Go, Rick, Go! Giddy-up!

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Pretty lame Mitt

workingclass artist on January 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Meh, although his recipe for Popcorn Squirrel is to die for!

carbon_footprint on January 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:20 PM

kinda desperate aren’t ya Horace?

workingclass artist on January 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Didn’t Huckabee and McCain use the same Bain attacks on Romney in the last presidential runoff?

onlineanalyst on January 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

That was then and this is now and never the twain shall meet.

Or sumpthin’ like that. //

Flora Duh on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

For some reason Dr Paul makes me sleepy. I hope he doesn’t get much time tonight. Has 7% posted the rules yet?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

2 ‘slurps’ anytime Tesla mentions sex/homosexuality?
*Twerp’s rule*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Don’t know, but I suspect that all the Not-Romneys (except maybe Ron Paul) will try to sound very traditionally Christian and very not French.

RBMN on January 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Obama should do the same thing. But neither man is inclined to want that.

amerpundit on January 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Obama will use it jut like Swimcoach Teddy did.

Release Your tax records Mitt.

workingclass artist on January 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

workingclassartist

At this point, I would say “Moses.” as Perry now describes himself, is the one who is deperate. 5% in SC – in one poll, 0% among men in Flordia. Heavens to Betsy!

Two weeks ago – Davy Crockett at the Alamo
Last week – Mr. “I don’t have a problem with that.”
This week – Moses
After Florida – “The Lonesome Cowpoke”, I reckon.

Go, Rick, Go!

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

So, what exactly is the left’s nukleer option: accusing Romney of being rich, or accusing Mitt of being a venture capitalist?

Roy Rogers on January 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Expect Ron Paul to forget where he is and lay down to take a nap.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM
For some reason Dr Paul makes me sleepy. I hope he doesn’t get much time tonight. Has 7% posted the rules yet?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

(…and when he gets up…will put on his shoes and socks…in ‘that’ order! I’m still laughing about that one.)
I have my pillow and my blankie, so I’m ready for the debate.
Regarding the Huckster…does Fox realize he has a short memory?

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

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canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

canopfor

Yo, Duke of the Northland.

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Meh, although his recipe for Popcorn Squirrel is to die for!

carbon_footprint on January 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

carbon_footprint:Sooooo Succulent,sumpin..sumpin..MMM.MMM.MM!:)

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:31 PM

“Flordia?” “deperate?” Two spelling mistakes in one post!

Sorry for going perry on you Hot Gas folks.

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

carbon_footprint:Sooooo Succulent,sumpin..sumpin..MMM.MMM.MM!:)

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Succulent and savory! Leave the hide on the squirrel for ultimate flavors.

carbon_footprint on January 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Meh, although his recipe for Popcorn Squirrel is to die for!

carbon_footprint on January 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

carbon_footprint:Sooooo Succulent,sumpin..sumpin..MMM.MMM.MM!:)

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Squirrels are scarce ’round here. Can I substitute Prairie Dog?

annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

canopfor

Yo, Duke of the Northland.

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Horace:Duke eh,thats the great John Wayne,couldn’t hold a candle
to that,btw,your in a room full of Elephants,might want to
keep track of you (donkey??)tail,haha!!

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

It’s already been established that Newt Gingrich’s and Rick Perry’s attacks on Mitt Romney for his record at Bain Capital flopped — but that doesn’t mean Mitt Romney won’t continue to use them to gain whatever mileage he can from their missteps.

And why shouldn’t he use their missteps lies against them? So will Tina Korbe’s anti-Romney spin end after he’s the nominee?

Basilsbest on January 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

2 ‘slurps’ anytime Tesla mentions sex/homosexuality?
*Twerp’s rule*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Not nice to do this when someone is drinking hot chocolate.

I had things to do tonight but HA is so damn entertaining I can’t put my computer down.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Hey, good buddy, did you ever get your hands on those Robertson Davies trilogies? They are some perfect reading for long wintry nights.

onlineanalyst on January 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I don’t know why that guy doesn’t just troll hooker’s row in his hometown. I’m sure somebody there would be more than happy to satisfy his “I wonder what it’s like” curiosity.

Flora Duh on January 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Succulent and savory! Leave the hide on the squirrel for ultimate flavors.

carbon_footprint on January 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

carbon_footprint:That smacks of a landing zone in Brazil,haha!:)

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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Hey, good buddy, did you ever get your hands on those Robertson Davies trilogies? They are some perfect reading for long wintry nights.

onlineanalyst on January 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

onlineanalyst:I’ll keep that in mind,thanks for da tip!:)

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Not nice to do this when someone is drinking hot chocolate.

I had things to do tonight but HA is so damn entertaining I can’t put my computer down.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Getting ready to brew the coffee for the Bailey’s now.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t consulting firms count as free enterprise and capitalism?
Correct me if I am wrong, but hasn’t some of the conservative ideas about government employees being transitioned to contractors to the government been floated as well and as free market alternatives to the status quo?
So, doesn’t this mean that all those attacks that were argued as legitimate just a few short weeks ago on Newt’s contracted outsourced work with Freddie Mac constitute an attack on free enterprise and market capitalism?
Isn’t this exactly the kind of attack that will destroy any chance we have of making a transition from government provided services to private sector services?
So doesn’t this indicate that those making the attacks want the government to remain big government?
Romney and Romney supporters are attacking capitalism and working to destroy our way of life!

Not only that, this same sort of argument means that attacking Newt’s campaign is an attack on our republican form of government and our entire way of life!

astonerii on January 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

According to the Mosaic dietary laws, squirrels are scavengers, therefore unclean and not considered kosher. Same with prairie dogs.

See, e.g. Leviticus

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

“Flordia?” “deperate?” Two spelling mistakes in one post!

Sorry for going perry on you Hot Gas folks.

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Horace:Duh,thats (Flordia)in Obamas mythical other 7 States,from
(his 57 State mis-speak screw-up)!

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Heh, Huckabee always reminds me of this golden oldie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0Zc9Io5IGo&feature=related

onlineanalyst on January 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Horace:Duh,thats (Flordia)in Obamas mythical other 7 States,from
(his 57 State mis-speak screw-up)!

canopfor on January 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

LOL! Good one! Kinda surprising that a Canadian is more informed about U.S. geography and the states than I am.

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I don’t know if I can do that ALT, I have to be able to walk up to bed at some point, especially if Dr Paul gets much time.

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Bmore

Yo!

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I’ve got a new student orientation tomorrow. It would be nice if the ‘new transfer student’ didn’t show-up with a hangover. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on January 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Horace
Whats shaking?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Where are we watchin this thing ? Rules posted yet?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Where are we watchin this thing ? Rules posted yet?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Open Thread

Flora Duh on January 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Horace
Whats shaking?

Bmore on January 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM

All four cheeks. Cold here tonight.

Horace on January 16, 2012 at 8:59 PM

It’s already been established that Newt Gingrich’s and Rick Perry’s attacks on Mitt Romney for his record at Bain Capital flopped

Last I read they didn’t have time to sink in yet, so how can you confirm that they at all flopped?!?

The Nerve on January 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

How wild would it be to end up with a brokered convention this year, and emerge from it with Mike Huckabee as the nominee?!?

ITguy on January 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Krauthammer and Frank Luntz both say that Romney is in trouble because of his “creative destruction” practices at Bain.

Sparky5253 on January 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Newt believes in free enterprise, but not for those running against Newt.

Igor R. on January 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Krauthammer and Frank Luntz both say that Romney is in trouble because of his “creative destruction” practices at Bain.

Sparky5253 on January 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Obama agrees.

Igor R. on January 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Sounds like Huckabee wants to be ROmney’s VP.

How does that sound to you Romney SuperFans?

It’s my worst nightmare, personally.

Maybe you need to vote against Romney if you don’t want Huckabee on the ballot. :)

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I don’t think we need to redefine conservativism as a defense of Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. A Bain Capital capitalist does not a conservative make.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Does anyone have to get up early? Might be a good time to stop spamin threads about your life again.

SparkPlug on January 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Huckabee Reality: What a surprise to see free enterprise attacks on Romney from fellow Republicans! Soros, DNC and left lackeys who have have fed them all the attacks so they do not have to do it.

tjexcite on January 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Romney attacked free entreprise with RomneyCare.

I won’t weep for him over the Bain Capital ads. He’s not the Defender of Free Markets simply because he worked for Bain. That’s an absurd logic.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM

“In which Romney keeps milking the criticism”

Seriously? You don’t think the “criticism” is worthwhile? …when one of our own candidates can’t consistently cite the merits of private equity capitalism?

Murf76 on January 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM

I love ya Mike, but this is a bad move.

apocalypse on January 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Reagan wouldn’t make it past South Carolina in a Republican Party dominated by the majority here. He’d be labelled a RINO forthwith as a former Democrat and union leader who as Governor raised taxes, spending, and risked taxpayer money on a number of “public-private partnership” projects.

Adjoran on January 17, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Funny when you become one of the “in” crowd, you change your tune. I loved Huckabee before but he has taken up the Fox/Romney song.

Et tu Brutus?

Rio2010 on January 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM

FYI, this appeared in the HotAir headlines, but has since rolled off the main page…

Huckabee: I didn’t authorize that audio for Romney’s new ad

The use of the actual audio from my show, The Huckabee Report, was not authorized for use by any candidate. My quotes are public domain and just like the numerous complementary things I have said about other candidates they have been used to highlight something positive in a political ad. However, this in no way is an endorsement of any candidate. I have not nor do I anticipate endorsing anyone until after the primary at which time I will fervently campaign for the Republican nominee so that we can make sure Obama is a one term President. Any attempt by anyone to imply an endorsement of a candidate or opposition to a candidate is not true.

Read the Article

ITguy on January 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Thank the Lord, I don’t have cable anymore where I have to listen to this garbage ad infinitum. You can stay focused on the candidates themselves when you turn off the constant noise.

lea on January 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I approve of this message.

rubberneck on January 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM