Open thread: The “Huckabee” Ohio presidential forum

posted at 7:15 pm on March 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

8 p.m. ET on Fox News. Ron Paul’s out but Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich are in, in, in. If you’re jonesing for one last debate, this’ll have to do. I think Huck’s using the same format this time as he did last time, bringing the candidates out sequentially for Q&A rather than putting them onstage together and letting them spar. That’s a good technique for early in the season when people haven’t seen much of them yet and want to hear them expound at length on their plans, but on March 3 we’ve heard it all before. If you want to do something more substantive than the typical network 60-second “game show” format, put the three of them around a table together and let Huckabee lead a conversation. The “candidate being grilled by a panel” gimmick feels like half thesis defense, half firing squad, which is a game show in its own right. Besides, don’t you want to watch Santorum confront Romney on this?

Paul, incidentally, is campaigning in Washington today ahead of the caucuses this afternoon. Feel free to use this thread to follow that too; Google’s Elections page should have the results as they come in. While we wait, via BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, here’s Romney in 2009 once again touting RomneyCare as a “model.” Exit question: If Huckabee had run, how many states would he have won by now? Iowa, South Carolina, Florida(?)…

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Emperor Norton on March 4, 2012 at 12:23 AM

You put Jeb Bush, I used to be a conservative, as greater than anyone else? For the love of all that is holy. NO.MORE.BUSHES.

Firefly_76 on March 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM

the real thing always wins.

renalin on March 3, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Have you ABRs figured out who your real thing is yet?
Have you got a “real thing” candidate?
Time is running out.

FlaMurph on March 4, 2012 at 12:52 AM

evergreenland, thank you. I agree.

INC on March 4, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Washington caucus results 100% reporting:

Mitt Romney 19,111 37.6%
Ron Paul 12,594 24.8%
Rick Santorum 12,089 23.8%
Newt Gingrich 5,221 10.3%
Other 1,749 3.4%

I’m guessing there is no update with this info on this post because there is nothing to see here.

Dark Star on March 4, 2012 at 3:19 AM

…Nor did he seem to want to talk about why it is that we’re becoming a net exporter of fuel, meaning domestic supply is already meeting domestic demand yet prices to us continue to rise…

MJBrutus on March 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I just want to clear up a misconception. O’Reilly gets it wrong too. We don’t have enough refineries to meet our needs. So we export unrefined oil and import refined oil. As I understand it, we actually also export some refined oil as well. I know it sounds weird but there’s a trick in the statistics because we don’t take as much oil out of the ground in America as we actually USE in America.

Global flows of refined and unrefined oil and type of oil complicate the situation.

MaggiePoo on March 4, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Basilsbest on March 3, 2012 at 11:44 PM

lol. mitt screwed Sarah over, so no love lost from me. frankly if he’s president this country is going down the toilet.

won’t vote for the man. call me all the names you want. mitts the white obama. no thanks.

renalin on March 3, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Every time this calumny has been posted, I’ve asked for proof. None has been forthcoming. Steve Schmidt was with the McCain campaign.

Basilsbest on March 4, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Why is Newt still in the race?

MGardner on March 3, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Because Newt is the only serious candidate in this race.

Newt/West 2012

evergreenland on March 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM


IndeCon on March 4, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Devin was a waste of a chair. I have two nieces at OSU–one an engineering student and the other in her second quarter and still deciding. They’re smart and a thousand times better looking than Devin.

BuckeyeSam on March 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I wonder if we had the same professors!

antisense on March 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I apologize if someone already mentioned this upthread, but did anyone notice that Newt said that we should replace the EPA with a Government Solutions agency? I thought that was what the EPA is already? I don’t think he meant it that way, but then again…

iwasbornwithit on March 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Newt has always been for government solutions. Ditto for Santorum. Romney has a strong case to make for experience outside the Washington bubble. He understands precisely where to exert influence to undo much of the harm done unintentionally through government regulation and bureaucratic interference. Neither Newt nor Santorum has the background to appreciate this perspective. Not that they can’t get to this point indirectly–by turning to key advisors. But even then Romney would know who to turn to for advice in the first place.

writeblock on March 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM