Happy New Year, EFMers! I took the kids to a friend’s house, watched fireworks, and — due to random events — spent the last hour of 2007 at a Waffle House. At any rate, I am so thankful 2008 is finally here! I’ve been so focused on this election that I’ve been writing “2008″ on checks since 2006.
Anyway, I just can’t get enough of this Huckabee press conference. My favorite write-ups about it:
Race 4 2008:
“…even the traditionally anti-Romney media class exploded into hysterics when Huckabee announced his decision. But, I can’t say I’m surprised. Huckabee has spent the last few months bursting with cynical, self-righteous, deviously constructed moves. Most have been considerably more subtle, but it’s been a defining aspect of his campaign. He blares Christian Leader ads, and then denies this is meant as a contrast to his Mormon opponent. He innocently wonders whether Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers, and then claims that he felt a reporter would be more informed on theology issues then a pastor. He places a floating cross in the background of his ads, and then insists everyone, who seemingly noticed the cross simultaneously, must be paranoid. It’s despicable, and I think it’s reached an absolutely untenable level.”
If he loses Iowa’s caucuses, New Year’s Eve will forever mark the day Huckabee blew it — the day a crowd stopped laughing with the witty Republican and laughed at him.
On Monday, he made himself the butt of his own joke, urging journalists to take careful note of the negative ad that he had withdrawn because he wanted to run a positive campaign.
“It’s never too late to do the right thing,” he said.
The ad criticizes Romney’s record as governor, fairly so, but goes on to question his character. “If a man is dishonest to obtain a job,” Huckabee says in the ad, “he’ll be dishonest on the job.”
Funny that Huckabee decided at noon that line was too negative, because he used it six hours earlier during a national TV interview.
He used it on a Sunday news show, too.
And then, of course, Carl Cameron captures the tone of the press conference quite nicely too: