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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.”

Ron Fournier

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.

And later:

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he made himself the butt of his own joke, urging journalists to take careful note of the negative ad that he had withdrawn because he wanted to run a positive campaign.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:

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