The Washington Post reports that Huckabee decided against the ad ten minutes before he went to the podium:
“Huckabee said the ad — which attacks Romney for being too dishonest to be president — was sent to television and radio stations yesterday but will not be broadcast. He said he had made the decision 10 minutes before his [12:00pm CST] news conference, surprising even his top staff. ‘I pulled the ad. I do not want it to be run at all,’ he said.”
According to an aide, this is why enormous negative placards were still up — Huck’s decision was so last minute that they didn’t have time to take down the negative signs.
However, the Gazette Online says the television stations were notified two hours before the press conference that they’d decided not to run them:
An official at KCRG-TV9 TV9 in Cedar Rapids confirmed that the station received the 30-second spot from the Huckabee campaign shortly after 6 a.m. today but was told at 10:01 a.m. not to air the commercial and the station did not show the paid advertisement.
Apparently — and I know this will shock you — the whole thing was a huge publicity stunt, designed to appeal to evangelicals who are tired of all the “negativity” associated with the campaign. (Of course, I’m being sarcastic, but I am shocked at Huckabee’s casual relationship with truth.)
I think what bugs me most about Gov. Huckabee is that he confirms stereotypes, much to the glee of the media. Like when he says, “I’m a conservative, but I’m not mad at anybody about it.” (Yes, we conservatives are hate-filled politicos!)
But this episode reminds us that he also believes evangelical voters are rubes who can’t tell true repentance from a poorly orchestrated stunt.
Let’s prove him wrong, brothers and sisters.
(To my editor Charles: I promise, this is my last post on this subject… But you haven’t even commented on my restraint from posting about Battlestar Galactica: Razor.”)
Check out the above — the attack ad didn’t work well, and Huckabee went to great lengths to make sure that everyone saw the ad… you know, the one he didn’t want anyone to see?