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The Latest Huckabee Meltdown
Vanity ^

Posted on 12/31/2007 1:07:57 PM PST by Tossup

This is a train treck...

SPIKES SPOT ATTACKING ROMNEY ON ABORTION, SPENDING, GUNS.

AD HAD ALREADY BEEN DELIVERED TO STATIONS.

HUCKABEE SAID HE CHANGED HIS MIND JUST BEFORE THE PRESS CONFERENCE, HOPES IOWA VOTERS WILL REJECT NEGATIVE ADS JUST AS HE HAS.

LAUGHTER FILLS ROOM AS HUCKABEE SCREENS AD ANYWAY FOR MEDIA.

SKEPTICAL QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS ABOUT HIS PROFESSED CHANGE OF HEART, AS CAMERAS RECORD AD PLAYED ON GIANT SCREEN.

ROOM FILLED WITH EASELS DISPLAYING OPPOSITION RESEARCH ON ROMNEY.

(Excerpt) Read more at thepage.time.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2008; ads; clintonesque; elections; huckabee; ia2008; manfromhope; rinocatfight; romney
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Romney camp responds:

http://thepage.time.com/response-to-huckabee-event-from-romney-campaign/

Good afternoon, folks-

For those of you who saw it with your own eyes, there’s no need for me to describe how bizarre it was.

But for those of you who didn’t, The Politico has a report of Mike Huckabee’s meltdown at a campaign press conference today where he displayed a negative TV ad attacking Governor Romney, at the same time he said he was running a “positive” campaign.

1 posted on 12/31/2007 1:07:58 PM PST by Tossup
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To: Tossup

Huckster telling the truth about Romney is negative ?

Romney has been going negative for quite some time now and with great effect .


2 posted on 12/31/2007 1:09:52 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say NO to Liberalism by saying NO to Romney .... Fred Thompson is our only hope)
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To: Tossup

I don’t know if I would call that a meltdown, but it is pretty funny.


3 posted on 12/31/2007 1:10:24 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Tossup

Is he trying to get the ads out there without paying?


4 posted on 12/31/2007 1:11:32 PM PST by libbylu (I am voting for the prettiest.)
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To: Tossup
ROOM FILLED WITH WEASELS DISPLAYING OPPOSITION RESEARCH ON ROMNEY........
5 posted on 12/31/2007 1:11:41 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Tossup

Come now, this is hardly a melt down. He would have had done far more damage to Mitt had he run the ads on television stations. His campaign pressed him to run the ads, he pulled them. He showed them to the media to prove he had made the ads, so they would not accuse him of making it up.

The things the campaign had prepared about Mitt were not untrue, most of it is already in the public discussoin at this point.


6 posted on 12/31/2007 1:12:20 PM PST by wastedpotential (A Reagan Bush conservative from OH and ..... an unashamed Huckabee supporter)
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To: Tossup
Stop shouting!


7 posted on 12/31/2007 1:12:54 PM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Tossup

Enough is Enough, Huckabee.

Just call him Mr. Passive Agressive Man.

8 posted on 12/31/2007 1:13:00 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: nathanbedford

Actually he just pasted. That’s the way the article was written by Halpern.


9 posted on 12/31/2007 1:13:40 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: Red Badger

Good tactic if you have limited money.


10 posted on 12/31/2007 1:13:44 PM PST by colonialhk (Harry and Nancy are our best moron allies)
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To: Tossup

Being a gentleman, I won’t mention how you beat your wife, but rather I will stick to the issue at hand.


11 posted on 12/31/2007 1:13:54 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Well, that should do it for Huckabee. Not presidential material. Can you just imagine if he did something similar with foreign policy? Announce it — then denounce it.


12 posted on 12/31/2007 1:14:04 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT; fieldmarshaldj; Petronski; perfect_rovian_storm; ansel12

This might prove to be the Huckster’s biggest mistake , if true, as he just handed Romney a free pass through Iowa .

He should run the Ad and expose Romney for being the Liberal he truly is .


13 posted on 12/31/2007 1:14:51 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say NO to Liberalism by saying NO to Romney .... Fred Thompson is our only hope)
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To: Tossup
Look, see, we’re not going to be running this ad, and let me stand back so you can focus your camera on the screen. What? Oh, sure, all of that attack is true, uh-huh, but we’re sure that the voter doesn’t want a negative campaign. We’re taking the high road. Hmm? Oh, right, let me make sure you can see this placard here with the truth about Romney. Yup, we’re taking the high road here, ending this constant cycle of negative coverage. Hmm? Oh, we’re not really going to talk about the ad, because we’re not running it, but we’ll keep the disc looping for you so you can get additional shots of it for your coverage...
14 posted on 12/31/2007 1:15:39 PM PST by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
Huckster telling the truth about Romney is negative ?

Telling the truth about Mitt is fine.....acting like your holier than thou, above reproach and still dropping the ads for reporters to view isn't just tacky..........It is Damn Cowardly!

15 posted on 12/31/2007 1:15:51 PM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Tossup

Stupid is as stupid does. Either attack or not don’t play stupid and withdrawal before the big moment. All that does is disappoint and leave no one satisfied.


16 posted on 12/31/2007 1:15:59 PM PST by Maelstorm (Visit www.FredRepublic.com)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

Romney will be the next President.


17 posted on 12/31/2007 1:16:13 PM PST by romanesq
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To: Tossup
The Huckenanny hasn't melted down yet.

You'll know the moment when he starts scarfing down a Big Mac while he lights up a cigarette.

:-)
18 posted on 12/31/2007 1:16:50 PM PST by cgbg ("2009-2017: Gnarled and ugly,loud and preachy, fiscally and morally depraved.")
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To: kingu

And ain’t it a pity that one of those pesky bloggers recorded the ad and put it on YouTube. But, we’re running a postive campaign.


19 posted on 12/31/2007 1:17:20 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: Tossup
I can't believe that these are the two likeliest Republicans we've got to choose from.

Oy.

20 posted on 12/31/2007 1:18:03 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: keepitreal
I guess you have figured out that I had not read the article and I will not read it.


21 posted on 12/31/2007 1:18:03 PM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: romanesq
Romney will be the next President.

He cannot win. People need to wake up and realize this.
22 posted on 12/31/2007 1:18:10 PM PST by mcjordansc
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To: Tossup

Wow, all caps for that?


23 posted on 12/31/2007 1:18:28 PM PST by Scythian
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To: colonialhk

I absolutely agree, what a way to get press.


24 posted on 12/31/2007 1:19:28 PM PST by commonguymd (Move it to the right -Vote for Fred! Filler' up at www.fred08.com!)
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To: wastedpotential
He showed them to the media to prove he had made the ads, so they would not accuse him of making it up.

Man, you just can't make up this type of stuff. I'm not going to run these ads which we are now showing you to prove to you that we're not going to run these ads...

But glad to see there's at least one Huckster supporter around here.

25 posted on 12/31/2007 1:19:29 PM PST by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: mcjordansc
Voted “least likely to succeed in a general election” as far as I am concerned.
26 posted on 12/31/2007 1:20:27 PM PST by commonguymd (Move it to the right -Vote for Fred. Filler' up at www.fred08.com)
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To: romanesq

That’s a depressing thought .


27 posted on 12/31/2007 1:21:17 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say NO to Liberalism by saying NO to Romney .... Fred Thompson is our only hope)
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To: i_dont_chat
Can you just imagine if he did something similar with foreign policy?

Huckabee foreign policy:
He may not be able to find Afghanistan on a map, but he might find a crocheted afghan on the sofa.



Huckabee Confused about Borders
  Posted by Maelstorm
On 12/29/2007 2:30:51 AM CST · 19 replies


NYTimes ^ | Dec 28, 2007 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
DES MOINES — Mike Huckabee used the volatile situation in Pakistan Friday to make an argument for building a fence on the American border with Mexico and found himself trying to explain a series of remarks about Pakistanis and their nation.

28 posted on 12/31/2007 1:21:32 PM PST by TomGuy
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Someone needs to post the Howard Dean scream sound wave. This IS the Huckster’s “Dean Scream.”

I saw the press conference on Fox News. The reporters were bwhah-hah-hahing out loud at him—and I don’t blame them!!


29 posted on 12/31/2007 1:21:54 PM PST by RooRoobird20 (Thankfully Convered Catholic)
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To: Tossup

It sure is like amateur hour on the Huckabus. Wonder if this brain trust will be advising President Huckabee?


30 posted on 12/31/2007 1:22:11 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: kingu

Let me get this straight - does anyone really think that by NOT running these ads on TV he somehow will benefit more? Rollins wanted to run these ads and pressured Mike to run them, but the candidate himself took it down.

Could be genious in the end, but we will find out. It is hardly a meltdown.

BTW - there are several FREEPERS who support Huckabee, but they have been treated so badly by the Fredheads that they no longer come here for debate. Me, I like to debate, even those who lack the intelligence to articulate their own position, but just regurgitate some label they heard their favorte columnist or talk show host use about someone.


31 posted on 12/31/2007 1:23:17 PM PST by wastedpotential (A Reagan Bush conservative from OH and ..... an unashamed Huckabee supporter)
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To: RooRoobird20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5FzCeV0ZFc


32 posted on 12/31/2007 1:23:56 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: Tossup

Huckabee walks a fine line, sometimes with his foot on one side, sometimes on another.

The liberal media gets miffed.

The backers of other GOP candidates try to make hay, while Huckabee gets to the voters with positive messages, while painting Romney as an untrustworthy man.


33 posted on 12/31/2007 1:24:01 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: kingu

Sort of like the unintentional cross in that Christmas ad that none of the Huckabee team apparently noticed.

And when newsies made mention of it, Ole Huck just did his best Ole BillyJ, “awwww, shucks, ‘twern’t nothin’ meant by it.”


34 posted on 12/31/2007 1:24:29 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Neu Pragmatist

I’m with Fred. But no it’s hardly depressing. There will be disappointments no doubt but it’s far better than class warfare Silky Pony Edwards, or liberal theology Empty Suit Obama or heaven help us, the marxist in sheep’s clothing Shrillary.

You need some perspective my FRiend.

Happy New Year!


35 posted on 12/31/2007 1:25:08 PM PST by romanesq
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To: keepitreal

Well I wonder what old “Bare Knuckles” Rollins has to say about this . Why are they pulling their punches ?


36 posted on 12/31/2007 1:25:28 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say NO to Liberalism by saying NO to Romney .... Fred Thompson is our only hope)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

Romney says he vetoed a bill to give in state tuition to illegals and also a bill to give illegals drivers licenses. If this is totally untrue let me know, because I will vote for Mitt to hold the reins in on amnesty. I figure if Joe Arpaio can support Mitt on antiillegals so can I, and that is why.


37 posted on 12/31/2007 1:25:37 PM PST by libbylu (I am voting for the prettiest.)
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To: romanesq
"Romney will be the next President."

Only of his commode.

38 posted on 12/31/2007 1:25:47 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: wastedpotential

I was really taken aback this morning, but looking at Huckabee’s latest ads, I think he will keep taking his chunk of the Iowa voters:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video_log/2007/12/huckabee_tax_cuts.html


39 posted on 12/31/2007 1:25:47 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Thank you—ROFLOL!!!

There must be something about Iowa that makes unstable candidates go off the deep end. First Howard Dean, now the Huckster. LOL


40 posted on 12/31/2007 1:26:40 PM PST by RooRoobird20 (Thankfully Convered Catholic)
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To: All

Bottom line is the bottom line. He almost certainly did not have the money for a last minute buy so he tried to get it on the evening news instead. Hell, if I was a media outlet and someone wanted to air a last second ad, I would jack the price up a factor of 10 because it will cost me more to do a last second reshuffle of scheduling.

Huckabee is out of money and out of skills. He has been out organized and out scheduled. Any experienced campaign staff media person would know that having an ad aired during a news broadcast means the ad won’t air in its entirety, it will be snidely and sarcastically attacked by the anchor person, and it will become the object of ridicule rather than background subliminals.

Not ready for prime time.


41 posted on 12/31/2007 1:27:15 PM PST by Owen
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To: Neu Pragmatist
This might prove to be the Huckster’s biggest mistake , if true, as he just handed Romney a free pass through Iowa .

When the press gets done airing the bootlegs of the ad and telling the story, it can also mean the 3 points Fred needs to move up to second place...

42 posted on 12/31/2007 1:27:21 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Tossup

I see we have another MittWitt N00b.

If you think this is a story wait till you hear about how Mitt and his dad both marched with Martin Luther King!
.
.

You’ll be posting that in BOLD caps, right?


43 posted on 12/31/2007 1:27:36 PM PST by JRochelle (I support Mitt Romney, figuratively speaking of course.)
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To: wastedpotential
Let me get this straight - does anyone really think that by NOT running these ads on TV he somehow will benefit more? Rollins wanted to run these ads and pressured Mike to run them, but the candidate himself took it down.

Umm, let's see... He doesn't have to pay for the broadcast of the ads, by making a major presser out of not showing the ads (and showing the ads to the press), these ads will then be regurgitated by the press on air, still getting out their content, but at no cost to the campaign. The Huckster can further claim to having taken the high road in not getting down into the mud, while at the same time making sure the opposition research gets out in front of the voters.

They call that a win-win. Let's see if a variation of the ads run in New Hampshire.

44 posted on 12/31/2007 1:28:14 PM PST by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: cgbg

LOL

Yes, when he really loses it, he will be hitting the all-you-can-eat buffets again!


45 posted on 12/31/2007 1:28:44 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Tossup
This is a train treck...

THE TRAIN TRECK WRECKS CAPS LOCK KEYS!

46 posted on 12/31/2007 1:28:59 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: romanesq

I have perspective , that’s why I quit supporting Romney.

The Dims will turn Romney into our very own John Kerry if he wins the nomination . Those Youtube Romney flip-flop vidoes aren’t going away ...FRiend


47 posted on 12/31/2007 1:29:16 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say NO to Liberalism by saying NO to Romney .... Fred Thompson is our only hope)
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To: romanesq

Hillary will be our next President before Romney will. That is coming from a very conservative person who cannot stomach the idea that Hillary will be President. I will never however vote for Romney>


48 posted on 12/31/2007 1:29:21 PM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: RooRoobird20

Prairie Moon winery.


49 posted on 12/31/2007 1:29:24 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: libbylu

Aldo Tancredo supports Romney.


50 posted on 12/31/2007 1:30:27 PM PST by Jane Austen
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