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December 23, 2007
Huckaboost my baby with a media melody
This is true love. It's gotta be. What else could account for these adoring words from Dan Payne in the Boston Globe?
The Boston Globe is owned, of course, by the New York Times.
The New York Times itself just headlined Huckabee, "Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State."
The liberal Houston Chronicle praises Huckabee for "governing against the grain," meaning as a liberal.
Or, as George Will just put it,
And Ann Coulter calls him "The Republican Jimmy Carter."
Rush Limbaugh compares Huckabee to H. Ross Perot. You remember Perot -- he's the guy who brought Bill Clinton into power in 1992 by siphoning off the Reagan Democrat vote?
John McCain must be green with envy. For years he was the darling of the liberal media. Who gave the WaPo 'campaign finance reform'? Who is the only Republican the NYT Editorial Board can stand? And here it's pay-off time, and look who's getting winkie-winkie goo-goo eyes now? Is this nice? Is this loyalty?
So why is Huckabee doing so well? He's a good campaigner, he used to be a Baptist pastor, and all that. But one main reason he's doing so well is that his name recognition has suddenly shot up -- that's something the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the TV networks can still do for you.
As Clarence Page just wrote,
A NYT-approved blogger just called Huck "amazingly unconservative". Huckabee is a Southern liberal-populist in the tradition of Hewey Long, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. He's a class envy demagogue.
That's why Huckabee Huckaboomed. Once the media boost somebody's name recognition, the polls shoot up because it now sounds familiar. Most of the people who are enticed by Huckabee only see the headlines. Then you headline your own polls that you boosted in the first place, and their name recognition goes even higher. So it's a media and poll-driven boom cycle, and Governor Huckabee has played right into it. He knows how the media game is played.
Republican voters are being suckered by the city slicker press.
Rush nailed it:
You can know Huckabee by the company he keeps.
James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/