If there's one thing that Mike Huckabee cannot abide, it's a supposed news outlet with an agenda. Thank god we have Fox News around to offer an opposing agenda to the agendas of all the other agenda-having networks…
The former governor criticized Fox News' competitors: "If people only watch the three big networks and BS-NBC, as I like to call them — MSNBC — if they watch BS-NBC and the three networks, then I think sometimes we may be kidding ourselves because a lot of people will assume that Obama really is just doing a great job and he just can't get those crazy Republicans to help him out."
Ha! BS-NBC! Classic.
Huckabee suggested his network and conservative talk radio act as counterweights to that positive coverage of the president: "I think a lot of people, if all they do is listen to conservative talk radio and maybe watch Fox News, they assume that all of America is getting what I would call at least a balanced approach to understanding that there are a lot of real problems going on that Obama could do better on."
I gather that that means… something? I haven't quite worked out what, but I'm sure it's cogent.
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For anyone who followed Indecision's coverage of this Sunday's episode of This Week on our Election Companion App, the highlight of the morning was George Will referring to Donald Trump as a "bloviating ignoramus." Biology majors may know it as the Latin name for the critter that doubles as Trump's hairpiece.
"I do not understand the cost benefit here," Will said. "The costs are clear. The benefit — what voter is going to vote for him because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics."
To which Trump responded, via Twitter, with all the grace we've come to know and love: "George Will may be the dumbest (and most overrated) political commentator of all time. If the Republicans listen to him, they will lose."
For those who don't have the wherewithal to follow this cat fight to its natural conclusion, we can rest assured that follow-up remarks will involve the phrase, "I know you are, but what am I?" and Will's riposte about the cooties in Trump's hairpiece.
Look, I know I said they're "elevating" our debate even as it looks like they're taking it to whatever circle of Dante's Inferno is reserved for pundits, but I stand by the remark. Any world in which we're still paying attention to Donald Trump is clearly upside down.
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You may have also noticed Indecision bloggers Jess Dweck and Gonzalo Cordova's segment from yesterday embedded in there as well. I have to say, everybody came out looking really good in that. Well spoken, thoughtful, telegenic, effervescent even.
Now, I don't wanna brag, but I'm none too shabby myself. In fact, here's me blogging from my home office in Chicago last night. (They had better lighting.)
Tags: ABC, Primaries, Republicans, Super Tuesday
I'd always assumed that some of our writers would make it onto a real news show eventually. But the fact that Gonzalo and Jess did it without being actually convicted of anything, that does my heart well…
Indecision Producer Mary Phillips-Sandy will be talking to ABC News.com live tonight at around 7 or 7:30 tonight.
At this point, reporting on an upcoming Republican debate is a little like reporting on an upcoming thing that's just completely inescapable and inevitable. Like a sunrise, or a poll surge by somebody other than Mitt Romney, or Mitt Romney probably coming away with it anyway.
Bonus points if you can name the candidates who won't be coming!*
* Answer: Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain, for not being popular enough and for being a complete train wreck whose campaign has ended, respectively.
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Tags: ABC, Debates, Liveblog, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul