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January 23, 2008

Allowing False Witness

How long is Mike Huckabee going to let this go on without strong condemnation?

I'm hearing from Florida readers the same kinds of push-polls, criticizing the non-Huckabee candidates, that we saw barraging South Carolina Republicans.

Did the push-polls really help Huckabee in South Carolina? They obviously didn't push him over the top. Maybe the complaints and bad publicity offset the benefit from spreading around derogatory (and in some cases, false) information about his opponents...

I know these calls aren't coming out of the Huckabee campaign, and that he and the campaign have issued statements asking the calls to stop. It's obvious, though, that more is needed. Huckabee needs to show some outrage. After all, a group is spreading falsehoods about other candidates in his name. Surely that warrants a little more than the milquetoast "I wish they would stop."

Why isn't Huckabee asking for the callers to be prosecuted, or filing complaints about these tactics? Why isn't he more harshly condemning these political smears? If I were running for president and someone were doing this nonsense using my name, I'd have much more to say than "I wish they would stop."

If these calls go on much longer without strong condemnation from the Huckabee campaign, one could reach the conclusion that he's not all that upset about the help.

Let's see some righteous indignation, Huckabee.

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posted by Slublog at 10:32 PM

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