When my brothers and I were kids, we once had a conversation shortly before Christmas that ran somewhat like following:
“I’m not going to tell you that I’m getting you a fire truck for Christmas.”
“Well, I’m not going to tell you that I’m getting you a Batmobile for Christmas.”
Funny thing, when Christmas came around, we weren’t all that surprised at the toys we got, but that’s the sort of immature logic you get with little kids. That is why I was surprised to see this same silly logic used by a Presidential candidate, former governor Mike Huckabee.
The television spot, which calls Republican rival Mitt Romney “dishonest” for airing ads that distort Huckabee’s record, ran in the afternoon in Davenport, at dinnertime in Cedar Rapids and during a 9 p.m. newscast in Davenport, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group.
The on-again, off-again ad has been at the center of one of the oddest events in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses. After days of withering attacks by Romney, a former Masachusetts [sic] governor, Huckabee took a day off the campaign trail Sunday to fly to Arkansas and film a 30-second counterattack ad, which was prepared for release in Iowa the next day.
But Huckabee changed his mind Monday morning and announced at a noon news conference — which was scheduled to launch the spot — that he would not air it because he did not want to run a negative campaign and risk alienating Iowa voters.
“I pulled the ad,” Huckabee said at the news conference. “I do not want it to be run at all.”
But no sooner did he make the pledge than he proceeded to show the spot to reporters while cameras rolled, ensuring that it would be aired in news reports and spread across the Internet.
The move drew criticism, as Huckabee was accused of trying to backhandedly attack Romney and claim to take the high road.
OK, so he isn’t talking about toys, but he’s claiming the moral high-ground by not showing the commercial, but in the same soapbox press conference he used to pat himself on the back, Huckabee airs to the press the very same commercial he won’t show. And that guaranteed that it would be shown by the press. When Huckabee told the press that he was going to show them the very commercial he was pulling, the press recognized this as a silly stunt and laughed. But that didn’t stop them from participating in this stunt and airing the commercial.
I was either six or seven when I “didn’t” tell my brothers exactly what they were getting for Christmas. And in our defense, we learned not to do that again. But this is not what I expect in an adult.
I won’t tell you that I’m not voting for Huckabee in the upcoming primary.