Marc Ambinder seems to have created quite the little tempest in a teapot. He quoted an unnamed “Huckabee ally” (whatever that means) attacking El Rushbo.
“Honestly, because Rush doesn’t think for himself. That’s not necessarily a slap because he’s not paid to be a thinker—he’s an entertainer. I can’t remember the last time that he has veered from the talking points from the DC/Manhattan chattering class. If they were praising Huckabee, he would be too.”
Yikes. Lib talking points. But it gets worse, much worse.
“Also, I have to think that he’s dying to have Hillary in the White House. Bill Clinton made Rush a megastar. Having another Clinton back in power would make him the Leading Voice of the Opposition once again.”
These are not the words of a Limbaugh fan, or even a person that has a drop of respect for decades of excellence in broadcasting. This is deliberate taunting. And Rush, naturally, was not amused. Neither was Michelle Malkin. Neither was anybody.
But something tells me they’ve been had, or are just happy to have a reason to pound Huck. Consider this for a moment: how would attacking the most powerful voice of conservatism in the media benefit Huckabee? Yeah, exactly. It wouldn’t. It never would. It couldn’t in any possible scenario. Something smells like a bit fat lib rat. This only benefits Huck’s rivals. So what’s up here?
Marc Ambinder is refusing to name this “Huckabee ally,” but this person, if he or she exists, doesn’t work for the Huckabee campaign. So the accusations about Huckabee or his campaign attacking Limbaugh (“bringing a water pistol to a knife fight” as Ed Morrissey put it) are 100% false.
But it made for some good radio this morning, and gave Rush a good reason to attack candidate Huckabee. But I wonder if this was really a “Huckabee ally” and not an “anyone but Huckabee ally.”
Because “a prominent DC-based Huckabee ally” would know better than attacking Rush Limbaugh. In fact it would never have crossed the mind of such a person, especially if he or she knew that those poorly chosen words would be made public. Unless of course, the whole point was to encourage a Huckabee pre-Christmas weekend beatdown. Merry Christmas, Mike!
The meme clearly being sent is “Huck is a liberal.” Only a liberal would spout lib talking points on the record, while simultaneously kicking Limbaugh.
And in the end, Ambinder was used to create the story, rather than to report the story. Nice job, anonymous ally of some unnamed candidate. Slimy, but well done.
In any case, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. May God also fill your next year, 2008, with blessings.
Update: Rick Moran piles on. Sigh.