After Rush’s monologue in which he went nuclear on Huckabee yesterday, and given the resulting overreaction across the blogosphere, many, including me, were wondering just how our man Mike would respond. The answer is: with class.
Mike Huckabee, taking questions from reporters after a town hall meeting here, responded to the torrent of criticism that Rush Limbaugh unleashed during his broadcast yesterday by turning the other cheek — and then heaping on the praise.
“I love Rush Limbaugh; I’ve always loved his show,” Huckabee assured. “I think he’s been great for the conservative movement.”
Huck seemed to be taken completely by surprise that Limbaugh would eviscerate him, based on a comment from an unnamed source that had nothing to do with his campaign. Yesterday many people, including Rush himself, seemed to react as if the insulting lib talking points came from Huckabee himself. They absolutely did not.
Stung by an anonymous Huckabee supporter’s comments to Marc Ambinder that derided the influential talker as taking his cues from the “D.C./Manhattan chattering class,” Limbaugh used his Friday show to defend himself.
He called the attacks “Clintonian” and accused Huckabee’s campaign of “trying to dumb down conservatism in order to get it to conform with his record.”
So does candidate Mike Huckabee endorse those idiotic comments that were falsely attributed to him? Let’s ask.
Asked if he thought Limbaugh was an elite conservative or grass-roots conservative, Huckabee quickly said, “Oh, I think he’s a grass-roots conservative.”
Questioned why the talk show host would attack him, Huckabee shrugged.
“Ask him. I don’t know. … All I can do is hope that Rush loves me as much as I love Rush.”
Over to you, Rushbo.
I hope that Rush will accept the olive branch over this unfortunate misunderstanding. And I have little doubt that he will. Rush is just that kind of guy.
The ball is now in EIB’s court.
See also: More reaction over at The Carpetbagger Report.
Update: Rush responds.
“I saw his comments and accept them as honest, sincere and genuine,” Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail.
Rush also added: “I wish Gov. Huckabee a Merry Christmas.”
Hat Tip: Hot Air.