Has an iceberg named Limbaugh already started to sink the Huckabee show?
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What brought all this to mind was the New York Times Magazine story this past Sunday on Governor Huckabee. The Times doing the predictable if always odd version of the kind of backhanded puff piece a liberal outlet always reserves for moderate Republicans.
The fact that this was the Huckabee story du jour — not a rash of stories everywhere on the success of the challenge to Rush — only drew attention to the Sherlock Holmes-nature of the story. In the Silver Blaze, Holmes has this conversation with a Colonel Ross:
Ross: “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
Ross: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.
The “curious incident” in the Times interview with Huckabee? The solitary reference to his radio show was this exchange with Times reporter Andrew Goldman:
Goldman: When I heard you were starting a syndicated radio show in April that would go head to head with Rush Limbaugh, I wondered if you were going after him because he hadn’t been kind to your candidacy in ‘08.
Huckabee: He’s been very critical of me and very wrong. It’s one thing to have an opinion, but the opinion needs to be based on fact. Even a few months ago, he said that I had endorsed Mitt Romney, when in fact I had not. I did not endorse anyone in the primary. But all of that had nothing to do with my decision to do a radio show.
Can you spot the Holmes-like “curious incident” — the dog that didn’t bark?
Sure you can. There was not a word about how stunningly successful the Huckabee show is. Not a solitary peep.
Does anyone seriously believe that if this RINO Radio venture were overflowing with success in challenging Rush — that Mike Huckabee wouldn’t be bursting his buttons with joy, and not just in pages of the New York Times? That the Dickey brothers and Cumulus would not be everywhere with this story?
That front pages of websites and newsprint alike from the Times to Politico to Mediaite to Bloomberg and on and on endlessly would not be humming with “Huckabee Overtakes Rush” stories?
Of course not.
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