Posted by: mutantpoodle | December 17, 2007

Note to Mitt: When criticism is accurate, apologies are unnecessary

romney11Mitt Romney is upset with Mike Huckabee because he criticized George Bush’s foreign policy fairly harshly is beating him like a drum in state after state, and took a moment on Meet the Press to chastise the Arkansas Governor for speaking the truth. In an article that a Huckabee advisor wrote for Foreign Affairs, Huckabee made the not terribly outlandish claim that “The Bush administration’s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad.”

Stop the presses, right?

Governor Romney, apparently on the Bush side of the Bush/not Bush divide that day, told Tim Russert on Meet the Press that this was “an insult to the President and Mike Huckabee should apologize.”

Excuse me, but for what?

Let’s parse Huckabee’s statement, shall we?

Do these descriptions apply to the Bush Administration:

Arrogant? Check.

Bunker Mentality? Check.

Has said combination of attributes been counterproductive at home?

Take your time. OK, that seems to be a yes.


Well, for shits and giggles, let’s just say yes.

Seriously, can anyone, with a straight face, dispute any element of Huckabee’s allegedly outlandish statement?

Anyone other than Bill Kristol?

So what, exactly, should Huckabee apologize for? How about for not knowing about the Iran NIE for two days, and for his dishonesty on the Wayne Dumond pardon. But not for telling the truth.

Oh – and Mitt? The guy whose honor you’re defending is – how would I put this – not worthy.

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