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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The loser's complaint

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2007 at 6:06 AM

Oldest story in sports. You lose the game, you blame the ref.

So it is that Mike Huckabee is blaming CNN and Wolf Blitzer for a debate format that was unfair to hiim. The second-tier candidates were overlooked, he contends.

Huckabee has some ground on which to make this complaint. As I noted last night, he and others among the lesser candidates were mostly ignored. But, he earned some of his oblivion with question-dodging responses when he did get to take a swing. I've put on the jump his non sequitur answer to a question about the government of Iraq, which includes his misstatement about Reagan's birthday. Blitzer moved along quickly.

Here's the transcript.

FROM THE DEBATE TRANSCRIPT

MR. BLITZER: Governor Huckabee, do you have confidence in the government of Iraq, the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, that he’s going to do what needs to be done?

MR. HUCKABEE: I think there’s some real doubt about that, Wolf. But I want to remind all of us on this stage and the people in the audience that there’s a reason that this is such a struggle. And I think we miss it over here in the West. Today’s the birthday of Ronald Reagan. We all would believe that Ronald Reagan is the one who ended the Cold War, and Ronald Reagan is the one who helped bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union.

But there’s a group of people who don’t believe that, and that’s the Taliban. They believe they brought about the demise of the Soviet Union because of the way they fought in Afghanistan.

And what I want to just mention is that it is not the size of the dog in the fight; it is the size of the fight in the dog. And we underestimate, grossly underestimate how fierce this dog and how determined they are to destroy every last one of us.

MR. BLITZER: All right. Congressman Tom Tancredo, what do you say?

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