Now it looks like Dick Morris may be facilitating this Rudy-Huckabee relationship while simultaneously attempting to pose as an "objective pundit":
"Mike Huckabee has been holding private conversations with Dick Morris, according to aides, a long-standing relationship that is raising new questions as Huckabee’s campaign begins to take off.So how does Rudy come in with Morris? Well, I remember him saying just a few days ago on Fox News that he likes Huckabee and Rudy the most (though not disclosing that he was actively talking and informally advising both candidates.) From the same article above Morris stated via email:
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[Morris'] brought Huckabee onto his client roster, beginning in 1993 when he advised the Republican’s winning campaign for lieutenant governor.
Morris lately has been lavishing praise in newspaper columns and television appearances on Huckabee, whose polished debate performances and recent gains in the polls in Iowa have given him a chance to penetrate the top tier among the GOP candidates.
Morris’ public touts of Huckabee sometimes come with disclosures of his past working relationship with the candidate, but they do not mention that the two men still talk regularly — an omission that could raise eyebrows among journalistic ethicists.
As Huckabee’s prospects become more serious, speculation about Morris’ role has blossomed in the small circle — sometimes incestuous, sometimes bitterly competitive — of national political operatives. Some accounts place Morris as an important figure among Huckabee’s kitchen cabinet of outside advisers.
Here is what is known: Morris and Huckabee confer with one another, according to two top Huckabee advisers . . .
Morris declined to be interviewed but said in an e-mail he talks with Huckabee casually and does not consider himself an adviser.
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Morris is doing his part to nudge along Huckabee’s chances.
Huckabee is “the last survivor in the elimination tournament of the Christian right,” Morris exclaimed in an Oct. 17 column. “And they could do a whole lot worse!”
“Mike Huckabee is shaking up the Republican race,” Morris declared in an Oct. 26 column.
He has compared Huckabee favorably to GOP rivals, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
On Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” show last week, Morris spoke of the two candidates’ records on social issues and how they will play in Iowa: “Romney's record on all this stuff is very tentative, so that when a phony social conservative meets up with a real social conservative, Huckabee, I think Huckabee gains, gains, gains and probably wins.”
And recently, Morris has stepped up his advocacy of his former client and current friend and begun to offer the first hint of wanting some credit for the rise of Huckabee.
After a series of unfavorable columns and articles by conservative journalists — culminating in a much-discussed piece by Robert D. Novak — questioning Huckabee’s fiscal conservative credentials, Morris started a column a few days ago:
“As his political consultant in the early ’90s and one who has been following Arkansas politics for 30 years, let me clue you in: Mike Huckabee is a fiscal conservative,” he wrote before making the case for Huckabee in Iowa — and beyond.
“[Huckabee], like Rudy and the staff of three or four other campaigns, are personal friends, and I chat with them from time to time, but nothing like an adviser,”Yeah RIGHT Dick! Interestingly, why did Morris single out Rudy as a "personal friend" here? I think Morris actually wants some public recognition for brokering this particular Rudy/Huckabee alliance. He hinted at this a few weeks ago in his column with the idea that a Huckabee surge/win in Iowa might just save Rudy from his mistake of not taking Iowa seriously:
Rudy could still bounce back in Iowa if he gets his act together there and at least make it close. More possible would be for Huckabee, who has been surging with no money, to close with Romney and win in Iowa. Mike’s consistent pro-life position contrasts sharply with Mitt’s flip-flop-flip on the issue and could propel Huckabee ahead of Romney . . .You can look at Morris' other recent columns and connect the dots as well:
In one a couple of weeks ago, Dick Morris goes against reason (and against every prominent fiscally conservative pundit and watchdog group) by saying that "MIKE HUCKABEE IS A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE" (yes, it was all in caps). Just a few days ago his column was devoted to highlighting Romney's recent supposed struggles in the campaign (that I'm sure he's chuckling behind the scenes because he's helping to cause them).
I always thought this guy was a sleazeball just from listening to him (and that was even before my wife pointed out to me his scandalous past). Seeing him being party to this hypocritical Rudy/Huckabee alliance confirmed my gut reactions.