What is going on in the Republican Party?

Mike Huckabee claims that Newt is using a clip from Huckabee in 2008 out of context because Huckabee was not referring to Mitt Romney, but in fact Huckabee obviously was referring to Romney.

Here’s the video of Huckabee voicing his objection (the discussion starts at 2:10)

Here’s the relevant part of Huckabee’s statement, as reported by Fox News, Huckabee: Gingrich should pull “Deceptive” Ad:

Former GOP presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee “would love for” Newt Gingrich to pull a political campaign ad that features a comment he made during the 2008 campaign that appears to slam Mitt Romney for being “dishonest.”

“I know Newt Gingrich at the end of the ad says I approved this message, well let me just say, I didn’t approve that message,” Huckabee said in an interview Friday on Fox News.

The former governor of Arkansas said his words were “taken out of context” and were also ” deceptive” because he was not referring to Romney, one of his 2008 primary rivals.

“That spot, which was back in December of 2007, never mentioned Mitt Romney by name, it never said anything about Mitt Romney. It was a general statement,” Huckabee, has not endorsed anyone so far in the 2012 presidential race, and says he doesn’t plan to do so.

Really?  The Huckabee ad was quite famous at the time.   Huckabee, furious at Romney’s attacks on him, showed the ad at a press conference in announcing that he would not run the ad to stay positive.  It was marketing genius because he didn’t have the money to run the ad but the press coverage was better than advertising.

Here’s the Huckabee ad, he obviously is referring to Romney as the ad entirely is about Romney’s dishonest attacks on him (h/t conservativegram in Tip Line):

Like I said, what is going on here? I like Mike Huckabee, but to see him come out in defense of Romney by making a statement which plainly is not correct is just more evidence of the damage done in the name of electing Romney.

Support or defend Romney if you want, that’s fine, but don’t ask us to be deaf and blind.

Update: Huckabee has offerred a similar statement through HuckPAC.