Category: Huckabee

Huckabee should forget the presidency

Mike HuckabeeMike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has been having quite a week. Not necessarily a good week, mind you, but it has garnered a lot of media attention. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the man currently leading the field of potential 2012 GOP candidates.

It started Monday with an interview in which he answered the question, “”Don’t you think we deserve to know more about this man [Obama]?”:

I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American. When he gave the bust back to the Brits, the bust of Winston Churchill, a great insult to the British. But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.

He later explained, rather implausibly, that he meant to say “Indonesia,” not “Kenya.”

Then yesterday, as if trying to keep himself in the headlines, Huckabee said in another interview:

I have said many times, publicly, that I do think he has a different world view, and I think it’s in part molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, and you know, our communities were filled with rotary clubs, not madrassas. And I just do think that there is — again, I am not saying he’s not a citizen, I’ve never said that, I’ve said the opposite. I’ve never said he’s a Muslim

What a narrow-minded, bigoted man he is, trying to appeal to the most extreme right-wing members of his party — the birthers, the racists, the xenophobes. And he’s using lies and innuendo to do it. Obama was born in Hawaii and, except for four years in Indonesia (from age 6 to 10), grew up there. He is not a Muslim and never attended an Islamic madrassa.

Huckabee’s statements were not mistakes or slips of the tongue. He knew exactly what he was saying. Shameful that a man of the cloth would stoop to such tactics. Unless, of course, he actually believes all that garbage…

Give it up, Huck. You were a loser in 2008 — and you still are.

Scratch Huckabee for 2012

Huckabee

I don’t care for unctuous preacher men. Never have. Sad thing is, they all come across that way to me. Like used care salesmen trying to smile and insinuate their way into your confidence so you’ll buy what they’re selling.

Mike Huckabee is one of these types. At least, that’s how he’s come across since I first heard of him during last year’s presidential campaign. And I found it unnerving that someone like that was dancing so close to the leadership of the entire country.

Huckabee’s past as Arkansas governor has come back to haunt him and terrorize the residents of Tacoma, Washington. Nine years ago he commuted the 100-year sentence of an Arkansas convict and that man, Maurice Clemmons, is suspected of having murdered four Tacoma police officers yesterday as they sat in a coffee shop writing reports.

Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist preacher with a strong belief in forgiveness and redemption, bought this story from Clemmons: “I succumbed to the peer pressure and the need I had to be accepted by other youth in my new environment and fell in with the wrong crowd and thus began a seven month crime spree which led me to prison.” He wrote he came from “a very good Christian family” and “was raised much better than my actions speak … .”

It was the perfect pitch to a governor known to have been a preacher man and  Clemmons didn’t miss a beat. He even worked in his dead mother, who had died without seeing him turn his life around.

Huckabee fell for it, hook, line, and sinker. Any man that gullible, that willing to put his own personal religious beliefs above our entire legal system — more than 1,000 times — should not be entrusted with upholding and defending the law of the land as an elected official. I’m kinda funny about things like that; I like my church and state kept separate.

Huckabee has issued a statement about the murders, but at no point did he apologize or say he was in any way personally responsible for Clemmons being on the streets. Preacher men, you see, aren’t responsible to anyone but God.

Huckabee is despicable

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a moderate Republican presidential candidate last year, has been running hard to the right ever since.

He seemed like such a nice, reasonable guy back then. He almost had me suckered, until I found out he was a creationist. Anyone who believes that is an immediate no-go with me.

Now he’s being hammered, and rightfully so, for claiming that Obamacare would have sent Ted Kennedy home with no more treatment than a pain pill and a kind word.

If the man wants to be an idiot on his own time, in his private life, fine. But for him to spout stupid distortions of the truth, leveraging his high profile to give them credence, is despicable — and decidedly un-Christian.

Huckabee demeaned himself, his party, and his religion in one fell swoop. Nice goin’, Mike.