A Petty, Vindictive, Nasty Little Man

Start paying attention to the next GOPer to get the rock star treatment, kids:

Huckabee’s administration worked hard and unapologetically to prevent gay people from being foster parents. He avidly supported the state amendment that bans gay marriage as well as civil unions and bans any equal treatment under the law — such as in health insurance coverage — for same-sex partners. He professed opposition to alcohol and gambling, but he allowed passage of legislation that made it easier for restaurants to obtain private-club mixed-drink permits in dry counties. Over the angry objection of the church lobby, he sped final action on a bill to allow video poker at the state’s racetracks, an act followed not long afterward by a $10,000 campaign contribution from the owner of the state’s biggest race track, at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.

All this is sometimes done with humor, but rarely the sort of gentle humor the national media has encountered. Huckabee prefers sarcastic putdowns and hyperbole. Because Arkansas Democrats tried to enfranchise more citizens with weekend voting in Arkansas, he called his home state a banana republic on the Don Imus show. He’s compared weight loss with a concentration camp. Abortion, even in the earliest microscopic stages, he’s called a holocaust. He referred in a Farm Bureau speech to “fruits and nuts” and “wacko environmentalists” in decrying environmentalists as a threat to agriculture. (Yes, this is the same man that gullible mainstream columnists praise for his ringing environmental proclamations.)

But the national press has more to examine than rhetoric when it comes to Huckabee. He is not the man of principle that credulous commentators describe. Though Huckabee doesn’t support embryonic stem cell research, he took a hefty honorarium and bulk book sales this year from a diabetes drug maker, Novo Nordisk, which performs embryonic stem cell research. He has lied when there’s been no other way around admitting embarrassing missteps, such as his advocacy of freedom for a convicted rapist.

I wouldn’t have a beer with him if you grabbed me by the scruff of the neck, held my nose and poured it down my throat.

The whole field is horrible, you know, and if this is their next great hope, now that Giuliani’s done and Romney’s starting to creep people out and McCain never got started (more’s the pity if you’re actually a Republican) and Fred Who Again? and basically we’re left with Huckabee and Ron Paul, who I hope gets into an independent sitch, because I like him fucking with them like that. If we could just get Roy Moore into the race, along with Paul, both of them nibbling away at the bigots and crazies on the edges, then we’d have a cricket match of it, all right, but if this is it? Ugh. If I’m afraid of Huckabee, it’s not even really because of Huckabee, it’s because of the efficiency of the GOP noise machine and the stupidity and venality of the majority of the political press. Really the whole Republican field sucks. There’s not a single one of them I would bother to argue with, not one.

Maybe I should be glad about that. I am glad, mostly, because the only thing that it seems will let this Democratic Congress grow some balls is a Democratic president (maybe not even then, but I have to hope for something or give up and hibernate) and so Huckabee as the nominee is gonna be good for Clinton (maybe) Obama (maybe) Dodd (please, baby Jesus and Santa and the Tooth Fairy) Edwards (I’d do him) Kucinich (hell yeah!) Biden (ugh, but acceptable) and everybody else.

I am sort of depressed, though, that this is the best they can do, because all it means is that a lot of time’s going to be spent fighting something that’s barely worthy of the fight, fighting the machine, not the man it’s carrying, fighting shadows instead of substance again, fighting some douchebag who can barely be bothered to fill the podium space. And even more depressed thinking of how much perfectly fine timber is going to be expended propping this nasty, decaying thing up in front of the American people for nearly a year, expended on stories about how Huckabee’s funny and charming, and wouldn’t you just love to sit down and talk politics with him over a burger somewhere, instead of on a contest between two smart people with differing governing philosophies whose contrast could teach us something.


11 thoughts on “A Petty, Vindictive, Nasty Little Man

  1. It’s fighting the machine that is frustrating. And the machine is cynical, and well funded.
    It’s a game to them. Supporting a war that is killing innocent people, a war that didn’t have to happen.
    Those are the people who are propping them up. And it’s disgusting. I think of all the 120K a year think tankers,and the multi=million dollar a year radio hosts who never met a democratic rumor that they didn’t like.
    It’s too bad hell doesn’t exist.

  2. The really good thing about the GOP candidates is that when you start feeling let down by the Democratic candidates, thinking, surely there must be some one better, you just have to watch a GOP candidates “debate” and you finally realize that our party has the cream of the crop running, and that is true of all of the Democratic candidates. Our job, if we chose to accept it, and we damn well better chose to accept it, is to get that Democratic candidate elected President.

  3. A.,
    Huckabee scares me electorally more than any other R candidate. It’s because he is self-depracating and personable and funny.(Yes, we know there are serious psychological and judgemental problems with him, but will the press do their jobs?) And I think his populism will appeal to many Independants and even many of the disgusted Reps. But what frightens me most is I think he can beat Hillary. Or at least give her a tougher time than any of the other thugs.

  4. I tell myself there is no way he can make it through without some major gaffe sooner or later, or someone bringing up some skeleton but he is probably the best they’ve got so they may be able to handle him tightly all the way through. However, I don’t think it will be republican machine that really delivers him. It will be the fundies. You know they are just dying to have someone they can pour all their zealotry behind.
    And that’s what scares me most. What he’ll ride on.

  5. Huckabee worries me because he’s got the fundie support. And we all know how rabid the fundies are…

  6. what dee said. huckleberry is gonna get a PASS from the teevee gnews and will fawn all over him. their new monster.
    so, DON”T VOTE FOR HILLARY. he will beat her.

  7. I find your phrase about “fighting the machine” to be eerily apt. Did you ever see any of theTerminator movies?
    Does an unstoppable, implacable, shape-shifting, nearly impossible to kill antagonist with the single-minded goal of exercising power at all costs…remind you of the modern Republican Party, perhaps?

  8. Right now, I’m only a little concerned about Huckleberry. Remember, at one time George Allen was supposedly the guy to beat, but then he opened his mouth and out came “macaca”. These GOP thugs are nothing if not predictable; the minute one of them begins to believe he’s unbeatable, he invariably trips over his own dick. If Huckabee makes it all the way through the Primaries without imploding, THEN, I’ll start to be concerned.

  9. In other words, he’s saying that while he doesn’t have the facts available regarding this recent event from his own life, this one report he didn’t read sure makes him suspicious that the vote he didn’t cast may not have counted.

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