GOP frontrunner and Jesus' BFF
Who knows, this guy could end up as the next President of the United States.
Forget the stuff about Natalie Porther man for a moment, weird as it is. (Portman, by the way, is an Israeli Jew. This may have made her a particularly appealing target for Huckabee's fundamentalist Christian wrath.)
The Obama/Kenya stuff, and the Madrassah "different worldview" stuff show that Huckabee is making kissy-face with the whacko weirdo wing of Republicans and the Tea Party, those who think Obama is a secret Muslim with a secret Muslim agenda. (Obama is actually a member of the United Church of Christ, commonly known as the Congregational Church.)
Huckabee is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and, like Bill Clinton, is a former governor of Arkansas. Huckabee is very adept at suggesting that he's the candidate with the personal intimate relationship to Jesus Christ, he's Jesus' candidate.
It has been frequently noted that most American adult males were not members of the Boy Scouts as boys. But Huckabee is trying to stretch Obama's non-Boy Scout boyhood into something sinister and un-American.
All this right-wing Obama conspiracy crap may get Huckabee some traction in the first primaries -- Iowa, New Hampshire.
But if Huckabee gets the Republican nomination, he'll have to leave the comfort and support of the loud but few right-wing fundie whackos, and ask for the votes of independents, voters who haven't made up their minds, voters who might vote for either party.
Friday 4 March 2011
by Holly Bailey
Natalie Portman may have won an Oscar this week, but Mike Huckabee isn't a fan.
In an interview with conservative radio host Michael Medved, the former Arkansas governor and potential 2012 presidential hopeful slammed Portman for glamorizing unwed pregnancy.
Portman is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, a choreographer whom she met on the set of "Black Swan." Her critically lauded performance in the film made her a staple on the red carpet this award season, culminating in her Academy Award win for Best Actress on Sunday.
The former governor, who is also a pundit on Fox News, called Portman's pregnancy "troubling" and suggested it might "glorify and glamorize" the idea of having children outside of marriage. He argued that most single mothers aren't in the same position as Portman in terms of her lifestyle and resources.
"There aren't really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie," Huckabee said, per the liberal group MediaMatters. "And I think it gives a distorted image … Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that's the story that we're not seeing."
It's the third time this week that Huckabee has made headlines for controversial remarks.
On Monday, the ex-governor mistakenly suggested in an interview that President Obama had grown up in Kenya. Huckabee later insisted he had simply misspoke, saying Kenya when he had meant Indonesia, and he slammed the media for the "sensationalized" way reporters covered his remarks.
But Huckabee found himself on the defense again Wednesday, after he referred to Obama's "different worldview" that was influenced, in part, by growing up around Muslim culture.
"I have said many times, publicly, that I do think he has a different worldview, and I think it's in part molded out of a very different experience," Huckabee told radio host Bryan Fischer on Wednesday. "Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings, and you know, our communities were filled with Rotary clubs, not madrassas."
Madrassas are schools in Muslim countries, but the term has taken on a negative connotation in the struggle against Islamic terrorism. A Huckabee spokesman did not respond to requests for comment from The Ticket about why the ex-governor used that specific wording. But in a statement to CNN, a Huckabee spokesman suggested that people should read his boss's new book to gain a full understanding of what exactly Huckabee is trying to say about Obama's upbringing.
All of this publicity is no doubt good for Huckabee, as he peddles a new book and looks to shore up support among conservative GOP voters as he considers a second bid for the White House. But this isn't necessarily the sort of attention that can aid Huckabee's reputation among swing and independent voters, with whom he's performed well in the past in spite of his conservative views on social issues. Polls show most voters, even if they disagree with him, tend to find Huckabee "likable."
Just last week, Huckabee seemed to cast himself as a moderate voice on several hot-button issues that have whipped up the conservative right. In one statement, for example, he dismissed "birther" conspiracy theories about Obama -- telling reporters the talk is simply a distraction. He defended Michelle Obama's push to combat childhood obesity against attacks from Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin -- saying the GOP should instead be "thanking her and praising her." Huckabee even had kind words for Obama, lauding him as a good role model for the country.
In a statement issued Friday afternoon, Huckabee defended his comments on Portman, insisting he wasn't trying to "slam" or "attack" her.
"Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father," Huckabee said. "My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."