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Aug 25 2012

Huckabee unchained

One of the benefits of the Todd Akin fiasco is that it has stripped away the mask of reasonable affability that Mike Huckabee has managed to wear for so long and revealed him for what he truly is, an extreme religious dogmatist who values being anti-gay and anti-abortion above all else.

He has emerged as the most vociferous high-profile defender of Akin, railing against the Republican party hierarchy for trying to force Akin out of the race, ostensibly because of his comments but more likely because they think he will likely lose a race that they had great hopes of winning and was central to their ambitions of gaining a majority in the senate.

In the process, Huckabee has also exposed the rift between the true believers and those in the Republican party leadership who only care about further enriching the wealthy and have been exploiting the religious nutters without wishing to give them too much of a role in the party leadership. Here is what Huckabee said in an email to his supporters.

Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates? Do we forgive and forget the verbal gaffes of Republicans who are “conveniently pro-life” for political advantage, but crucify one who truly believes that every life is sacred?

Who ordered this “Code Red” on Akin? There were talking point memos sent from the National Republican Senatorial Committee suggesting language to urge Akin to drop out. Political consultants were ordered to stay away from Akin or lose future business with GOP committees. Operatives were recruited to set up a network of pastors to call Akin to urge him to get out. Money has changed hands to push him off the plank.

I’m waiting for the apology from whoever the genius was on the high pedestals of our party who thought it wise to not only shoot our wounded, but run over him with tanks and trucks and then feed his body to the liberal wolves.

Keep it up, Huckster! Keep exposing the rift between the religious nutters and the Republican party pragmatists whose only god is money.

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  1. 1
    Pierce R. Butler

    Mike Huckabee said something worth quoting (for reasons other than mockery)?

    I gotta go reconsider my End Times position…

  2. 2
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Recently, my hopes of escaping a) theocracy and b) oligarchy have been flickering a little brighter as this schism has been widening. THanks for the update on smilin’ Mike.

  3. 3
    dailydouq

    I think the Huckabee faction is still smarting from the primary season. For a while there it looked like the Repugs might finally nominate a theocrat, but the non-principled plutocrat sneaked in, yet again. So there’s a whole lot of raw scabs from that. But I suspect Huckabee is also of the crowd that doesn’t believe mormon is xtian and can’t stand the idea of voting for a mormon. So Huckabee and a lot of others are getting ready for a Goldwater election, where the ideological pure ideas prevail even if the candidate loses. They can live with 4 more years of Obama better than waiting 8 more years before they field a theocrat. So Akin just actually said what the Repug wingnuts believe and then they see the professional pol establishment running away from ideological purity simply to win another election and keep the tax cuts going. I think the wingnuts are: a) fed up and want the power, and, b) are delusional and actually think the country wants a wingnut. Sooner or later they’ll get their chance. Frankly I wish Santorum had gotten the nomination so maybe the theocratic POV would be beat down for a few more decades.

  4. 4
    Randomfactor

    Huckabee, I think, wants Ryan/Romney to lose to clear the path for him in 2016.

    In private, the squirrel-griller is said to be a vindictive, vicious sunuvabitch. I really hope he’s losing his ability to hide that.

  5. 5
    Reginald Selkirk

    Do we forgive and forget the verbal gaffes of Republicans who are “conveniently pro-life” for political advantage, but crucify one who truly believes that every life is sacred?

    Thus continuing to sell the ‘only a gaffe’ line. It’s not selling very well.

  6. 6
    Chiroptera

    Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates?

    Principled? Good heavens! Adkins justified an unpopular policy position by citing a “fact” that is not true.

    That is a principle that the “pro-life” side wants to promote?

  7. 7
    crowepps

    Adkins justified an unpopular policy position by citing a “fact” that is not true.

    Adkins justified his position by citing TWO facts that are not true, if you include “Plan B is an abortificant”, a speculation which has been thoroughly debunked over a decade ago and several times since by studies designed to discover whether or not there was any basis for that lie.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/health/research/morning-after-pills-dont-block-implantation-science-suggests.html?pagewanted=all

  8. 8
    jomike

    This Akin brouhaha is basically a Kinsley Gaffe for the GOP. It is helpfully highlighting the glaring inconsistency of moderate Republicans such as Romney, who support exceptions for abortion rape & incest victims while simultaneously supporting “personhood” legislation & constitutional amendments.

  9. 9
    Gregory in Seattle

    When one has nothing but shit in the stockroom, you do what you can to sell shit.

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