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.