There was a time back in 2008 when I started becoming aware of Mike Huckabee that I thought that he seemed like a compassionate conservative, someone who was religious but also cared about helping the poor. He would go on shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and act all affable and avuncular and talk a good game, as if he was a reasonable person.
But it soon became apparent that it is all a façade, that I had been completely hoodwinked, and that he is a raging and hateful bigot masked by an urbane manner. His latest outburst is to argue, using some truly weird logic that betrays a lack of understanding of the interplay of the three branches of government, that states would have the right to ignore the US Supreme Court if it were to declare that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.
Even Jon Stewart, who had also seemed to fall for Huckabee’s bogus reasonableness, seems to be realizing that he is being completely disingenuous about what he says when he comes on shows like his. In his interview with him two days ago, Stewart was far more skeptical that he has been before, shooting down Huckabee’s bogus implication than the people in the ‘heartland’, wherever the hell that is and whoever the hell they are but who presumably think just like him, are better than the rest of us.
Huckabee is an awful man.
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