by Max Brantley
Rosso introduces me to The Beast, who closes his blogging year with a list of the 50 most loathsome people. The presidential candidate from Arkansas checks in at No. 47.
What's worse, a calculating politician pretending to be a devout Christian, or a genuine heartland preacher who didn't come from no monkey? Huckabee is both -- a Southern Baptist who rejects Darwin, wants to give everyone a gun and thinks people with AIDS should be quarantined, and a seedy, corrupt politician who's never seen a payoff so low he won't stoop to pick it up.
But, hey, 47 is way down the list from Bush and Cheney at Nos. 1 and 2.