by Max Brantley
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Exclusive - Mike Huckabee Extended Interview Pt. 2|
Mike Huckabee gets exposure for self and his new volume of musings from Jon Stewart and the Daily Show. Stewart responds to Huckabee's criticism of mishandling of the race question by Republicans by pointing to the clear intent of GOP/Fox News' racial scare-mongering. You can't reach out to people you use to scare others, Stewart observed. Huckabee defended his employer Fox, naturally.
Stewart's takeaway from Republican messaging: "If you don't vote with Republicans it's because of your own lack of virtue." Huckabee objected. He also did one of his classic flipbacks: he said the problem is people being unfair to Christians.
Stewart, whose kindness to Huckabee has always been somewhat mystifying, indicates that the scales are falling from his eyes. "I never know who you are anymore," he said. The nice grandfather in his new writing? Or the narrator of the ad suggesting hellfire for people who vote against "values that will stand the test of time." Huckabee did the usual rope-a-dope. Stewart wasn't buying that hell wasn't the intended message of the Huckabee ad. The second video is the key part of that exchange. Stewart said it appeared that Huckabee would tell him one thing, to appear reasonable, and then go on another channel and say something far different. Do tell.
Stewart particularly pressed Huckabee on demonizing gay families and women who chose to have abortion. For Huckabee, Stewart noted, the idea that life begins at conception means rape victims can't have abortions and people with medical barriers can't have in vitro fertilization. Smiling and amiable, Huckabee didn't dispute but changed subjects.
Side note: Huckabee used the show as an opportunity to again repeat his claim that he got 49 percent of the black vote in Arkansas when he ran for governor. He certainly got more black votes than typical Republican candidates. But 49 percent of all black voters? Doubtful. For example, see the precinct in downtown Little Rock where Gov. Huckabee himself voted in 2002 and which is a majority black precinct. It went 87-12 for Jimmie Lou Fisher. Those numbers were repeated across the city's black precincts.
The full extended interview is available at the Daily Show website.