Fox News invited Fox talker Mike Huckabee on TV Sunday and he gave them a headline:
His chances of running again for president in 2016 are up to 50-50. He swore he hadn't sought out the boomlet of interviews in which he allowed he was sticking his toe in presidential waters again. Uh huh. Keeping his options open. (And hawking another "book.") It's good for business, Chris Wallace note. Wallace pressed him if he really had the fire to campaign. He said he did.
Other stuff to do includes capitalizing to the max on the Duck Dynasty
saga. The remarks were a blend of faux Huckabee reasonableness, larded with straw men and velvet-gloved smack downs of people who don't see the world as he does.
Duckhead Phil Robertson is just a traditional values guy,
Huckster said, just like President Obama. Huckster professes to be very tolerant of homosexuals himself, working with them even. If you can imagine. Though he abhors their sinning ways, of course.
It's intolerance Huckabee hates, see, and militant homosexuals and their allies are no longer tolerant. From Raw Story:
“What we’ve seen is, there’s a new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups, who if anyone says something that holds to the same position that Barack Obama held in 2008, when he was at the Saddleback Church with John McCain, made it clear very clear that he opposed same sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views.”
“If [Obama's] position was OK in 2008,” Huckabee asked, “how come it isn’t OK in 2013, or 2014?”
Wallace answered him by noting that it’s not the substance of what Robertson said that many people found offensive, but the manner in which he said it.
Huckabee acknowledged that Robertson’s words were “more appropriate for the duck woods than the pages of a major news magazine,” and that Robertson’s comment that “no [black people] were singing the blues” before the Civil Rights Movement was inaccurate.
But he insisted that the “real issue” was that GLAAD and Human Rights Watch called out A&E over the comments about same-sex marriage.
Yes, all over gays are bullying he-men. But there was also that Huckabee reasonableness amid the nonsense. Duckhead should have kept in the duck blinds his coarse talk, he said. You know, the likes of comparing homosexuality to bestiality and felonious criminals. And, wow. Huckabee even acknowledged some black people — though presumably none of the happy dark folks Duckhead Robertson was pals with in the liberal precincts of Caddo Parish, La., in the 1960s — might have sung the blues before civil rights and welfare and entitlements came along, as Robertson had suggested.
Classic straw man stuff. But happy day! You can still buy your Duck Dynasty crapola in Cracker Barrel.
The faux country cooking chain, which had removed some Duckhead junk from its shelves, is putting it back after a barrage of Religious Right-generated protests
. It is very, very sorry. Just like it was very, very sorry back when it used
to segregate black customers and served them racial slurs rather than turnip greens. Duck Robertson never saw that because, as you know, he never saw a black person who even felt he was mistreated by white people until welfare came along.
One last comment here: Mike Huckabee and many like him defend Duckhead's right to say whatever he wants to say, however offensive or ignorant. Sure. And A&E or Cracker Barrel can distance themselves from rude ignoramuses. Or they may not. And people may choose their TV networks and retail outlets and junk products in response to all these prompts.
I never said A&E should fire Duckhead or that Cracker Barrel should stop selling his brand of junk.
I just said Phil Robertson was thoroughly ignorant in his remarks about the pre-civil rights South and deeply offensive in remarks about gay people and practitioners of other world religions.
Sounds like Mike Huckabee agrees with me. Yes, he chose to put it quite a bit more delicately rather than offend his base. Cracker Barrel for lunch anyone? Have to wait until tomorrow for Chick-fil-A. Don't forget your camo.