by Max Brantley
On his November 22 program, Huckabee hosted former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), who is now a lobbyist for casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands corporation and a national co-chair for The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG), which Adelson formed and bankrolls. The Washington Post recently described a ban on Internet gambling as "the item on top of Adelson's wish list."
RealClearPolitics reported in October that Adelson is perhaps "the most coveted man in Republican presidential politics" because of his large donations to Republican causes. Adelson is reportedly "weighing which Republican contender to patronize in 2016, and there is reason to believe he will consider Huckabee. The two men are friends and speak occasionally by phone."
If Huckabee wants to gain favors with Adelson, he certainly helped his cause during the Lincoln segment. Huckabee aired an anti-Internet gambling ad from CSIG, encouraged people to visit the group's website (which Fox displayed on-screen), and said anyone who doesn't support their efforts "should be thrown out" of Congress. Lincoln defended brick and mortar casinos as responsible institutions that contribute to the economy. Huckabee and Fox News did not mention Lincoln and CSIG's connections to Adelson during the segment.