Mike Huckabee was in town to endorse his fellow Floridian, Jim Keet, for governor – of Arkansas – and said he wished he was running for something himself. Many find comfort in the knowledge that he's not.
A near-moderate at one time, Huckabee has grown more and more spooky since he's been able to devote his full time to Republican politics. There are no near-moderates left in that party. Karl Rove, who helped steal presidential elections for the Right, is too far Left for the Teabagging element.
(More Arkansas-Florida connection: Tim Griffin, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second District, is a Rove protege and made his unsavory reputation in the Sunshine State, keeping ballots away from Democratic voters. On the other hand, John Boozman, the Republican candidate for the Senate, has no strong link to Florida, and only a vague idea of where it is.)
Like Huckabee, Keet has degenerated with his party, yet there's still a trace of stability about him that may annoy the Teabaggers. They probably like his casual attitude toward taxes, though. Failure to pay and failure to assess seem fairly common occurrences with Keet, who says that the missus is supposed to keep an eye on things like that. We imagine an aide to Governor Keet advising him, "Governor, we forgot to collect the sales tax last month," and Keet shouting "DOODY!" We can't imagine Huckabee shouting "JANET!" Mrs. Huckabee is not the sort to be shouted at.
A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would make Governor Keet a better citizen, or at least a more alert one. Coburn's bill would require members of Congress to disclose any delinquent taxes and to have their wages garnished until the debt is paid. It could be amended to cover governors.
"Murky legalities are nothing new when it comes to medical marijuana. Using marijuana with or without a prescription remains illegal under federal law. But a recent memo from the U.S. Justice Department suggests that the Obama administration won't prosecute marijuana users who are abiding by state laws." In the Bush administration, drug warrior Asa Hutchinson targeted bedridden sufferers who were using state-approved marijuana to relieve their pain. "Those who can't run are the easiest to catch" was the Drug Enforcement Administration motto in those dark days. Medical marijuana is not on the ballot in Arkansas this year, but one day it will be. And when it is, it will be approved by Arkansas voters. We're not all as mean as Hutchinson.