Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…nope. There’s no fooling me twice–especially in politics. Once a politician does or says something truly and willfully unethical, I always remember it. This time, the politician in question is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher, already told a blatant lie several weeks ago when he defended a Super PAC ad that grossly mischaracterized [score]Ted Cruz[/score]. Now he’s at it again.
Following the “New York values” battle between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee decided to also stand with Donald Trump.
Just to recap, during the last Republican debate, Ted Cruz claimed Donald Trump held “New York values.” Every conservative knows what that means, and Cruz even explained it at the debate. He noted that while there are many good, hard-working New Yorkers, those with “New York values” are usually pro-abortion, anti-faith, tax and spend leftist elites.
Trump replied by drawing the 9/11 card.
Cruz has since pointed to an interview Trump gave in 1999 when he matter of factly differentiated his values from those of the rest of the country. When asked about gays in the military and partial-birth abortion, Trump said:
“It would not disturb me. I mean, hey, I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life, so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa, perhaps…I’m very pro-choice…and again, it may be a little bit of a New York background, because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country, and you know, I was raised in New York, and grew up and work and everything else in New York City.”
Given the disingenuousness of Trump’s 9/11 answer, as well as his constantly evolving “morals,” one would like to believe Huckabee the Baptist would side with Cruz. Instead, last weekend, while campaigning in South Carolina, Huckabee was asked if he believed Trump was sincere. He replied:
“I have no reason to doubt him. He’s pretty outspoken. You’ve got to give him credit for that…If you want to talk about a candidate who’s switched positions, you got a bunch of them out there who changed themselves on [the] Trans Pacific Partnership, on ethanol, and on foreign policy–and all over the board. So, you know, Donald Trump’s positions, if they changed, they changed over 15 years, not the last 15 minutes.”
What is Huckabee thinking? Could he be jealous that Ted Cruz has captured the evangelical vote that used to belong to him, so he’s throwing as many knives as he can? Is he so upset that he’s willing to lie multiple times, and side with Donald Trump, the most obviously non-conservative candidate to run for the Republican nomination in years? Perhaps he’s also jockeying for a place in a Trump cabinet come 2017. It all seems very Palin-esque.
Almost worse than the alleged lies themselves is how easily dispatched they are. He’s not even trying to lie well. Fortunately, Huckabee has hinted that if he doesn’t place within the top three in Iowa, he’ll drop out. So we only have to wait 10 more days until we’re rid of him.
I once admired Mike Huckabee. Now I know exactly what he is.