Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Former dieter Huckabee: Eat mor chikin

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 6:12 AM

EAT MORE CHICKEN: So says the Huckster. No knife and fork needed with chicken nuggets.
  • EAT MORE CHICKEN: So says the Huckster. No knife and fork needed with chicken nuggets.
Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee has reaped a tidal wave of Internet citations for urging America to join him at Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1 to show their support for discrimination against gay people. The president of Chick-fil-A drew Huckabee's approval for strident opposition to same-sex marriage and his support of a variety of causes that work to abridge the rights of gay citizens.

Huckabee's support for a fried food purveyor, naturally, was too much for some commentators to resist. Such as Dana Milbank of Washington Post.

When he ran for president in 2008, Mike Huckabee spoke about the good eating habits that led to his 105-pound weight loss, and he often touted his book “Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork.”

Now Huckabee has found some of those pounds he lost, and he has a new message: He wants Americans to eat more fast food.

Milbank's point is more sweeping than Huckabee's found weight. He thinks Huckabee has done the chain no favors in making it a standard bearer for discrimination against gay people. Even the company has tried since its president's radio and published remarks to distance itself from any antipathy toward gay people in hiring and, particularly, to whom it sells fried food. Gay people's dollars are green, too.

I asked T.J. Parker, the owner of the Chick-fil-A franchise in Silver Spring, what he thought about Huckabee. He looked stricken, as he should: He operates in a blue part of a blue state, across the street from Ben & Jerry’s and down the block from Whole Foods. “For any comments involving anything, you have to contact public relations,” he pleaded.

If only Cathy, and Huckabee, had shown such restraint. They didn’t, and now Chick-fil-A seems destined to climb to the top of the left’s boycott list, already crowded by, among others, Wal-Mart, Target, Bayer, Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, Peabody Energy and United Parcel Service. Conservatives “buy-cott” such enterprises to counteract the boycotts, while observing their own long boycott list, including: AOL, Planet Hollywood, Nike, Southwest Airlines, General Mills, JCPenney, Starwood and Whole Foods.

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