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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The 'paradoxical Republican'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 4:41 PM

The Huckster apparently applied that label to himself in an interview with a New Hampshire reporter. We were interested in the article's description of Huckabee as an opponent of same-sex marriage, but open to the idea of civil unions. It's our reading, and that of many others, that such arrangements are prohibited by the sweeping Arkanasas constitutional amendment that the Huckster whole-heartedly endorsed. (In fact, in a candidate survey in 2002, he explicitly said he opposed civil unions, according to an article at the time in the Democrat-Gazette.) Perhaps he was misquoted by the New Hampshire paper. Or perhaps he's trying to make himself appear a bit more moderate in New England. Pandering, in other words.

That old Huckster obsession with money shows through, too, in this passage about his claim to be the real man from Hope:

Much has been made of Huckabee's parallels with Clinton, another longtime Arkansas governor who boasted little name recognition when he set his sights on the White House. For starters, Huckabee's from Hope, the Clinton birthplace made famous in the 1992 campaign as an analogy for Clinton himself.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Huckabee pointed out that he's the man with the real Hope bona fides.

"I tell people, 'I grew up there, I went to high school there, married a girl from there. My family never had enough money to get out of there,'" he said. Clinton, on the other hand, moved away as a schoolchild, he said.

"But it just sounded better," he said, imitating a Clinton drawl, "to say, 'I believe in a place called Hope' than it does to say, 'I believe in a place called Hot Springs.'"

We do believe Clinton carried Hope and surrounding Hempstead County in his last election there; something neither Huckabee nor his wife can claim.

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