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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

He won't buy five copies for his mother

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 11:52 AM

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He's not on the cover, but Mike Huckabee gets the treatment from Matt Taibbi in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which illustrated the on-line story with this piece of art.

Huckabee tried hard -- with full Keith Richards shtick -- to charm Taibbi. He came close. But, apparently, no cigar, judging by this observation in the article, "Mike Huckabee: Our favorite right-wing nut job," about The Huckster's media success:

But all the attention on his salesmanship skills obscures the real significance of his rise within the Republican Party. Mike Huckabee represents something that is either tremendously encouraging or deeply disturbing, depending on your point of view: a marriage of Christian fundamentalism with economic populism. Rather than employing the ­patented Bush-Rove tactic of using abortion and gay rights to hoodwink low-­income Christians into supporting patrician, pro-corporate policies, Huckabee is a bigger-government Republican who emphasizes prison reform and poverty relief. In the world of GOP politics, he represents something entirely new — a cross between John Edwards and Jerry Falwell, an ordained Southern Baptist preacher who actually seems to give a shit about the working poor.

But Huckabee is also something else: full-blown nuts, a Christian goofball of the highest order. He believes the Earth may be only 6,000 years old, angrily rejects the evidence that human beings evolved from "primates" and thinks America wouldn't need so much Mexican labor if we allowed every aborted ­fetus to grow up and enter the workforce. To top it off, Huckabee also left behind a record of ethical missteps in the swamp of ­Arkansas politics that make White­water seem like a jaywalking ticket.

It's a funny piece. Check it out.

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