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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mike Huckabee pours more whine

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 8:37 AM

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The hot new Daily Beast news website excerpts Mike Huckabee's new book "Do the Right Thing" under the headline, "Mike Huckabee's Sour Grapes." In it, The Huckster moans about press treatment for shooting his hand up as a disbeliever in evolution. How could he be expected to understand junior high science?

Sound Politics writes: "Mike Huckabee plays selfish attack dog, not GOP leader."

The Tribune Media sees it as a position paper for 2012. His national bus tour focuses on places that were friendly to him in the 2008 primaries and offer promise in the next election.

Arkansas Republicans whomp on Huck, too. Here, blogger David Kinkade addresses the post-book-release Huckabee whine that the press has focused too much on his sniping at Romney, Thompson, press, etc., and not his broader themes.

Now, keep in mind that this is a classic (and clever) Huckabee move, to consciously provoke a controversy and then to discount the controversy as being beside the point, suggesting that those who focus on the controversy are just trying to stir up trouble. And then reaping the public relations benefits of the controversy nonetheless….

For example, remember the “cross in the background” business around his Christmas ad last year? Which he pretended was just a coincidence, but his consultant Ed Rollins later admitted was a conscious decision?

Also, on the jump, a reader quibbles with The Huckster's Bible knowledge. Sword drill, anyone? It appears Huck needs Old Testament remediation.

Reminder: Tons of similar commentary on the Huckabook yesterday, too.

LETTER FROM READER

In his latest book Huckabee says,

“I lamented that so many people of faith had moved from being prophetic voices — like Naaman, confronting King David in his sin and saying, ‘Thou art the man!’— to being voices of patronage, and saying to those in power, ‘You da’ man!’
http://wonkette.com/404422/mike-huckabee-writes-whiny-book-about-how-awful-everyone-else-is

The passage of the Bible that Huckabee is referring to is II Samuel chapters 11 and 12. Chapters 11 and 12 of II Samuel tell the story of David and Bathsheba.

Huckabee is getting the details of this story mixed up. Naaman didn't confront King David and say "thou art the man". King David was confronted in his sin with Bathsheba by Nathan not Naaman.

Nathan came to David and told him a parable about a rich evil man and a poor loving man and used the moral of the story to convict King David of his sin. Naaman has nothing to do with King David and the story of Bathsheba.

Naaman was a Syrian general who had leprosy. God healed him when he bathed himself in the Jordan River. Naaman's story is told in II Kings and takes place many years after King David's death in the time of Elisha.

This is a link to some commentary and the story of Naaman.
http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=2&letter=N

This is a link to a commentary on the parable of Nathan and King David.
http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/1012.htm

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