Mike Huckabee's mouth -- again | Arkansas Blog

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mike Huckabee's mouth -- again

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 12:12 PM

The New York Times magazine this Sunday features the race for U.S. Senate in Florida between establishment Republican Charlie Crist and the teabaggers' darling, Marco Rubio, who's been endorsed by former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee.

The Huckster quote machine delivers again, first on whether Republicans should be a "big tent" party:

“For a lot of people,” Mike Huckabee told me, “this race has become a real classic encounter between whether the party is going to be a let’s-be-all-things-to-all-people party or whether we’re going to be a principled conservative party that espouses things out of genuine conviction.” Huckabee recently said that the instinct to “accommodate every view” would “kill the conservative movement.”

Then Huck shows how far you must go to be a modern-day Republican on  the local controversy of Crist giving President Obama an embrace:

And while the photos of Crist hugging Obama might look bad (“I nearly lost my lunch,” Huckabee told me), Crist said the hug was the “civil and respectful” thing to do. It was Obama’s first visit to Florida as president. “It’s how I was raised,” he said. “It’s the president of the United States. And I don’t apologize for it.”

A writer at Talking Points Memo wasn't impressed by the nauseated Huckster.

That's pretty ugly. What would Huckabee have had the governor do, push the President of the United States away? Of course not.

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