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Book review nails Mike Huckabee

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New York Times columnist Gail Collins reviews Mike Huckabee's literary output today. It is not always a pretty sight.

That old Mike Huckabee spent his defining years as a minister and had sympathy for the most ostracized of the downtrodden, like illegal immigrants. “It hardly seems Americans should truly feel threatened by people who pluck chickens, pick tomatoes, make beds, wash dishes or mow lawns,” he wrote in “From Hope to Higher Ground.”

The best solution to the problem, he said, was to allow people who are here illegally to “pay a reasonable fine” and then put them on a path to legal citizenship. (The to-do list recommended: “Attend a naturalization ceremony.”)

The new book, however, is by a Huckabee whose defining life experience seems to have been hanging out at the Fox studios. Perhaps he contracted some sort of personality-changing virus. Or maybe visitors from another planet swooped down and switched his brain with Glenn Beck’s.

In “A Simple Government,” Huckabee laces into Democrats for suggesting that illegals “pay a fine and back taxes” and then be put on a path to legal citizenship. That’s “amnesty!” Mike 2.0 hates it!

Colllins catches, too, the familiar Huckabee tactic of saying something smarmily insincere right before sticking a shiv in someone.

The new book is basically one long howl about the Obama White House, whose occupants Huckabee compares to “the kid in school who waves his A test score in front of the entire class but never gets picked to play baseball. He’s an arrogant nerd, and no matter how smart he is, he can’t hit, he can’t throw and he can’t run.”

This is after he warns, in the introduction, that “if you’ve come here looking for a personal attack on President Obama and those in Washington, you should head to another shelf in the bookstore.” That’s on Page 1. The brain-switching space alien arrived somewhere around Page 6.

Maybe the Huckster won't get the media free ride he enjoyed in 2008.

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