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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hits on Mike Huckabee keep coming

Posted By on Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 7:37 AM

My in-box is full of links to national news articles and commentary about Mike Huckabee's very bad week — his over-the-top and erroneous comments about Barack Obama's childhood and Natalie Portman's pregnancy and his unwillingness to man up and give a simple apology. Instead, he compounded the errors with more dishonesty.

Well, this is old news around here. But it's apparently news nationwide. And that's Huckabee's problem. Once these story lines get going, they are hard to turn around. Ask Al Gore. The difference here is that there's abundant video evidence of Huckabee's lip slips. Much of the Gore attack was folklore. A couple of examples:

* Arianna Huffington:

This week saw the ongoing implosion of a once-likable figure who gave a crazy interview, refused to apologize, and made it worse the more he kept talking.

* Pithier was Daily Kos:

Huckabee built his brand on being an affable conservative, but in less than two weeks he's managed to expose himself as a dishonest and vicious asshole. And that's one egg he's not going to be able to unscramble.

* Jason Linkins at Huffington Post:

This has not been a very good week for presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee. Unless of course, your standard for "good week for Mike Huckabee" is "Mike Huckabee said a bunch of stuff that will appeal directly to the sort of insane voters he needs to court to win the GOP presidential primary," in which case it's been a great week for Mike Huckabee. But if you view "greatness" by any other standard (i.e. not relevant to the narrow tribal politics that pervade our inter-party rivalries) then no, it's not been good.

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