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Mike Huckabee threatens to leave GOP over insufficient bigotry, but still has time to endorse Bruce Westerman

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click to enlarge AS HUCK WOULD HAVE IT: The former Arkansas governor is ready to split with the GOP over gay marriage, but Bruce Westerman still makes the grade.
  • AS HUCK WOULD HAVE IT: The former Arkansas governor is ready to split with the GOP over gay marriage, but Bruce Westerman still makes the grade.

Via Right Wing Watch
, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is ready to stand on the courthouse steps refusing to issue marriage licenses as the National Guard storms in, is so fed with the GOP's white-flag-waving on the gays that he's ready to leave the party. 

On a broadcast of the American Family Association's "Today's Issues," he said, "I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue." The insufficient hostility toward gay people, Huckabee said, meant that Republicans were "guarantee they're going.to lose every election in the future. I guarantee it." 

He complained that too many Republicans were willing to "capitulate on the same-sex marriage issue and raise the white flag of surrender and just accept the inevitable. If the Republicans want to lose guys like me and a bunch of and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, then go ahead and abdicate on this issue." If GOPs proved wishy-washy on gays and abortion, Huck said, he'd leave the party, become an independent, and gather fellow travelers. You can hear the audio below.

All of which leads me to wonder whether he grilled Bruce Westerman, the Republican Fourth District Congressional candidate, before endorsing him yesterday. Presumably Westerman's anti-marriage-equality bona fides are just fine. I've heard that Huckabee is also doing some campaigning for Asa Hutchinson this week, but hey, Hutchinson sounded awfully white flaggy on gay marriage this week. 

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