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Mike Huckabee's daily knee-slapper: Compares being gay with drinking, cussing

Posted By on Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 4:36 PM

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residential-campaign-in-waiting has become monstrous Internet click bait for his tortured metaphors, silly stretches of logic and obvious pandering to the narrow religious extremist base that decides the Iowa caucus.

Today, again, the subject was homosexuality, which Huckabee in the past has compared with child sexual abuse. Of course he doesn't approve of same sex marriage. But that doesn't mean he can't get along with the lesbians, gays, queer, etc.

He got another Sunday morning talk slot, on CNN, and added to past nonsense on everything from President Obama's coddling of Muslim terrorists to Beyonce's dirty dancing.

Here's Gawker's account of Huckabee's effort to roll back appearances of his intolerance with that tried and true excuse: SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE ……..

Explaining how he could have (possibly imaginary) gay friends, Huckabee told host Dana Bash, "People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle," before veering off into a kind of folksy anti-gay poetry (emphasis added):

I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don't drink alcohol, but gosh—a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but believe me, I've got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera—it's not my cup of tea. 

Later, the former Arkansas governor offered similarly awful similes about his inability to accept same-sex marriage as a Christian, saying:

It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that—I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard.

False analogies have long been Huck's stock in trade. Nobody is asking an anti-gay person to be gay. They are just saying that anti-gay business people should not be allowed to discriminate in housing, hiring or public services on account of their disapproval of someone's sexual orientation. The law, for example, would prevent an atheist hotel keeper from denying a room to Huckabee on account of his religion. And wouldn't Huck, by his reasoning, defend the right of a baker to refuse a wedding cake to someone who cursed, because it offended their religious sensibilities? Or drank? No, it's just the queers who should be objects of legal discrimination in Huck World.

The Huckster's comparing being gay to drinking or liking ballet has been getting a rough ride all over the web. But you know what they say: There's no such thing as bad publicity. Certainly not in the anti-gay churches that carry such influence over Iowa Republican caucuses. We can recoil, snigger or simply slap our foreheads and say "there he goes again." But Huckabee knows exactly what he's doing. That's what makes it truly reprehensible, saying awful things knowing it will appeal to base instincts.

We could hope that Mike Huckabee is on his way to becoming a cornpone Harold Stassen. But that would overestimate Republican caucus voters in Iowa and South Carolina and other parts of the GOP base.

ALSO: Good analysis of Huckabee's flawed analogy in Slate.

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