It Could Have Been Huckabee

Timothy Kincaid

September 15th, 2008

So far this presidential campaign season has seen a markedly reduced emphasis on cultural issues. Unlike George Bush’s efforts to define his distinction from John Kerry by the extent to which he reviled gay couples and sought the restriction of their rights, Sen. John McCain has mostly avoided any reference to gay couples and has, at times, seemed almost apologetic for his views.

But it might not have been this way. Governor Huckabee was considered a credible candidate and could have been the Republican Party’s nominee. And Huckabee would have delighted in crafting his campaign around anti-gay activism – oh, pardon me, protection of marriage, family, and (I kid you not) the universe.

Huckabee was in Southern California this weekend to preach sermons about Proposition 8. The Ventura Star reports

The former Arkansas governor and Southern Baptist preacher spoke from the pulpit of Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks in two services focused on Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. He told about 1,000 people that marriage was created and defined by God, just as the Mona Lisa was created by Leonardo da Vinci.

“God doesn’t want me to take my brush and paint over his masterpiece,” he said.

Huckabee may appreciate Da Vinci’s work today. But somehow I find it easy to imagine that he would be among those who supported the 1476 prosecution of the artist on sodomy charges.

After all,

Huckabee said he wasn’t there to tell people how to vote on Proposition 8. But he told people that laws related to both life and marriage will determine the future of the universe.

And anything can be justified when you’re protecting the future of the universe.

AJD

September 15th, 2008

“He told about 1,000 people that marriage was created and defined by God, just as the Mona Lisa was created by Leonardo da Vinci.”

Such a comical adventure in illogic. I actually considered registering as a Republican just to keep Huckabee from winning the primary.

I don’t think it’s hard to imagine at all that he would have supported the prosecution of Da Vinci. He does, after all, have a history of associating with Christian Reconstructionists.

Duncan

September 15th, 2008

Had Huckabee won he would had done worse than McGovern. He lost the primaries because he could not expand out of his electoral niche, and that is almost entirely Republican. He’d have been the Democrats’ dream.

tristram

September 15th, 2008

Talk about setting a low bar! McCain goes on one of the top-rated daytime talk shows and sounds ‘almost apologetic’ that he doesn’t think the lesbian host should be able to share in a wide range of rights, responsibilities and benefits of American citizenship because of her sexual preference. That’s like Michael Phelps sounding almost funny on SNL.

The only executive decision McCain has made thus far was his choice of a running mate. And all the gay-baiting rightwing talkshow hosts and Christianist leaders are ecstatic. They know they’re going to get their culture war without having to live with Huckabee’s economic heresies. And there’s a damn good chance they’re going to have one of their own in the Oval Office in the near future.

Michigan-Matt

September 16th, 2008

tristam, no offense, but Phelps is another studpuppy Michigan Wolverine so you might want to step cautiously in those piles you usually leave behind… ggggr (and a wink).

I’m glad that MikeHuck-a-Boom is headed for the political scrap heap. He was an extension of the values-driven, divisive politics of the ol’ GOP. Good riddance.

McCain is a fresh start for the GOP. Unlike Huck-a-Boom, McCain’s the nominee because of open primaries and the huge influence of non-GOPers and political independents and GOP moderates in the primaries. Groups that Hick-a-Boom could have never courted.

These quotes, tho’ not the worst I’ve seen from Mike Huck-a-Boom, demonstrate why a moderate-to-liberal, maverick GOPer like McCain was the best choice ever. If it had been Huck-a-Boom, we’d be talking about how many gayGOPers and moderateGOPers were heading over to BarryO’Biden (yikes)… instead, all the talk is about the hordes of angry Hillary gals stampeding to the McCain-Palin banner and victory.

Swampfox

September 16th, 2008

I am glad to say that I had the honor to vote against Huckabee when he ran for Republican nomination. I guess that we are all going to have to put up the poor man, he is relatively young.

Timothy Kincaid

September 16th, 2008

Michigan Matt,

Please do not use derogative nick-names here. thanks.

L. Junius Brutus

September 16th, 2008

No substantive difference between these two. McCain will pursue the exact same policies that Huckabee would, appoint the same type of judges (those who do not believe in constitutional rights). As a matter of fact, I wish he were the nominee, and that he would campaign for Proposition 8, that would only hurt it because of his unpopularity there, as well as hurt his own campaign, because he would focus on this issue when people are focused on things that actually affect their own lives.

Michigan-Matt

September 17th, 2008

It’s curious to me that the ending line of the BTB article ran a bell, but I just couldn’t place it.

“And anything can be justified when you’re protecting the future of the universe.”

And then it hit me while waiting to fill up the Hummer, that line is exactly why many farRight types found Al Gore’s personal mission to save the Earth from global warmists so repugnant and self-righteous.

Like Huckabee, Al Gore also thought more of himself than the voters did. Like Huckabee, Al Gore pressed his singular vision for a new world order upon all those who would listen –and even forcibly on those who would not.

Like Huckabee, Al Gore was a keen manipulator of the media and tapped into a marginal, fringe segment of the political elites in order to gain traction for his strident agenda.

Like Huckabee, Al Gore played to the honest sentiments of the public while acting in a manner completely different from the message he was preaching –you know, the GulfStream jets with just him on board, the massive energy consuming mansion in Nashville, the limo awaiting and running the a/c and engine while he lectured others inside the hall about “sacrafices for the betterment of Earth” and, who could forget, the scam of buying carbon offset credits like Papal Indulgences for the energy-consumptive challenged?

That’s why that line triggered a deja vu moment.

Only now it’s Mike Huckabee that can “… justif(y anything) when you’re protecting the future of the universe.”

Who’d have thought: Al Gore and Mike Huckabee sharing a dually appropriate moment in time?

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