One of the very first posts I ever wrote on this blog was about Mike Huckabee and how bat-shit insane he really is. It was about the Huckabee's creepy weirdo "covenant marriage":
The process the Huckabees used to actually go through with this inauspicious reaffirmation of life-long bliss eerily resembled the nutty mass weddings carried out by Unification Church “Messiah” and certifiable wackadoo, Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Some 6,500 Arkansans filled the arena to witness the incarnation of Arkansas’ 2001 Covenant Marriage Law. One could almost conjure the image of 6,500 country folk doing a creepy group-think thing as Mike and Janet answered three easy questions: Had they both participated in counseling before taking this “step”? (They had, though they’ve also had 31 years of regular-people marriage to work through their issues as well, so in a way, it’s almost not fair). Had the proper affidavit been notarized? (It had. Perhaps Mrs. Huckabee had taken time off from – no kidding – selling siding and windows to go on down to the local notary and take care of business.) Did they have a copy of their marriage license? (No, they did not. Mike had to excuse himself from the crowd of 6,500, run out to the truck, fish around in the glove compartment and find the damn thing. Fine, not really. But wouldn’t it have been perfect if he had?)
Crazy as a shit house rat, yes.
But stupid, no. Politically tone-deaf, no.
I will admit to holding my breath a little bit on the Huckabee thing, as to whether he was going to run for President. I am glad he is not. Not because I think he could beat Obama so handily -- I think it's clear even Huckabee realizes he can't -- but because if anyone could, it'd be Huckabee.
It's easy to laugh at Mike Huckabee (I clearly do it all the time). But you do so at your own peril. The guy has a strategic and cunning political mind, and it is not to be underestimated. And it frequently is.
The GOP field for the nomination in 2012 is starting to look like the bar scene on Tatooine, as Eugene Robinson pointed out.
Who in the hell are these guys?
What are they doing here?
I realize you'll never get the inside scoop from a Republican, but you have to wonder just how demoralized these guys are.
[NOTE: to prove my point on the demoralization thing, I had a prominent Republican ask me a few days before bin Laden was killed, "How's Obama workin' out for ya'?" I'll spare you my answer, which was satisfactory, I assure you. When I asked him what his beef was with Obama, he said -- I'm not making this up -- "gas prices." A few days after bin Laden was killed, the same Republican said to me, "Yeah, so your guy got one terrorist, big whoop." He then proceeded to make a bigoted "joke". Not making any of that up. But I tell it to give you insight into the troubled, sad mind of the dejected Republican voter. These guys got nobody.]
Hey, look, I don't think I'm writing Huckabee's obituary. I have a sinking feeling we've not seen the last of the Huck. But for now, I can put him out of my mind.
So. Who's next?