Mike Huckabee’s Latest Disgraceful Radio Performance
Back in August, The Nation was singing Mike Huckabee’s praises. I believe that was when he was pushing his whole kinder, gentler talk radio shtick: “Mike Huckabee is an unusual creature in American politics: a civilized social conservative”. That’s right, The Nation – it doesn’t get any more left than that
If you came in late to The Mike Huckabee Show on a recent afternoon, you might have wondered if you tuned in to the wrong station. A voice (not Huckabee’s, to be sure) was laying out the case for legal abortion. Huckabee, a Baptist minister, former governor of Arkansas and runner-up in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, has repeatedly compared abortion to slavery. The voice belonged to Huckabee’s guest Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president. Conservative talk radio is not known for welcoming dissenting opinions, even from within the conservative tent, much less outside of it. So what did Huckabee say in response?
“I respect that view,” Huckabee responded gently. He went on to say, of course, that he is “vigorously pro-life.” But when’s the last time you heard a conservative talk radio host say that he respects the pro-choice position?
Now this from PJ Media today: Governor Mike Huckabee Sings the Praises of Oliver Stone. My, what a culture warrior he is. If Huckabee’s the future of talk radio, as I’ve seen claimed, you may as well stick a fork in it. It’s done.
… yesterday, Huckabee revealed the dangers of such a stance. He had as guests on his radio program none other than Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, there to give their TV series, The Untold History of the United States, more publicity and attention. Listen to the interview, and you will find one of the most disgraceful interviews by a conservative that you will ever hear.
You might expect that Huckabee (or his staff) would have done some homework and, if he chose to have these two advocates of what Roger L. Simon rightfully calls “Stalin porn” on his program, asked them challenging questions. If so, you will be waiting a long, long time. Instead of asking them any tough questions at all, Huckabee allowed them to use their assigned time to spout leftist propaganda without any objection or disagreement. Indeed, at one point, historian Kuznick praised Joseph Stalin and chastised the United States during World War II for not doing Stalin’s bidding, arguing that the U.S. could have come to their aid earlier and not refused a second front in Europe when Stalin wanted it. After all, Kuznick said, Stalin was “anti-fascist” when no other powers were.
Read the whole thing. I’ve never liked Huckabee and as far as I’m concerned, he remains the disgraceful opportunist, politically and otherwise, he’s always been.