Douglas MacKinnon

It appears to many, that New Year’s Eve was the day that the last wobbling wheel of the Huckabee bandwagon, spun off before the “inevitable” crash of his hypocritical and mean spirited campaign.

For it was on the last day of 2007, that this “man of God” decided to hold a news conference to unveil a nasty and negative ad aimed at former Governor Mitt Romney. An unsavory ad that was devised and filmed by Huckabee in the midst of the Christmas holiday.

But wait. As Huckabee got to the podium to announce the ad campaign, he had a Machiavellian change of heart. “No,” he decided basically on the spot. The ad would not run. “Enough was enough.”

Clearly, the “enough was enough” uttered by Huckabee really meant enough of spending his dwindling campaign resources to do his own dirty work. Like Vladimir Lenin in the past, it was Huckabee’s intent to rely on “useful idiots” in the media to flood the nation with his disingenuous and insulting message. Unfortunately for Huckabee, the fifty or so national and local reporters gathered for his news conference, literally laughed in his face at his desperate and transparent attempt to use them.

Worse than witnessing what the Associated Press deemed a “bizarre news conference,” many in the media began to speculate as to how little respect Huckabee had for the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Does he think so little of them that he does not believe they are intelligent enough to figure out that he is gleefully perfecting the art of slander while consistently denying the same to their face? As one major news organization just asked, does Huckabee simply think of these valued voters as nothing more than “rubes.” Maybe Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and Fox News said it best when he offered, “Huckabee is in a real campaign and he can’t handle it.”

If Huckabee can’t handle the pressures of a presidential campaign, how can he deal with an increasingly chaotic and dangerous world? As a news organization just pointed out, “He hasn’t helped himself with a series of foreign policy gaffes.”

For instance, why did he offer “our apologies” for the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto? Aside from that strange response, why does he amateurishly talk of sending U.S. forces into Pakistan to hunt down one man? A plan that would further risk destabilizing an already fragile Pakistani government and produce an outcome that could allow the nuclear weapons of that nation to fall into the hands of Islamic terrorists. To all of this, a rival candidate said that Huckabee’s comments “are not consistent with someone who understands the nature of the world we live in.”

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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