Douglas MacKinnon

            When asked for a response, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said Huckabee was acting small.  “This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee.  If we’re going to move the party forward, we need to offer more than personal recriminations.  Unfortunately, in this book, Mike Huckabee is consumed with presumed slights, and he seems more interested in settling scores than in bringing people together.”

            Mr. Fehrnstrom is wrong.  Obviously, it’s not “beneath Mike Huckabee.”  In case he has forgotten, let me remind the Romney spokesman of a Huckabee classic.

            On the last day of 2007, this “man of God” decided to hold a news conference to unveil a nasty and negative ad aimed at former Governor 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.  Of course, his change of heart had nothing to do with being “Christian” at Christmas-time and everything to do with trying to get the media to do his dirty work for him and run the ad for free.

       During that same primary campaign, there were reports that Huckabee told a Pastor that God speaks to him.  In recounting all of this to an Evangelical friend of mine, the friend responded, “The tiny man who runs Iran and wants to wipe the United States and Israel off the face of the earth, also says God speaks to him.  No Christian should use the Lord as a cheap campaign gimmick.”

            From that conversation sprung the Huckabee-like character in my novel.  What if an ultra-religious former governor became president and twisted the Christian faith to fit his own demented needs?  How would our nation and the Christian faith react to such blasphemy?

            Should he want to read a fictionalized defense of Christianity and religion, I’d be honored to send Mike Huckabee a signed copy of my novel.  Hopefully, he won’t blame Mitt Romney for the hauntingly familiar character.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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