Matt Lewis

Much is being made today of Mike Huckabee's 1992 comments regarding AIDS. 

I have three thoughts:

1.  I am not convinced that Huckabee's past stand will hurt him in a Republican Primary -- particulary in the Iowa Caucus ...

2. Regardless of whether his comments were right or wrong, Huckabee has wisely avoided backtracking.  When you backtrack in politics, two things usually happen:    a) You don't win over your enemies, and b) you actually anger your supporters who agreed with you from the beginning ... 

3.  It's important to put the comments in context; Just a year earlier -- in 1991 -- Magic Johnson announced publicly that he was HIV-positive.  This was a stunning revelation, and most people believed Johnson would be dead within a few years.  Obviously, that was not the case.  While AIDS had been around since the 80s, the perception has changed dramatically in the past 15 years.

Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis is conservative writer and blogger based in Alexandria, VA.

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