Monday, August 20, 2007

Credit Due

More reason to like GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee*. This is refreshingly honest...

"You know, I've never hated the Clintons. I still don't, I have great respect for them. He made a lot of mistakes — a lot of personal ones — but you know something that I think should not be forgotten. There's two things about Bill Clinton I tell Republicans, it drives them nuts, but here it is.

Number one, don't get it lost on you that a kid out of a very small, Southern rural state aspired to be President of the United States. This kid came from a dysfunctional family — alcoholic abusive father. And yet he didn't just aspire, he was elected president of the United States not once, but twice. That is an affirmation of the system. And it's a wonderful testament to give to every kid in America that no matter where you've come from, you've got an opportunity to do something extraordinary

The second thing, and this'll really wrangle, again, some of my Republican colleagues. Bill Clinton and Hillary went through some horrible experiences in their marriage, because of some of the reckless behavior that he has admitted he had. I'm not defending him on that — it's indefensible. But they kept their marriage together. And a lot of the Republicans who have condemned them, and who talk about their platform of family values, interestingly didn't keep their own families together."

Too bad for Huckabee, the combination of honesty and failure to demonize the Clintons is deadly for a GOP hopeful.

* "Like" only in the sense that in a field of GOP asshats I would never vote for, he seems like a decent enough guy. But still no one I want to be President.


Smitty said...

Go figure. The one Democrat with an actual plan (Edwards) is losing ground and the one Republican who exhudes honesty is also well-behind.

Why the fuck do I vote?

Mr Furious said...

Why the fuck do I vote?

To play defense? That's what it feels like.

S.W. Anderson said...

Huckabee impresses me as a thoroughly decent guy. Along with Chuck Hagel, he's among the very few surviving examples of a main-street Republican moderate as you're likely to find.

But then Huckabee is a Southern Baptist minister, so I expect he's fairly hard line on social issues.

Huckabee speaks of Clinton's lapses in a much gentler way than I did, at least before the GOP went on a politicas of personal destruction rampage.

In a time long ago and far away, I might've supported him for president. The political landscape has shifted too far right. These days, any Republican brings with him too many Rove, Cheney, DeLay, Wolfowitz, Mehlman, Cunningham and Michael Brown type people. Guilt by association, you say?

Too bad, but that's the way it is.