Saucers of Mud

January 17, 2008

I ♣ Huckabee

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 9:27 pm

Charming; Huckabee is drawing support from a group that supports flying the Confederate flag. The anti-McCain ad condemns McCain for saying that his Confederate ancestors were “on the wrong side of history.” Which seems like about the mildest thing you could say about people who were fighting on the pro-slavery side. (Note: Some, perhaps many, Confederate soldiers were forcibly conscripted. They were still on the wrong side of history, even if it mostly wasn’t their fault. History is like that.)

Says Greg Sargent, “Huckabee has not distanced himself from the ads. Huckabee’s position on the issue is that the Federal government should stay out of states’ disputes over the flag.” I would say that this is a craven evasion, because you can believe that the Federal government should stay out of an issue and still condemn the side that takes the morally wrong position on an issue. But I don’t think that Huckabee does believe that you can take a moral position on an issue and still think that the federal government should stay out of it.

(NB: This blog does not endorse any of Huckabee’s rivals for the GOP nomination. The official position of this blog is that all the GOP candidates are the worst, except possibly for all the others.)



  1. Does no one remember the President’s elegant formulation? He usedta say folks like you should “butt out,” Matt.

    Comment by eric — January 17, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  2. […] putting up this post. If you don’t like what I’ve written, I suggest you take a look at his post on the subject and then fill his in-box with hate mail. Thanks also to Greg Sargent, whose post at […]

    Pingback by “Mike Huckabee’s stand is a breath of fresh air.”* « The Edge of the American West — January 18, 2008 @ 12:18 am

  3. When Huckabee says the federal government should stay out of states’ disputes over the flag, it sounds like he might be talking about inter-state disputes. So if, say, New Jersey doesn’t like South Carolina flying the Confederate flag, New Jersey should be allowed to launch an amphibious invasion of South Carolina and march on the state house to bring it down.

    Now there will probably be those of you who object that South Carolina and South Carolinians are more heavily armed than New Jersey. To this I say, don’t underestimate New Jersey, and also don’t forget who won Round 1.

    Comment by Ben — January 18, 2008 @ 6:08 am

  4. The NY Times reports that McCain is being slimed; one of the groups claims to support Huckabee and is making automated calls to 1 million phones to say McCain supports experimentation on unborn babies.
    Huckabee disowns this.

    Comment by Matt's mom — January 18, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

  5. That article is a pretty egregious example of the poor McCain genre; but I’m not all that impressed by Huckabee’s disavowals.

    Comment by matt w — January 19, 2008 @ 8:18 am

  6. Even paranoids have enemies.

    Comment by Matt's mom — January 21, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  7. I like the post title.

    Comment by Cala — July 22, 2008 @ 8:46 am

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