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.)