I’m not sure what Mike Huckabee’s personal motives are, but in general it’s easy to see that the GOP is listening to their pollsters who say that 51% of voting Republicans believe that Barack Obama was not born in this country.
Essentially one can deduce that the Republican party has now embraced “birtherism”.
Mike Huckabee supposedly “misspoke” when he said Barack Obama grew up in Kenya. The potential 2012 candidate and other Obama bashers need to accept that the president was born in the U.S. and is Christian—and try to beat him with ideas, argues Mark McKinnon.
Mike Huckabee has really stepped in it. I only wish I could believe it was entirely accidental. But, boy, there sure is a lot on his shoes. People like Mike Huckabee. I like Mike Huckabee. Or, I did anyway. But just because he can be charming and self-effacing doesn’t mean we should excuse him from appropriate standards of conduct and character assassination.
Huckabee said in an interview this week that President Obama grew up in Kenya. His spokesman tried to mop up by suggesting he misspoke and meant to say he grew up in Indonesia, which in itself is a vast overstatement and misleading. The problem is that Huckabee talked in the same breath about the Mau Mau Revolution, which happened in Kenya.
Here’s what I think. I doubt most Americans have a clue about the Mau Mau Revolution, including me. But, I’m pretty sure for most folks it sounds like something extremely foreign, vaguely socialist, anti-Christian or at the very least un-American. And unfortunately, whether it was overt or not, I think that Huckabee’s intent was to further sow the seeds that Obama is somehow “not really one of us…he’s one of them.” Take your pick and use your imagination about who “them” might be. Continue reading…
- Wake Up Huck: Obama Didn’t Grow Up in Kenya! (thedailybeast.com)
- Huckabee’s Fake Withdrawal [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)
- Mike Huckabee a Victim of Epistemic Closure (firedoglake.com)
- Mike Huckabee Don’t Know Much About History (huffingtonpost.com)
- Say what, Mike? (virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com)
- Mike Huckabee: Barack Obama Grew Up In Kenya (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Mike Huckabee Knows Barack Obama Grew Up In Kenya (wonkette.com)