Former Arkansas Governor and professional, band wagoner Mike Huckabee got the crazy going right out of the gate at the 3rd GOP
trainwreck presidential debate in Boulder, CO Wednesday night. The first question — asked of all the candidates — was “What is your weakness?” Huckabee, ever humble, answered:
Well, John, I don’t really have any weaknesses that I can think of. But my wife is down here in the front, and I’m sure, if you’d like to talk to her later, she can give you more than you’ll ever be able to take care of. If I have a weakness, it’s that I try to live by the rules. I try to live by the rules, no matter what they are, and I was brought up that way as a kid. Play by the rules. And I’ll tell you what a weakness is of this country: there are a lot of people who are sick and tired because Washington does not play by the same rules that the American people have to play by.
Oh, my goodness. That is rich coming from Huckabee, who never met a rule he didn’t love to bend to favor his chosen religion.
The topic turned to Social Security a bit later into the
melee debate. After Chris Christie talked…er… lied about Social Security, saying it would be “insolvent” in 7-8 years, the topic went to Huckabee. Who also lied. Social Security, by the way, can’t “go broke.” But this small fact doesn’t stop the scare mongers.
(Social Security is )…their money. This isn’t the government’s money. This is not entitlement, it’s not welfare. This is money that people have confiscated out of their paychecks. Every time they got a paycheck, the government reached in and took something out of it before they ever saw it.
Well, yes. That’s how it works.
It’s how SS has always worked. It would behoove Mr. Huckabee to do a bit of research before spouting lies and scaring people. Wait, what am I saying?
He continued, drawing the analogy of the government mugging people after they’ve already been mugged. When Moderator Carl Quintanilla went to call his time, Huckabee refused to yield, asserting that this is the only time he’d had a chance to talk. And talk he did, going into full political oratory mode:
This is a matter not of math, this is a matter of morality. If this country that does not keep its promise to seniors then what promise can this country hope to be trusted to keep? And, the fact is, none of them.
Chris Christie broke in here and sidetracked Huckabee, who eventually wrestled another rebuttal from the Moderators. Huckabee used it to bash means testing, which he likened to stealing, accusing the government of being worse than Bernie Madoff.
When asked about income inequality, Huckabee took the opportunity to compare the government to the wayward blimp that got loose on Wednesday:
If you saw that blimp that got cut loose from Maryland today, it’s a perfect example of government. I mean, what we had was something the government made — basically a bag of gas — that cut loose, destroyed everything in its path, left thousands of people powerless, but they couldn’t get rid of it because we had too much money invested in it, so we had to keep it. That is our government today. We saw it in the blimp.
He then actually did address the fact that CEO income has gone up 90 percent while the workers’ wages have remained stagnant. Unfortunately, he neglected to mention why that has happened. Little thing called trickle-down economics. Sound familiar?
Huckabee played the Jim Webb card again as the Moderators tried to bring him in under time. He noted that everyone else had “fudged their time” so he should get to do the same. Evidently, Huckabee thought he was on a playground. Who could blame him, really? Granted 15 more seconds, he went off on a tangent:
Why aren’t we talking about — instead of cutting benefits for old people, cutting benefits for sick people — why don’t we say, ‘let’s cure the four big cost-driving diseases… diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s?’ If you do that, you don’t just change the economy, you transform the lives of millions of hurting Americans.
You know what else would transform the lives of millions of Americans? Medicare for all. Lower health care costs. Lower prices on the medicines we need.
When baited by John Harwood to say whether or not fellow candidate Donald Trump had the “moral authority” to unite the country, Huckabee chose to say that he loves The Donald. Why, he even wore a Donald Trump tie to the
Then Huckabee started in with the Clinton bashing, a group sport for these candidates:
Let me tell you, Donald Trump would be a president every day of the week and twice on Sunday, rather than Hillary. I’ve spent a lifetime in politics fighting the Clinton machine… (I’m) the only guy that has consistently fought the Clinton machine every election I was ever in over the past 26 years. And not only did I fight them, but I beat them… And not only did I fight them and win, I lived to tell about it and I’m standing on this stage tonight as evidence of that. And I think that ought to be worth something.
Okay, here’s a cookie. Now will you go away? Nope. He was asked one last time about Social Security (Rand Paul, why did you have to go there?) and decided to go back to the disease rant:
Eighty-five percent of the cost of Medicare is chronic disease… we need to declare war on the four big cost drivers because 80 percent of all medical costs in this country are chronic disease. We don’t have a health care crisis in America, we have a health crisis… until we deal with the health of Americans and do what we did with polio… You know how much money we spent on polio last year in America? We didn’t spend any… Focus on the diseases that are costing us the trillions of dollars. Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eradicate those and you fix Medicare and you’ve fixed America, its economy and you’ve made people’s lives a heck of a lot better.
Dear Goddess, I agree with Mike Huckabee on something. But it didn’t last. In his closing statement, Huckabee demonstrated what is wrong with the modern Republican party. It’s all about the money with them.
I do not want to walk my five grandkids through the charred remains of a once great country called America, and say, ‘Here you go, $20 trillion dollars of debt. Good luck making something out of this mess.’
No, Governor, what you will be walking through is polluted land, abused until it became cracked and barren, with polluted water in the rivers, lakes and streams. You may even be wearing gas masks because the air will be unbreathable. The debt is not what you should be worried about. If you truly care about your grandchildren, you will concentrate more on the environment. A debt will mean nothing if the planet is allowed to be despoiled. How do you feel about leaving your grandchildren that as a legacy?
(Thank you to WaPo for the transcript)
Featured image via Gage Skidmore