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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Mike Huckabee backtracks on Natalie Portman criticism, but it's too late

By Greg Sargent

Has Mike Huckabee developed a kind of culturally conservative version of Tourette's syndrome?

As you may have heard, Mike Huckabee got in a bit of trouble again today because he appeared to criticize actress Natalie Portman, suggesting she is a symptom of a cultural problem in which "we glorify and glamorize" the idea of having children out of wedlock. As many were quick to point out, the comment was odd because Portman is marrying her fiance, and it smacked of 1990s retread culture-war comments in the spirit of Dan Quayle's criticism of Murphy Brown.

Now Huckabee is backtracking. His office emails this statement:

In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, "The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children." I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy." Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not "slam" or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country. My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."

I'm not sure this quite washes. It's true that in his original statement, Huckabee did lament the fact that many single moms are poor and and that their kids are at risk. And it's also true that Huckabee's lament that we "glamorize" single motherhood seemed aimed at making the point that the downside of single motherhood doesn't get the attention it deserves. As Huckabee says, he didn't appear to be criticizing single mothers in a general sense.

But he did, in fact, single out Natalie Portman as an example and cause of the "glamorizing" problem. He said: "One of the things that's troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these children, and they're doing just fine.'" Clearly, Huckabee was saying that celebrities who make the personal choice to be single mothers -- people like Portman -- are partly responsible for glorifying and glamorizing their choices. Huckabee is now claiming that "society" is responsible for this. But he did previously blame Portman and others like her for it, particularly when he claimed they "boast" about their choices.

This is the second time Huckabee has involuntarily blurted out something certain to resonate with right-wing pathologies, only to try to quickly take back its particulars. When he recently made the false claim that Obama grew up in Kenya, only to later clarify that he misspoke, he merely revealed that he had screwed up in the particular manner in which he blew the conservative dog-whistle, not that he never intended to blow it at all. Indeed, soon after, he made this perfectly clear by claiming Obama's worldview had been shaped by "madrassas." The same thing has now happened again with Portman. He's admitting he erred in attacking her, but he can't take back the fact that he blew the dog-whistle again by attacking the family choices of celebrities.

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UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: I've updated to include the full version of Huckabee's statement. It's true that Huckbee was asked specifically about Portman, but that doesn't change the fact he cited her, disapprovingly, as a cause of the glamorizing of single mother-hood.

By Greg Sargent  | March 4, 2011; 2:23 PM ET
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Comments

Always look on the bright side...he'll never be President.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

To be fair to Huck, he's kinda slow plus he was lead into that statement by the hate monger homophob Bryan Fischer.

Read more about Fischer at the articles linked to here if you're interested in who exactly the Huckster was talking to when he blurted this garbage out.

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/38178_Mike_Huckabee_and_Bryan_Fischer-_Obama_is_Fundamentally_Anti-American

Posted by: mikefromArlington | March 4, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"...celebrities who make the personal choice to be single mothers -- people like Portman..."

Uh, no. Portman isn't choosing to be a "single mother". She's choosing to be an "unwed mother," but clearly in partnership with her fiance, the father. Even Huckabee realizes this.

Posted by: converse | March 4, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I like what Kathryn Lopez had to say:

"Huckabee is right, single motherhood is far from glamourous. And if Portman made a speech about how proud she is she got pregnant before marriage, that would have gotten many of us vocally engaged. But she didn’t."

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/261343/mikennatalie-kathryn-jean-lopez

Posted by: sbj3 | March 4, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee once again reveals himself as somewhat of a backwoods boy. He may be making tons of money as a Fox commentator, but as with Palin, there is just so much you can do with some of these folks. And to think he actually did go to college and once recognized climate change as a threat. It seems there is something about the Fox GOP base milieu that causes otherwise ok people to regress to that level.

Posted by: Mimikatz | March 4, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Two words for Huckabee: Bristol Palin.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | March 4, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, I wonder what Sarah "I'm going to parade my pregnant teenage daughter around in front of the world" Palin has to say about this?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | March 4, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

It matters not where peregrine Obama was born he can never be a natural born Citizen.

Chief Justice Morrison Waite in Minor v. Happersett speaks for all those who value the protection of our Constitution:

“The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that.

At, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also.

These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.”

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

**|red:Birtheralert|**

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans get their way and defund Planned Parenthood I imagine we'll be seeing a lot more unwed mothers, especially of the poor variety. I don't think anyone glamorizes teen pregnancy or unwed motherhood, it's just a fact of life and access to birth control goes a long way toward keeping the numbers down. Some women decide to become single mothers but it's usually because they've determined they are financially and emotionally ready to handle motherhood and haven't found or aren't looking for a lifetime partner. That's an entirely different scenario.

Posted by: lmsinca | March 4, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Only a man and a woman, together can successfully raise a child.

Anything less, according to these wingers, will result in a flawed child.

And what's bizarre is these troglodytes want to remove orgs like planned parenthood which would have the reverse effect and result in more single mother pregnancies and more public funding going towards welfare programs. I know these cretins don't like to think things through and are reactionary but at times they remind me of bumbling ogres trying to tiptoe through an antique shop smashing everything in their way.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | March 4, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

What could be more "glamorizing" than the entire audience at the 2008 Republican National Convention rising to their feet and applauding when pregnant and unwed Bristol Palin stepped onto the stage?

Posted by: TheZug | March 4, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

It's always tough to walk back when you narrative doesn't fit the actual facts of the situation. Like for example, the Tucson shootings being linked to right wing rhetoric.

Posted by: jnc4p | March 4, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Ya don't mess with the Portmeister. Capiche?

Honestly, what a flipping arsewhole.

And he is (was) the "likable" Republican!

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@suekzoo1 "Two words for Huckabee: Bristol Palin."

That is a perfect response and much more illustrative of his point than Natalie Portman is.

Posted by: jnc4p | March 4, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

So who liked Black Swan? I left the theater mixed. It started a bit too slow for me, but it picked as it went along.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | March 4, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The only glamorization I've seen of single motherhood in recent memory is of that Palin daughter. And Huckabee will never, ever, ever DARE say anything about that.
This isn't just about single motherhood. It's about this trying to separate the Hollywood crowd from the rest of America. That these California people have different values from the rest of us. I don't think I can pick out any Conservative behavior and say I find it the most repugnant thing they can do. (going after Hollywood pales in comparison to the racism and homophobia), but it's irritating how they try and separate "real" America from the rest of the country.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 4, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Huck is coming up on three strikes and you're out. Strange that he picks Portman, who was quite famous for being brilliant and an actress long before she got pregnant, and said nary a peep about the glorification of Bristol Palin on national TV, who has accomplished nothing in life OTHER than her out of wedlock pregnancy.

But the more odius Huckabee transgression of the week was the content of his retraction of the Kenya comments, when he insisted that despite his confusion about Obama's origins, there was still some lingering otherness about the man that was worthy of comment. In particular, he said that "most of us" grew up with the Boy Scouts and the Rotary Club. Really, Huck? Us who? Not girls, for one, and not a whole lot of people who didn't share a white bread upbringing. The "us" vs. "them" approach to the Obamas is utterly sickening in this day and age and it's so disingenuous. Why not just say, we don't like him because he's black and he has a Muslim-sounding name and be done with it? That would be wrong, but at least it would be honest.

Posted by: fmjk | March 4, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

@nova: "So who liked Black Swan? I left the theater mixed. It started a bit too slow for me, but it picked as it went along."

Well, the plot was ludicrous, but the movie watching experience was great fun - melodramatic, terrific music, well-shot, good crazy mother, and Portman did a marvelous job.

Posted by: sbj3 | March 4, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"So who liked Black Swan? I left the theater mixed. It started a bit too slow for me, but it picked as it went along.

Posted by: NoVAHockey"

Didn't see it, but let me throw out a recommendation for True Grit. I didn't see any of the other major Oscar movies, so I can't compare, but I'm surprised Bridges didn't win best actor. It was definitely a great performance.

And this didn't come through in the advertising, but it's a hilarious movie. I guess with Coen Brother films, you can't really classify them easily, so I don't know if it would be called a comedy, but I was laughing the whole time.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 4, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

In a sepia toned mood of nostalgia, I flip through the memories, back through time, back, all the way back...to a few months ago...we were told this new Republican energy was not about re-litigating the culture wars, this was serious fiscal conservatism imposing its individual freedom loving will, bringing back the spirit of those colonial firebrands. This was to be about lower taxes for bigger business and good stuff like that. Well color me disappointed. Same old culture war, same old hypocrites, Republicans need new leadership.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

That po' man...

Now, how long will it be before Sistah Sarah Palin comes rushing out of the bushes, fresh from some animal kill, to attack Huckabee for making fun (or whatever) of Bristol for having a baby out of wedlock and not marrying "da baby daddy?"

Victims all...

***

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | March 4, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

This lying RepuBPlican scum picks his Commandments like he does his scriptures and the Constitution. He attacks Obama with half-truths using teabagger dog-whisle code words like "madrassa" and lies he grew up in Kenya. More Southern good-ol'e-boy "Conservative Christian family values"

Posted by: areyousaying | March 4, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh and needless to say:

Natalie > Bristol

In every way. Looks, smarts, talent, etc.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

It is a dog whistle that Hucksterbee is blowing or an idiot whistle?

Posted by: LABC | March 4, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"and Portman did a marvelous job."

agreed. but it made me angry, as it became clear that the star was debacle was all on George Lucas.

will have to check out True Grit.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | March 4, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Goober has pretty much stepped out of the pages of a Norman Rockwell picture, an anachronistic joke.
The current crop of GOP 2012 contenders is so shallow, and despite the fact that about a third of the electorate is insane with Obama hatred, he nonetheless might be headed for the biggest landslide since 1964.

Posted by: filmnoia | March 4, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee should probably start in the backwater, mudswamp, armpit of America that he calls his home state, Arkansas. First Bill Clinton, now Mike Huckabee, both have great ideas about bettering America, but couldn't do anything to better their state which is full of unsophisticated natives who can hardly read and write.

Not only that, but if a two-family home is optimal, so kids can have two parents caring for their needs, maybe Gay Marriage isn't such a bad idea, huh?

Regardless, anyone who publicly states that they don't believe in evolution have instantly lost all credibility and their statements should be not be regarded for any intellectual benefit. I'd rather hear what a water buffalo thinks than Mike Huckabee.

Mike, you sure are an all-American, but guess what. Nobody cares about you buddy, your views are meaningful to the flock of sheep you crow to on your radio show, otherwise, the rest of us see you as the moron you really are.

Posted by: sachancp | March 4, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Let us take a moment to discuss the document aka birth certificate placed on line by the Obama campaign.

This is our only source where it is alleged Obama was born in Hawaii.

The COLB document was sent to Hawaii officials from politifact.

Hawaii officials response:

"When we looked at that image you guys sent us, our registrar, he thought he could see pieces of the embossed image through it."


"I don't know that it's possible for us to even say beyond a doubt what the image on the site represents."

The document on the website is a fraud.

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Poor Mike. He is struggling to be relevant. Maybe he should try Dancing with the Stars. Let's stop a moment and give thanks he will never be President of anything.

Posted by: wrw01011 | March 4, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be funny to watch the conservatives try to out-conservative each other in the coming months.

The teabaggers must be having a ball with this.

Posted by: binkynh | March 4, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

dancingrabbit,

Let's put you in the Troll Hunter so I don't have to see you again.

Buh-bye.

You'll enjoy great company, trust me. :oP

Posted by: suekzoo1 | March 4, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is more likely to be dancing with the rabbit.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | March 4, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know that it's possible for us to even say beyond a doubt what the image on the site represents."

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

sachancp, in re the human dreckage that is Arkansas, I thoroughly enjoy the musical stylings of Michelle Shocked, whose Ozark hillbilly parents tried to shock the common sense out her, but failed.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Planned Parenthood... claimed that its contraceptive services prevent a half-million abortions a year. Without their services, the group’s officials insist, more women will get abortions.

"... Turns out, a 2009 study by the journal Contraception found, in a 10-year study of women in Spain, that as overall contraceptive use increased from around 49 percent to 80 percent, the elective abortion rate more than doubled. This doesn’t mean that access to contraception causes more abortion—though some believe that—but that it doesn’t necessarily reduce it.

"... A January 2011 fact sheet by the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute listed all the reasons that women who have had an abortion give for their unexpected pregnancy, and not one of them is lack of access to contraception... Not one fraction of 1 percent said they got pregnant because they lacked access to contraception."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-04/planned-parenthoods-birth-control-myth/?cid=hp:mainpromo3

Posted by: sbj3 | March 4, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Let's put you in the Troll Hunter so I don't have to see you again. "

Thanks for the reminder, Sue. Since RFR disappeared I'd forgotten all about that option....

Posted by: schrodingerscat | March 4, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hawaii official (probably written by an Obama attorney):

"Obama is a natural born American citizen."

The Constitution:

"a natural born Citizen.

The John Jay letter:

"a natural born Citizen."

Why the different wording?

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This is imho FAR more important, worth a read:

Eight GOP Senators Reignite Filibuster War With Blanket Threat To Block All Bills They Don’t Like

[8 GOPers] circulated a letter to their colleagues yesterday threatening to place a hold on any bill which does not comply with five very broad criteria. Given some of these senators’ bizarre views about the Constitution, one of their five criteria stands out as a particularly aggressive assault on the Senate’s ability to function:

"""Congress Must Not Infringe Upon the Constitutional Rights of the People: Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution grants Congress a very limited set of enumerated powers. Far too often, Congress infringes upon the rights and liberties reserved for the people and the states provided elsewhere in the Constitution. These overreaches are no more than an afterthought when most bills are debated. To restore the intended balance of powers between the states and the federal government and to preserve the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, all bills must have a clear and obvious basis connected to one of the enumerated powers and must not infringe upon any of the rights guaranteed to the people."""

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/04/filibuster-war/

Think Progress nails it.

This is nothing short of an assault on the Senate’s ability to function.

It is also an assault on the SCOTUS and federal judiciary, institutions that are an integral part of the Constitution they profess to love. Makes me sick.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Geeze!
He's probably asked forgiveness for masturbating!

Posted by: lufrank1 | March 4, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I knew it would come to this. The Reps know they can't win on the issues - so once again, they try hypocracy, sexism, and racism and see if it sticks. The COmment about Obama and Mau Mau was really bad- I haven't seen such blatant racism in this country since the 1970s - really. And the comment about Portman? Come on Mike, we know you want to return the country to the times when blacks and whites couldn't go to the same school, and women could aspire to nothing more than a housewife, but you shouldn't be so obvious about it.

Posted by: arlingtonliberal | March 4, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Poor Mike. He is struggling to be relevant. Maybe he should try Dancing with the Stars."

He doesn't stand a chance, unless they switch to a square dance or clog dance competition.
When the Huckster opens his mouth I'm reminded of the inbred kid in the beginning of Deliverance.

Posted by: filmnoia | March 4, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

One only has to remember a single Bristol on "Dancing with the Stars" to grasp the harsh reality of unwed motherhood.

Posted by: Beeliever | March 4, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

So, wait... he was GLAD back when Jamie Lynn Spears decided to have her baby that she was accepting the responsibility of her actions at 16 years old, but he criticizes Natalie Portman? Someone who, married or not, is a successful adult who obviously has a good head on her shoulders? I will never understand Republicans...

Posted by: shorty0213 | March 4, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Good news... Stephen Moore in WSJ:

The Wisconsin Wobblies

Conservatives in Wisconsin are getting nervous that three Republican state senators may defect on the collective-bargaining reform vote. It's still anyone's guess as to when that vote will take place because Democrats remain in exile to prevent the necessary quorum. But Republicans in the Senate hold a 19-14 majority, so GOP Gov. Scott Walker can afford to lose no more than two Republican senators on this pivotal vote.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

In light of the jobs report, perhaps the culture wars thing is really the only thing Republicans feel they can win with.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 4, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"women could aspire to nothing more than a housewife"

Don't exaggerate, the nunnery and nursing were always options.

By the way, that NYT piece on Sheen "Disposable Women" was rocking feminism old school. Reminds me of when feminism didn't have to apologize for living.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Only yokels listen to this Huck Finn anyway. He is making all this negative attack news to make the real republican candidates for prez 2012 sound good by comparison. It is a common gop ruse. Why does the press always fall for republican tactics and give them all this free publicity???

Clinton is right, the only way to get any real news is to listen to aljazerra or BBC news. In america, all we have is the gop "tin-foil hat" channel and then the other channels refuting all the gop channels. Meanwhile, the real world is going ape!

Posted by: tafffy | March 4, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"So who liked Black Swan? I left the theater mixed. It started a bit too slow for me, but it picked as it went along.

Posted by: NoVAHockey"

Didn't see it, but let me throw out a recommendation for True Grit. I didn't see any of the other major Oscar movies, so I can't compare, but I'm surprised Bridges didn't win best actor. It was definitely a great performance.

And this didn't come through in the advertising, but it's a hilarious movie. I guess with Coen Brother films, you can't really classify them easily, so I don't know if it would be called a comedy, but I was laughing the whole time.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 4, 2011 3:00 PM
________________________
I didn't see either, but did see "The King's Speech" and both it and Colin Firth were well-deserving of their awards. I like Jeff Bridges alot and have heard other good things about his performance, but Firth was just outstanding. So was Geoffrey Rush, as well.

Posted by: luridone | March 4, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Why haven't the Gov. Lingle and Dr. Fukino statements been used by the Obama attorneys in all of the court filings?

Because they know the transcripts are lies.

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

sbj, I wasn't referring to abortions, I was referring to birth control. It's sort of hard to track the effect of their family planning services versus abortion since proper use of and access to birth control results in no pregnancy. Only about 3% of Planned Parenthood activities are abortion related. Actually a large portion of their business is related to STDs. I recently heard that 50% of men have the HPV virus so I think tracking and treating STDs is well worth the money as well.

Posted by: lmsinca | March 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

How about, Drill Baby Drill?

"Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported today that 899 rigs were exploring for gas and 801 for oil. Seven were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, the count was 1,396.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Colorado gained seven rigs, Oklahoma gained five, North Dakota gained four, New Mexico gained three, California gained two and Louisiana and West Virginia each gained one.

Pennsylvania lost 11 rigs, Texas lost five and Arkansas lost one. Alaska and Wyoming were unchanged.

The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981, the height of the oil boom. The record low of 488 was in 1999."

Maybe not.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

@ethan: What do you think of Boehner and Obama and DOMA?

"I will convene a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group for the purpose of initiating action by the House to defend this law of the United States, which was enacted by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton... The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts — not by the president unilaterally — and this action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution."

Posted by: sbj3 | March 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Let us take a moment to discuss the document aka birth certificate placed on line by the Obama campaign.

This is our only source where it is alleged Obama was born in Hawaii.

The COLB document was sent to Hawaii officials from politifact.

Hawaii officials response:

"When we looked at that image you guys sent us, our registrar, he thought he could see pieces of the embossed image through it."


"I don't know that it's possible for us to even say beyond a doubt what the image on the site represents."

The document on the website is a fraud.


Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:08 PM
_______________________
Are you aware that you are lying, or are you so delusional that you actually believe it? Hard to tell. Either way, completely disconnected from reality.

Posted by: luridone | March 4, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Ethan: "Conservatives in Wisconsin are getting nervous"

Yup, they are.

"Wisconsin GOPer In Electoral Trouble After Voting For Walker Bill"

One of the people running to replace now-Governor Scott Walker as Milwaukee County Executive is a Republican state assemblyman who voted for Walker's plan to eliminate collective bargaining for public workers.

He's already regretting that.

"I understand it's a major issue to the unions," Jeff Stone said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "It's not necessarily the way I would have drafted this budget-repair bill. I would have approached it in different ways."

Stone said he would have preferred to leave the collective bargaining intact, but felt the other provisions in the measure made the repair bill worth supporting.

"It's not a perfect bill," Stone said.

This is after Stone voted against every Democratic amendment to the budget repair bill -- including ones that would have protected collective bargaining -- and stood with Scott Walker when he introduced that same bill at a press conference a few weeks ago.

I think there were probably a lot of state Republicans in Wisconsin who were for Walkers bill before they were against it realized how huge a liability it was.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/wisconsin-goper-in-electoral-trouble-after-voting-for-walker-bill.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: suekzoo1 | March 4, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee used to seem more intelligent than he does now. I don't know what has happened to him; perhaps he thinks that voters aren't very bright and so he says not very bright thinks to appeal to us. His prominence as a Republican presidential contender indicates a problem somewhere.

Posted by: dnice1 | March 4, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a peregrine President.

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for playing, Huck. You still have a snowball's chance at prez nomination.

Posted by: loux24 | March 4, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Huck is right - in America you get married first, have your baby second and then cheat on your spouse and get divorced. Any other order is just perverse.

Posted by: sux123 | March 4, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What Huckabee said was unsubtle and over-simplified and I question his motives in saying it, but I do think there's something to be said for the two parent family.

It's not so much that we "glorify" single-motherhood but I do wish our society and popular culture would do more to promote sticking with one's mate. Single parents can be excellent, of course, and they deserve a great deal of credit. Everything else being equal, however, the two parent model is inevitably better. It is a simple matter of division: two parents will have twice as much time and attention to devote to their children.

The main problem with what Huckabee said is the fact that it is so unnuanced and unsubtle. He's ignoring so many other factors that come into play. Having two parents is no guarantee of success nor is having only one a guarantee of failure but we SHOULD at least try to encourage parents to stay together if only to ensure a higher parent to child ratio.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | March 4, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@sbj: "What do you think of Boehner and Obama and DOMA?"

I don't see them getting married anytime soon.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

By restating the offending comment,
"My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death."
he really shows his true sexism.

Wake up! Take a census! There are many, many, many successful working single mothers today. He is implying that the majority of signle mothers are uneducated, poor, and on welfare.

I wonder if he is aware that there are many, many single women sans kids that are educated and working too.

Oh and guess what! Women are allowed to have premarital sex. It's not just for men anymore. (ie:Christian men have premarital sex it's just the women who shouldn't).

Posted by: hebe1 | March 4, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@ronnieandrush "This is nothing short of an assault on the Senate’s ability to function.

It is also an assault on the SCOTUS and federal judiciary, institutions that are an integral part of the Constitution they profess to love. Makes me sick."

Much like fleeing the state to deny a quorum.

Posted by: jnc4p | March 4, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Peregrine Obama is not Constitutional qualified under Article II to be President.

He is not a natural born Citizen.

This poster challenges any reporter at the Washington Post to prove me wrong.

It is doubtful he is a 14th Amendment citizen based on the subject to jurisdiction clause.

It is doubtful he is a citizen based on the Supreme Court ruling WKA.

The Supreme Court told us in 1973 a president must not only be a citizen he must be a natural born Citizen.

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The Supreme Court has told us a natural born Citizen is born to citizen parents.

The Court has never told us a natural born Citizen is born to an alien and a citizen.

Posted by: dancingrabbit | March 4, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Natalie Portman isn't a teenager. Natalie Portman finished her education and is gainfully and successfully employed. Natalie Portman is getting married so therefore will not be a single mother. The father of Natalie's baby also finished his education and is gainfully and successfully employed and of course, not a teenager. You want to make statements about unwed mothers, Mr. Huckabee, there is a certain young Alaskan that you could be mentioning, but gee, that might make Miss Sarah upset. And we don't want Sarah upset.

Posted by: Sandydayl | March 4, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

WHEW! and to think that this President Obama SUPPORTER (me) feared Huckabee as the one to beat. I did really admire him up until his association with FOX and the TEA Party! I kind of liked him.....WOW. Did he ever take him off my worry list. Go PRESIDENT OBAMA> You have nobody to worry about so far!!!!!
Of course, the tea partiers have the democrats jumping ship rather than face a campaign against one of THEIRS!! too bad

Posted by: phylb123 | March 4, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@jnc4p: "Much like fleeing the state to deny a quorum."

If you want to reject all of the reasons the two circumstances are different, then, yes, they are alike.

Of course, what you are defending in the conservative U.S. Senators goes against the Constitution they have take an oath to uphold. They are not sworn to uphold the 10th amendment, they are sworn to uphold the Constitution. Article III of the U.S. Constitution involves the Judicial Branch of the federal government. If these members of the Legislative Branch want to arbitrarily declare certain laws unconstitutional and will obstruct the process for those laws on that basis, then they are violating the process that the Founders established to maintain law and order in this country.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Natalie Portman is a Harvard Graduate who speaks multiple languages. She's beautiful and an amazing actress who trained hard for a year to master ballet resulting in her winning of the Oscar. She and her male partner are planning on raising their child together. A great role model for young women.

Bristol Palin graduated from high school and got pregnant by having un-protected intercourse with a cute member of her High School hockey team. They got married, soon divorced and are fighting over custody. She went on to fail in a televised dance contest. Her mom travels around the country claiming the moral high ground by proclaiming "Family Values" because she chose not to abort the pregnancy of her Down's Syndrome child, a choice she would deny other women. Both Mother and daughter claim to be model Christians.

I wonder why Huckabee chose to criticize Ms. Portman???

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer America.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 4, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"Much like fleeing the state to deny a quorum."

putting a hold on a bill is part of the rules. they did change the rules regarding the secret aspect of it. but senators really don't have a justify it at all. such is the privilege of a senator.

if anything is an assault on our institutions, it's fleeing the state if you're about to lose a vote. at the federal level, the rule book is very clear on that matter:

4. Whenever upon such roll call it shall be ascertained that a quorum is not present, a majority of the Senators present may direct the Sergeant at Arms to request, and, when necessary, to compel the attendance of the absent Senators, which order shall be determined without debate; and pending its execution, and until a quorum shall be present, no debate nor motion, except to adjourn, or to recess pursuant to a previous order entered by unanimous consent, shall be in order."


but you can't cheer lead for WI and criticism Coburn for using the rule book to stall legislation he doesn't like.

but this is all about who's shirt you wear.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | March 4, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

OT:

Great interactive chart on the current jobs/unemployment picture:

http://www.reuters.com/article/interactive/idUSTRE71R3OO20110304?view=small&type=PersonalFinance

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

More proof that the GOP has nothing on offer for 2012. Just the same old gasbags playing to the nutjobs in the base.

I'm curious to see if the Republicans can get it together by 2016. By that time, they'll need to figure out how to nominate a candidate who is sane enough for the general populace to consider. I'm not sure that they'll be able to do it.

Posted by: karlmarx2 | March 4, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is his conservative radio host even asking about Portman? I wonder if Palin has ever been on the show and if he asked her about Bristol.

I'm not sure what is more idiotic, the initial question or Huckabee's response.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | March 4, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If you replace "Natalie Portman" with "Nancy (Davis) Reagan", you'd still have a wealthy actress who got pregnant before getting married.

Care to touch that one, Mike?

Posted by: ermd1 | March 4, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

True Grit wasn't hilarious, but it was droll.

Posted by: GeneWells | March 4, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the 2012 election, as Forest's young friend might say, Run, Huck! Run!

It would be oh, so fun to hear his own words in opposing campaign commercials and even more fun to see him try to squirm his way out the inevitable questions from debate moderators. I thought Christians were suppose to be compassionate and kind. Ol' Huck just keeps sounding meaner and meaner.

He likes to go on the Daily Show and smile sweetly, as he awe shucks his way through passive aggressive statements that sound so tepid, but swimming in his own waters with fellow sharks, his true colors shine through. One might think in the eyes of a church goer, that the only thing worse than an unrepentant sinner, is a hateful creep who leaves the pulpit to devote himself to selling meanness to rubes. At the end of the day, Huck would like you to see him as a cherubic, religious nice guy, but he just can't seem to keep from proving that he's just another money grubbing devil.

Posted by: grantmh | March 4, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm ever wonder why the poorest, least educated, most backwards states like West Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi always vote Republican? Because they cater to the stupid. Birthers and tea partiers - they're using racism and religious facism to play you like fools.

Posted by: arlingtonliberal | March 4, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I just don't get it. NP is marrying the father of her child after the child is born. What is the problem with this? My wife and I did the same thing and its worked out just fine. Is this really any of Huck's business? I always said, "It's more important that the child's parents are married when the child is growing up, than it is for the child's parents to be married at the time of birth." Different stokes for different folks, huckabee.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | March 4, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

All, new indications that Wisconsin senate Republicans may be close to breaking with Scott Walker:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2011/03/are_wisconsin_republicans_gett.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | March 4, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

@ronnieandrush "@jnc4p: "Much like fleeing the state to deny a quorum."

If you want to reject all of the reasons the two circumstances are different, then, yes, they are alike.

Of course, what you are defending in the conservative U.S. Senators goes against the Constitution they have take an oath to uphold. They are not sworn to uphold the 10th amendment, they are sworn to uphold the Constitution. Article III of the U.S. Constitution involves the Judicial Branch of the federal government. If these members of the Legislative Branch want to arbitrarily declare certain laws unconstitutional and will obstruct the process for those laws on that basis, then they are violating the process that the Founders established to maintain law and order in this country."

To quote from the article you originally cite:

"It is, of course, completely banal to say that Congress should not pass unconstitutional laws, but several of the eight signatories to this letter have fairly twisted views of the founding document, believing that the Constitution forbids pretty much everything."

Your problem is that you disagree with their views of what is or is not constitutional, not the tactics themselves.

Regarding "upholding the Constitution", the supremacy of judicial review vis-a-vis the other two branches isn't in the Constitution itself either, it's a result of Marbury vs. Madison where basically the Supreme Court declared itself to be the final word on what's Constitutional.

See also Lincoln's first inaugural on the subject.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/lincoln-addresses-the-nation/?ref=opinion

Posted by: jnc4p | March 4, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Huckabee go and BBQ some squirrels in his popcorn popper - as a certain rabbit would say, "what a maroon!"

Posted by: NMModerate1 | March 4, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is mastering the Republican art of lying. WWJD? He certainly wouldn't lie like Huckabee does.

Posted by: ExConservative | March 4, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Our President was raised by a single mother. The Vice President was a widower with two young sons. There are a lot of military parents raising children alone because their spouse is serving overseas.

The shooter in Tuscon was raised by two parents. We can't define what makes a successful family or well-rounded child.

And money hardly guarantees success in children either. Abe Lincoln came from poverty, as did a lot of amazing people.

Posted by: Beeliever | March 4, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised he doesn't have something to say about that Rightwing paragon of virtue - Bristol Palin. But then she's their hero because she didn't abort so she's lauded and admired.

If anyone is glamorizing single motherhood it's Bristol Palin and she's doing it to a very vulnerable age group.

If Huckabee is so concerned about these poor mothers, he and the rest of them should support real sex education and demand that those abstinence programs be defunded since they've been proven useless.

After one of this girls has their baby, they see her and that baby as a leech and do not want to spend any money to help that girl complete her education, and provide support and help so she can work and raise her baby.

Posted by: FauxReal | March 4, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Introduce the Huckster to Bristol Palin and her mama who also was knocked up prior to marriage -- two poster girls for "abstinence only" sex education.

Posted by: dolph924 | March 4, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What he should have done was just combine both foot in mouth statements and said, "It is shameful for Obama to have been raised by an unwed single mother in Kenya..."

Posted by: ozpunk | March 4, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Your problem is that you disagree with their views of what is or is not constitutional, not the tactics themselves."

I love it when conservatives tell me what I believe!

I disagree with the tactics themselves, first and foremost.

To a lesser degree I disagree with their views on the constitutionality of certain laws.

They are entitled to their own opinions. They are NOT, however, entitled to pre-empt the federal judiciary in its role as the final arbiter of what is constitutionally valid. Unlike, say, the Obama Admin DoJ and DOMA, they are not suggesting that they disagree with one specific law, but that they will act as the determining body that will assess a law's constitutionality. And that, I believe, violates the spirit of the Senate and the spirit of the Constitution.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Chuckles really stepped in it this time. The proof is that the resident teabaggers can't even muster up the energy to mount a spirited defense or a salvo of red herrings.

Posted by: Observer691 | March 4, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee can't handle the pressure, that much seems obvious.

Posted by: ExConservative | March 4, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee and Palin are that car wreck on the other side of the freeway that you just can't help but look at.

It would probably be fun to get drunk with Huckabee, watch a game, shoot the sht about this and that, but to have this goober be considered for the highest office in the land is something one has to think about dead sober.

Posted by: eezmamata | March 4, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I just love it when crackpot Newt and Huck blather on about all those bad alien mindsets that influenced Obama. Maybe they should look in a mirror. Think Little Rock and the 50s/60s. And redneck cracker georgia. GREAT mindset influences and obviously with their constant comments still the BIGGEST influence on them. They just can't get over it. A black man as president.

And all this mixed black single mothers. great example but then that was the in thing.

Posted by: Modeldon_9 | March 4, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hickabee, like all Republicans, simply can't resist dishing up some ugly, raw hate at someone who isn't an ignorant hick with a belt size to IQ ratio close to one.

Pregnant, attractive successful celebrity? How do you expect the guy resist the urge to smear?

Posted by: Deirdre_K | March 4, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Modeldon -- you raise the point that I thought of as soon as I read Huck's idiotic remarks about Obama. He claims that Obama's "worldview" was molded by his (fictional) childhood in Kenya, so Huck's worldview obviously was molded by his childhood in SEGREGATED Arkansas. He might have had Boy Scouts and Rotary Clubs, but he also had KLANSMEN and White Citizens' Councils. That doesn't sound like the childhood of anyone I know.

Huck, you are a freaking idiot.

Posted by: Observer691 | March 4, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

@ronnieandrush ""Your problem is that you disagree with their views of what is or is not constitutional, not the tactics themselves."

I love it when conservatives tell me what I believe!

I disagree with the tactics themselves, first and foremost.

To a lesser degree I disagree with their views on the constitutionality of certain laws.

They are entitled to their own opinions. They are NOT, however, entitled to pre-empt the federal judiciary in its role as the final arbiter of what is constitutionally valid. Unlike, say, the Obama Admin DoJ and DOMA, they are not suggesting that they disagree with one specific law, but that they will act as the determining body that will assess a law's constitutionality. And that, I believe, violates the spirit of the Senate and the spirit of the Constitution."

If the Democrats were using the same tactics to block any Republican bills that they deemed say "anti-union", I doubt you would post against them based on your posts to date.

In terms of extra-legal obstruction tactics, there really is no difference between constant filibustering to deny the majority a vote and fleeing across state lines to deny the majority a quorum to hold a vote.

And you are wrong on the issue of "preempting" the judiciary. Each branch of government has a separate and distinct obligation to "uphold the Constitution" which is part of each Representative's, Senator's and the President's oath of office.

The better criticism of this tactic is that it's essentially meaningless cover rhetoric for what they want to do anyway, given their views on the role of the Federal government. I.e. ""It is, of course, completely banal to say that Congress should not pass unconstitutional laws".

Posted by: jnc4p | March 4, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee didn't stand a chance in hell anyway.

Posted by: ExConservative | March 4, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Today's republicans are embarrassing to me as an American.

Posted by: MarkFromOhio | March 4, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Are there no "homosexual articles" for you to write today Greg Sargent?

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | March 4, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

So when a "Hollywood personality" (there's a toot on the dog whistle) chooses to have a child out of wedlock, Huckabee goes all Old Testament on her.

But nary a peep from Rev. Huck during the entire time that Sarah Palin was parading a very pregnant Bristol around on the campaign circuit. Maybe because Bristol was constantly yammering about "abstinence" -- which was hilarious because it had obviously worked so well in her case.


Posted by: alert4jsw | March 4, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to throw a couple of things out there re: comments above.

1) Bristol Palin and Levi never got married. She dumped him just about the time he decided he wanted to have a "career" by posing in Playboy. Great role models, those two.

2) West Virginia actually pretty consistently has voted Democratic - That would explain why they have been the home to Rober Byrd (longest serving Dem until his retirement) and Jay Rockefeller. Before you spout off about people being undeducated, you may want to educate yourself.

3) Message to whoever this dancingrabit guy is - Get. A. Life. Seriously, this citizenship thing is SO OVER. Find a different conspiracy theory - this one is PLAYED. Here's an idea for you - OBAMA, maybe he's not even human!! Maybe the name is an anacronym .. "Outerspace Black Animatronic Mankind Assimilator"... at least that fantasy would be amusing.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | March 4, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Would we expect otherwise from a man who was born and raised in a state where the only permissible premarital sex is between a man and a female relative or between a man and a female barnyard animal?

Posted by: the_observer1 | March 4, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Portman has a degree from Harvard and a career so...she won't have to take welfare . Reverend Huck must know that fewer "parents" are getting married these days...so,what to do, what to do.....What would Jesus do?

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | March 4, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"""If the Democrats were using the same tactics to block any Republican bills that they deemed say "anti-union", I doubt you would post against them based on your posts to date."""

If a small number of Democratic Senators said they would block any and every bill that they thought was unconstitutional, I would think it was an extreme exercise of the power of a minority of U.S. Senators. I applaud objecting to a certain bill or law given ones' stance that it is unconstitutional. That is, and should be, within every Senator's rights. However, the very idea that a small number of U.S. Senators would elect themselves to determine the constitutionality of EVERY law in the body is ludicrous. The Senate is supposed to be a deliberative body where issues are debated and votes are cast for or against. The Senate is NOT the judiciary. There is a separate branch for that function and any attempt to usurp the powers of the judiciary through procedural tactics violates the spirit of the Constitution.

Article 1 Section 1:

"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

Article 3 Section 1:

"The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

It is not within the purview of the Senate as granted by the people of the United States in the Constitution to act as a judicial authority. And therefore, as such, this group has decided to openly violates the spirit of the Constitution.

"""And you are wrong on the issue of "preempting" the judiciary. Each branch of government has a separate and distinct obligation to "uphold the Constitution" which is part of each Representative's, Senator's and the President's oath of office. """

No, you are wrong.

As you cited, Marbury v. Madison settled this issue. The SCOTUS is the final arbiter of the constitutionality of a law.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 4, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

@dancingrabbit - Troll Alert!!!!!

Posted by: cholly85241 | March 4, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Do they raise sheep in Arkansas?

Posted by: eezmamata | March 4, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

As part of the Fox News and Tea Party code of conduct, Huck must lie about and smear people at least once a week.

Tea Party politics expect nothing less than a full and completely dishonest accounting of anything and anybody in their way.

Posted by: colonelpanic | March 4, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

1. Would he rather that she had gotten an abortion?

2. This has faint echoes of Dan Quayle's idiotic culture war attack on the TV sitcom Murphy Brown. I don't recall those attacks being especially successful.

Huckabee is really pandering his darndest on this one. I can understand the need to move right-ward during the primary season, but he's toast if he actually makes it to the general election.

Posted by: JPRS | March 4, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"...the...reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death."

------------------------------

Believe me, seeing this problem first hand, day-in, day-out is sad, regrettable and shameful in a country of our income and education. It will haunt us for generations. This is THE story. It's not about Mike Huckabee at all.

Posted by: JAH3 | March 4, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Good lord, amazing anyone listens to that slack-jawed hillbilly. And yes, as others have pointed out, why isn't he criticizing the equally slack-jawed trailer-trash Bristol Palin??

Posted by: SeattlesBest | March 4, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

It is impossible to credit Huckabee with "thinking" about anything...Huckabee has said that he is certain that the age of this planet cannot be more than 6,000 years, based on his chronological listing of all of the "begats" in the Old and New Testaments.
Facts don't exist to Huckabee unless he has read them in The Bible, and he prays daily for the onset of Armageddon in order that the world be cleansed of non-Christians.

Posted by: FriendofKeyserSoze | March 4, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget those 2008 moms' PACs:
OBAMA'S MAMAS
MOTHER HUCKERS

Posted by: phvr38 | March 4, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

...a shining example of a "Conservative Christian" Baptist preacher - lie after lie as if God had K Street lawyers write a disclaimer especially for him.

“WOR radio host Steve Malzberg asked the former Arkansas governor to weigh in on the ‘birther’ debate. Huckabee sidestepped, saying: ‘I would love to know more, but what I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example’s very different than the average American.’
Huckabee later stated that Obama’s perspective was shaped by ‘growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather.’ ”

“Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas,” Huckabee amplified on the talk radio program Focal Point, hosted by American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer.

Appearing on Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room, Reince Priebus, the Republican party’s new chairman, offered a lukewarm defence. “I don’t think he owes the President an apology. We have freedom of speech in this country, I suppose he can have his own opinion.”

Obama was in the Boy Scouts and went to a Catholic school and public schools.

Posted by: areyousaying | March 4, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is starting to sound like he and Charlie Sheen are drinking out of the sme bottle.

Posted by: Natmeister | March 4, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee backs up his statements with action. Many years ago his affair with vodka became a fully committed marriage to it.

Posted by: SCOTTSCHMIDTT | March 4, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This smacks of a media set-up. Ask a politician about Natalie Portman, and then slam him for commenting on Natalie Portman. If he gives no answer at all, slam him for failing to give a comment. The question was a dirty one to begin with, and the only goal in asking it was to make Huckabee look bad.

I don't care who the reporter is or who is being interviewed. These kinds of set-up questions are just sleazy journalism. Nobody has said anything headline-worthy today, so the journalist creates a headline-worthy question and keeps pushing it until someone responds with enough to run a story. This is not reporting the news; it's inventing it.

Posted by: blert | March 4, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

So a girl finds herself pregnant and has an abortion she's wrong and keeping the baby she's wrong. A girl can't get a break from these repugnant hypocritical old white men.

Do what you feel ladies, this creepy old dude has no impact on your life. Do it for yourself, sisters!

Posted by: meowomon | March 4, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

There is one thing that we can always count on from the Repuklican Party and that is not a day goes by with one of them making an "az" out of him or her self.

Not one single day.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 4, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

How is it that people like Huckabee who want to attack single mothers always seem to forget that in every instance there is, in fact, a father who should be just as responsible for the welfare and care of his child, whether the couple decides to marry or not?

If single mothers and their children are a drain on the government, as Huckabee asserts, it's only because the fathers are deadbeats who won't step up and financially support their offspring.

A struggling single mother who has taken responsibility for her children and is attempting to give them a good life is one of the bravest souls in this country.

And if Huckabee is so concerned about this, perhaps he should counsel his fellow Republicans to rethink their views on Planned Parenthood.

Posted by: elscott | March 4, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Correction: There is one thing that we can always count on from the Repuklican Party and that is not a day goes by WITHOUT one of them making an "az" out of him or her self.

Not one single day.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 4, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

And if Huckabee is so concerned about this, perhaps he should counsel his fellow Republicans to rethink their views on Planned Parenthood.

Posted by: elscott

~~~

The Republican Party has been attacking women and everybody else in the country who is NOT white and male, every since they took control over the House.

If you ask me, they're main mission is to try and force the country back to the 19th Century.

They believe that if they can demonize people, oppress them, and take away their rights, it will somehow make them feel "worthy" and "superior" again.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 4, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the two words: Bristol Palin. Sarah Palin dragged her unwed, pregnant daughter through the campaign with a "hey, lookit us" glee. Well, I guess it's just a case of "IOKIYAR." My my, the definition of do as I say, not as I do.

Posted by: sue1047 | March 4, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Am awful lot of unwed mothers to insult, Mikey! Most of them in the Deep South, too.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/unmarry.htm

Posted by: rbgarr | March 4, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama was born of an American mother in America (I knew his Mom). No doubt he is American. And TWO listings of his birth in the vital stats column of Honolulu papers the week he was born (along with all the other babies born that week) is as conclusive as it gets.

Huckabee is obviously not terribly bright; but he is bright enough to rile up the racists and the bigots regularly.

Posted by: GraceH1 | March 4, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Mussollini referred to Fascism as the union of state and corporate power.

What's the word for the union of politics and celebrity culture? Whatever it's called, it sure is shabby.

Posted by: caothien9 | March 5, 2011 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee is starting to heed the advice of his pollsters. Just another pol.

Posted by: bpai_99 | March 5, 2011 2:56 AM | Report abuse

You people...so many comments on here are factually off base and therest are just petty...he in no way menat to make this about Natalie Portman personally...we was responding to a question based on FAMILY in his book as the simplest form of self government. He was pointed to Portman and made a off the cuff remark...but the issue he was speaking to is really one that effcts taxpayers. Governor Huckabee was NOT at all referring to divorced mothers either -people who TRIED to be married...but mothers and "fathers" who make no attempt in the first place in being committed...and end up costing society alot of money because the evidence is irrefutable that children without both parents are statistically more likely to be incarcerated. And who foots the
Bill??? Taxpayers..paying in to the local town, state, or Federal Govt. and the more the family breaks down the more prisoners there are, the more prison space we need...and more social services to integrate them back into society..and yadda yadda yadda...in fact when Huckabee became Governor in 1996 there were 8,000 inmates in AR. When he left office their were 14,000 inmates. People need to wake up and realize society is breaking down at an alarming rate and it all begins with people neglecting their God given responsiblity as parents...but Hey we live in America...where it is your "right" to be a dead beat dad right?? Let the taxpayers deal with the messes your kids create. It is your "right" as an american to be irresponsible. to do "whatever feels good" to "express yourself" just ask Charlie Sheen. yep the "Consequences be dam(n)ed!!!"mentality.nice try Gov. Huck but Charlie "wins"

Posted by: tktimoteo | March 5, 2011 4:48 AM | Report abuse

I think the problem many people have with Pastor Huck's comments is that he feels free to comment the choice made by a successful Oscar winner (who will marry the father)... and stood silent when Palin dragged her pregnant, unmarried daughter onto the national stage. Miss Palin is still not married, and is considered a "star" - her only talent being having a child out of wedlock.

Pastor Huck is like a bully on the playground - attacks and then backtracts ... after the damage is done.

This is his pattern: Did the same with Mitt's religion ... just "innocently" asking questions about being Mormon ...

But what can you expect of a man who tells those who don't care for the Confederate flag where they can shove that flagpole!

Posted by: curwood1 | March 5, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Mike is trying to run for president without spending any money right now. He does that by espousing these far right whacky things to pander to the "base." This time he felt the need to appoint himself as the one in charge of the uterus police.

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Posted by: juliarix | March 5, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

No one ever glorified Bristol Palin's pregnancy, see the difference now?

In fact, she learned the lesson so well that she goes around the country urging teens to NOT make the same mistake she did (being to have unmarried sex in the first place).

Natalie Portman, on the other hand, boasts about it on the Red Carpet.

Posted by: clawrence12 | March 5, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

After charging fees to tell single women not to have sex, but after she had a baby without being married, Bristol Palin got back together with the guy who impregnated her, and shacked up with him again, for a brief period.

What a role model for young women to have held up to them as someone to emulate.

Do as Bristol Says, Not As She Does.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 5, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee, Gingrich, Pawlenty, and Palin,
Barbour and Romney, et cetera;
Here's the thing, the rightwing
Can't find anyone better-a.

Posted by: dudh | March 5, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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