Mike Huckabee – fresh from his speaking gig at the Republican National Convention – hosted the discredited author Ed Klein over the weekend for two segments of blatantly partisan doings disguised as a news discussion.
In case there was any doubt that Klein was just a journalist, and not acting on behalf of the GOP, almost his first words to Huckabee (in Part 1) were, “By the way, congratulations on your speech at the Republican National Convention... I loved that line in which you said that you stood shoulder to shoulder with your Catholic brothers and sisters on the question of religious freedom.” He got a loud round of applause from the audience.
Before Klein wrote his current anti-Obama book, he promoted theories that Bill Clinton raped Hillary Clinton and that she is a lesbian. Even Fox News guests have noted his lack of credibility. But there was no such problem on Huckabee! Klein alleged in Part 1 that he has maintained sources “inside the Clinton camp” with whom he's in contact “virtually every day ” - and Huckabee never questioned the reliability of those sources.
Instead, in Part 2 (video below), Huckabee boosted Klein's credibility – in order to smear President Obama. Huckabee asked, “There has been speculation that if things really, really get tough that the nuclear option might be used and that would be to somehow attack Mitt Romney on his faith. I think that would be horrendous, bordering on un-American. Is that something that might be discussed even in the Obama circles?”
Notice that Huckabee wondered if it “might be” discussed, not whether Klein had any information that it has been or would be discussed.
But Klein didn't let a little thing like not knowing stop him from suggesting otherwise – in order to smear Obama. “It's been more than discussed. I think they've actually tried to roll out the first part of this campaign,” Klein said. But his “evidence” for such an accusation was that there have been several pieces in the media that he thought protrayed Mormonism in a bad light.
A Fox News producer promoted Klein's “there's no difference between Obama and the media” suggestion with a banner on the lower third of the screen: “Will Obama/media attack Romney's Mormon faith?”
For further smearing by speculation, Klein said that for Democrats “to even consider using religion as a race card or as a card against Mitt Romney, I think, is really quite disgusting.”
Neither Klein nor Huckabee pointed to any indication that it had been considered or would be.
But the audience applauded at Klein's last musing.
Huckabee concluded the discussion by plugging Klein's book and complaining that “none of the networks” would have him on. “You might want to find out what they're so afraid of,” Huckabee said, before giving the title. I'm surprised he didn't give a phone number where people could call to order it.
Apparently Huckabee isn’t as obsessed with promoting correct Christian beliefs as he’s led us to belief. After hearing his insulting joke about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz during his RNC speech, I do wonder what kind of minister of Jesus is this guy?
Following Klein’s example, I have completed my “explosive” new book using “sources inside the Obama camp” whom I speak to “virtually every hour.” The book proves that the Obamas practice cannibalism, using white babies as the main course. I’m ready for my Fux Noise book tour with Gomer, KKKlannity, et al.
Aria: I was pretty anxious in 2008, when it seemed possible that Huckabee, himself, might be elected president.
The last of the great Italian Christians of the Catholic stripe died last week. Cardinal Martini was a true follower of Christ’s teachings: open minded, always willing to talk, tolerant of human failings, including other beliefs, aware of the need for the Church to practise what it preaches (i.e. love and understanding, not dogma): he was truly an admirable human being.
For the record, I’m normally a rabid anti-clerical but probably wouldn’t be so furious at that category if there were more clerics like Martini (and Hans Kung) among them.
Perhaps Huckabuck and Klein are mistaking the Obama camp for the GOP faithful who, as recently as a few months ago, were still expressing PUBLIC unease with Romney’s Mormonism. (IMS, it was Romney’s Mormonism that led to Romney’s non-wins in states like Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Kansas.)
While several religions have their own version of this, the Mormon’s version is different, because it ends with Theocratic Martial Law… and if you think Mormons are beyond shadow puppeting when one of their own gets elected to office, go spend some time in Utah, Arizona or one of the mostly mormon communities in Colorado.