Friday, March 4, 2011

Huckabee's Baby Talk

Mike Huckabee is not having a good week.

First, he asserts that President Obama was raised in Kenya (he spent part of his childhood in Indonesia). Then he goes after a pregnant woman.

To be precise, Huckabee criticized actress Natalie Portman while appearing on Michael Medved's radio show earlier this week. Portman, of course, received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Black Swan on Sunday.

Huckabee stated, "One of the things that's troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlit who boasts "Look, we're having children. We're not married, but we're having these children and they're doing just fine."

Except that Portman never actually made any such statement. And if that weren't enough Portman is actually engaged to be married. Oops!!!

Now for his part, Huckabee has walked back his statement - sort of. Huckabee insists he did not "slam" or "attack" Portman. Of course he did. Huckabee attributed statements to Portman she never made and misrepresented her marital intentions. If Huckabee is a gentleman he will apologize to Portman.

Besides if Huckabee so virulently objects to out-of-wedlock children then why didn't he admonish Bristol Palin? I'll tell you why. Because The Mama Grizzly would have torn Huckabee to shreds. And if there was anything left of him I would have added my two cents.

I also think Huckabee miscalculated. Remember Huckabee made reference to "Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlit." Except that Natalie Portman isn't Britney Spears. Portman's public behavior has been exemplary and it makes Huckabee's remarks that much more cheap.

But let's assume for a moment that Huckabee was being 100% sincere in his comments. Assuming Huckabee is going to make another bid for the White House does he intend to turn his personal views into public policy? Do we really want the federal government telling pregnant women they have to be married?

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