Mike Huckabee has some concerns regarding the children of Barack and Michelle Obama. The reasons why are probably connected to him eyeing the big white house located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016, although, right now anyway, the smart money is saying if he does walk through those grand doors it will be as just another tourist. He, like most of the crowd of rubes and losers vying for the republican nomination, are, at the moment, running hard against Mr. Obama, despite the fact the president's name won't be on any ballot next year.
In that vein, the other day, the former Arkansas governor went so far as to question the Obamas child raising skills. According to him, "...they don't see anything that might, or might not be suitable for either a preteen, or teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door (of the White House)." He went on to add Beyoncé's husband, Jay Z, "is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object."
That's right, forget the third Iraq war which is looming on the horizon, immigration reform, health care, and a myriad of other issues--the greatest threat to the future of the republic is some pop singer and her husband.
So what sort of family entertainment does Governor Huckabee think we should all be enjoying? According to him he is a huge fan of the reality TV show, "19 and Counting" and its star, Jim Bob Duggar.
Given his apparent tastes one has to wonder if Mr. Huckabee was shattered by the cancellation of another reality show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
Actually the Governor, when he isn't lecturing the Obamas on what they let their kids see, is a big fan of the family friendly rock band, The Rolling Stones. So much so he once scored a back stage pass to one of their concerts. He also brags, "One of my last acts as governor was to issue a pardon for a traffic violation he (Keith Richards) had in 1975 when he and Ronnie Wood were driving through Arkansas. He got pulled over for a reckless driving charge."
So there we have it. Long before he condemned Beyoncé and Jay Z for lewd and lascivious behavior Big Mike was happy to fix a ticket handed out to a known drug abuser for driving wildly out of control on the highways of Arkansas. In some quarters this is known as flexibility. In others there is a harsher term for it.
Elsewhere Mitt Romney has begun talking about making a third run at the presidency. For the most part the news has been met with utter indifference from republicans. It is reported Romney's 2012 congressional liaison, Senator Roy Blunt, R-MO was so unimpressed he told an interviewer he might support a candidate coming out of the senate. Other former supporters said things like they would, "wait and see" and "reserve judgment."
Such is the fate of a two time loser in the biggest game of all. Of course Romney wasn't trusted by the hard right edge of the party even after he won the nomination three years ago. In fact if the ultra conservatives could have settled on one candidate that spring and summer, rather than bouncing willy-nilly back and forth between a handful of them, Mr. Mitt would have never made it to the 2012 convention.
Which brings us to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Santorum won 11 primaries and caucuses three years ago, mainly because Romney was so distasteful to the fractured mob known as the tea party . He will be in Scottsdale, AZ this weekend, meeting with advisors and some big money people in order to lay the strategic ground work for a second helping of presidential politics next year.
Yes the field is growing crowded with the righteous and has-beens and it will get nasty before it is over. The party leadership knows it too. That is why they are limiting the number of primary debates this time out and have even moved up the date of the convention. Indeed, keep the blood letting to a minimum early on. There will be more than enough of that when it comes time to face Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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