He’s not a fan. It begins:
If pessimism is not creeping on little cat’s feet into Republicans’ thinking about their 2012 presidential prospects, that is another reason for pessimism. This is because it indicates they do not understand that sensible Americans, who pay scant attention to presidential politics at this point in the electoral cycle, must nevertheless be detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party.
Will then hits Huckabee for his recent (and very strange) comments about the alleged Kenyan influence on Obama. You gotta love Huckabee’s alleged insight into the influence of the “Mau Mau revolution.” Here’s Will again:
Huckabee thereupon careened off into the (he thinks) related subject of Obama having sent back to the British Embassy in Washington a bust of Winston Churchill that Obama’s predecessor had displayed in the Oval Office: “. . . a great insult to the British. But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists.”
The architects and administrators of the British Empire were imperialists? Perish the thought. A contemporary of William Jennings Bryan once said of the three-time Democratic presidential nominee, “One could drive a prairie schooner through any part of his argument and never scrape against a fact.” But an absence of facts means there is no argument.
A spokesman for Huckabee dutifully lied, saying his employer “simply misspoke”: “The governor meant to say the president grew up in Indonesia.” Obama did not really grow up there – he spent just five of his first 18 years there and the other 13 years in Hawaii. But obviously Huckabee, with his dilation on the Mau Maus, was deliberately referring to Kenya. Unless Huckabee thinks the Mau Maus were Indonesians, which he might count as another “one thing that I do know.”
Of course, Will doesn’t even focus on Huckabee’s comments this week about Obama allegedly growing up around Madrassas or his puzzling assault on Natalie Portman, a young lady who is — yes — pregnant out of wedlock but is also hardly Murphy Brown.
Is Huckabee shooting from the hip? Or is he intentionally and carefully cultivating Republican voters who think Obama’s a Kenyan and think Padme Amidala should have done more to stop the Sith than merely offering lame political commentary: