I've said before he won't be elected if only because no one would want to see America led by a President with the name of Huckabee, but now there's a real reason.
But first, yesterday, Rep. Fortney Hillman Stark Jr. decided to vault right to the top of the list of the Filthiest Democrats in Congress. Sure it's a seemingly impossible feat for an unknown, but Stark, it turns out, is an extraordinary piece of scum that couldn't be kept hidden.
"You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement," Stark said on the floor of the House*.
James Taranto picks up the story from there…
When Minority Leader John Bohener demanded an apology, Stark "responded only by calling those who voted to deny children health care 'chicken hawks'"
Stark, whose district covers much of Alameda County, Calif., south of Oakland, is–not to put too fine a point on it–a bit of a nut. When he has appeared in this column in the past, it has generally been for his outlying votes, such as these:
October 2004: In favor of Charlie Rangel's proposal to reinstate the draft (a proposal so preposterous that Rangel himself voted against it.)
July 2006: Against a nonbinding resolution condemning terrorist attacks against Israel.
December 2006: Against a nonbinding resolution criticizing a French city for naming a street in honor of the man who murdered Philadelphia policeman Danny Faulkner.
The votes on these measures were 402-2, 410-8 and 368-31 respectively, so Stark is well outside the mainstream even of his own party.
So what does this have to do with one Mike Huckabee?
Here's the email I sent to Taranto:
Interestingly, in a segment which must have been taped before Stark said what he said, Mike Huckabee, appearing on the Glenn Beck show on CNN Headline News today, specifically and singularly cited Stark as a man he respected because, even though Stark was an atheist, he was a man who meant what he said.
Here's hoping you can catch the replay, which besides today, may even be repeated over the weekend.
And I must add that the fact that Huckabee respects Stark is not even the worst part. The absolute disqualifier is that he not only respects a liberal, he has the audacity to think he can say that with impunity.
I mean, I'm sure we'd all agree we'd much prefer to see Huckabee praising an Islamic terrorist.
* No Democrat has even demanded his resignation much less moved to oust him.