It's a little late for Halloween, but not too late to have the crap scared out of you.
Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone magazine just wrote a long story on resurgent Rethug Fundo Xian ex-governor Mike Huckabee, which you can read on the AlterNet website.
Mike Huckabee, the latest it girl of the Republican presidential race, tells a hell of a story. Let your guard down anywhere near the former Arkansas governor and he'll pod you, Body Snatchers-style -- you'll wake up drooling, your brain gone, riding a back seat on the bandwagon that suddenly has him charging toward the lead in the GOP race.Huckabee, who denies evolution and says that we are not descended from primates (Note to Mike: We are primates...), who insists that the earth is around 6000 years old, and who believes that we have all these problems with illegal aliens because -- get this -- the abortion "Holocaust" has cost us millions of people who otherwise would be doing the work that those nasty over-the-border types are doing.
All of this begs the question, Taibbi asks, "If this religious zealot's rise represents the end of corporate dominance of the Republican Party, is that a good thing? Or is the real thing even worse than the fraud?"
What the press doesn't understand is that Huckabee has changed the equation of party-specific orthodoxies. A generation of GOP candidates have used the poor as a whipping-post stage prop, complaining about lazy, frantically copulating homeless fiends living in cars, fucking up the property values of Decent Folk. Huck turns that rhetoric around by saying, "We shouldn't allow a child to live under a bridge or in the back seat of a car." It's a brilliant innovation for a candidate like Huckabee, who recognizes that the only thing he has to lose by talking about poverty and high CEO salaries is the support of the big-money wing of his party -- something he doesn't have anyway.Go on over and read the article. It's pretty sobering stuff, and if by some "miracle" Huckabee manages to pull it off, we need to prepare ourselves for the coming crusade by the Fundo Xians, backed by their boy in the White House, to round up and Gitmo-ise all of us out here in Freethinkerland.