Say What? The Mike Huckabee edition

News & Politics

Since every day brings with it a new gem of rhetorical insanity, I'm introducing the "Say What?" feature -- as in, s/he said what?!!

Here's today's winner: Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee who told Republican voters in Iowa that defeating Democrats was every bit as important as opposing the Jewish Holocaust

Musement Park kindly maps the governor's elaborate detour from logic, but here's how Huckabee set it up in what is likely a pre-stump speech of his 2008 presidential campaign.

Huckabee talks about taking his 11-year old daughter to Yad Vashem, the Jewish people's memorial to the Six Million so she could "understand why people like her mother and I would leave the comfortable life that we were living and get into something as brutal and savage as politics can be."

The child writes in the guest-book: "Why didn't somebody do something?" (As opposed to wondering where the death-camps are in Arkansas.)

Behold the window of opportunity:

And I thought, you know, what a shame if someday some father took a daughter through a memorial dedicated to the memory of America... and a father would have to watch his daughter write these words about our country: "Why didn't somebody do something."
Well Ladies and Gentlemen, the reason you need to work hard in Polk County next year, the reason that it is important that you sign up to help candidates get elected who believe like you because you're the somebodys and you gotta do the something, because if you don't and I don't, who will? And if we don't do it now, when will it get done? [LINK]
Republicans: doing the greatest damage with the smallest vocabulary.

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