Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has criticized fellow party members who (in his words) have made "idiotic statements" and said "biologically stupid things," but he has kind words for one Republican:
Priebus cited former governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas as an example of someone who could be "a model for a lot of people in our party" in terms of discussing issues like marriage and abortion. "I always tell people: Listen to Governor Mike Huckabee," he said. "I don't know anyone that talks about them any better."Yeah, that Mike Huckabee sure knows how to do outreach -- like the time he blamed the Sandy Hook massacre on gay people and abortion:
First, on Friday, mere hours after the shooting, Huckabee appeared on Fox to muse, "We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?"Or the time he went on Judge Andrew Napolitano's TV show and compared gay marriage to slavery:
... over the weekend, on his own [radio] show, he took on "the predictable left" ... "It's the fact that people sue a city so we aren't confronted with a manger scene or Christmas carol ... Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills." On his Web page, he ... wrote, "We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seemed amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children. We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family."
Discussing the legalization of same-sex marriage, Napolitano pressed Huckabee on the federal government's role in protecting "traditional marriage":Or the time he compared legal abortion to the Holocaust:
NAPOLITANO: But that's not an issue for the President or the federal government, that's an issue for the states, right? Massachusetts goes one way, Texas goes another.
HUCKABEE: I think when it comes to some issues, human life for example, that's like saying "slavery is okay in Mississippi but it's not okay in Massachusetts." There are some things that rise above the legislation of states.
Huckabee recalled that Oskar Schindler, a Nazi businessman, saved roughly 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories....Or the time he compared gay marriage to drug addiction and incest:
"And now we are called into this incredible Holocaust of our own in America," Huckabee continued. "Fifty-five million babies. Fifty-five million babies since 1973 have died in what ought to be the safest place in the world, their mother's womb. It has become one of the most dangerous places for a baby to be....”
Huckabee ... told college journalists last week that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt. "Children are not puppies," he said....Yeah, that's the model for Republicans to emulate! That'll win over the unpersuaded! You're so right, Reince!
Huckabee told [an] interviewer that not every group's interests deserve to be accommodated, if their lifestyle is outside of what he called "the ideal."
"That would be like saying, well there's there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?" he said, according to a transcript of the interview.