I'm sorry to keep posting on this dude, but the rapist/murderer-releasing Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor really is the right-wing pious gift that keeps on giving. Huckabee has a fundraiser in Houston tonight, thrown by ace fundie Rick Scarborough, Debbie Riddle, and Steve Hotze.
Hotze is a prominent leader of anti-abortion, anti-gay and politically active religious political extremism in Houston. Hotze gained prominence while promoting a ‘Straight Slate’ of political candidates in response to Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire’s support from the gay community. Using Christian Coalition tactics of organizing through churches and organizing on the precinct level, Hotze led the religious right’s campaign to take over the Harris County Republican Party from moderate Republicans.
Then, of course, there's this fun tidbit — Hotze signed a document, the Coalition on Revival's Manifesto for the Christian Church that dictated the following — danger, theocrat crazy ahead:
• A wife may work outside the home only with her husband's consent
• “Biblical spanking” that results in “temporary or superficial bruises or welts” should not be considered a crime
• No doctor shall provide medical service on the Sabbath
• All disease and disability is caused by the sin of Adam and Eve
• Medical problems are frequently caused by personal sin
• “Increased longevity generally results from obedience to specific Biblical commands”
• Treatment of the “physical body” is not a doctor's highest priority
• Doctors have a priestly calling
• People receiving medical treatment are not immune from divine intervention or demonic forces
• Physicians should preach to their patients because salvation is the key to their health
There's nothing like getting that crucial support from Mainstream America. Please let the GOP nominate this man.
In other Huck news, apparently the son (the one who doesn't allegedly hang dogs) likes reading Penthouse Letters aloud to his buddies. I wonder if Dear Old Dad knows about that?
You should check out Arianna’s spot-on take about the corner the GOP has painted itself into, courting the fundies for 30 years and now that one of their own bible-beaters has surged in the polls, the braintrust of the Republican party is in full panic mode.
The evangelical crowd was fine when it was just a resource to be cynically exploited every few years in demagogic anti-gay get-out-the-vote campaigns. But now the holy-rolling monster the GOP’s Dr. Frankensteins have created has thrown off the shackles, fled the lab, and is currently leading in Iowa. And the party doesn’t know what to do.
It’s actually fun to watch the consternation. Ross Douthat has dubbed this feeling “Huckenfreude,” which he defines as “pleasure derived from the outrage of prominent conservative pundits over the rising poll numbers of Mike Huckabee.”
And there is certainly no shortage of outrage among hyperventilating conservative columnists across the country. The National Review’s Rich Lowry has coined a neologism of his own: “Huckacide.” This is when a national party commits suicide by nominating an “under-vetted former governor who is manifestly unprepared to be president of the United States.”
Yeah, that would certainly be crazy, wouldn’t it? Makes you wonder where these people have been for the last seven years.