The Huckster’s big surge in Corntown might have found it’s D’oh! moment, thanks to the Associated Press and The Politico.com. The AP got its mitts on a questionnaire that the Chuck Norris-approved Republican candidate filled out for them in 1992 whilst running for the Senate. Here are the highlights:
“Isn’t this great, Mike? Just a couple of straight Christian men, standing real close to each other, strummin’ gee-tars…say, a little off-topic here, but do you like movies about gladiators?”
J “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”
J “In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified. An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research.”
J “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague…. It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.” (Quarantine!)
Huckabee has responded by saying “If I were making those same comments today, I might make them a little differently, but obviously I have to stand by what I said.” So now the question is: can Smilin’ Mike hold his breath long enough for this story to go away, or does he renounce his comments for the sake of electability (and hell, basic common sense) but infuriate his base? Don’t be surprised if he somehow pulls this off – after all, he DID clarify his views on evolution with considerable aplomb: There is no theory of evolution. Only a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.