Monday, March 07, 2011
Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Huckabee
Now, here's where the hypocrisy comes into the picture. Way back in the fall of 2008, the Republican vice-presidential candidate's unmarried teen-aged daughter was pregnant throughout the campaign. I could be wrong - and if I am, please provide a link for me - but I don't recall Mr. Huckabee saying anything negative about Ms. Bristol Palin's pregnancy.
I don't think it's coincidental that Mr. Huckabee remained silent at a time when the Republican party stood to gain a lot. Now, when the Republican party doesn't have anything to gain or lose in the immediate future, Mr. Huckabee has spoken critically about out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Previously, presumably to support his party's chances at success, Mr. Huckabee held his tongue about the Palin family's personal circumstances. Even when Sarah Palin and the Republican party hauled Bristol Palin from one end of the country to the other to garner sympathy and support for their ambitions, Mr. Huckabee remained silent. It seems to me that Bristol Palin's constant presence on her mother's campaign trail over a period of several months glamorized her pregnancy far more than Natalie Portman's brief appearance at what was, first and foremost for her, a professional event related to her career.
I suppose Mr. Huckabee's comments about single parenthood, out-of-wedlock pregnancy and so on were sincere. It's hard to tell, though, because the sincerity of his sentiments is grossly overshadowed by the transparency of his ambition.