I’m watching the presidential campaign from a distance so far, but I have to say I like Mike Huckabee. He is having more fun than most of the other candidates, and he also seems to be unafraid to speak his mind. And unlike Dennis Kucinich, he can speak his mind without strange things coming out.
When Michael Moore’s Sicko came out, the conservative temptation was to attack Michael Moore’s accuracy, and generally come off as a sourpuss who supports the big evil health insurance companies. Gov. Huckabee’s response was far wiser: he suggested that Michael Moore take better care of himself.
“Frankly, Michael Moore is an example of why the health care system costs so much in this country. He clearly is one of the reasons that we have a very expensive system. I know that from my own personal experience,” said Huckabee, who lost more than 110 pounds and became an avid runner after he was diagnosed with diabetes.
“I know how much more my health care cost when I didn’t take care of myself than when I do take care of myself, not only in terms of doctor visits but regular diseases, illnesses, chronic things that come up, monthly prescription bills,” Huckabee said. “All of those things have gone dramatically down since I’ve taken care of myself and worked to live a healthier lifestyle.”
It is also nice to know that Mrs. Huckabee is pretty handy with a grenade launcher.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — During an afternoon tea party at the elegant governor’s mansion in the capital of South Carolina, former Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee told CNN she is pretty handy with a grenade launcher.
Huckabee, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, said in an interview that she once shot a grenade launcher at a National Guard training camp in Arkansas.
“I have fired a grenade launcher and hit the target two out of three times, so I think that’s pretty good odds for me,” she said, noting that she had a special interest in military matters and has also jumped out of an airplane, flown in an F-16 and shot an MP5 submachine gun.
“I just was at the National Guard training camp at Camp Robinson and they just said we just want to, you know, introduce you to some of the equipment and some of the military guns that they have. And so one of them happened to be a grenade launcher, and so I shot it, and they said, ‘You’re good.’ And I said, ‘Thank you.'”
This is an interesting topic to bring up at a tea party. I suppose if Hillary Clinton had grenade launcher skills, Bill Clinton would not have survived the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Another thing to like about Mike is that unlike most people with an opinion about education, he sees education as more than math and science. He actually thinks that art and music are not merely important, but an essential part of education. [Warning: This video contains a middle school band, and white middle school girls singing Motown. It is not for the musically faint of heart.] Not only that, but he plays a pretty good bass. Here are two videos of him playing: