Mike Huckabee, the Scold

Yesterday, I was at Track’s house for his last night in town before he deploys back to Afghanistan. That’s where I got an e-mail explaining that Mike Huckabee had just told his radio audience that he was very disappointed in me. Here’s what he said:

We had earlier in the hour that Bristol Palin would be joining us about a new reality t.v. show that she’s going to be doing.

And apparently, she just didn’t show up.

So guess what?  I don’t guess we’ll be watching tomorrow when her new show lines up.

Too bad.

He goes on to say that he doesn’t believe children of politicians deserve to be criticized for their parents’ decisions.  He regrets his own children have suffered for his own choices as a politician.

There’s a different story once the child decides, “Hey, I like this spotlight. I like the limelight. I want to have more of it,” then, you know, they become fair game.

Then they are there by their own choice and their own volition. So if you go on Dancing with the Stars, or go on a lecture tour, or do a reality show, then, all bets are off…

He continues by saying he didn’t think David Letterman was fair to me during the 2008 campaign.  However:

I hope she’s ready for it, because now it’ll come not because of what her mother chose to do but because she’s said, “Hey, I want to be in the spotlight.

I understand Gov. Huckabee has a huge challenge creating a radio show he wants as the alternative to Rush Limbaugh. I understand he wants to fill his show with a little controversy – and what better way than to create headlines telling the world he now considers me “fair game.”

However, does he really believe I don’t understand what it’s like to be “fair game?”  Anyone who’s seen this blog – or the newspapers or the television – knows I’ve been through quite a bit of media speculation, ridicule, scorn. I’ve been writing about my own political ideas and have been “fair game” in my comments sections.  I’ve also defended myself from vile comments from leftists like Bill Maher.  Is Mike Huckabee joining into that scorn supposed to intimidate me?

You’ve got to actually listen to it, to get the full effect of his scolding tone.

(Warning: it might make you feel like you’ve been caught smoking in the high school bathroom!)




I would’ve considered it an honor to talk to his viewers about my show, my experience of single motherhood, and what a wonderful little boy Tripp is.

But the fact is, his people didn’t schedule my appearance. I’d said I’d do the show, I sent them my phone number, and they apparently neglected to schedule a time. Of course, mix-ups do occur in life.  Schedules aren’t communicated, errors are made.

But this isn’t the first mistake on his show.  Maybe instead of lecturing me on being irresponsible, he should get his own team in line.

Then, maybe, we could talk.

But I probably would just call Rush instead.


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  • Patsy Carlisle

    I love you Bristol and hope you succeed in everything you do. However, I think you were a little harsh on Huckabee. What he said was out of concern for what may come your way. As for the scheduling mix-up, I am sure he will get to the bottom of that. Can’t wait to see your show.

  • Howard

    This is like siblings having a fight, come on people, knock it off, get after the Obamas, not members of our own family.

  • MIchelle

    Jellybean, Maybe you should read before you comment.

  • Jason

    If there was no appointment, nothing scheduled, then Bristol had committed to nothing and therefore did nothing wrong. Mike Huckabee is just being a crybaby. He needs to get over himself.

  • http://www.mrltavern.com Mr.L

    YES! YOU TELL THAT PHONY Hucksterbee! This is a man who in 2008 told Republicans to not go after Hillary Clinton hard and show her respect and here he is declaring a holy war on a young mother who chose to be with her brother before deployment. -Mr.L

    • K

      Holy war? Where?

  • vincent s

    dont worry about huck hes an idiot, he a bill maher in disquise. love you bristol!

  • Michelle McManus

    Touche’…Love your comeback Bristol!

  • blueniner

    Huckabee is a second rate bass player, a second rate radio talker, and a third rate TVshow host, and he is even worse as a human being that masks himself in his Christianity. He was classless and was trying to throw gas on a fire, with his coded diss of Bristol Palin. He threw red meat out to all the Palin derangement haters, they ate it up clogged the blogs with more hate. So bottom line the Huckster got the publicity he was seeking.

  • Kendra

    Hucksterbee is a phony…he always has been….

  • Sue Lynn

    Huckabee should look in the mirror and do some mirror thearapy!..hmmm over weight…thinks he is holier than thou….I will never listen to his stipid dull show… Bristol I will be watching!!!