Sometimes I wonder if there’s some sort of secret competition going on among conservative politicians and pundits to see who can say the most idiotic thing and still remain a viable candidate for office. If so, Mike Huckabee may have the inside track on the payoff at the moment:
Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run.
Donald Trump also spoke.
Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each earned a devoted following among tea party activists. While the two senators mostly stuck to their usual talking points, Huckabee offered an extra large serving of red meat.
“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States,” he said in his remarks. “When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane – but if I want to go vote I don’t need a thing.”
Yes, Mike, having to go through a metal detector before getting on an airplane makes America just like North Korea. Then again, maybe the fact that you can go around the country saying egregiously stupid things like this without getting put in front of a firing squad or disappeared into a concentration camp might, to a reasonable person, count as evidence against your absurd rhetoric. Then again, you’re not a reasonable person nor are you trying to appeal to reasonable people.