Huckabee’s Inane ‘Bubbaville’ Bullshit

Like nearly all right wingers, Mike Huckabee loves to pander to “Joe Six-Pack” and other demographic cliches by contrasting those evil big cities, which he refers to as Bubbleville, to the “real” America found in rural areas, which he calls Bubbaville. And that’s why he’s hypocritically attacking Beyonce.

Huckabee told Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg yesterday that his critics, such as Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, are all taking his comments out of context and have proved his point that “Bubbleville” — Huckabee’s term for New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — speaks down to “Bubbaville,” or real America.

“The backlash that I have had from what is less than a page of a 242-page book, which is a fleeting reference to Beyoncé, to me validates the very message of the book that there is this disconnect between the cultures of ‘Bubbleville’ and ‘Bubbaville,’” he said.

Huckabee said Stewart “missed” the point of his book “because like so many other people in the media it was as if they read the headlines that other reporters have made but they didn’t really read the chapter and they didn’t understand the context, the chapter was ‘The Culture of Crude.’”

But that isn’t actually what it’s about. It’s only about the “culture of crude” when it comes to those he thinks are liberal. He’s perfectly fine with crudeness by his pals like Ted Nugent. In fact, he’ll perform with them and lavish them with praise. As for Bubbaville, he apparently doesn’t realize that Beyonce is probably the single most popular and beloved singer in the entire country right now. She isn’t selling millions of albums and selling out stadiums all over the world by only appealing to those in big cities.

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  • wreck

    Mike Huckabee, Mayor of Moronville. I’m not a fan of Beyonce’s music, it’s just not my style. But I did listen to my share of Black Sabbath back in the 70’s and I think I turned out okay (married 25 years, two good kids, good job, etc.). And I can’t remember the last time I attended a human sacrifice. Seriously, Huckles, just shut the fuck up.

  • ArtK

    Dog whistle: “big city” == “urban” == “black” == scares the shit out of ‘bubba’.


    “big city” == “liberal” == scares the shit out of ‘bubba’.

    Take your pick.

  • Ace of Sevens

    Beyonce’s from Houston. Is that really what he wants to call Bubbleville? For that matter, Ted Nugent is from Detroit.

  • k_machine

    The adulation of the common man in US politcs reach almost Marxist proportions.

  • doublereed

    Huckabee hates Beyonce for all the reasons that we expect conservatives to hate Beyonce. It’s like the most boring thing ever.

  • DrVanNostrand


    That’s because admiration is the only thing conservatives have to offer the “common man”, while they actively pursue policies that make upward mobility as hard as humanly possible.

  • raven

    Sarah Palin did the same thing. It’s not very smart.

    1. The USA is one of the most highly urbanized cities on the planet. 82% of us live in urban areas, cities and suburbs!!!

    2. Rural areas have a few advantages but they are very far from any sort of paradise. Many of them are full of poverty, low levels of education, short lifespans, no opportunities, and high crime levels including murder. They are nowherevilles going nowhere.

    This is why most of us live in cities these days!!! There has been a steady migration from rural to urban for about forever.

    Huckabee is appealing to an American myth. If he really had to rely on Bubbaville votes, he would get less than 10%. Not all rural residents are brain dead white trash anyway. You can find rich, well educated Democrats out there as well.

  • fifthdentist

    I saw the interview. Stewart said that he read the book. If it’s only 242 pages, that’s not much reading.

    So one of them is lying, and I know who I’d put my money on.

    I think the chapter can be summed up as “dark-skinned woman shaking ass — bad; white patriot patriot who likes to kill critters with gun who sings about ass — “true Murkan”.

    The biggest lie from the interview was Huckster’s claim that Cat Scratch Fever was written — and intended — for only an adult audience.

  • bushrat

    See, when Huckabee is talking about Bubbleville he’s specifically talking about NY, Chicago, LA and any other supposedly “Liberal” city. He’ll quite easily include Houston, Dallas, Atlanta or any other city he thinks is full of good ole boys in the Bubbaville category, because he thinks he can milk a few votes out of the idiots that live in those cities that still they still think they live on a farm in rural, Anywhere USA,

  • raven

    White Folks in Red States are the Biggest Food Stamp …

    aattp. org /ts-official-white-folks-in-red-states-are-the-biggest-food-stamp-…

    Feb 18, 2014 – Owsley County, Kentucky earns the lowest median household income in the country, …

    Not all rural areas are dysfunctional dystopias. But a lot of them are.

    One of the highest percentages of food stamp use is rural white areas in the South. Who, oddly enough, vote GOP/Tea Party.

    In the midwest, there has been “rural flight” for many decades. A lot of small towns are just about ghost towns these days. My relatives were born in one. None live there now.

    The town has a program to buy up abandoned houses for back taxes. They then tear them down to keep the place from looking like a ghost town. They tear down a lot of houses and now own a lot of land, which they will more or less give you, if you want to build a new house.

  • Area Man

    I’ll echo what raven said in #7. Actual honest-to-god Real Americans live in cities, mostly near the coasts or Great Lakes. Relatively few people live in rural areas, and something like only 1% of Americans are farmers, the supposed vocation of choice for Bubbaville. And rural people are massively subsidized by the rest of us in virtually every possible way, rather ironic for people who hold themselves to be rugged individualists.

  • raven

    A More and More Metropolitan America | Random Samplings

    blogs. census. gov/2014/03/27/a-more-and-more-metropolitan-america/

    Mar 27, 2014 – The percentage of our nation’s population living in a metropolitan area ticked up from 85.3 percent in 2012 to 85.4 percent in 2013. … Metro areas, by the way, contain a core urban area of at least 50,000 …

    FYI, The US census bureau says 85.4% metro here. You see various numbers but the lowest is 81%.

    AFAICT, Huckabee is appealing to a myth. The guy who lives in the suburbs, owns a bunch of guns, listens to country and western music, has a pickup, and hates all the people Huckabee hates.

    I’m not really a fan of city living myself. It was a necessity. But they have their place. The driver of our civilization isn’t Lower Boondocks, Arkansas. It’s the Boston-Washington corridor, LA, SF, Houston, Chicago and similar places like that. There is no Silicon Dogpatch.

  • raven

    And rural people are massively subsidized by the rest of us in virtually every possible way,


    1. In my relative’s former town, they aren’t really poor, not rich but doing OK. I’d estimate that half their income is federal transfer payments. The governments keep tossing money at them. AFAICT, it is to keep at least a few people living out there. Who knows, maybe they are afraid the Indians might move back in and start hunting buffalo again.

    2. I know one other rural place well on the north coast. Same thing. Their total income is probably more than half government tax transfers. 88% of the school kids get free lunches. It’s also a fundie xian, John Bircher stronghold (settled from places like Huckabee’s Arkansas) and they seriously hate the government. Even if half of them would starve to death without massive government help including a low cost subsidized medical clinic.

  • scienceavenger

    This is just another I’m-rubber-you’re-glue bit of nonthinking nonargument from the GOP. Point out their racism, “you’re the real racist”. Describe their policies as a war on women, “you’re waging the real war on women”. And accuse them of living in an epistemically closed bubble, where voter fraud is real, but climate change isn’t, where Iraqi WMDs exist, but racism doesn’t, and they claim we live in Bubbleville. It’s all you’ve got when you’ve got nothing.

  • bmiller

    America may be metropolitan and not rural, but much of the metropolitan population, especially GOP voters, lives in PSEDUO-rural suburbs and exurbs. or at least, suburbs that started out pseudo-rural. Someone living in Naperville doesn’t really consider himself “urban” and is often most definitely not “liberal” in any way. And the population continues to spread. Whites have left the Fergusons and their like for lower denser, further out suburbs. Middle and working class whites in the Bay Area live in mauve Solano County or hard red San Joaquin County.

    So even this argument needs to be seen with some nuance. Many suburbanites buy into a myth that they have made it to “the country”, or to a “small town” even if they live in a commuter suburb with 80,000 people 40 miles from job centers.

  • Dr X

    Very tangentially related, Sarah Palin said that she’d consider a run for president while serving wild board chilli to homeless people in Las Vegas. Yes, everything about it is Palin comedy gold.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ 16. Dr X : Palin again? Nah, surely she won’t run – just doing what she did last time and getting a bit more media attention before the usual anti-climax.

    @2. ArtK :

    Dog whistle: “big city” == “urban” == “black” == scares the shit out of ‘bubba’.

    Or “big city” == “liberal” == scares the shit out of ‘bubba’. Take your pick.

    No need to choose just one – I think both apply maybe indifferent mixes for different people.

    @7. Raven : “They (Rural areas) are nowherevilles going nowhere.”

    Well, not quite. There is continental drift so they are going somewhere – at about the pace of a fingernail’s growth per year or something like that! Which co-incidentally seems about as fast as some of their resident’s attitudes are changing too.

    PS. “Bubbaville” really Huckster? Really? Yeesh.

  • sugarfrosted

    It hasn’t been mentioned so far, but a major component of the downslide of rural America is the rise of the corporate farming industry. The small family owned farm is becoming more and more of a myth as time goes on. The ones that do exist tend to grow “organics” which is something that the Republics rant about. I wonder which party paved the way for the rise of corporate farms.

  • karmacat

    It makes me angry when these politicians create divisions to remain in power. There is no bubbaviile or bubbleville. Just people trying to survive and take care of their loved ones. But, of course, creating divisions keeps people distracted from what their leaders are doing

  • karmacat

    Oh, and Huckabee must be an elitist because ville is a French word

  • Doc Bill

    Jon Stewart crushed Huckabee with the Nugent footage. Huckabee in the same breath decried crude entertainment and embraced it. There was nothing taken out of context. That’s what all these hypocritical liars say when they’re called out.

    Good for Jon Stewart.

  • lpetrich

    Given how depopulated some rural areas have become, have some small towns in them become depopulated enough to be shut down?

  • dingojack

    ‘Bubbaville’? Isn’t that where Bill ‘Bubba’ Clinton grew up? 😉