Last week, Mike Huckabee found himself behind enemy lines on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and stumbled into an ambush he should have seen coming.
Lying in wait for Huckabee, an eager volunteer in the campaign for the White House, was that savvy veteran of the Clinton “War Room,” George Stephanopoulos.
Huffed Stephanopoulos, “It seems like Republican leaders have the hardest time in the world saying simply and clearly, ‘President Obama is a Christian and a citizen, get over it.’”
After dancing around the trap for a minute, Huckabee yielded to Stephanopoulos’s prodding and fell in.
“I just don’t think it’s completely necessary for us to delve into such extraneous matters,” sniffed Huckabee. “And for Republicans to even be bringing it up, I think it’s a waste of energy and time.”
Mission accomplished. In one cagey maneuver, Stephanopoulos was able to make every other Republican but Huckabee look foolish – at least in the eyes of his mindless audience – and to make Huckabee look foolish in the eyes of those who know something about Obama.
A week later, still unarmed, Huckabee stumbled into the line of fire once again. New York radio host Steve Malzberg, a sharp conservative who knows the subject well, simply asked Huckabee of Obama, “Don’t you think we deserve to know much more about this man?”
“I would love to know more,” Huckabee responded. “What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American.”
Needless to say, just about every pundit in anti-Christendom rushed to the scene of this stumble and gleefully did an end-zone dance on Huckabee’s head.
“[Obama] did not grow up in Kenya,” Laurence O’Donnell exulted on MSNBC. “Yes, he did have a Kenyan father and grandfather, but he did not grow up there. This is what we know. This is what is beyond dispute.”
Even a blind hog will find an acorn if he roots long enough, and the hapless Huckabee put a big fat acorn in front of this blind hog’s nose. It is hard to fault O’Donnell his glee.
Ah, Huckabee! The man I have seen blundering about from one doomed interview to another these past weeks does not seem the same man I saw speak two years back. On the stump, Huckabee is as smart and passionate and confident as anyone of either party.
To be fair, too, Huckabee is not the only Republican to have fallen onto progressive punji sticks. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, even Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have floundered in the face of these simple questions.
No reason for any of it. Let me here take Huckabee at his word. “I would love to know more,” he told Malzberg. Well then, Mr. Huckabee, let your education begin.
As a good place to start, in the Republican spirit of free enterprise, I would recommend my new book, “Deconstructing Obama,” and a close and daily reading of WND.
The first Republican candidate to educate himself on this issue, and to turn the tables on his tormentors, will likely be the next president of the United States. Here is what he says.
“George, I cannot tell anyone to ‘get over it’ on the question of Obama’s citizenship or on his religion until we know more about both.
“Obama himself once told us, George, ‘The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are those with something to hide.’
“So why are you asking me or Sarah or John about his citizenship? Why not ask Obama? If he has nothing to hide he will disclose the truth, and the matter will be settled.
“To be honest, I do not know where Obama was born, but I do know the story of his origins that he told us in ‘Dreams from My Father’ and repeated over and over again during the campaign is inarguably false.
“Do you know where Obama grew up, George? Tell us. Yes, Hawaii, yes, Indonesia. But you do not seem to know that he spent the first year of his life in the state of Washington with his mother while Obama Sr. remained behind in Hawaii.
“When his mom and he returned to Hawaii a year later, Obama Sr. had already lammed out of there. As late as 2009, Obama was telling America’s schoolchildren that his father left home when he was 2. That was a lie.
“Why is this important, George? Here is why. Obama based his campaign for the presidency on his nativity story, one that he knew to be false.
“‘My parents shared not only an improbable love,’ Obama told the nation during his breakthrough 2004 convention speech. ‘They shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation.’ In reality, George, they shared no such thing. They never lived together.
“Obama continued, ‘They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in a generous America you don’t have to be rich to achieve your potential.’ More nonsense. There was no ‘they’ to do any imagining.
“George, no presidential candidate in history has been able to move through a campaign with less scrutiny. And that fault, my friend, is yours.
“Sure, I’d like to see his birth certificate, but I’d be happy to learn his SAT scores or to find out why he has a Connecticut Social Security number.
“As to his religion, we know Obama enrolled in a Muslim school in a Muslim land under the guidance of his Muslim stepfather. That does not make him a Muslim, but that does not make him a Christian either.
“He tells us that the Reverend Jeremiah Wright introduced him to Christianity. Well, Obama can call Wright a Christian all he wants, but a man who asks God to damn America is anything but Christ-like.
“George, there is suspicion abroad in the land because you and your colleagues failed miserably to do your job. Republicans don’t owe Obama an apology. You owe us one.
“And George, remember when Obama told those Virginia schoolteachers he wrote his own books? Well, he was lying about that too.”