“Politics is not theology.” Those were the words of Governor Mike Huckabee yesterday on Fox News, when addressing the Tea Party’s approach to government.
In yet the latest signs of the cannibalistic and increasingly fractured nature of the right-wing, the former Governor and Evangelical Fox News Contributor went on the air to discuss the seemingly endless declarations of civil war being bandied about between the Tea Party and establishment Republicans.
Speaking to Uma Pemmaraju, Huckabee explored in general how Tea Party purists are making things harder on everyone in the GOP. While continuing to offer praise to them for their electoral base, Huckabee offered some sage wisdom to the astro-turf corporate political movement:
In politics, if you have an all or nothing, now or never mindset, you’re going to get nothing and you’re going to get it forever.
Throughout the week volleys have been fired back and forth between Tea Party activists and House Republicans over the recently struck Ryan-Murray budget deal. On Wednesday, when holding a press briefing to discuss the deal, House Speak John Boehner made headlines when he redressed the Tea Party’s outrage, which they expressed prior to even learning any of the details, by asking sarcastically, “Are you kidding me?”
Teaparty.org, in a deliciously ironic response, took to republishing an article fresh from the British website Dailymail.co.uk, which declared in bold terms “It’s War!”
Far from being the voice of reason, Speaker Boehner has of late, seemed to have taken on much of the embattled and mentally tired look that most House Democrats can be seen wearing after most any meeting, debate or vote with their Tea Party colleagues.
Due largely to their ardent, puritanical stances on nearly every issue imaginable, even the evangelical heroes of the party, such as Governor Huckabee, seem keen these days to offer tempered warnings and words of caution to this flagging fringe faction of the American right, stating that with the Democrats control of both the white house and Senate:
… your numbers are simple and you’re not going to win all of your battles.
You can watch a video of Huckabee’s interview here: