Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and once in a blue moon, a conservative speaks the truth — as Mike Huckabee unintentionally did on Saturday.
As the last speaker at the Family Leadership Summit, the perennial presidential hopeful and former Arkansas governor apologized to a cheering crowd for making them wait for their dinner.
“Thank you so much for enduring till the end. I understand that I’m the last thing between your leaving and getting dinner. A little intimidating to say the least. It’s not the first time I’ve stood between people and a meal.”
The audience probably thought Huckabee was referring to his ultimately unsuccessful weight loss scam, and chuckled accordingly. But Huckabee could have just as easily been talking about how he and the Republican Party’s success in cutting America’s food stamps program by $8.7 billion.
But of course, Huckabee didn’t talk about those $8.7 billion in meals that seniors, children, the working poor, and others won’t be eating this year. He just began spinning one of his trademark, “jes’ folks” yarns.
Back when he was still governor of Arkansas, Huckabee went to visit the George Elementary School in Springdale to read a story to some first graders. Despite running late, he still wanted to break the ice. He asked if any of the kids wanted to “share anything,” or if they “had a question.”
Among all the hands that shot up, Huckabee noticed one girl who seemed unusually excited. He declared, “my gosh, she’s on fire,” then went on to mention that he had never seen that level of intensity from a child. So Huckabee did what any conservative would do when confronted with a child who’s obviously dying to speak: He called on every single one of her classmates first.
When Huckabee finally got to the little girl, he got what he deserved. Instead of the amazing “from the mouths of babes” nugget of wisdom he expected, she snapped:
“Governor, we are already late for lunch.”
Because Wednesday was corn dog day, and who cares if your state’s governor has come to visit if your corn dog’s about to get cold?
Watch Huckabee spin his yarn.