What the Huck?


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee doubled down Sunday on controversial remarks he made last week, in which he declared that Ted Kennedy would have been told to go home and die under ObamaCare.

“What did I say that wasn’t true?” asked the one-time presidential candidate on his Fox News show “Huckabee.”

Huckabee accused “George Stephanopoulos, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, and scores of liberal bloggers,” of going “berserk” over his suggestion that Kennedy would have been told to take a pain pill for his brain cancer.

“I pointed out that when Senator Kennedy was diagnosed with terminal cancer he chose to fight with all that was within him and to do that for life, instead of choosing the pain pill that President Obama spoke of,” said Huckabee.


These latest remarks seem likely to further stir the debate over which side of the political aisle is attempting to reap the greatest political gain from Kennedy’s death. Earlier in his Sunday show, the former governor accused Democrats of trying to “capitalize on [Kennedy’s passing] with calls for hurriedly enacting government run health care as a tribute to him.”

As for Huckabee’s question regarding what he said that wasn’t true, the fact-checking organization, Politifact, tackled the supposed “pain pill” charge when Rep. Dan Lungren, (R-Cali.) jumped on it in late July.

We went to the transcript of the event and found that Lungren is distorting Obama’s words. While Obama did bring up the example of patients and their families possibly having to choose between a pill and a pacemaker at some point, he did it as a hypothetical example while emphasizing that the government’s role should be to provide background information so that patients and doctors can better sort through thorny, end-of-life issues.


Looking at the full transcript, it’s clear that Obama voluntarily brought up the example of having to choose between a surgery and a pill. But he did so as a hypothetical example of difficult decisions about medical treatment for older patients. He was not advocating, much less requiring, bureaucrats to make a potentially life-ending decision for a centenarian.

“I don’t want bureaucracies making those decisions,” Obama said.


Today, in an attempt to criticize Democrats for using Ted Kennedy’s legacy to pass health care reform, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK) argued during a radio segment on ABC Radio Networks that Kennedy would have died sooner under health care reform:

[…] when Sen. Kennedy was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at 77, did he give up on life and go home to take pain pills and die? Of course not. He freely did what most of us would do. He choose an expensive operation and painful follow up treatments.


Piggy-backing off of Sarah Palin’s claim that health care reform would establish “death panels,” Republicans have launched a coordinated campaign to scare seniors. This week, the effort found Republicans in the rather awkward stance of defending Medicare while simultaneously arguing that the program is “a very good example of what we should not have happen with all of our health care.” Huckabee’s contention is even more baffling. Following Huckabee’s argument to its logical conclusion would suggest that Kennedy fought cancer in order to strip other older Americans of the ability to vigorously fight the disease.

(Audio at Think Progress link)

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42 responses to “What the Huck?

  1. Huck is Elmer Gantry, Lonesome Rhodes and Gomer Pyle all rolled into one

    he has a kid that kills animals and a wife that – well i will be a gentleman.

    as nuttier as the right gets (i didnt think they could)- while i could call them a laugh riot, they are actually fucking scary

  2. Let me say this as a guy who supported Mike Huckabee in the 2008 primary: he’s gone downhill.

    I saw him as a guy willing to buck the party a bit, tell the truth, and take a few hits because of it.

    Since losing the nomination, he’s pretty much sold out: show on Fox, appearances with Gingrich, buddies with Hannity, and selling the same lines of crap that the rest of the GOP is. I’m done with him.

    This is a perfect example of why. In his pre-2008 speeches he’d talk about flaws in GOP tactics and lies the GOP told. Now, he’s telling them, too.

    • wickle,
      i think princess sarah dumbed down the rethug party, and the easiest way to compete is to stoop to her level. a principled person wouldn’t sacrifice values for ambition. that’s exactly what chuckleberry did, and i have no respect for him whatsoever.

      • I think it dates back further than Palin. She wouldn’t have received a second look a decade or so ago. Limbaugh has done a lot of damage, to the point that people think that “sticking it to liberals” is what conservatism is all about.

        You’re right … that’s exactly what Huck did. He’s actually lost a few people from HuckPAC in the last month or so over it. I never really got into HuckPAC, but I’m more and more glad about it as I hear about his jackass behavior in Israel, on his show, etc..

        • rushbo and his ilk sure greased the wheels for an idiot like princess sarah, but she was the first person on a national ticket from one of the major political parties to be so blatant in her hysteria and idiocy. it was as though she gave the rest of them permission to be a wingnutty as she is. in response, the media started to give a lot more attention to the loudest and craziest. the more attention they get, the more the campaign contributions pour in from outside their districts. and now we’re stuck with hearing from bachmann and gohmert and all the other inmates from the asylum.

          • Good point … it’s one thing to talk, it’s another to be on a ticket.

            And while you’ve brought it up … what the heck is up with this out-of-district stuff? Both major parties do it, and it ticks me off!

            I shouldn’t be calling into Virginia (as a friend of mine is doing) to sway voters there, because the person is there to represent VA, not NH! If the guy can’t get support in-state, then he deserves to LOSE. Meanwhile, no one from out of state should be contributing, calling, or anything else to my NH races.

            • the talkers can be dismissed as loonytunes, but a politician gives the ideas spewed by the loonies legitimacy. most people don’t pay attention to politics, but when they see that a congresscritter or a senator quoted in the paper, they assume they are making a somewhat cogent argument based on facts. these days, nothing could be farther from the truth.

              if it was up to me, money would be taken out of the equation altogether. there should be equal time given to candidates on tv (since the citizen own the airwaves). there should also be debates, and none of them should be allowed to brush them off. of course, none of that will ever happen, so what’s the use in dreaming?

  3. They are all the same. They can’t be free-thinkers. They are robots who morph into a whatever their party says they need to be. And from what I can gather, they’re a bunch of hypocrites who just enjoy trying to make a mockery of their opposing party with nothing else to offer.

  4. I love the squirrel on Huckleberry Finn’s shirt. It reminds me of his favorite meat.

    How are Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin like Boris and Natasha?

    Because both of them are hunting moose and squirrel!

    BTW, got anything to say about the Wall Street Journal touting Deadeye Dick in 2012 or Carrie Prejean suing over being dumped as Miss California?

  5. Chuckleberry has his fingers in the light socket of crazy…with his toes on stupid.. I think though it is the new doctrine of the Baptist Church… from him and Anderson in Arizona, Wiley Drake in California, and another guy in Florida..can’t remember his name off the top of my head.. he was out before the election talking the same kind of smack about Obama and how he was going to ruin America and he was a Muslim, was not a citizen.

    Like I said, I believe it is the newest doctrine from the Baptist Church…

  6. This talking point of “being in hurry” REALLY pisses me off. (i.e. What’s the hurry?)

    “with calls for hurriedly enacting government run health care as a tribute to him.(Kennedy)”

    Ok – how about a Kennedy speech on healthcare from 1978.

    • 31 freaking years later, we still don’t have public health care.
      Can we PLEASE drop the “hurry” part of the damned discussion.

      Neglect for all these decades does not constitute rushing things. I’m sick of that spin– if only each candidate had to wear a Bullshit-o-meter, so when they started to spew the lies, the meter would soar to the red zone.

  7. When I first heard of Huckabee, he was bragging about frying squirrels in a popcorn popper in his dorm.
    I figured back then, if that was his entree to the national political stage, he had to be a cross between Gomer Pyle and the cast of Hee Haw.
    Then after I heard his religious beliefs, I threw in Pastor John Hagee.

  8. How dare you and your readers doubt the love and compassion of this man? Do any of you speak directly to Jesus like he does? I thought not.

    My God, next you will be attacking the unassailable Pat Robertson.

  9. jeb

    The ironic thing, as the article points out, is the circular knowledge of the wingnuts has them predicting gloom with any kind of government run health care while simultaneously defending medicare. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. It always leaves me wondering though if they have anyone in the strategery room thinking an argument through before faxing the talking points.

    I always thought Shucksabee was a made up character. You mean he actually exists?

    • i don’t think they have any strategery other than talk really fast, say nothing, and then change the subject. they don’t make any sense whatsoever, but they come up with cute little sound bites that the idiotic media can’t wait to repeat.

  10. Dusty

    This fresh off the RawStory presses:

    Rightwing nutter punches out 65 year old man that supports the public option:

    Friggin pathetic. I blogged this a few minutes ago. It blows my itty bitty mind.

  11. Sorry, I should’ve left a real comment when I was here earlier, but here I go now: Huckabee is one of the most dangerous of the GOP assholes simply because he seems to be so gosh darned friendly, genuinely folksy and avuncular that he suckersbee you into a trap, and you find that it’s the same trap you would’ve avoided if it had been Limbaugh, Hannity, or Coulter. Seriously, Mike Huckabee is a nice guy, but that’s what makes him all the more dangerous.

    • he’s not a nice guy. he just plays one on tv. i agree with you, he’s dangerous. however, i don’t think he’ll ever get the nomination, because he and his family don’t look the part of the first family. americans are very superficial. we like people out of central casting.