Is Huckabee happy about Stewart’s Beyoncé slam?

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Is Huckabee happy about Stewart’s Beyoncé slam?.

Washington — On Monday night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart charged that guest Mike Huckabee is a hypocrite because the former Arkansas governor objects to Beyoncé as “crude” but happily appears onstage with vulgar shock rocker Ted Nugent. “You excuse that type of crudeness because you agree with [Mr.

Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that compared to his 2008 White House run, this time would be different in that he’s had people for a number of months come to him and say they’d be willing to write him a check. “I have an internal number, but it’s not something I really want to share,” the potential 2016 contender said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “You know, one thing about running for president before — you learn a few things so you’re better prepared, and one thing you learn is don’t tell everything you know.” As opposed to some other potential GOP contenders, Mr. Mike Huckabee went on “The Daily Show” Monday night to not only talk about his new book — “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy” — but also a potential 2016 presidential bid.

The Republican was all in on the war on “crudeness,” and his subsequent talks about the Beyonce stuff launched a thousand think-pieces. “Why Beyonce’s feminism scares Huckabee,” wrote CNN columnist Carl Costello. (Huckabee had said nothing about feminism.) “Mike Huckabee’s stupid, racist attack on Jay-Z and Beyonce,” wrote Alyssa Rosenberg in the Washington Post. But Jon Stewart questioned the wisdom of Huckabee quitting his show of six years, for what Huckabee called a “very likely, very possible” run for the White House. “Let me tell you something,” Stewart leaned in and said. “Go back and beg them for your job back. Young girls want to be like her.” “Do you know any parent who has a daughter who says, ‘Honey if you make really good grades, some day when you’re 12 or 13, we’ll get you your own stripper pole?’ Come on Jon, we don’t do that in our culture!” The opinionated host, who earlier in the broadcast told Huckabee he’d made a grave mistake leaving his position at Fox News to run for president in 2016, then defended the Grammy winner. Huckabee highlights various subjects including the erosion of public education, government intrusion on personal freedoms, and religion and its changing place in American life.

Huckabee addresses today’s divided nation, drawing from his travels as a presidential candidate, to present average, small-town Americans and their optimistic resilience in the face of hard times. Maybe the problem is Bubba is in a bubble.” “When Ted Nugent did that song, 1978, never got nominated for Grammy, never performed it on national television,” said Huckabee. “In fact, do you know what the song of the year was? Huckabee said it would be for the voters to decide. “I don’t think it should be that he is automatically the frontrunner because his name is Bush, but you know what? It was a tie between ‘Evergreen’ and ‘You Light Up My Life’ and John Denver hosted the Grammys.” That was nearly the end of it. “You can’t single out a corrosive culture and ignore the one that you live in because you’re used to it,” said Stewart.

One day earlier, at a Tea Party conference in South Carolina, Huckabee’s possible 2016 rival Rick Santorum was asked what he made of the Beyonce-Huck tiff. “That’s why I got in the movie business, I’m tired of blaming the other side,” he told MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin. “It’s not the other side’s fault. Also, Nugent’s song is “an adult song geared for adults, but today we have a very different kind of depiction and things that are considered perfectly OK for kids, and that’s the difference,” Huckabee said. They’ve characterized Stewart’s move here with all those action verbs that are so great in headlines about late-night bits – “slammed” and “destroyed” and so forth.

Nor did Stewart mention Nugent’s attendance at Obama’s 2013 State of the Union speech, when Nugent said he couldn’t give an honest reaction “because I’m supposed to keep my pants on.” But who really won here? Remember, Huckabee is kind of trolling for a response with his Beyoncé comments, as the always-astute Bloomberg political reporter David Weigel pointed out last week. “You all do realize that Huckabee is TRYING to beat east coast elite types into making the Case for Beyonce. He hopes to slingshot to the status of front-runner by appealing to those who are aggrieved that the Jon Stewarts of the world appear to look down on them. It’s “bubbas” versus the “bubbleland” of Washington, New York, and Hollywood – a theme Huckabee and Stewart sparred over throughout their interview. Not that Huckabee really needs that help, insofar as he’s pretty popular with these largely rural, religious voters. “No one can speak to those insecurities and resentments in a more folksy and appealing way than Huckabee, which is why he’ll be a serious player in the presidential race.

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