Watch Jon Stewart defend Beyonce like a champion

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Is Huckabee happy about Stewart’s Beyoncé slam?.

Mike Huckabee was the guest, promoting his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. 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. Do you know any parent who has a daughter that says says, ‘Honey, if you make really good grades, someday, when you’re 12 or 13, we’ll get you your own stripper pole.’” “I think that’s diminishing Beyonce in a way that’s truly outrageous,” retorts Stewart. (The Daily Show host recently came to Jay Z’s defense after Sean Hannity reduced him to a “former crack dealer.”) For his finale, Stewart cuts to a segment of Ted Nugent performing Cat Scratch Fever on Fox News.

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. 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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