There’s nothing worse in the world than non-Jews who try to out-Jew Jews. Their fawning references to subjects about which they know next to nothing is offensive (I can think of stronger words, but let’s keep it civil). They have no right. They just have no right. There are too many Jewish bodies, too much smoke went up those chimneys to permit ignoramuses like Mike Huckabee to make a mockery of this ineffable suffering.
To recap for those who’ve been snoozing in a cave for the past few days, Huckabee gave an interview to Breitbart in which he railed against the Iran nuclear deal. He said:
This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naïve that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.”
First of all, can anyone credit his claim to have read “the whole deal?” All 159 pages of it? And even if he did, can you concede such a jackass would’ve understood anything that he read?
Next is the whole Obama=Hitler thing. Hey, I’m sure you’ve seen those vile images of Obama with a Hitler mustache and wearing an SS uniform. Isn’t there some political equivalent of Godwin’s Law that if you do this sort of thing you’re admitting defeat (and looniness)?
But one thing irks me beyond everything else: if you want to exploit a historical event at least understand a smidgen about the event you’re exploiting. Jews were not marched to, or murdered in “ovens.” Corpses of victims were burned in crematoria. Jews were murdered in gas chambers. Then their bodies were burned in ovens. If you can’t understand the process of extermination enough to get the broadest details right, that tells us a great deal about your motives and intellectual dishonesty.
Here’s more of Huck’s campaign palaver on the subject:
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 26, 2015
The embarrassment of the GOP political classes has been marginal. A few candidates have wagged their fingers and said: “Bad boy, Huck.” The ADL released the standard boilerplate: “you said bad things, don’t do it again. Now go back out and play.” Even the more-Likud-than-the-Likud, Marvin Hier took Huckabee to the woodshed (but nicely).
But the Party has an even bigger problem on its hands than Mike Huckabee. The more disgusting the things Donald Trump says, the higher he rises in the GOP presidential polls. They’ve got to figure out how to Dump the Trump, when he’s the only figure generating heat in the campaign.
In this entire misadventure, Huckabee is taking a page from Trump: the more stupid and outrageous you are, the more attention you’ll get. Media attention is the currency of a presidential campaign in which there seem to be a score of candidates and growing practically by the minute. Notoriety is the oxygen. Suck up enough of it and maybe one of your rivals will suffocate and drop out.
That’s why Huckabee is doubling down on his statement. He knows that the more outrageous he is, the more the hardcore Tea Party types will love him. Out-Donalding The Donald.
Republican thinking appears to be, that it matters little what candidates say now. All will be forgotten and forgiven come 2016. I’m not so sure. If there are enough racist mutants like Trump speaking vile nonsense long enough, I think Americans will remember. It might not be foremost in their mind when they finally cast their ballot. But it will be a factor. It will be in the mix that determines overall attitudes toward the eventual GOP presidential candidate.
Sure Jeb Bush (if it’s him) is a far-cry from Donald Trump and a less far-cry from Huckabee. But their views are like a virus. Once the germs enter the body politic, anyone associated with them is liable to be infected.
By the way, this isn’t the first time Huck has abused the Holocaust: back in 2007 he called abortion “a Holocaust.” There oughta be a law…abuse the Holocaust, go to Jail, do not collect $200.