Huckabee Keeps Talking

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March 4 2011 5:43 PM

Huckabee Keeps Talking

Two facts.

1) Mike Huckabee is the only possible 2012 who currently hosts a TV show and used to do radio commentary. He has, arguably, the best understanding of media of anyone in the field.

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2) He literally cannot stop saying stupid things in the media.

"In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, 'The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children,' " Huckabee said, referring to his appearance on The Michael Medved Show.

"I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy," he added. "Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father.

"However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not 'slam' or 'attack' Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country," he said.

"My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."

He did not issue this statement because liberals criticized him. He was pissing off conservatives , who were perplexed as to why Huckabee and Medved would attack Portman when she's engaged to marry the father of her child and had said, quasi-controversially, that becoming a mother would be a greater gift than winning an Oscar.

Huckabee lurched sideways into the news twice this week, both because of stupid things he said on the radio. At some point we've got to stop assuming he is carefully calibrating these moments for a presidential campaign.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.