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Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Media, Politics | 7 comments

Quote of the Day: Mike Huckabee Doesn’t Give Karl Rove a Pass on His Todd Akin Murder Quote

Our political Quote of the Day comes from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the Fox News mega-personality and ascending national radio talk show host, who refuses to give GOP bigwig Karl Rove a pass on Rove’s comments about Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri GOPer running for Senate who Rove and others unsuccessfully tried to pressure to step down. Via The Politico here’s Huckabee’s latest:

Supposedly, making a mistake saying something about rape was unforgivable in the GOP. Then Karl Rove spoke to a group of wealthy donors in Tampa and not realizing a reporter was in the room, said, “We have to sink Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts.” His comments were made public, and he called Todd Akin to apologize. Despite the treatment given to him, Todd Akin accepted the apology and expressed his forgiveness to Karl.

If making a foolish remark about rape is bad, then making a joke about a United States congressman being murdered is as bad or worse since Akin didn’t wish anyone to be raped, just spoke awkwardly and incorrectly about the likelihood of pregnancy in the event of a rape. In light of the attempted assassination of congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the remark was disturbing. …

Let’s hope that all those who have publicly called on Todd to quit the race now do what they can to help him win. If they continue to ask him to stand down, then I will expect they will demand the same of Karl. If they don’t and try to say “it’s different,” then we will finally know for sure that we are a party of personalities and not of principles. We will then know that we protect only those who are “in the club” and the rest of us are on our own. And if that is the case, then those of us not “in the club” surely will be forgiven if we spend our time, money, energy, and efforts to elect fellow outcasts and stop pretending the “club” wants us. We will simply make it clear that we are no longer willing to do the errands, clean up after the parties, and chip in for the cost just so we can be escorted out the back door lest someone see us hanging out with the swells. My suggestion is that we stop fighting each other and start working together to elect conservative Republicans and change the country. There is no need that any of us have tire tracks on our backs. I’m very willing to work with Republicans and conservatives all over the spectrum even if they don’t agree with me on all issues or the priority of them. Can I count on them to work with me in the same spirit of respect?

Worth noting here:

1. Huckabee continues to carve out a position (agree with him or not) of being an independent voice. He’s not rip ‘n read RNC talking points like Sean Hannity, or a shock jock like Rush Limbaugh. And, within his party, he is articulating a viewpoint for his part of the party far more effectively than Rick Santorum.

2. Rove should have known better and his comments in private or not were truly shocking – and it is not p.c. to say it.
He SURELY knows the number of people in the past 50 years who’ve been shot at, shot or murdered by nutcases. Even in jokes a)if a comment like that leaks out (which it did) it’s dangerous b)it reflects a political mindset that if you greatly disagree with someone or they are political foes you can’t vanquish that you have to absolutely hate them to the nth degree of your being.

3. Huckabee makes the point: Rove apologized and Akin did apologize, too. And…oh here it comes…the false equivalency brigade will go crazy over this one but Huckabee’s point will be well taken.

4. Rove won’t be impacted by this. He’s too big a player in the GOP. But his image will be diminished among some due to his words and the fact he had to apologize; Huckabee’s image will be enhanced due to him once again becoming the voice of a wing of his party that may increasingly conclude Santorum is a weak voice compared to a guy who is not predictable and literally has a microphone. A guy with a TV and radio mike is better than a guy with a sweater any, old day…

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  • dduck

    What a bummer. Just when the Dems had everyone thinking that the Reps were all on the same page on everything evil, this stupid Akin has to show up. What’s next a public disagreement between Romney and Ryan on whether it is throwing grandma off the cliff or is it throwing her under the bus. Who knows, maybe Romney will even cherry pick from Ryan’s budget plan to make it more centrist after he wins.

  • ShannonLeee

    speaking of akin, the latest MO poll shows that he is only down one point.
    oh MO, you always let me down.

    anyway, Akin will win MO…just like i predicted 🙂

    Rove is an idiot for both letting his guard down and also saying something so stupid. Huck is right to call him out, but not right about Akin. Akin is an ignorant man that has no business in public office. He did not misspeak and probably still believes what he said.

  • The_Ohioan

    Apparently the far right wing of the party is intent on replacing Mr. Rove as the resident Machiavelli. The question is – who will replace him. Huckabee?

    Mr. Huckabee seems to think Mr. Akin is being martyred like John the Baptist.

    “Todd Akin admitted his error, publicly apologized for his comment, and asked for forgiveness. John the Baptist recanted nothing he said and shouldn’t have since it was the truth.” Note the conflation of penance and truth.

    And besides, “If making a foolish remark about rape is bad, then making a joke about a United States Congressman being murdered is as bad or worse since Akin didn’t wish anyone to be raped, just spoke awkwardly and incorrectly about the likelihood of pregnancy in the event of a rape. In light of the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the remark was disturbing..”

    Ms. Schafley thinks things are more serious.

    “This stunning attack on Akin is now reported as a joke. Sorry, Karl, it isn’t funny to joke about murdering a Congressman.

    Rove tried to excuse his obscene joke by saying he would not have said it if he had known a reporter was in the room. That makes his statement worse! Is murder the kind of secret political advice Rove gives to Republican donors and candidates who hire him?”

  • dduck

    Gingrich also was defensive of Akin today an Meet The Press.

  • zephyr

    More apologism for neanderthal behavior from the right? Whoever would have guessed..

  • speaking of akin, the latest MO poll shows that he is only down one point.
    oh MO, you always let me down

    The GOP establishment backlash against Akin may play into his hands. Antiestablishmentarianism?

  • petew

    Actually Rove’s joke, made in bad taste, did not offend me as much as many of the other outlandish statements made by Republicans about Democrats i.e. Limbaugh’s frequent suggestions that Obama hates both America and white people. However, it is good to know that, Republican strategists are admitting that some degree of sensitivity should be considered when making inflammatory remarks.

    Huckabee appears to actually be able to make sane comments that require some degree of awareness and thought, qualities that would have immediately gotten him into trouble if he were still campaigning for the Republican nomination.

    Rather than seeing Rove apologize for this particular thoughtless remark, I wish he would apologize for successfully making political truth mostly a thing of the past,and something totally irrelevant when conducting election campaigns.

    Huckabee dared to stand up for the truth (in this case) but if he really wants to make a point, he should avoid using facts from the fox news propaganda ministry and admit that they have nothing to do with reality, or frequently, even with sensitivity! As the saying goes, “this is not your father’s Republican party,” and this due largely because few Republicans dare to challenge the Norquist Pledge even though they know it is helping cause hopeless political gridlock! If we hope for congress ever to get anything done, we will need more small signals from Republicans, that they are willing to bend like Huckabee!

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