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Posted by on Nov 29, 2007 in Politics | 10 comments

Threats Are NOT Witty!

Last night, while answering a question on space exploration, one presidential candidate suggested that another presidential candidate be sent to Mars. This is NOT funny and may constitute a threat (which might be investigated by the Secret Service).

CNN Political Ticker:

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee outlined one special plan he’d consider for NASA’s exploration of space.

“Maybe Hillary can be on the first rocket to Mars,” he said, referring to the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

The Republican presidential candidate responded to a question asking if more money would be put into space exploration. His witty response about Clinton generated cheers from the St. Petersburg audience and followed his description of the earthly benefits of NASA’s programs.

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Such behavior almost justifies this illustration credited to blogger Melissa McEwan:

GOP Clown Car

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  • domajot

    I agree. It’s not funny.

    Is this the likeable Huckabee promissing to respect thaose across the proverbial aisle?

    I started out intending not to vote for Hillary.
    Now, I’m seriously considering it as a protest vote.

  • Idiosyncrat

    It’s more Hillary-as-punching-bag as usual…

    But a threat?

    Get a grip!

  • aisle

    That illustration constitues a threat, a threat to use a “honey I shrunk” beam on the GOP candidates, force them into clown makup, and stuff them in a Tonka against their will. That’s a material and unambiguous threat to their persons and should be investigated pronto by the Secret Service.

  • DLS

    A real threat (actually, it was funny to [real] Americans [tm]; no wonder the more childish lefties overreacted)? I guess given she was unofficial President in the past, but that doesn’t count here.

    She’s no different to (real) Americans [tm] than a typical bad mother-in-law. One way ticket, indeed! “Mother-in-law in trunk,” et cetera.

    Want a better view of Washington? Put this strap around you while I hoist you way up with this helicopter, Hillary! [several minutes and hundreds of feet of altitude later] Oops. Inadvertent cargo hook release…

  • Please. A threat?! Politics is already too serious. It was a lame joke, but some much-needed levity in a process that needs some.

  • domajot

    “much-needed levity in a process that needs some”

    Levity, which it definitely was, is not amusing when it comes at someone else’s expense.

    Don Rickles could get away with it because he was an equal opportunity insulter. Hunckabee taking levity shots at a political opponent doesn’t pass the laugh for laugning’s sake test.


  • DLS

    Levity, which it definitely was, is not amusing when it comes at someone else’s expense.

    Except when it is at Bush’s or another conservative’s or Republican’s expense, which is politically correct and approved, if not encouraged.

  • Really, Damajot, you’re just looking for something to be offended at. If he had said “Hillary Clinton is the world’s only living heart donor,” it would have been funny, and true, but insulting. Saying she should be on a rocket to Mars is just wishing she would go away for a long, long time. Lots of us wish that, but clearly we aren’t going to get our wish.

  • StockBoySF

    I thought it was hilarious! It was a joke and I laughed my head off. Huckabee is the last person I’d vote for (well, maybe Hunter, well, maybe Thompson) but I still enjoyed the line.

    There are plenty of other threats done in the normal course of campaigning that are far more insidious than a joke at a rival. No one ever mentions these, or they get passed off as “just part of politics.”

    But going back to the joke on Hillary (I still think it’s hilarious)- she does have SS protection and jokes are taken way more seriously than if the person who was the butt of the joke was Joe Blow from Podunk, USA. Just like I’d never tell a policeman- jokingly- that I have a bomb, I would never tell the SS- jokingly- who I really think should be put on a rocket and sent to Mars.

  • domajot

    AZ Chas said:
    “Damajot, you’re just looking for something to be offended at.”

    I don’t think so, although I admit I don’t like the nasty side of politics in general. I believe tin something like honor among thieves.

    Sniping jokes when they come from the outside, like cartoons, are funny to me. When it’s politician to politician, it becomes just too personal..for comfort.

    Of course, good manners and politics don’t seem to mix at all.

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