Mike Huckabee’s chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination are slim to nope, but that hasn’t stopped the former governor of Arkansas and Fox News contributor from launching his second
book promotion tour presidential bid. In an already crowded field filled with fellow hucksters candidates, Mike Huckabee will have to battle with a number of other contenders for the coveted votes of the religious right, which are crucial to securing victories in early states like Iowa and South Carolina. The problem for him is that there’s a ton of competition in the “God hates gays and Obama is a secret Muslim fascist communist dictator” category with the likes of Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, and eventually Louisiana’s two-term governor Bobby Jindal.
However, it doesn’t really matter to Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson or perhaps even Bobby Jindal whether or not they actually win. Ted Cruz is in it to win, as is Rand Paul and so will Jeb Bush, once he makes it official what we’ve already known for months – but I don’t think Huckabee is really interested in actually being president. If you think about it, being president is a lot of hard work and when compared with the time and the responsibility that comes with the office, $400,000 a year and a $50,000 expense account isn’t much when measured against private sector CEOs, or even cable news pundits.
Mike Huckabee isn’t running for president, he’s just trying to raise his public image once again and get buzz surrounding his name. This will be paid for by the people who actually think he’s doing something more than just promoting the follow-up to “God, Gun, Grits and Gravy” or trying to secure future endorsement deals for “alternative medicine” like the fake diabetes cure he’s now defending his promotion of. From the New York Times:
It is an Internet infomercial for a dubious diabetes treatment, in which Mr. Huckabee, who is contemplating a run for the Republican nomination in 2016, tells viewers to ignore “Big Pharma” and instead points them to a “weird spice, kitchen-cabinet cure,” consisting of dietary supplements.
“Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed,” Mr. Huckabee says. “I should know because I did it. Today you can, too.”
The American Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association caution against treatments like the one peddled by the company Mr. Huckabee represents. (Source)
Telling people that “Big Pharma” or some other faceless, scary entity doesn’t want them to know about some cheap, simple cure has been around probably just as long as religion – and it can be an incredibly lucrative business.
Examples of this industry include my grandfather who peddled various diet scams back in the 1950s before fleeing the country to avoid prosecution, and folks like Dr. Oz, Alex Jones, or Vani Hari aka “Food Babe” who was recently taken to the woodshed by my friend Yvette d’Entremont in a scathing article published at Gawker.
In a recent blog post, Hari accused several of her detractors of having nefarious ties to sinister organizations. These evildoers included Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the director for Science and Society at McGill University, Dr. Steve Novella, a Yale-educated neurologist and contributor to the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, and Dr. Kevin Folta, the horticultural chair at the University of Florida. Why? Because these highly credentialed scientists had the nerve to use facts against Hari. Dr. Schwarcz speaks out regularly about her tactics. Dr. Novella debunked some wild claims of hers about the science of microwaves. And Dr. Folta said “she found that a popular social media site was more powerful than science itself, more powerful than reason, more powerful than actually knowing what you’re talking about.” (Source)
Like Vani Hari, Mike Huckabee peddles a narrative with sinister forces at work to deprive you of your
precious bodily fluids health or freedom. His story is that liberals, atheists and Muslims are out to destroy white, heterosexual, conservative Christian culture the America that we know, and that there are also secret miracle cures that the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know about. It works really well with rallying the conservative base to his side, especially with the older, frightened folks who can’t live without their Fox News.
Here’s my prediction: Mike Huckabee will drop out of the field after the first few primaries, blame it on the increasing liberalism of the Republican Party, write another book and laugh all the way to a new contract at Fox News. It’s an easy way to make a good deal of money without a lot of responsibility, and sadly, the people donating to his campaign are too naive to see that.
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