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Huckabee Apologies to Pakistan

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With about 150 supporters crowded around a podium set up on the tarmac of Orlando Executive airport (and about 20 Ron Paul supporters waving signs outside) Mike Huckabee strode out to the strains of “Right Now” by Van Halen and immediately addressed the Bhutto situation, expressing “our sincere concern and apologies for what has happened in Pakistan.”

[**UPDATE: The Huckabee campaign later clarified the last quote, telling CBS News: "Gov. Huckabee while speaking at a campaign event earlier this morning in Florida intended to extend his deepest sympathies to the people of Pakistan when he used the word ‘apologies.’ He is outraged and saddened by the attack and the loss of a world leader whose life he believes was a profile in courage."]

How about now? From Drudgico:

Romney may also see a political advantage from the tragedy in Pakistan, because Bhutto’s killing undercuts former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s folksy shtick.

Huckabee inadvertently drew attention to his lack of foreign policy experience in his remarks about Bhutto’s death by questioning whether martial law should be continued in Pakistan. It was lifted several weeks ago.

Huckabee didn’t blow the Bhutto dismount because he’s folksy, he blew it because he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. The two things can be mutually exclusive.

When Huckabee slams Rush as part of the "DC/Manhattan chattering class," it’s this kind of cultural condescension he’s evoking. Something guaranteed to get the backs of Southern/rural voters up real fast.

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. I’m going to have to break down and subscribe to RushLimbaugh.com so I can hear what Pills has to say about all this.

I might need to egg this one on just a bit.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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