Huck and Jive

By Bill Maher

Mike Huckabee recently threatened to leave the Republican Party. And people were shocked. Huck doesn’t usually leave a party until the cake’s all gone. 

When asked about gay marriage on the American Family Association’s radio show, Huckabee said, “I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of theRepublicans who have abdicated on this issue...  If the Republicans wanna lose guys like me, and a whole bunch of still God-fearing Bible-believing people, go ahead and just abdicate on this issue… Because at that point, you lose me, I’m gone. I’ll become an independent, I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this.” 

First, I have to ask, what the hell is Huckabee talking about? There are exactly four Republican Senators and four Republican House members that openly support same sex marriage. That’s far from a mass groundswell of capitulation on marriage equality. Yes, there are some Republican governors who have admitted that, because the Supreme Court has refused to hear appeals on this, they have to reluctantly uphold the law – you know, as they swore to do when taking their oaths of office – but what else can they do?

Well, Huckabee went on to say, “It is shocking that many elected officials, attorneys and judges think that a court ruling is the final word. It most certainly is not. The courts are one branch of government, and equal to the other two, but not superior to either and certainly not to both. Even if the other two branches agree with the ruling, the people's representatives have to pass enabling legislation to authorizesame sex marriage, and the President has to sign it. Otherwise, it remains the court's opinion. It is NOT the 'law of the land' as is often heralded.” 

And that’s where Huckabee is wrong. The Supreme Court does get to decide which laws are constitutional and which are not and, in that sense, it is the final word on “the law of the land.” It’s kinda their thing.

What exactly is Huckabee asking for? For Republican governors to stand in gay chapel doorways like George Wallace at the University of Alabama until the National Guard shows up and forcibly removes them?