the Mau-Maus moved stateside in the sixties.
Today, however, as Rick Hertzberg notes the Old Army Game is being played to different effect.
“Mike Huckabee has been pretty well worked over (e.g., by our own Amy D) for his “Obama grew up in Kenya” foray into birtherism, but the context has not been given sufficient attention.
Via the invaluable Media Matters, here is said context, from a transcript of an interview conducted last week by Steve Malzberg, a typically repellent “host” on WOR, New York’s No. 2 (behind WABC) ultra-right talk-radio station:
MALZBERG: Don’t you think it’s fair also to ask him—I know your stance on this—how come we don’t have a health record, we don’t have a college record, we don’t have a birth cer—why, Mr. Obama, did you spend millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate? It’s one thing to say, I’ve, you’ve seen it, goodbye. But why go to court and send lawyers to defend against having to show it? Don’t you think we deserve to know more about this man?
HUCKABEE: I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American. When he gave the bust back to the Brits—
MALZBERG: Of Winston Churchill.
HUCKABEE: —the bust of Winston Churchill, a great insult to the British. But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.
MALZBERG: He despises the west, he despises the Brits, and I think he could take it all out on Israel and that’s why he despises Israel. He’s not too thrilled with our history either. But let me just try to get an answer from you. Would you say to him, or at least ask him in a debate, why did you go to court and spend millions of dollars on lawyers to prevent from having to show your birth certificate. If you have one and it’s there, why not show it?
Huckabee replied that “the only reason” he’s not “confident” that Obama is lying about his birthplace is that “the Clintons” must have oppo-researched the question thoroughly during the 2008 primary campaign and that “if there was anything that they could have found on that they would have found it, and I promise they would have used it.”
Note that Huckabee took no exception to his interviewer’s assertions that Obama has (a) spent millions on lawyers to prevent the release of his oft-released birth certificate, (b) is likewise covering up something nefarious about his health and his college days, and (c, d, e, and f) hates the West, Britain, America’s history, and Israel.
Undaunted, the Huckster then hit the daily double by twinning his opening meme (Obama = Mau Mau; i.e., dangerous black terrorist) with an equally deft followup (Obama = madrassas; i.e., dangerous Muslim terrorist). “
See how it works in Huck-a-world ? Bill Clinton is the Designated Sidney Poitier.
But that ain’t all.
“Now Huckabee is going for a trifecta: “HUCK RIPS PORTMAN’S PREGNANCY” is the headline at Politico. It seems Huckabee has gone on yet another right-wing radio show to accuse Natalie Portman, who is expecting a baby with her fiancé, of being among those who “glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children.”
“Huckabee has not extended his disapproval of bastardy and its enablers to Sarah Palin, mother of Bristol and grandmother of little Tripp. Perhaps it is a question of worker solidarity with a fellow toiler in the Fox News sweatshop. That seems more probable than that it’s simply because the Palins are Christians, whereas the Portmans, er, aren’t.”
Oh we get it, Rick. Poor Natalie. With John Galliano on one side and Hucklebuck on the other, her doom is as sealed as that of —
“Sadly, Huckabee is no longer the basically harmless goofball he seemed to be back in 2007, when he often had a kind word to say about illegal immigrants and charmingly called his supposed ideology of choice “conservativism.”
Sing us out Mel