Huckabee doesn't hold back in new book

The former GOP presidential contender has some harsh words for religious leaders who didn't back him, and for rival Mitt Romney.

By Gabriel Winant
Published November 18, 2008 2:35AM (UTC)
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If today is any indication, the GOP has a long four years of intra-party sniping ahead.

Michael Scherer (formerly of Salon) has a sneak preview in Time of former presidential contender Mike Huckabee’s book, which will be released tomorrow. It looks like Huckabee doesn’t go easy on his once and future rivals.


Here’s Scherer:

Mitt Romney, Huckabee's principal rival in Iowa, receives the roughest treatment. Huckabee writes that the former Massachusetts governor's record was "anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president." He notes that Romney declined to make a congratulatory phone call after Huckabee beat the odds to win the Iowa caucuses, "which we took as a sign of total disrespect." He mocks Romney for suggesting, during one debate, more investment in high-yield stocks as a solution to economic woes. "Let them eat stocks!" Huckabee jokes.

Asked by Politico’s Jonathan Martin to respond, Romney spokesman Eric Ferhnstrom said,

This type of pettiness is beneath Mike Huckabee. If we’re going to move the party forward, we need to offer more than personal recriminations. Unfortunately, in this book, Mike Huckabee is consumed with presumed slights, and he seems more interested in settling scores than in bringing people together.

Huckabee’s book, whose title is apparently borrowed from Spike Lee, is called "Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America." In addition to going after Romney, the former Baptist preacher has few kind words for those of his former peers who supported other candidates: “I lamented that so many people of faith had moved from being prophetic voices -- like Naaman, confronting King David in his sin and saying, 'Though art the man!' -- to being voices of patronage, and saying to those in power, 'You da' man!'"

Gabriel Winant

Gabriel Winant is a graduate student in American history at Yale.

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