Gotta love Huckabee

“If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole.”

Commenting on the perennial Confederate-flag dispute in South Carolina:

If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole.

Even putting aside the joy of watching the the Republican establishment writhe in agony and the prospect of a Democratic landslide in November, the sheer comedy value of a Huckabee campaign is enough to make me root for him to win the nomination. And I don’t just mean that my bicoastal friends and I would have lots of fun laughing at Huck’s ignorance; the man has a real comic gift.

Huckabee v. Obama would be the wittiest Presidential contest ever. And, like all good comedies, it would have a happy ending.

Footnote Which is not to deny, of course, that Huckabee is a thoroughly evil SOB. Huck’s buddies are running a push-poll in South Carolina charging that John McCain, who supports stem cell research, “voted to allow scientific experiments on unborn children.”

Second footnote I’m surprised to see that Fred Thompson is actually on the right side of the Confederate-flag issue.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: