Oh my goodness this is priceless… Mike Huckabee sat down an “on-the-record dinner” with a group of reporters in Des Moines and low and behold he knew nothing, I repeat NOTHING, about the Iran NIE. As Jonathan Martin notes on Politico, “The transcript speaks for itself“:
Kuhn: I don’t know to what extent you have been briefed or been able to take a look at the NIE report that came out yesterday …
Huckabee: I’m sorry?
Kuhn: The NIE report, the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. Have you been briefed or been able to take a look at it —
Kuhn: Have you heard of the finding?
Apparently no one on Huckabee’s staff briefs him on the news. And he had no idea about Bush speaking today on the Iran NIE. Wow… talk about out of touch. This guy is a real piece of work. Not only did he NOT not about the NIE, but then’s there’s this:
Republican presidential candidate , a Southern Baptist preacher who has surged in with evangelical Christian support, bristled Tuesday when asked if creationism should be taught in public schools.
Huckabee — who raised his hand at a debate last May when asked which candidates disbelieved the theory of evolution — asked this time why there is such a fascination with his beliefs.
“I believe God created the heavens and the Earth,” he said at a news conference with Iowa pastors who murmured, “Amen.”
“I wasn’t there when he did it, so how he did it, I don’t know,” Huckabee said.
Hmmm… Huckabee also told the reporters at the Des Moines dinner that “the theory of intelligent design, whose proponents believe an intelligent cause is the best way to explain some complex and orderly features of the universe, should be taught in schools as one of many viewpoints.”
“I don’t think schools ought to indoctrinate kids to believe one thing or another,” he said.
And we thought Bush was out of touch with reality. Huckabee is a quite a piece of work. He may be the rising phenomenon of the moment, but he’s bound to sink with the reality based voters who want change in America. Oh and lest I forget, on the Huckabee watch… there’s a little scandal brewing about Huck, now that he’s creeping up in the polls.