In my earlier post criticizing Huckabee’s support for the Confederate flag, I surmised that he was appealing to racism through the use of what some consider standard play-book ‘code’ – instead of talking about race directly, you signal your intentions through talk about ‘state’s rights’ or about the ‘pride of the flag.’ Well, it gets worse for the Huck. Apparently, in the past he has not had any qualms about speaking at conventions run by white supremacists.
As someone in a comment to my earlier post put it: “This guy is toast. Sooner or later, no one will (as the movie puts it) heart Huckabee.” (See below for link claiming to rebut the story)
Update: I saw this earlier today and was going to link to it, but Devil’s Advocate left it in the comments. In any case, this is a blogger’s rebuttal to the story linked to above in Raw Story. I’ll admit that I was less than convinced by the rebuttal, but in the interest of fairness, it’s always best to look at all sides. If Huckabee comes out and denounces these folks, so much the better. At the very least, he should know who he is talking to when he speaks to a convention. Perhaps he was ignorant — however, my opinion of Huckabee’s ‘racial sensitivities’ are, say, ‘less than stellar’ given his most recent pandering regarding the flag in South Carolina.