In an interview on Monday, Mike Huckabee sounded as if he was endorsing a strain of birtherism when he referenced Obama's having "grown up in Kenya" (a complete falsehood) as evidence that his worldview is "very different than the average American." This morning, like a few other pundits, the Wire tried to give Huck the benefit of the doubt--noting that the ex-governor's spokesperson immediately put out a statement saying he "misspoke" and that Huckabee seemed to be positioning himself as one of the more congenial Obama detractors.
But on Wednesday, Huckabee sort of walked back into his earlier murky statements. Talking Points Memo's Jillian Rayfield reports a few interesting comments Huckabee made to interviewer Bryan Fischer on his conservative radio show. Fischer makes a point of asking about Obama's "fundamentally anti-American ideas," and Huckabee seemed all too willing to indulge Fischer.
"I have said many times," Huckabee stated, "publicly, that I do think he has a different worldview and I think it's, in part, molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas." Whoa there.