I mentioned yesterday that Rob Portman had become the first of the “mentioned” 2016 presidential proto-candidates to withdraw from the proto-contest.

But we should also acknowledge that the nice, compassionate Christian conservative Mike Huckabee, who ran a pretty good presidential campaign in 2008, won’t be making an appearance this year, either.

He’s been replaced by some sort of howling beast who goes by the same name, as Buzzfeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski reports:

“I found it just incredibly dangerous that you had members of Congress, on the floor of Congress, holding up their hands in the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ position, as if to say that somehow that is gonna get you shot,” Huckabee said on NewsMaxTV’s America’s Forum.

“I’m gonna tell you something — what gets you shot is when you grab a police officer’s gun, and you lunge at him, and you try to hit him in the face,” added Huckabee. “And this nonsense that — telling young people ‘don’t hold up your hands, ‘cause thats gonna get you in trouble,’ and instead I guess what they’re teaching ‘em is go loot a store, beat up a cop, reach for his gun, hope you get it before he does.”

Huckabee said we are “on the verge of anarchy” and he was disgusted with the emulation of the gesture by politicians and NFL players….

Huckabee said Brown could have avoided his death “if he behaved like something other than a thug.”

Yeah, this sounds like someone dedicated to Christ’s injunctions against self-righteousness.

Actually, Mean Mike has been displacing Friendly Mike for some time; I noted back in May that the man had started complaining about the tendency of “Christians [to] stand back and take it in the teeth time and time and time again.” No more turning the other cheek, I guess. But the good thing is Huck can continue his close friendship with Ted Nugent without missing a beat.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.