Huck’s Meet the Martyrs Tour

At the Prospect, Paul Waldman watches Mike Huckabee on the Daily Show, and figures his new book will reveal him to be the 2016 “candidate of cultural resentment,” since he’s divided America into “Bubbleville” and “Bubbaville” in which all virtue seems to reside in the latter.

Paul hasn’t read any of God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. I have, though I’ve only been able to choke down three chapters so far. But Waldman’s instincts are solid. Even though Huck claims his book is aimed at explaining “flyover country” to the coastal elites, it’s screamingly obvious it’s all a massive pander to his core audience of “Heartland” conservatives, who are told on every page that they’re not only being looked down upon, but actively persecuted by the godless secular socialists who allegedly run America (except, of course, for the Congress, a majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, the military, non-Hollywood corporations, etc., etc.). I thought Sarah Palin was the unequaled and all-time champion of conservative self-pity. But Huck’s really giving her a run for her money. And he’s almost certainly running for president.

I do hope MSM types who still think Huck’s this nice funny bass-playing “populist” are exposed to this amazingly malicious book, which pretty much (unless the parts I’ve read are not representative) tells conservative Christians they’d better seize power or get ready for crucifixion. So far most of the early pub on God, Guns, Grits and Gravy is about Huck’s negative comments on Beyonce and Jay-Z. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.