Thought Those Private Property Rights Were Sorta Divine

Color me a bit less than sympathetic to ole Huck here (per ABC’s Josh Haskell):

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is being sued by the co-writer of the song “Eye of the Tiger” after the song was used at a rally that the former governor spoke at when Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis was released from jail back in September. Davis spent a week in jail after refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples.

The former Arkansas governor told ABC News in Iowa that he was stunned by the lawsuit.

“The lawsuit makes it sound like I went and picked out music to say ‘hey, play this song,’ and obviously that didn’t happen,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee said his campaign made an effort to avoid the lawsuit, but believes the plaintiff in the suit, Rude Music Inc., which is owned by the guitarist Frankie Sullivan of the band “Survivor,” is trying to get publicity off of this.

“When the person made a complaint, there was an offer made to pay him and issue an apology,” said the presidential candidate, who continues to struggle in the polls and was demoted to the undercard debate in Milwaukee. “We don’t want to run somebody’s music who hates my guts. I get that.”

I’m not completely sure Survivor needs any borrowed publicity from a probably-soon-to-be-winnowed presidential candidate; by the same token, I hope they aren’t under the illusion that Huckabee is some sort of Deep Pocket.

All in all, though, what makes this is a bit hypocritical of Huck is that he’s at least partially complicit in the divinization of private property rights that his Christian Right allies have advanced to an astounding degree in recent years. So he’d best be a bit more careful about what comes blaring out of the speakers next time he’s engaged in massive publicity stunt. Maybe he can keep his buddy Ted Nugent on call for such occasions.

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.