December 10, 2007

Huckabee : Put 'em on uh eyelund

"My administration will be the first to have an overarching strategy for dealing with HIV and AIDS here in the United States, with a partnership between the public and private sectors that will provide necessary financing and a realistic path toward our goals," Huckabee said in a statement posted on his campaign Web site last month.

And now we have an idea what that strategy is...

In 1992, Mike Huckabee, while running for US Senate, said that all AIDS patients should be quarantined and that further federal funding should be frozen because it was already too large compared to federal funding for research on other diseases. He went on to suggest that if celebrities like Madonna and Liz Taylor wanted more research, they should dip into their own wealth to pay for it.

Now, let's dissect... AIDS research funding has absolutely never come close to what is spent on cancer research annually. That's true today and it was true in 1992. So, why did Mike Huckabee choose to lie about how much we were spending? Could it be he was hoping to make political hay off people who were sick and dying? He certainly wouldn't be the first Republican to do that.

As for the quarantine... Mike had this to say:

Huckabee said Saturday that his comments came at a time when "the AIDS crisis was just that — a crisis. We didn't know exactly all the details of how extensive it was going to be. There was just a real panic in this country. If I were making those same comments today, I might make them a little differently."

Bullshit, Mike. Mike recommended quarantine because doctors were, according to him, uncertain about methods of transmission. In 1992. When it was already common knowledge that it was a fluid borne disease and could only be spread through sexual contact or transfusion. About the only thing we were uncertain about in 1992 was the longevity of grunge. How to control AIDS was already well known.

You can choose to excuse Huckabee as just another dumb hick from Arkansas but it's not the case. He's not stupid and you shouldn't fault him for being stupid. If anything, he's willfully ignorant, which makes him the perfect representative of the Republican party. You could also say he's bigoted. That would be entirely accurate.

It's telling that only with a Republican presidential field this weak would this cracker still be on anyones radar.

(H/T to PinkDome)

Posted by mcblogger at December 10, 2007 01:40 PM

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