(james benedict brown) on the road

Mike Huckabee? Who the —- is he?

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 31 December, 2007

British people take great interest in the politics of the USA. It’s not that we’re necessarily interested in them, we just know from experience that we can’t avoid thinking about them. The recent flurry of press about the forthcoming leadership nominations of the Republican party caught my eye, and one name in particular stood out.

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, who has appeared almost out of nowhere to become the front runner in the race to be the Republican party’s presidential candidate. But how on earth do I know this man’s name? I’m not a republican, I’ve never been to Arkansas, and devoted though I am to American politics, I’ve never paid much attention to that particular corner of republican activity.

But now I remember.

Courtesy of Youtube is a clip from CBC Television in Canada, and from broadcaster, comedian and satirist Rick Mercer. Mercer has worked on shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report. One of his more successful stunts has been repeated visits to the US to meet the good people of the US, and to expose their generally woeful knowledge of a) Canada and b) the world. So hit play, and watch out for Governor Huckabee in the first two minutes.

If any Republicans or Arkansites are watching this, please accept my humble apologies for reminding you of this moment. But frankly, if I don’t show it to you now, a canny TV producer will be reminding you of this incident very soon.

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  1. Joe Noon said, on 31 December, 2007 at 14:00

    Thanks for the clip. That was very funny. But since your post was related to Huckabee, I don’t see how anyone could watch and come out with something negative. Its just good humor. This looks like a backfire waiting to happen to me. You might be right that someone will try to use this as a smear against him, but if that happens I predict a lot of people will look at whos smearing and ask “can you not take a joke? relax!”

    Just my 2 cents


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