Mike Huckabee is inspiring some negative reactions for these comments he had regarding President Obama. I don't think they should be controversial, but judging from the online reaction, they are. Here's what he had to say:
“I don’t want to savage Barack Obama. I don’t have any personal dislike for him, I disagree with his policies, but I respect him as a human being. I think he’s a decent, patriotic American. And that will get me in trouble with some people to even say that. He loves America differently than me, but I don’t doubt he loves America.”
As I’ve written in the past, Obama is a disaster on economic policy – this is undeniable and obvious, in measurable ways. His failure to pivot after the 2010 elections to a more moderate approach is a sign that he is either too much of an ideologue to recognize the errors of his Keynesian approach or too worried at the risk of offending his base on two major arenas of policy as opposed to just one (foreign policy).
Psychological analyses of political leaders are always colored by personal biases, and in this case far too many on the right have embraced the equivalent of the left’s Bush Derangement Syndrome, which warps feckless mismanagement into the deliberate ruination of the country. Mitt Romney’s latest line – that this is “an election to save the soul of America,” that Obama has “changed the very fabric of our land” – is an explicit appeal to this view.
Obama is not some red diaper baby conspirator bent on American ruination. And saying that shouldn't be controversial. He is a failed president, yes; his domestic and economic policies range from the irrelevant to the horrendously bad.
Yet America is stronger than a bad presidency. It’s had generous opportunities to demonstrate that fact. And I'm confident it will do so again.