Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee couldn’t resist pandering to the crowd at Lance Armstrong’s recent “War on Cancer” get-together:
Huckabee committed to sign a nationwide smoking ban in public places, should such a measure win approval in Congress.
Huckabee described feelings of horror and helplessness when doctors diagnosed his wife several decades ago. She was diagnosed in 1975 with a spinal tumor doctors said were inoperable. She survived, but Huckabee said the experience left him “scared to death” of cancer.
What scares me to death is the prospect of the federal government becoming even more of a nanny state. I’m perfectly capable of deciding whether to smoke on my own, thankyouverymuch. If I want to fire up a celebratory cigar on the patio at the local watering hole some fine evening, the last thing I need to hear is a huffy “tut-tut” from some mincing bureaucrat in DC, followed by the sensation of my wallet getting lighter. I’m a big boy. Leave me be.
I take back what I said about possibly supporting Huckabee.
Update: Mary Katharine Ham sees things like I do. Sheesh.
Update 2: Oh, for goodness’ sake. The event was videotaped, and you can see that Huckabee wore a Livestrong bracelet … and made a point of flashing it. Sound the Pander Alert.
1/12 Update: Former Huckabee research director Joe Carter asks for evidence that Mike Huckabee is liberal. I offer the information above as fodder for the conversation.