The “tacky” defense

With all the attention that’s focused on Mike Huckabee in light of his new status as a top-tier candidate, it’s natural that we are learning facts that cast him in a less than favorable light. Even so, Huckabee seems determined to accelerate the process through pronouncements of dubious veracity and/or appropriateness.
The latest example is the statement he made to the New York Times about Mitt Romney and religion. Here is the account:

Huckabee is, indeed, a discreet fellow, but he has no trouble making his feelings known. He mentioned how much he respected his fellow candidates John McCain and Rudolph W. Giuliani. The name of his principal rival in Iowa, Mitt Romney, went unmentioned. Romney, a Mormon, had promised that he would be addressing the subject of his religion a few days later. I asked Huckabee, who describes himself as the only Republican candidate with a degree in theology, if he considered Mormonism a cult or a religion.

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