First, there was his catastrophic brain fart saying Obama grew up in Kenya. Now, he's taken another shot intended to rally the R's ideological base, only to find the ideological base isn't as dominant as they used to be and, if he wants to appeal to enough R's, he has to join them in the 21st Century.
Huckabee took a shot at Natalie Portman because she's having a baby without being married. He described her as a symptom of a cultural problem in which "we glorify and glamorize" the idea of having children out of wedlock. "One of the things that's troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these children, and they're doing just fine.'" To be fair, he was asked about Portman specifically, but that is still a slam on her and others who either choose to be single parents or those who are forced to be single parents.
Now, whatever your feelings on this issue is not what I want to point out. He wasn't really attacking Portman anyway. Think about this -- who is the biggest threat to his campaign to become President?
Palin has a ton of support from people fed up with traditional politics. The R's are desperate to stop her because they know they can't control her. So they attack any way they can. And that means rallying the troops that Palin does not represent their traditional beliefs. Bristol Palin is to be used as a referendum on her mother's character. In other words, Portman was just a strawman to let the party's traditional base know he's out there for them to back instead of Palin.
Huckabee sent out this statement after the media not only pointed out Portman is marrying the father (despite saying she wouldn't marry until gays can marry. Thanks for sticking with your principles), but he's going to be Dan Quayle to Portman's Murphy Brown. His camp sent out this statement....
"In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, "The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children." I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy." Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not "slam" or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country. My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."
If his support among the R's was strong, he wouldn't have to backtrack. In fact, you'd have the R's media lapdogs talking about how great it is that Huckabee is telling it like it is.
It's a different world now.
And the idealogues in the Republican Party are experiencing culture shock.