Doing a fact check at Ontheissues.org as we speak, and it seems that Huckabee has recently come to a stronger position on abortion, having originally said it was a right by law, and now saying eh wants an amendment that life begins at conception, ad saying he'd de-fund Planned parenthood. So you're right on that one. He thus also opposes stem cell research. Ugh, I suddenly feel like I'm living in some weird version of the future.
Huckabee on Don't Ask Don't Tell & Homosexuality: "HUCKABEE: It's already covered by the Uniform Code of Military Conduct. I think that's what Congressman Paul was saying. It's about conduct, it's not about attitude. You don't punish people for their attitudes. You punish them if their behavior creates a problem."
"Q: Should gay couples be allowed to adopt children?
A: Unfortunately, so much of this argument has been framed about what the same-sex couple wants. But the real question needs to be child-focused, not couple-focused. And that's true whether the couple is same-sex or whether they're heterosexual. In our state, as in most, the criteria for adoption is always what's in the best interest of the child.
Q: So is it in the best interest of the child to have gay parents?
A: I'm not sure that we have a positive answer to that. And until we absolutely could say it, then I'm always hesitant to change those institutions.
Q: Do you believe that you're born gay or you choose to be gay?
A: I don't honestly know. But the point is, people are who they want to be, and we should respect them for that. But when they want to change the institutions that've governed our society for all the years of recorded human history, then that's a serious change of culture that we don't just make readily or hurriedly. "
"Q: You said this to the Des Moines Register: "Let's face it. In our lifetimes, we've seen our country go from 'Leave it to Beaver' to 'Beavis and Butt-head,' from Barney Fife to Barney Frank." Why include Barney Frank, a gay congressman, in that reference?
A: It was a matter of a rhetorical device to talk about the different cultural shift that we have, and it wasn't any particular attempt to be derisive of him. But there has been a huge cultural shift in this country.
Q: Some would suggest by including Barney Frank in that reference you are tearing a gay man down. You're against gay marriage, you're against gay civil unions. Do you have a problem with gay people?
A: No. I have a problem with changing institutions that have served us. Before we change the definition of marriage to mean something different, I think our real focus ought to be on trying to strengthen heterosexual marriages because half of them are ending in divorce. "
So, unfortunately, he does seem to be against civil unions, though his wording is consistent with his ideas about respect for individuals.
(And from that, to answer the question about respect/equality without equal stance in the law/society, I wasn't claiming that he actually has absolute equality in mind, merely that his ideas about respect, though flawed, are present in a genuine sense.)
Yet another thing I don't like about Huckabee "Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)"
Scariest thing he's uttered would probably be
"Q: When you ran for the Senate back in 1992, you called for quarantining AIDS patients. Do you stand by that now?
A: I didn't say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease & we didn't really know just how extensive it could be, that we didn't isolate the carrier. Now, the headlines started saying that I called for quarantines, which I did not. I had simply made the point that in the late '80s, when we didn't know as much as we do now about AIDS, we were acting more out of political correctness than we were about the normal public health protocols that we would have acted--as we have recently, for example, with avian flu--I spent months as a governor dealing with a pandemic plan that we were looking at which called for isolating carriers if they contracted that disease. I'm not going to recant. Would I say it a little differently today? Sure, in light of 15 years of additional knowledge, I would.
Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 "Choosing the President" interviews Dec 9, 2007"
Sadly, he also supports teacher-led prayer in schools.
So, yes, there are some areas where Huckabee is insanely wrong, it seems.
Disappointing, considering what I had seen of him in the past. It seems the past three months have been especially revealing.
Edit: As for Hillary, I say she's insane because of the temperament I've seen from her, combined with her policies on increasing incarceration,expanding hate crimes & affirmative action with words that sound like she wouldn't be keeping it under control, her ideas about reducing testing for teachers, expanding schooling to an automatic right through to college, her pressing of global warming issues into federal programs, her push-shove relationship with China, her flip on trade, and her back and forth flipping on issues of immigration. Hillary just doesn't seem to have things together at all.
That said, Huckabee seems to have the common sense, whereas Hillary seems better for social reform. It's too bad they aren't mixed into one person.