This only makes sense if you understand that wingnuts don’t think along normal patterns of analysis, but instead just react to dogwhistles — in this case, the two things they don’t like are gayness and poor single [read: black] parents — in much the same way my dog just reacted to a cat walking through the yard. She barked like mad. She doesn’t know why. It just feels right, y’know? Trouble is, wingnuts aren’t cute and furry, and certainly not cuddly. Anyway, talk, Huckleberry:
Likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee mauled President Obama’s decision to halt the Justice Department’s legal defenses of DOMA at a roundtable lunch with reporters on Wednesday. In defense of his position, he claimed a public mandate for the controversial Clinton-era law, and linked same sex marriage to the failure of heterosexual marriages.
“I’m deeply disappointed,” Huckabee said. “They are clearly out of sync with the public.”
Huckabee noted that 33 states have affirmed, via ballot initiatives, that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
“When the voters are so overwhelmingly [supportive of DOMA] what does the president believe he knows that citizens in all these other states don’t,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee opposes gay marriage on the grounds that, according to him, it destroys traditional families.
“There is a quantified impact of broken families,” Huckabee said. “[There is a] $300 billion dad deficit in America every year…that’s the amount of money that we spend as taxpayers to pick up the pieces because dads are derelict in their duties.”
You see, any idiot can read this statement and understand that happy gay couples raising happy children have nothing to do with dads who don’t pay child support or otherwise care for their kids. It’s self-explanatory, except when you’re a wingnut, trained to react negatively to certain buzzwords. In this way, Huckleberry’s statement is perfect — to bring the analogy back to my dog, Huckabee just sent a cat running through the yard just as the mailman dared to deliver the mail! One, two, three, jump in the window and go nuts like a moron!
It’s much the same with the braintrust who would consider voting for Mike Huckabee.
The TPM link above, of course, points out that, yet again, the idea that laws like DOMA have overwhelming support is true crap, as polls have lately been showing either slight support for marriage equality, or support quickly nearing fifty percent.