I firmly believe that the Constitution of the United States grants to every American the inalienable right to make a fool of himself or herself on TV (so long as they keep their clothes on). Mike Huckabee is no exception. Here’s the exchange between conservative host Bill O’Reilly and Huckabee:
O’REILLY: Because of the media, the perception is if you don’t release [your tax returns], you’re trying to hide something. Look, Romney doesn’t want his tax returns in the hands of The New York Times because they’re going to cherry-pick it and make him look like a greedhead and he doesn’t want to give them any more ammo. You know what this is all about.
HUCKABEE: Absolutely. And the thing is you get zero credit from the media for releasing them and then you buy yourselves a lot of grief. The question is, why would you help load a gun that’s pointed at your own head?
O’REILLY: Because the people, the folks, most of them, want you to. I think that’s the answer to your question.
HUCKABEE: Well, but he has to forcefully tell it why he’s not going to, why it’s irrelevant, say, "Look, I’ve disclosed more than I need to." Let him make this challenge: "I’ll release my tax returns when Barack Obama releases his college transcripts [O’REILLY: laughs] and the copy of his admission records to show whether he got any loans as a foreign student. When he releases that, talk to me about my tax returns."
Matt Romney’s similar comment, was later represented as a joke. I believed it, but now I’m not so sure. This may be a concerted under-the-table way to slip in birther doubts into the main stream. The non sequitur here is that it is not Barack Obama who is asking Romney for his tax returns: it is his fellow Republicans. Obama has nothing to do with this. In any case, Huckabee is offering abysmally stupid advice to candidate Romney.
The idea that Obama received loans as a foreign student was an April Fool’s prank. The birthers never got the memo.
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