Politics Thursday’s Gail Collins
posted by December 14 at 7:51 AMon
I’m glad she’s writing a column again for the NYT. I’m sad that I didn’t get around to reading her column in yesterday’s paper until just now.
And then there’s the matter of Giftgate. It turns out the guitar-strumming, good-humored populist has never met a present he didn’t want. [Mike] Huckabee managed to pile up $112,000 in freebies in a single year as governor. I can see how he would feel constrained to politely accept a picture of a duck or a cowboy hat, but $48,000 in clothing? A discount card for Wendy’s? A chainsaw?
Wedding gifts are exempt from ethics restrictions in Arkansas, and when Mike left office, the Huckabees—who have been married for more than 30 years—were signed up on the Target wedding registry so fans could help furnish their new 7,000-square-foot home. “Message from the couple: Target GiftCards are welcome,” added the registry helpfully.
Shorter Collins: Mike Huckabee is a scumbag.