At Large Waiting for Mike
posted by January 15 at 10:46 AMon
I’m in Rock Hill, South Carolina, at the swank great room of a mega-house/mini-mansion housing development, waiting for Mike Huckabee to arrive and give a speech. We’ve been hanging out with the nicest bunch of evangelical Christians you could ever want to meet. A Newsweek reporter and a reporter from the Los Angeles Times showed up, hadn’t had lunch, and there’s nothing to eat. They’re leaving with Huckabee on the press bus after his speech and they were stressing out about not having anything eat. So exterminator and Huckabee volunteer we drove over here with gave them the keys to his car—without asking their names—and directions to a restaurant.
The exterminator—who I’ve been hanging with for two days—doesn’t believe in evolution, the gays, or that there was a budget surplus under Bill Clinton. He’s utterly charming and he’s trying to talk me into supporting Huckabee. He says he’s worried about Obama getting the Democratic nomination because he doesn’t trust him. Not sure if it’s “the Muslim thing,” but he’s convinced something will come out that destroys Obama.
He also doesn’t think I should be allowed to adopt or marry—but he loved watching the video of my kid snowboarding that I posted to Slog.