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Friday, March 4, 2011

Mike Huckabee Goes After... Natalie Portman?

Posted by on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Mike took a swing at the president and missed. And now Mike is picking on Natalie Portman:

In a radio appearance on Monday, Mike Huckabee attacked actress Natalie Portman for having a child "out of wedlock." Huckabee said that it's "troubling" to see people like "Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these children, and they're doing just fine.'" Huckabee added that "it's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock."

Did Mike have anything to say when Bristol Palin got pregnant and made the choice to go through with the pregnancy? (It was a choice her mother praised—the same choice her mother would like to deny to other women.) Bristol was praised for her courage, for doing the right thing, and is now paid to promote "abstinence" to teenagers. I don't recall Mike saying anything about Bristol glamorizing the idea of having children out of wedlock—nothing from Mike about all those glamorous US Magazine covers featuring Bristol and her baby or her flat-footed stint on Dancing With the Stars.

But Portman is to be faulted—a woman with a career, a woman with the means to take care of her child, a woman who, unlike Bristol, is still involved with the father of her child-to-be—for failing to get the abortion that Huckabee doesn't think it should be legal for her to get?


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Dan--you're expecting these overpaid pundits to be logical!
Posted by Clayton on March 4, 2011 at 6:52 AM · Report this
No, no, silly. He's expecting her to abstain from sex completely until she's properly wedded and therefore able to take appropriate responsibility for chill'uns. And, you know, have the security of being married to a man who can pay for her bon bons while she watches soaps and does his laundry.
Posted by krista1203 on March 4, 2011 at 7:06 AM · Report this
Canuck 3
What Clayton said...also, duh, he didn't want her to get an abortion, he wanted her to get married, quit working, and get a casserole cookbook...and to stop setting such a poor example for the Future Housewives of America.
Posted by Canuck on March 4, 2011 at 7:08 AM · Report this
bgk 4
I think its more about making sure the MEN know that he's all about punishing women.
Posted by bgk on March 4, 2011 at 7:19 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 5
Dan, Dan, Dan. Don't you know that women only have value when they're barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen? Oh, and properly married, of course.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on March 4, 2011 at 7:19 AM · Report this
No, no, no. She should do it like other respectable Hollywood couples. Get married, have the kids, fuck around, get divorced, and repeat.
Posted by LML on March 4, 2011 at 7:22 AM · Report this
Vince 7
This is the same guy that let a hardened criminal out of prison because the guy said he found Jesus? You know, Mike, the guy who went on to murder four police officers. And now we should listen to your judgement, as ridiculous as it is, because you know better than all of us. You are an ignorant turd, Huckleberry!
Posted by Vince on March 4, 2011 at 7:31 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 8
remember how liberal attempts to point out the internal inconsistencies of conservative positions on teen sex (bristol palin) and homophobia (mary cheney) and unwed motherhood (mary cheney) were twisted to assert that it was in fact the liberals exhibiting un-christian judgement and intolerance?

well, fox viewers don't. and fox knows that better than you.
Posted by Max Solomon on March 4, 2011 at 7:32 AM · Report this
John Horstman 9
Posted by John Horstman on March 4, 2011 at 7:40 AM · Report this
I thought Natalie Portman was well out of the "starlet" stage?
Posted by SeaExile on March 4, 2011 at 7:43 AM · Report this
Morning, Canuck! Dan, I never thought I'd say this...but...I think Michael K at Dlisted did some crucial reporting on this. He pointed out last night that in 2007 Fuckabee praised Britney Spears' sister for having her baby. As MIchael puts it in his inimitable way:
So, 16-year-old having a baby = OK! But, grown ass woman with a fiance having a baby = MORAL KILLER! Okay, I will update my files.
Posted by gloomy gus on March 4, 2011 at 7:43 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 12
I agree with Huckabee. She should have had an abortion, and tried again after she got married. That would be much more moral.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on March 4, 2011 at 7:49 AM · Report this
Canuck 13
gus! Excellent Michael K reference! One day, everyone will come to understand what we have known for a long time....there is no finer breakdown of news, no better turn of phrase, than on our beloved List of D...
Posted by Canuck on March 4, 2011 at 7:49 AM · Report this
WFM 14
It's surely no coincidence that he's picking on Portman. Besides being preggers out of wedlock, she's Harvard-educated, multilingual, and Jewish-- cardinal sins in Teabagistan.
Posted by WFM on March 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM · Report this
mr. herriman 15
oooh, good catch, @10!

as much of a dick thing it was to drag her into his faulty moral argument, he wasn't suggesting that she should have had an abortion.
Posted by mr. herriman on March 4, 2011 at 7:55 AM · Report this
DOUG. 16
Keep it up Republicans. This argument worked so well for Dan Quayle in 1992.
Posted by DOUG. on March 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM · Report this
seatackled 18
Maybe he recognizes that Palin Jr. is no role model.

Anyway, Portman is clearly on the way to pardoning a violent criminal on his way to murdering multiple on-duty police officers, so it's right to call her out now.
Posted by seatackled on March 4, 2011 at 8:16 AM · Report this

No, he obviously was implying that she shouldn't have gotten pregnant (or had sex) outside of marriage. And I could accept that as a valid argument, if he hadn't applied to so selectively:

Unmarried pregnant Natalie Portman = evil
Unmaried pregnant Bristol Palin = a beautiful choice!
Posted by Clayton on March 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM · Report this
Lissa 20
I mean seriously, every time Huckabee opens his mouth these days I picture him dressed as Queen Victoria. The little lace cap really brings out his eyes.
Posted by Lissa on March 4, 2011 at 8:24 AM · Report this
seatackled 21
Are we allowed to go off-topic here?

WASHINGTON – A provision in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) revised two-year budget proposal released Tuesday would repeal a state law requiring health insurers to cover prescription birth control.…
Posted by seatackled on March 4, 2011 at 8:26 AM · Report this
onion 22
he just wants her to get married. getting pregnant is fine with those types, you just gotta get married as soon as you get pregnant.
Posted by onion on March 4, 2011 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 23
When it comes to anything regarding women's health and rights, the republican party is pretty much the last group I would consult for advice.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 4, 2011 at 8:36 AM · Report this
It's cultural class warfare, plain and simple. The Mark Ames article/screed on the subject has been linked to here before, but it's worth re-reading every time we see an infuriating example of it in action.

The bullshit Teabagging Party is burying us liberals with their propaganda onslaught. I don't know who's coordinating the rightwing media and their politicians, but you have to give them props for effectiveness.

It would be nice to be able to answer and rebut them, but there's no platform to do it from. The left has been vilified and essentially marginalized from the larger public media.

Posted by Brooklyn Reader on March 4, 2011 at 8:40 AM · Report this
Canuck 25
Hey Lissa...spring is coming:…
Posted by Canuck on March 4, 2011 at 8:48 AM · Report this
mr. herriman 26
@19 oh i definitely see the hypocrisy - don't worry about that. (that's key to the faulty moral argument). but i would disagree about whether he's implying she should have abstained from sex outside of marriage. i think he was.
Posted by mr. herriman on March 4, 2011 at 8:51 AM · Report this
Lissa 27
@25: Helllloooo new Avatar.....
Posted by Lissa on March 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM · Report this
Helenka (also a Canuck) 28
Um ... I wouldn't say that he's promoting abortion (which would be such a flip-flop) but the absolutely worst thing that Natalie did was to get pregnant while unmarried, keep working, earning millions of dollars, and being stable enough to handle motherhood as well as her version of a home life. No, that just won't do.

If she had to get pregnant while unwed, she shold have been filled with remorse, said that the baby was a mistake (::ponders:: now WHO just happened to say that after her indiscretion), and promised to never do it again (have sex, get pregnant, whatever).

Because there's something so wrong about a world where unmarried mothers don't get punished for their sluttish actions. Oh, hell, let's just get the stones out. /heavy sarcasm.
Posted by Helenka (also a Canuck) on March 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM · Report this
What is "out of children wedlock?"
Posted by ravenraven on March 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM · Report this
despicable me 31
I'm kinda loving this nonsense from him. Everytime Mike opens his pie hole he gets himself in deeper and deeper. They'll be running these clips back to back, over and over again should he foolishly decide to run.
Posted by despicable me on March 4, 2011 at 9:02 AM · Report this
Canuck 32
@29 I think it's those straight couples Dan is always profiling who have their children apprehended by social services..."we is still marrud, but we is flat outta childrens."

Posted by Canuck on March 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM · Report this
What's even more ridiculous is that Nat is engaged to her baby daddy and just isn't rushing to have a baby bump wedding.
Posted by melongum on March 4, 2011 at 9:12 AM · Report this
So Natalie Portman is the new Murphy Brown?

Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease let Mike Huckabee be the new Dan Quayle.
Posted by MoCoMom on March 4, 2011 at 9:14 AM · Report this
in-frequent 35
Hck is usually more savvy than this. Looks like somebodys thinking about a presidential run.... And afraid he can't win without a serious courting of the fundies.
Posted by in-frequent on March 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 36

Right! WTF! Huckabee's so lost he's re-enacting the 1992 campaign! And Murphy Brown won that one.
Posted by passionate_jus on March 4, 2011 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 37
Huckabee is about to face the wrath of FanBoy nation. Natalie Portman isn't just some cute actress, she's Luke Skywalker's mother! The Bible ain't shit compared to the Force.
Posted by Sir Vic on March 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM · Report this
in-frequent 38
How true. As a general rule you shouldn't insult someone who's more popular and likable than you when trying to win a popularity contest.
Posted by in-frequent on March 4, 2011 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Say what you will about the Far Right, but they're organized when it comes to talking points. There's been a lot of talk over the last few days in the right-wing blathersphere about the perils of glorifying single motherhood. It connects to Republican attempts to cut off funding for programs that benefit the children of low-income women.

It makes sense if you look at it like this: The GOP knows that leaving poor children to starve as a way of punishing their parents is inconsistent with their pose as guardians of "life" (meaning cute pictures of little babies.) In order to make this seem like something other than the cold-hearted class warfare it is, they must present the case that helping single mothers is actually harming them in the long run, because if those women didn't know they'd be receiving support from the government and from an accepting community that no longer vilifies single motherhood, they would choose not to have sex.

Huckabee picks a target who is synonymous with "Hollywood elite" not for choosing to have a baby (he would never make that misstep) but for "glorifying" out-of-wedlock reproduction. He knows full well that wagging his finger at a rich, beautiful, Harvard-educated celebrity comes off a lot less evil than simply saying we should stop funding Headstart or Food Stamps. But that's what this is about.
Posted by Proteus on March 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM · Report this
I'll be any amount of money that Natalie Portman's child - unlike the child raised in the 2 parent Huckabee household - doesn't grow up to torture and kill a dog.
Posted by nttnypride on March 4, 2011 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Huckabee wants to use the 2011 Cotton Mather Award as a springboard to the 2012 GOP nomination.
Posted by Toe Tag on March 4, 2011 at 10:15 AM · Report this
What Mike Huckabee *wants* to say, but is forbidden to by the religious right, is the word "SEX" (yes, in all capitals like that). Natalie Portman should not be having SEX. Dan Savage should not be a homoSEXual. HomoSEXuals should not under any circumstances have any rights. SEX should not be allowed for anyone who isn't married.

Because if that filthy, disgusting word should pass through his lips, he will immediately start frothing at the mouth and bite the pundit immediately across the desk from him, destroying any chances of him becoming president.
Posted by gromm on March 4, 2011 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Bristol Palin claims she is really really sorry she got knocked up out of wedlock and she goes around telling other young women not to do what she did. I don't anticipait Natalie Portman doing anything like that. I don't agree w/ Mike Huckabee about much, but I don't think he's being hypocritical about this.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on March 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM · Report this
@11 I followed that link and clicked through to an Us Magazine story that it was sourced from. Then, I made a huge mistake and read the comments to that story. Good grief. @39 is right -- it's all about tapping into and fanning resentment about single mothers or their children getting any form of public assistance. If a fluffy rag like Us is getting streams of comments like that, we're in a sad, sad state. What a huge fucking bunch of mean, bitchy, spiteful, shortsighted people there are in this country!

I can only point back to that Mark Ames article I referenced @24 again. Sheesh.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on March 4, 2011 at 11:25 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 45
While mike huckabee may think abortion is the right choice for all single mothers, i very much disagree.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on March 4, 2011 at 12:13 PM · Report this
This guy is a total moron. And he doesn't tip his pizza guys - one of my friends delivered a dozen pizzas to one of his meetings a few years back and didn't get so much as a penny for delivery.

I always judge people by how they tip people in the service industry.
Posted by ladyrockess on March 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 47
Republicans are horrible people. They never tip.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on March 4, 2011 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Wait - is he troubled by the fact that she's having a baby before marrying the father, or the fact that she and her fiance and the baby are "doing just fine"? Sounds to me like he's troubled only by the fact that Portman isn't suffering the torments of hell or living in poverty the way whorish unwed moms are supposed to.
Posted by ignatz ratzkywatzky on March 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM · Report this
Simone 49
He wants to fuck her and because he can't he's mad. And so he'll talk shit about Portman forever. Doesn't matter what it is he'll find something in her life that he disagrees with.
Posted by Simone on March 4, 2011 at 6:38 PM · Report this
Rach3l 50
@46 on large orders I feel confident that a respectable pizza place would add gratuity to the bill. That is a tip, isn't it?
Posted by Rach3l on March 4, 2011 at 9:47 PM · Report this
kk in seattle 51
Gee, Dan, your question would require an awful lot of research in this technologically-challenged era. I mean, I'd have to type "Huckabee Bristol" into Google to find this (from September 5, 2008):…

Do you think Palin’s pregnant daughter will change whether people will vote for her?

The way the media went after the daughter is the most shameful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. If anything, it just caused [evangelicals] to run to her. Everyone understands that the basis of being a Christian is that everyone has fallen short of God’s ideal. Everyone understands that. We do understand is that when there’s a problem or failures, the family sticks together. We saw a mother who gave her unconditional love to her daughter. That embodies what Christianity means. We all mess up, the issue is how we respond to it. What she showed us is exactly what we wanted to see in terms of a witness.

Well! That took about three minutes. I'm ready for another bourbon on the rocks, thanks.
Posted by kk in seattle on March 5, 2011 at 1:45 AM · Report this
Hey, Huckabee.

You know what's more dangerous than having a child out of wedlock?

Not understanding evolution.
Posted by plz do not feed teh trolls on March 5, 2011 at 11:52 PM · Report this
My first reaction was that it was a back door jibe at Bristol and thus, Sarah Palin, his current political rival.
Posted by Jessica Robinson on March 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM · Report this
i'm pro-science and i vote 57
Oh, and he says she's boasting. Boasting is a harsh word to use. Would Portman be 'boasting' if she was married, not engaged when talking about her future kid?

If you talk about how happy you are/will be to be a parent you're 'boasting'? Did I miss a meeting? Were only uptight christian conservative pricks invited to this meeting? Aren't republicans constantly talking up their kids, their parenthood, whether it's being the parent of a mentally retarded kid or a veteran kid, etc etc?

And what a jackass, for him to go after such a likable famous actress in this country. Pretty fucking dumb
Posted by i'm pro-science and i vote on March 7, 2011 at 7:10 PM · Report this

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