Check out the look on Sen. Ted Cruz’s face. My guess is he’s thinking: “I can’t believe I’m hearing this … from this guy.”
What he’s hearing, apparently, is that he cannot go near the podium where Rowan County (Ky.) Clerk Kim Davis was shouting “Amen!” in the presence of thousands of supporters, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The guy blocking Cruz’s entry into the rally is a Huckabee aide.
I’m no fan of Ted Cruz, but Huckabee’s conduct at that rally was disgraceful in the extreme. This is one example of how he and his campaign sought to commandeer the rally for his own political purposes.
Oh yes. Huck and Cruz are running for the Republican presidential nomination.
It turns out that Huckabee got there first. Davis got out of jail, where she had sat for a few days after refusing to do her job, which includes issuing marriage licenses. She shut down the license issuing to protest gay couples who were seeking such licenses, which the Supreme Court says they are entitled to do.
Davis has proclaimed a religious objection to gay marriage. Then we heard Huckabee shout from the podium that he is willing to take Davis’s place in jail.
That, I submit, is about as tasteless an example of grandstanding as I’ve seen since, oh, when Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox went to Mexico in the late 1980s vowing to capture the killers of a University of Texas student. The issue with that showboating example, of course, is that the Texas AG has next to zero criminal jurisdiction, but by God, the fiery Democrat was going to get ’em.
Huckabee’s behavior at the Davis rally rivals the Mattox example. Then he makes it worse when his aide shuts down another grandstander, Sen. Cruz.