Almost a year ago, last January, I saw presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show. He was merely a blip on the polling radar at the time.
What I saw worried me because:
1) He came off very well, like a moderate. Charming, likeable, electable.
2) I knew he wasn't a moderate. And I knew, despite how he slickly answered some gay-marriage questions, what he really thought about gay people. The record is not good.
So last January, I wrote a quick post on it. "Homophobe on The Daily Show" was the title.
Many news outlets reported today how Huckabee viewed AIDS back in 1992, and it only bolsters the "Huckabee is a Homophobe" argument. To say the least, his views are a little harsh, and weren't even in line with the most up-to-date medical knowledge of the day. And his suggestion at the time that Hollywood celebrities, and certainly not the federal government, fund AIDS research is laughably idiotic from multiple perspectives, and especially from the medical and public health perspectives.
His views on this issue from 1992, which he won't back down from today, truly are a window into his soul.
But be warned that window can get a little foggy when he charms so on The Daily Show.