The Biggest Joke in American Politics

Here we have Mike Huckabee, a socially conservative former pastor who is from the South and running in the GOP Presidential primaries. Surely Governor Huckabee is an ardent defender of states’ rights, right?

Wrong. States’ rights are a joke.

Andrew Sullivan points to Huckabee’s speech the other night where, as Sully puts it, “Huckabee made the classic liberal case against federalism on moral matters” to a room full of pastors. The reality is states’ rights matter only when someone thinks that the federal government is going to something that they find disagreeable. With the possible exception of Ron Paul, there is simply no major American political figure whom I am convinced consistently cares about the division of powers intrinsically. Everyone else uses this as a means to an end.