The New Yorker's Lauren Collins sat down with Mike Huckabee to talk about his new book, "Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America," in which the presidential hopeful settled some scores with his GOP rivals. In the interview, Huckabee still has some grievances -- including one about Sarah Palin:
While some of Huckabee's gripes come off as rinky-dink--in the book, he admonishes Romney for hogging golf-cart parking spaces during the Iowa straw poll--others are more stinging. Asked about Sarah Palin, he responded, "She, uh, was an appropriate choice, because she put John McCain back in the game." That was the get-along answer, but a few minutes later the new, aggrieved Huckabee resurfaced. He recalled, "It was funny that all through the primary--I mean literally up until McCain got enough delegates to win--people said, 'You know, Huckabee's really running for Vice-President. Gee, Huckabee would be a great Vice-President.' And from that day forward, when I actually was no longer running for President, nobody ever said, 'Gee, Huckabee would be a great Vice-President.' " Neither was he quite so unperturbed by the Palin pick: "I was scratching my head, saying, 'Hey, wait a minute. She's wonderful, but the only difference was she looks better in stilettos than I do, and she has better hair.' It wasn't so much a gender issue, but it was like they suddenly decided that everything they disliked about me was O.K. . . . She was given a pass by some of the very people who said I wasn't prepared."