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Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the ongoing implosion of a once-likable figure who gave a crazy interview, refused to apologize, and made it worse the more he kept talking. I'm referring, of course, to Mike Huckabee (sorry, Charlie) -- who, in an interview with a birther radio host, repeatedly claimed that Obama's worldview, particularly "his view of the Brits," was shaped by "having grown up in Kenya." When it was pointed out that Obama never even visited Kenya until 1987, Huckabee claimed he'd misspoken and meant to say Indonesia -- even though it was a Dutch, not a British, colony. This pandering to the worst elements of the Obama-hating fringe is especially disappointing because Huckabee has previously dared to speak eloquently against immigrant bashing and in favor of poverty fighting. Now he'd rather channel his inner Dan Quayle and criticize unwed-but-pregnant Natalie Portman. Maybe he misspoke and meant to slam Bristol Palin.