It's so easy to say, isn't it? "I'm for the troops!" You know why it's so easy? Because it doesn't require you to actually do anything. It's like saying, "I'm for those poor people in New Orleans." Of course you are. Now send them a check.
Mike Huckabee crossed a picket line last night. Right after the "Christian leader" told the press that he's "for the writers," he drove right past those same unemployed writers, in the middle of a massive labor dispute, in order to pursue his own political ambitions. And don't let him fool you when he says he didn't know that the strike applied to the late-night shows. He was informed by the press, then by the Writers Guild of America, and then by the striking writers outside of the gates of NBC.
There is a basic rule in writing that true character is not defined by what he or she says, but is instead defined by the decisions he or she makes -- and the more personal sacrifice there is in that decision the more defining it becomes. The reason that rule works in writing is because it also works in life. When Mike Huckabee knowingly crossed a picket line after claiming solidarity with those picketers he defined his character. You see, Reverend, it doesn't matter if you say you're "for the writers," it matters what you do. Just like it doesn't matter if you say you're not going to use negative ads if you end up showing those ads to the press and putting them on YouTube anyway.
Huckabee likes to tell us that he represents "values voters." Which values are we talking about? Dishonesty? Vanity? Hypocrisy? If those are your values then Mike Huckabee is definitely your man.
Read more strike coverage on the Huffington Post's writers' strike page.