Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday ripped news reporters for writing about gift registries in his and his wife's names for a housewarming party for their recently purchased half million-dollar home in North Little Rock.
The governor accused news media of being "tools" for Arkansas Times Editor Max Brantley, who runs a blog that discussed the registries and who has been a longtime critic of Huckabee.
It was none of their damn business to go poking into the personal life of the Huckabees. Especially since they were only interested in creating a scandal.
Huckabee said disclosure of the registry has "done a real disservice to the people of this state because what you've done is create the impression that my wife has gone out and solicited gifts, which is absolutely untrue."
How dare the Huckabee's have friends that care about them. How dare they have friends that might want to give them a congratulary gift. Good Lord, do they have friends?
"My wife has friends," Huckabee told reporters. "I know you may find that very difficult to believe, but she actually has lifelong friends, some from high school, quite a few from church. They wanted to do something for her. It has nothing to do with who she is other than she is their friend."
Well, you big ole macho newspapers just ruined a lovely, thoughtful custom for the Huckabees. This is a very proud day for journalists.
Janet Huckabee, in a brief telephone interview with the Democrat-Gazette later Tuesday, said news articles about the registries have done "permanent damage." She said the housewarming was a "private matter. Down South they give housewarming parties like this."
Asked why the Huckabees couldn't buy items themselves, the first lady said, "I can buy any towel I want. That's not the purpose. It's like having a birthday. It's a congratulations. Conversation over."
Janet, you and the girls go ahead and have that party. Don't let those morons at the papers get away with ruining it. Tell them to shove it where the sun don't shine.
"You have a great day," Huckabee said. "You tell [your wives ] how much you appreciate all they do for you. Feel good about what you do for a living."
Max Brantley's gift "scandal" made it to Power Line, who, of course, doesn't know the complete story.
I checked out Target's and Dillards' web gift registries. Gov. Huckabee was right. They only have wedding and baby gift registries.