Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee crossed a Screenwriters Guild of America picket-line last night to appear on Jay Leno's late show. The unions have a name for that..... Scab. In the eyes of union members across the country, that's what Huckabee is today, a scab. And Huckabee can't claim ignorance as an excuse. He was told by reporters on the day of the show that he would be crossing a union picket line.
Was this a wise move by the preacher who would be president? I don't think it was. Though much diminished from their heyday, unions are still alive and well in America. Police have unions. Firefighters have unions. Government employees, truck drivers, ballplayers, auto manufacturers.... unions are still a force to be reckoned with. And union endorsements are still much prized by presidential candidates.
If Huckabee lacks the common sense to figure out this was not the smartest thing he ever did, then what qualifications does he have to run the country other than being a "man of faith?" I'll grant you the bar has been set rather low as of late, but shouldn't we be aiming just a little higher this election?
Perhaps I'm wrong and most unions will ignore this blatant disregard for union principles... maybe this will all be much ado about nothing.... then again, maybe not. The point is, it was an unnecessary risk that Huckabee never should have taken. He's risked everything in the hopes that no one will notice his scabbing across a picket line. Did he really need to take that chance? And what does that say about his ability to make the smart choices as president?
Edit note: I've added quotations to the term idiot in chief. Although I would love to claim credit for coining this phrase, I didn't. I'm not sure who did coin it, as it's been around for some time, but the last time I remember seeing it was when Keith Olbermann used it in his column at MSNBC.com in early December.