Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Stewart KOs Huckabee

If you didn't catch Jon Stewart's evisceration of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, then you should check out the following clip from last night's interview on "The Daily Show."

As politely and thoughtfully as possible, Stewart manhandled Huckabee on the issue of gay marriage.

My favorite moment: Huckabee infers that homosexuality is a choice and Stewart responds with "I think religion is more of a choice than homosexuality" and then asked Huckabee at what age he decided not to be gay.

I think, more than anything, that's the disconnect in the logical argument against gay marriage - social conservatives like Huckabee consider homosexuality a lifestyle choice. If gay rights activists and those interested in civil rights push back on that front, explose the flaw in that logic, I'm thinking some progress could be made in the debate.

Anyhow, I think the interview was important because Huckabee seems to be a truly good, kind, thoughtful man. Yet he's dead wrong on this issue. And he's on the wrong side of history.

Jon did a very important thing last night. And he made the case with equal parts kindness, intelligence and snarkiness. Gold star for him.

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