Bob Barr, the former Georgia congressman and Libertarian presidential candidate, wacks Mike Huckabee for his foot-in-mouth assassination humor (“You can have my mouth when you pry it from my cold, dead foot,” was an inspired Arkansas Blogster Hugh Mann’s review) at the NRA meeting yesterday.

“Mike Huckabee showed incredibly poor taste when he joked about a gun pointed at Senator Barack Obama. His words were reckless, callous and harmful to the sports men and women of America and to those of us who fully support the Second Amendment.


“Every candidate for public office inflames the passions of people who fervently disagree with them. To suggest, as Governor Huckabee did, the misuse of a fire arm toward a political candidate is reckless. His attitude toward proper, legal and safe use of fire arms was demeaning to all of us who advocate the right to bear arms. His reprehensible use of a threatening and violent scenario involving a firearm at the NRA’s National Convention was beyond belief.

Barr is just one of dozens commenting — unfavorably — on the Huckster’s “quip.” Here’s one commentary that gets at the nub of it:


There’s been some buzz this week about Huckabee on McCain’s short list for VP candidates, and it’s true, jokes like these reinforce the notion that Huckabee might have a problem with message discipline. As a candidate, he told plenty of gun-related jokes, and most of them were, at a minimum, eyebrow-raising. Given that McCain himself is already gaffe prone, Huckabee probably didn’t help his chances yesterday.

And from the Houston Chronicle:


With one “off hand” (my word would be stupid) remark, Huckabee accomplished so much. He reinforced the stereotype of gun owners as deranged lunatics looking for someone to shoot. He gave ammunition, so to speak, to the anti-gun people who will no doubt use this clip to say, “see we told you so.” He injected a racial overtone, intentional or not, and he probably ended his hopes of being McCain’s running mate.

Very few times has someone done that much in the process of only saying 12 words. Nice job Huck, we’ll look for you on Last Comic Standing.

As I said yesterday, this has legs.