Mike Huckabee continues to veer further into the crazy fringe of the Republican Party. Consider this report on his address to a right-wing nutjob conference in St. Louis. The report is by David Weigel, a libertarian who reports for the webzine The Washington Independent (Weigel was a recent guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and can’t be considered an enemy of the right).

Huckabee’s ill-considered remark hearkens back to an earlier Republican suggestion to just take a giant saw and cut California loose from the West Coast. Perhaps Huckabee also dis-remembers that destroying a large segment of New York’s East Side might kill a lot of those he panders to so mightily in his defense of everything Israeli.

ST. LOUIS — Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), speaking to a very friendly dinner crowd at the “How To Take Back America” conference, said that he’d “nearly had an Elvis moment” watching this week’s United Nations general assembly sessions and spoke about pulling out of the world organization altogether.

“It’s time to get a jackhammer and to simply chip off that part of New York City,” said Huckabee, “and let it float into the East River, never to be seen again!” That remark got him a standing ovation, and Huckabee went on to suggest de-funding the UN entirely.