UPDATE FROM THE HUCKSTER, CUE IRONY ALERT: “I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar trophy and I am glad she will marry her baby’s father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not “slam” or “attack” Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country.”

Nice try, Huck, slam and attack “hardworking” single mothers is is exactly what you did, though you thought because she’s a (gasp) Hollywood actress you’d get a pass.

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Are you hearing him now? Mike Huckabee’s maliciously venomous charm has been on parade all week on wingnut radio. He’s trying to sell books by talking to a crowd of people who tend to be allergic to facts, because they don’t get them very often from their hosts. They’re fed ideology instead, which Mr. Huckabee is absolutely thrilled to oblige.

But it’s all so “Murphy Brown” and a century ago. A continuation of the Bill O’Reilly theme targeting Jennifer Aniston when she said: “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child.”

So, after slamming Pres. Obama using lies and ridiculous charges of anti-Americanism, Mike Huckabee moves on to take on the culture wars. I know people are saying that Newt Gingrich has had a rough week, but it’s nothing compared to what a bad week Huckabee has had due to his own motor mouth. It makes Donald Trumps planned trip to Iowa sound like sanely plausible planning.

Quite a few male bloggers like David Weigel, along with the headline writers of Politico, as well as the “Morning Joe” team, came to Huckabee’s defense when he attacked Pres. Obama and said he grew up “in Kenya.” It was all a misunderstanding of a misstatement from a nice guy. Not to worry, Huckabee isn’t a birther, like that is the only issue in someone stating lies on wingnut radio. Then Huckabee doubled down on yet another right-wing radio talk show saying it was Obama’s “anti-American” attitude that were really troubling to him. Now, again on right-wing radio, Mike Huckabee decides to smear single mothers using Natalie Portman as the model of what’s wrong with women who get pregnant, but who aren’t married, never mind that she’s engaged to Benjamin Millepied.

However, let’s get something straight. That shouldn’t be an issue as long as Ms. Portman can care for her child. None of this is Mike Huckabee’s business.

The last thing women need is self-righteous politicians weighing in on what is and is not appropriate for someone’s life, by invading our privacy in matters that don’t concern them. It’s the 21st century and as long as a child is loved, nurtured and given the best home possible, whatever a woman chooses to do in a world where our options are only limited through our financial means, it’s not anyone’s concern.

Transcript from Media Matters:

HUCKABEE: You know Michael, one of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.

You know, right now, 75 percent of black kids in this country are born out of wedlock. 61 percent of Hispanic kids — across the board, 41 percent of all live births in America are out of wedlock births. And the cost of that is simply staggering.

As I wrote before, there are no accidents when wannabe presidential candidates go on wingnut radio and say inflammatory things. Now, maybe Huckabee isn’t running for president, so on a book tour he’s letting it all hang out to sucker in readers willing to buy his drivel in hard back. But what he is revealing is that he’s a moralizing, pious little pipsqueak of a man who would make the presidency smaller if he held the office.

With what’s unfolded this week and all the tape available Mike Huckabee is looking less like a potential presidential candidate than a huckster on the circuit.