today, andrew sullivan nominated mike huckabee for an infamous yglesias award (for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe.)
referring to the obama / wright issue on msnbc this morning, huckabee said, among other things: “[y]ou can't hold the candidate responsible for everything that people around him may say or do.” i don't heart huckabees, but that’s pretty good talk for a righty.
moments later, sullivan posts a video showing his girlfriend hillary clinton praising beatle gold-digger heather mills and the work she’s done for charity. (much of the video is about the adopt-a-minefield program, mills’ support of it, and clinton’s own work to authorize assistance to landmine victims.) sullivan then quotes the judge from the mccartney / mills divorce case, who basically says mills was “less than candid” “inconsistent” and “less than impressive” during the trial proceedings (i.e. she lied, she lied inconsistently, and she did it poorly.)
so, despite the work she's done for charity, mills has since acted like a stupid moneygrubbing bitch, and clinton is an idiot for supporting her before she acted like a stupid moneygrubbing bitch. but, we shouldn’t hold candidates responsible for the things people around them say or do.
unless, of course, her name is hillary clinton.