I thought this article was interesting; I’ve heard of Huck’s ethics problems, but not too many details:
Mr. Huckabee caused an uproar when he used a $60,000 account intended to maintain the governor’s mansion for personal expenses, including restaurant meals, dry cleaning and boat supplies. He also faced a lawsuit over his assertion that $70,000 worth of furniture donated to the mansion was his to keep. Sprinkled among all this are complaints about the misuse of state planes and campaign funds, mistakes on financial disclosure forms, and fights over documents related to ethics investigations.
Any one of these episodes individually may appear penny ante, but they add up to a disturbing pattern. People I’ve spoken with who worked with Mr. Huckabee in Arkansas dispute the idea that he is “corrupt.” They instead ascribe his ethical mishaps to a “blind spot” rooted in his beginnings as a Baptist minister and a Southern culture of gift-giving; they suggest he never made the mental transition to public office.
I think this is actually not that unusual. Most “corrupt” people are not evil arm-twisters, seeking bribes or threatening opponents with punishment. They’re instead regular people, who think highly of themselves, and tend to downplay these excesses as helping out friends and family, cutting corners, and rewarding themselves for their years of hardwork and service.
Huck’s problem, unlike Bush and unlike Clinton and Obama, is that he’s basically a dirt poor country boy, without much education, who never learned how to restrain himself with power and money. He’s totally unused to it, and, as such, he’s likely to abuse it and take personal advantage. He’s the kind of guy who will take the shampoo and even towels from a nice hotel room. In other words, he might be a good guy, affable and full of smiles, but he’s not got a whole lot of class. He showed this with his “Who me?” response to his passive-aggressive characterization of Mormon beliefs. This resentment of his social betters and opponents is driving a lot of his tax-and-spend and pro-immigration stupidity.
Hasn’t one white trash President from Arkansas been enough?