Keith Richards' Autobiography Is America's Greatest Political Book

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Who knew Keith Richards' autobiography,Life, would be such a perfect political history of the 1950s-2000s? We've been tremendously enjoying this book, having accidentally received a copy surely intended for Pitchfork or Tumblr or something, and we've been especially delighted by the political anecdotes, of which there are hundreds. Hundreds. So, beginning right now, we will occasionally feature an amusing story about a politician being an asshole/glory hog during an encounter with the musical group the Nixon administration called "the most dangerous rock 'n roll band in the world." In today's installment, Mike Huckabee is an idiot!


The first chapter of Mr. Richards' biography is basically the kind of first chapter you wish more authors would at least attempt -- it's funny, outrageous, crisply worded and filled with dumb rednecks, drunken judges, evil yokel cops, comical drug fiends and other varieties of politician. And at the close of this particular chapter about a clownish attempt at a drug bust, our old friend Mike Huckabee makes a typically asinine appearance, three decades after the incident in question:

In 2006, the political ambitions of Governor Huckabee of Arkansas, who was going to stand in the primaries as a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, extended to granting me a pardon for my misdemeanor of thirty years previous. Governor Huckabee also thinks of himself as a guitar player. I think he even has a band. In fact there was nothing to pardon. There was no crime on the slate in Fordyce, but that didn’t matter, I got pardoned anyway. But what the hell happened to that car? We left it in this garage loaded with dope. I’d like to know what happened to that stuff. Maybe they never took the panels off. Maybe someone’s still driving it around, still filled with shit.

And that concludes today's installment of "Jackass Politicians Who Appear In Keith Richards' Autobiography." [Life, by Keith Richards]

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