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Republican presidential "candidate" Mike Huckabee is in trouble with liberals like CBS's Bob Schieffer for, among other things, appearing in infomercials hawking "Diabetes Solution Kits" (yours for just $19.95!), which encourage healthy eating, exercise, oh and also curing diabetes with cinnamon. Because that's totally real. Appearing on "Face the Nation," Huckabee got ALL KINDS of defensive, because first of all, you are not his real mom and you can't tell him what to do:

“You know, I don’t have to defend everything that I’ve ever done,” Huckabee shrugged. “I’m not doing those infomercials obviously now as a candidate for president.”

“But if that’s the worst thing that somebody can say to me, that I advocated for people that have diabetes, to do something to reverse and stop the incredible pain of that then I’m going to be a heck of a good president.”


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See? He's not doing them anymore, and besides he was just trying to help diabetic-Americans feel better, and now he will make all Americans feel better, by making all the ladies stop saying cusses and ignoring Supreme Court rulings on things like gays. Schieffer, of course, had to ask him a gotcha question, in the form of a statement: "I have diabetes." Schieffer then asked, also, too, weren't you "selling pills of some sort?" Oh, that was a tiny part of it, said Huckabee, but it's all about livin' right and stuff, so no harm, no foul. (We must repeat, for journalism, that he was hawking a miracle cure where you pray the diabetes away by sprinkling cinnamon on it.)

The liberal science propaganda rag The New York Times points out that "[t]he American Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association caution against treatments like the one peddled by the company Mr. Huckabee represents."

And the Times ALSO points out that Huckabee has done this before, with this one thing where you cure your cancer by rubbing this one page of the Bible on it, we guess:

One ad arriving in January in the inboxes of Huckabee supporters, who signed up for his political commentaries at MikeHuckabee.com, claims there is a miracle cure for cancer hidden in the Bible. The ad links to a lengthy Internet video, which offers a booklet about the so-called Matthew 4 Protocol. It is “free” with a $72 subscription to a health newsletter.

It seems that all kinds of fun advertisers get to hawk their fraudulent wares to the subscribers of the Mike Huckabee newsletter. On top of diabetes and cancer cures that don't work, they also can buy SURVIVAL FOOD!

In the Times article, wingnut commentator and founder of Red State Erick Erickson, to his credit, describes this sort of marketing as a "plague on conservatives," because he is obviously aware that hucksters see online wingnuts as particularly low-hanging, easily fooled fruit. Erickson may not like it, but marketing is marketing, and these marketers know their target market. If you're a wingnut and you go to WorldNetDaily or TownHall.com, ready and willing to absorb dishonest, bigoted swill from the likes of Joseph Farah, Pam Geller and Bryan Fischer, and you're also willing to cheer for Mike Huckabee's fearmongering, prudish campaign platform, you are PROBABLY also a wingnut who is willing to believe that you can cure cancer with this one little trick that the "experts" won't tell you about.

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Republican presidential candidates and online fraudsters have one thing in common: they know their audience. Ka-ching, motherfuckers!

[Raw Story / New York Times]

Evan Hurst

Evan Hurst is the senior editor of Wonkette, which means he is the boss of you, unless you are Rebecca, who is boss of him. His dog Lula is judging you right now.

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