The Strength of Wit


There is a strength in wit which knowledge alone cannot match.  I find this strength in Mike Huckabee.  Reagan had it, too, thus earning him the title “Teflon President,” because it seemed that no charges would ever stick against him.  Having a quick wit, Reagan was always able to answer the charges against him in a way that not only offered a reasonable defense but also—like a quick change of direction on the soccer field—turned the tables on the attacker, thus putting him instantly on defense.  Huckabee is able to do this well.  I’ll offer you one example.  On being asked about abortion, Huckabee responded that he has been consistently pro-life throughout his political career.  He said that he supports a constitutional amendment protecting life and that he supports the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  Now, these positions are, by some, termed “radical right wing fundamentalist” positions.  So, the charge was leveled against Huckabee that he wants to put women into prison and make choice a crime (etc., etc.).  He replied, “I don’t want to throw women into prison. I just want to stop throwing babies into trash cans.”  Mr. Huckabee has a great strength in his wit, and he uses it to highlight powerful truths.   

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