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Via Steve Benen at Washington Monthly:

Huckabee, Gingrich urge political engagement in Va. Beach

…Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christians to get involved in politics to preserve the presence of religion in American life.

“I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history,” Gingrich said. “We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism…”

Yes, yes, let’s preserve Mike Huckabee’s and Newt Gingrich’s view of what life in America should be like:

Arkansas’ Mike Huckabee (r) – one gets the feeling he won’t do so well in Missouri

A sitting governor intervenes in the parole process, setting up the release of an individual who then goes on to commit another horrible crime. Sound familiar? Well, our political media will only cover a story like that if that governor is running for president, right? Think again….

Mike Huckabee (r) – this is really rich!:

Huckabee took thousands in gifts, records show

A $1,000 pair of cufflinks from a supporter, tens of thousands of dollars of clothing from a wealthy Little Rock businessman and thousands in gift certificates and cash from staff and appointees were among the lavish gifts given to Republican presidential candidate and unexpected frontrunner Mike Huckabee while he was governor of Arkansas.

The gifts fell within Arkansas’s ethics rules but have raised questions among the governor’s political opponents and ethics analysts at a time when scrutiny of the candidate is intensifying, and are at odds with the humble persona Huckabee has adopted on the campaign trail….

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Acknowledges Having Affair During Clinton Impeachment

…Gingrich, who frequently campaigned on family values issues, divorced his second wife, Marianne, in 2000 after his attorneys acknowledged Gingrich’s relationship with his current wife, Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide more than 20 years younger than he is.

His first marriage, to his former high school geometry teacher, Jackie Battley, ended in divorce in 1981. Although Gingrich has said he doesn’t remember it, Battley has said Gingrich discussed divorce terms with her while she was recuperating in the hospital from cancer surgery.

Gingrich married Marianne months after the divorce…

Gingrich comment on shutdown labeled ‘bizarre’ by White House

Speaker: Clinton ‘snub’ was a factor

November 16, 1995

Web posted at: 12:15 p.m. EST

…As the government budget standoff continued Thursday, House Speaker Newt Gingrich indicated the Republican hard line was due, in part, to a “snub” from President Clinton during their recent trip to Israel for the funeral of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta called the Gingrich comment “bizarre…”

…But Gingrich went a step further Wednesday by saying the incident contributed to the government shutdown…

On the other hand, for aspiring republican presidential candidates, waving bay leaf smoke and dancing around a fire at the Summer solstice is a really bad thing. Go figure.