Michael Tracey, a student reporter at The College of New Jersey, recently interviewed Mike Huckabee. And during that interview, Huckabee made some pretty embarrassing comments about same-sex marriage:
“That would be like saying, well there’s there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?”
“Why do you get to choose that two men are OK but one man and three women aren’t OK?”
So when this made national news, Huckabee struck back against Tracey, stating:
“The young college student hopefully will find a career other than journalism. I would ask that he release the unedited tape of our conversation. I believe that what people do as individuals in their private lives is their business, but I do not believe we should change the traditional definition of marriage. Not only did he attempt to sensationalize my well known and hardly unusual views of same-sex marriage, he also inaccurately reported my views on Michael Steele as GOP chairman — I offered my support and didn’t “Rip into Steele” as his article asserted. I had a candid and frank conversation with the group about health care, education, the economy and national security while the young journalism student, instead, chose to focus on the issue of same-sex marriage and grossly distort my views.”
And that’s when Huckabee learned a valuable lesson about bluffing–it only works when you’ve got leverage. For instance, if Huckabee knew Tracey didn’t record the interview then it’d just be a former politician’s word against that of an ambitious young reporter looking to make a name for himself. But you see, Mike. Tracey had recorded the interview and you almost certainly knew that he had recorded the interview. So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he had both the means and the desire to acquiesce to this demand fueled by your empty bravado.
So since Huckabee asked, the student newspaper released the unedited tape of their conversation.
Better luck next time, Mr. Huckabee.