Mike Huckabee Reduces Flyover Country To A Caricature
Mike Huckabee is clearly either running for President or desperately seeking attention for himself so that he can negotiate for a higher rate of pay when he returns to work as a TV personality on Fox News. He’s taking jet planes flying on private jets< across America to meet with rich families and corporate executives begging for money to upgrade his political profile.
As part of this vanity campaign, Huckabee is pitching a storyline about America that divides the country into two separate camps: Bubbleville, in Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York City, and Bubbaville, which he says is everywhere else. If you live in Bubbleville, says Huckabee, you’re an elite who’s out of touch with the real America. If you live anywhere else, in flyover country, you’re a Bubba, one of the authentic Americans who speaks with a drawl, eats fried food, and wears cowboy boots and a lot of plaid.
I’m one of those people who lives in flyover country. I have lived in small towns for most of my life – and when I say small towns, I don’t mean mid-sized cities like Little Rock, Arkansas, where Huckabee made a career out of rubbing shoulders with political and financial elites. I mean villages with populations of under 2,000 – if I was in an incorporated settlement at all.
I can tell you from first hand experience that Mike Huckabee’s characterization of rural America is a load of bullshit.
Presuming to speak for everyone who lives in small town America, Huckabee supposes that we hate the big cities, and live like characters from Hee Haw. “A lot of people who live in the ‘flyover’ land will sometimes say, ‘My gosh, that’s very different than the general prevailing attitude of the land of God, guns, grits and gravy’,” he says.
That last phrase is from the title of his latest book of self-promotion: “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy”.
I live in a small town. I don’t own a gun. I don’t believe in any gods. I know a lot of other small town Americans, and I don’t know any who eat gravy and grits.
I’m not denying that there are some people of the sort that Mike Huckabee describes in his book, but they’re a minority in rural America. We aren’t all white Southerners out here in flyover country.
The fact that Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand that, and is willing to reduce our lives into a cartoon like a L’il Abner comic strip for the sake of his own political career, tells me that Huckabee doesn’t really give a damn about the people who live in flyover country. He’s just trying to use us.
Let’s not forget that Fox News, Mike Huckabee’s boss for the last several years, doesn’t broadcast out of Kansas or Oklahoma. Fox News studios are in Rockefeller Center – in New York City.