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The Modest Mike Huckabee

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Mike Huckabee's "Jesus and the devil are brothers" quote is the one getting all the attention from this New York Times Magazine profile, but Huckabee had some other interesting stuff to say to Zev Chafets:

‘‘If you aren’t for some reason elected president, what cabinet
position
would you be suited for?’’ I asked. Huckabee paused, considering. ‘‘Secretary
of health and human services would be one,’’ he said. ‘‘Secretary
of
transportation, or the interior.’’ Perhaps aware that this wasn’t
a Mount
Rushmore self-evaluation, he quickly added that he doesn’t really want
a
cabinet position or any other government job. ‘‘I’d be just
as happy to go
back to Arkansas and open a bait shop on a lake,’’ he said.

On the one hand, you have to admire Huckabee for the modesty of his ambitions. But are those modest ambitions a result of modest abilities?

--Jason Zengerle 

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