What’s behind Huckabee’s attack on Natalie Portman?

Louis Weisberg

Was Mike Huckabee lobbing a subtle insult at his potential president rivals or just pandering to his far-right evangelical base when he slammed Natalie Portman on Fox News?

The former Arkansas governor and avowed evangelical attacked the Academy Award-winning actress for having a child out of wedlock and allegedly glamorizing it. Yet he’s been silent on the subject of Bristol Palin’s high-profile out-of-wedlock baby as well as the multiple extra-marital affairs and divorces of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Huckabee’s diatribe against Portman set some political observers speculating about whether he’d use the moral superiority card against his Republican rivals who live in glass houses. Others blasted him as a transparent hypocrite.

Huckabee ranted: “People see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that, yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have healthcare. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”

It will be interesting to see if Sarah Palin or Bristol Palin, who’s considering a political future of her own, responds to Huckabee’s attack. CBS News reported in early February that the 20-year-old Bristol Palin said she would “probably” seek political office one day, “but that would be further down the road.”

“If I saw something that needed to be changed, then I would step up to the plate and do something about it,” Palin told CBS.

Portman has yet to respond to Huckabee’s attack.