From shame. if not from accusations of inconsistency.
January 17: Mike Huckabee on South Carolina's fetish for the Confederate battle flag: "If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell 'em what to do with the pole, that's what we'd do."
January 21: Mike Huckabee attends memorial services for Dr. Martin Luther King at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Now I'm sure that if you asked Ed Rollins or whichever hack manages Huckabee's campaign about this apparent contradiction, you'd hear something about the importance of separating the Huckster's role as Governor Huckabee (where he is concerned about federalism and the other mantras that win Republican nominations) from that of Reverend Huckabee (who attended the service as a private citizen to pay his deepest respects to the memory of Dr. King, a fellow Baptist minister and great personal hero for Reverend Huckabee).
But I believe Huckabee himself had the best explanation, addressing the differences between Governor Huckabee's position on Cuba, in contrast to that of President Huckabee: "Rather than seeing it as some huge change, I would call it, rather, the simple reality that I'm running for president of the United States, not for reelection as governor of Arkansas."