There was a time when I thought Huckabee was going to be my candidate. That time ended the first time he opened his mouth. There's just this odd sort of imperiousness to him...like he's the second coming of Christ.
If you subtract Huckabee's religious overtones he's really just a liberal politician - his economics, health care, immigration...the whole gamut. The fact that he's attempting to use his religious credentials to get the Republican nomination, while promising to be a complete liberal where everything else is concerned just bugs the hell out of me. Even worse is the fact that social conservatives are so desperate to get their agenda some air time that they'd vote for anyone that will say Jesus regardless of their politics. Mind boggling.
Mike Huckabee was almost certainly saying that because homosexuality is the primary lifestyle carrying AIDS that we should isolate homosexuals and rid ourselves of the plague along with the plague bearers. In 1992 that concept would have been a little more casually accepted since America hadn't yet bought into homosexuality as anything other than aberrant behavior, but today saying that we should take homosexuals and isolate them so they can die off is haphazard politics at best. Frankly, I'd be a little more impressed if Huckabee were sticking to his guns and saying that homosexuality is a pervasive and dangerous lifestyle and is the primary distributor of AIDS - followed by intravenous drug use. Following that, securing the general public against this disease and the billions of dollars that would eventually be spent on searching for a cure would almost make sense. Of course there are scenarios that make this seem monstrous, but in 1992 the majority of the people that would be ostracized would more than likely be grown men - the problem lies more in it being akin to genocide of homosexuals...not exactly constitutional. So I guess what I'm saying is that I'd be impressed if Huck were at least giving me some impression that in 1992 he had actually thought about things before answering that question, and that his final answer was the result of the kind of personal convictions that wouldn't just up and change in 15 years. Instead you get pandering to the popular cultural concept of AIDS, rather than something a little closer to his ideological roots...condemnation. In the end Huckabee is nothing more than an empty suit - he is whatever you want him to be as long as he's got your vote.