Just got through my DVR to catch this weekend's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO to see that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was one of the guests . . .
Huckabee traded barbs with Maher, and also attempted to try a few "zingers" . . .
On his current campaign . . .
"Right now it's going to be more focused on message than who's raising money, because the if only criteria to run for President are raising money and being a celebrity, than Paris Hilton could be President."
On the chances of having two Presidents from Hope, Ark. . .
"I've got a great campaign slogan . . . Give us one more chance!"
On his remarks in 2005, when he said President Bush was doing "a magnificent job". . .
"I think there's been some areas where the President's got some challenges . . . Frankly there's been some issues that have been tough. Some of them have involved states, there have been a lot of areas where I think the federal government has usurped the responsibility of the states."
On Maher's jokes about the Vice President . . .
"I do have a message from Vice President Cheney. He's not upset about the things you've said. In fact, he'd like to take you hunting."
On the chances of having an atheist President . . .
"I think it's just better if a person is honest about who they are. I'd much rather have a person who is an atheist be honest and say 'I'm an atheist,' and get elected than a person who says 'I'm a Christian,' but doesn't live like it."
On polls that show Republicans aren't satisfied with the '08 field . . .
"I think that comes in time . . . I'm convinced that when Republican voters and national voters look at what I stand for, there's going to be a real shift. If I didn't believe that Bill, I'd pack it up and do something different."
On whether homosexuality is immoral . . .
"Frankly Bill, I'm a lot more worried about the fact that half the marriages in this country are failing . . . I think what we really need to be doing is focusing on how to make marriages stronger."
On gay marriage . . .
"I think marriage means one thing, it means a man and a woman in a relationship for life. We need to make that better before we try to experiment with new versions of it."