Bill Hartung notes that while Mike Huckabee calls John Bolton an informal foreign policy adviser — when contacted, Bolton said that the two had never met.
OK — what does informal mean then? Non-existent? Or is this the kind of thing where one can read someone’s book and decide to be advised by it, thus triggering a new “informal relationship”?
Not to offend my Mormon friends, but reading a book of just any person and then anointing him or her an informal adviser sounds a lot like baptizing an ancestor’s soul after his or her death and without permission inducting that soul into the church.
I will probably get whacked for the analogy — but faith-based politicking in general usually involves people making things up — like Huckabee apparently did on Bolton.
— Steve Clemons