Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), has offered former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as a “reasonable” model on gay rights.

According to the National Review, Priebus cited Huckabee as “a model for a lot of people in our party” on issues such as marriage and abortion.

“I always tell people: Listen to Governor Mike Huckabee,” Priebus said. “I don't know anyone that talks about them any better.”

Priebus was trying to make the point that the GOP needs to sound “reasonable” to attract voters.

Writing at Right Wing Watch, Kyle Mantyla noted Huckabee's long record opposing gay rights.

“Ummm … does Priebus really think that Huckabee has a good record of sounding 'reasonable' on these issues?” Mantyla wrote. “Does he actually even know anything about Huckabee's anti-gay views?”

“Huckabee was, after all, the candidate of choice for a cavalcade of rabidly anti-gay Religious Right activists for a reason, and with whom he continues to associate.”

“Huckabee has declared that, if he became president, he would reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell and proclaimed that he is looking for 'spiritual warriors' who will not allow the nation to fall 'to the hands of those who would enslave us' but will instead stand and fight against marriage equality.”

“If this is the sort of stuff that Priebus thinks will make the GOP seem 'reasonable,' then the party is in even deeper trouble than we imagined.”