(CNN) – Leave it to Mike Huckabee to give his own colorful assessment of the latest Tea Party victory in Delaware, where Christine O'Donnell prevailed over establishment pick Mike Castle.
Speaking to reporters in Arkansas over the weekend, the former presidential candidate said he is thrilled establishment Republicans are 'getting spanked' in the primary elections.
"I think the Republican establishment in D.C. is getting spanked and deserves it," said Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. "Frankly, I'm thrilled that they're getting a little kicking in the backside over the races like in Delaware, because there has been this elitist and pompous, contemptuous attitude toward a lot of the grassroots."
Video for the remarks were posted Sunday on the conservative Arkansas website The Tolbert Report.
Huckabee's comments come as the former presidential candidate placed a close second in the recent presidential poll of attendees at the Values Voter Summit – an annual gathering of social conservatives. Huckabee won the same poll in 2009.
"It's better than finishing third," Huckabee said with a smile regarding his placement this year.
Third place went to Mitt Romney – whom Huckabee had a notably frosty relationship with during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Regarding his own future as a presidential candidate, Huckabee told reporters he has yet to make a decision.