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Will he or won’t he? That will most likely be the question until the end of this summer. Will Mike Huckabee make a second run for the White House? He has adamantly said time and time again that he will not make this decision until later in the year and lately he has been giving a time-table and his reasons for waiting, which I believe is a positive sign that he is going to run. With now three different polls in Iowa showing that he still is the favorite and his base is still in tact, national polls like this that show him as the clear leader for the nomination, and just yesterday a poll that shows him with promise in a state that should never be a Huckabee state, why wouldn’t he run?
I know supporters are freaking out about his could-be late entry into the presidential race but I am not one of them. The critics to his method point out Fred Thompson’s failure, but what they need to realize is that Thompson’s strategy did not fail but he failed as a candidate. Huckabee has the grassroots foundation in the early caucus and primary states, a national platform on Fox News and ABC Radio until he does declare, and charisma to steal the show once he does enter.
Governor Huckabee will also be staying front and center in the news until this summer even without declaring a candidacy for POTUS. He is scheduled to leave on a two-week trip to Israel the end of January and then will be hosting a week-long Alaskan cruise in June. In between those two events he is fitting in a mega tour for his new policy book due out on February 22 called A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don’t!) And this just isn’t any other book tour as it will be spreading the love to two early caucus/primary states…Iowa and South Carolina. There are 40 stops on this tour with over a quarter of them being in these two states alone: six destinations in Iowa and five in South Carolina. And with the media just chomping at the bit for the presidential race to start but the heavy hitters in the GOP dragging their feet to enter, this event should get quite a bit of attention.
Hang on. This should be quite a ride if you are a Huckabee supporter. Is it summer yet?
How can I lump all three of these subjects together you ask? Because in a 24 hour news cycle that never sleeps it is almost inevitable that newsworthy topics pile up on top of each other.
The very little input I am going to give on the Tucson, Arizona, shooting tragedy is this: the left’s reaction was sickening and the right’s reaction to the left didn’t really leave a good taste in my mouth either. This is about human life and the ugliness of this world and not politics. I thought Governor Huckabee had a great response to the whole issue and also to Pres. Obama’s address in his daily radio show The Huckabee Report.
First of all, congratulations to President Obama for what was easily the best speech of his presidency. He struck the exact proper tone in noting that while this does give us an opportunity to reflect upon the importance of being civil in our disagreements that it is wrong to assign blame for the personal violent actions of a mad man to other people’s political speech.
Whether out of bias or a quest for controversy or maybe just out of habit some members of the chattering classes went chasing blindly after an angle that would stir the most heated responses and they lost sight of the real story and that is the worst possible failure for a journalist. Even now after the president spelled it out for them many are still making the same mistake and missing the point about the president’s appearance at the memorial.
It is not about politics, whether it is going to raise his approval ratings or boost his reelection chances, and it certainly isn’t about sleazy opportunists who leapt to blame a senseless tragedy on the political speech of whatever side they disagreed with. No, it was about 20 people in Tucson…. I can’t believe that some people have to be continually reminded of this but some things really are bigger than politics and this is one of them. And all Americans should be grateful to our president for saying it beautifully.
In the week following what happened in Arizona two different polls were released showing Mike Huckabee with solid support for a potential second run for the White House in the First in the Nation caucus state of Iowa. We all know that Huckabee loves Iowa and it is apparent that the Hawkeye state still supports him as a presidential candidate. Good news for someone who is still undecided about another presidential campaign and may need a little push.
And lastly, Huckabee remains one of the outspoken voices to repeal the Healthcare Act known as Obamacare. He just wrote a piece yesterday entitled “The Healthcare Act – Return to Sender” and it starts out like this:
We were told—and sold– everything except the truth about the details in the healthcare act. And then, despite a majority of Americans rejecting this massive change in public policy, Congress enacted it anyway. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work in our representative democracy.
He is also one of the main faces promoting the “Repeal the Healthcare Act Now” campaign with a video ad for http://www.repealitnow.org. Signatures on the petition for Congress to repeal Obamacare are now over 500,000.
During the sleeper time period between Christmas and New Year’s a new CNN/Opinion Research poll was released showing Mike Huckabee as the clear front-runner when it comes to percentage of Republicans who would support his candidacy if he chooses to run for President in 2012. Add this to various other polls and it is no coincidence that Huckabee is a strong contender to win the Republican nomination and the most formidable opponent to face-off against President Obama in November of 2012.
What a perfect time for supporters to encourage Governor Huckabee to run for President as he has stated time and time again he has not made a decision yet and that decision will come later in 2011. The encouragement of a grassroots movement to Draft Huckabee 2012 could be what sends him the message and seal the deal to throw his hat in the ring once again after almost three years of defining himself and his political stances on television and radio. (Good luck to his critics who try to twist his stances and distort his record like they did in 2008, because it won’t be that easy in 2012 after Huckabee has been in millions of people’s living rooms and cars since the last election.)