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Why a Mike Huckabee presidential run is Chris Christie's worst nightmare
The Week ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jon Terbush, Boston-based columnist

Posted on 12/13/2013 1:36:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Mike Huckabee sat out the 2012 election, but he may be game in 2016.

The former Arkansas governor — who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses and emerged as the strongest challenger to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the race to capture the GOP nomination — ended his daily radio show Thursday and said he was considering another run at the White House.

"I'm keeping the door open," he told the New York Times. "I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I'm mindful of the fact that there's a real opportunity for me."

Huckabee hasn't been mentioned much in early 2016 speculation, having kept a low profile while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and a trio of Tea Party senators soaked up most of the attention. But if Huckabee were to run, he could prove to be a formidable challenger to Christie, who is widely perceived to be the early front-runner.

That's because for all the hype surrounding Christie, there are still questions about whether he can play well outside the Northeast, and whether he'll pass the conservative smell test. The GOP's right wing is deeply skeptical of Christie's conservative bona fides. So though he certainly has star power and crossover appeal that would make him a strong general election candidate, he could have a tough time in a GOP primary.

Enter Mike Huckabee, who has carved out a neat little space for himself on the right as something of a GOP celebrity thanks to his eponymous Fox News show and talk radio program. (Think Sarah Palin, but with more electoral credibility.) If he got in the race, he'd have an established fan base to propel his candidacy.

Huckabee caught fire in 2008 because he was seen as a true conservative alternative in a lackluster field, and he could very well occupy the same space were he to run again. Indeed, Huckabee bragged to the Times that he could beat Christie in the early, redder nominating states for that very reason:

"Let me show you some polling," Mr. Huckabee said, brandishing a two-page memo about a survey his longtime pollster took earlier this month showing him leading the Republican field in both Iowa and South Carolina. He boasted that such good numbers came at a time when "nobody has even talked about me being named" as a candidate. [New York Times]

Huckabee hasn't been tested nearly as often as the other presumptive 2016 candidates. But a PPP poll from earlier this year found him hanging around the middle of the pack in a hypothetical horse race. Perhaps more importantly, it found that 82 percent of "very conservative" voters viewed Huckabee favorably; just 42 percent of very conservative voters said the same of Christie.

Huckabee could also be well-positioned to steal some of Christie's crossover appeal. In his mini-media tour this week, he talked about the GOP's need to reach out to new demographics — the same argument that has made Christie seem so viable in the early going.

"One of our failures is the ability to speak to African-Americans, to speak to Hispanics, to speak to working class people," he told the Washington Post, "more than just speaking to the board room, speaking to the people who go in and clean up after the meeting."

Huckabee has the popularity, name recognition, and conservative cred to be highly competitive in a GOP primary. With the GOP locked in a battle over its own identity, Huckabee's soothing, paternal populism — he's a former baptist pastor, after all — could play well to both sides.


TOPICS: Arkansas; New Jersey; Issues; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: 2016; chrischristie; gop; huckabee; krispykreme; palin; polls; republicans
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I didn't know Massachusetts had legalized hallucinogens. If Governors Huckabee or Christie are the answer, what in the world was the question?
1 posted on 12/13/2013 1:36:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

neither of them are any good


2 posted on 12/13/2013 1:37:14 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Who?

Not familiar...


3 posted on 12/13/2013 1:38:05 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: GeronL

Who?

Not familiar...


4 posted on 12/13/2013 1:38:06 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: GeronL

Without a doubt!


5 posted on 12/13/2013 1:38:29 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11) Hey, Harry Reid.. 1-800-318-2596!)
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To: ifinnegan

The two names mentioned in the title


6 posted on 12/13/2013 1:38:35 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like a sumo match.


7 posted on 12/13/2013 1:38:55 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because they’re both progressive RINOs?


8 posted on 12/13/2013 1:40:34 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Please tell me I have a choice between a mushroom I buy at Safeway and Mike Huckabee.
Both grew up in the dark, one grew in dung the other is full of it.


9 posted on 12/13/2013 1:41:09 PM PST by Zathras
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To: GeronL
"neither of them are any good"

If that's the choice, woe is us.

10 posted on 12/13/2013 1:41:53 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Huck runs a reasonably entertaining TV show. But he was a terrible POTUS candidate in 2008 and wouldn't be any better in 2016.

Would I hold my nose and vote for him? Yeah, I might. Only because I did the same for McCain and Romney, two other equally poor candidates.

But I don't think I could do it for Christie.

11 posted on 12/13/2013 1:41:59 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Huckster is persona non gratia as a POTUS.


12 posted on 12/13/2013 1:42:33 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Huckawho?


13 posted on 12/13/2013 1:42:47 PM PST by Ray76
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Huckabee caught fire in 2008 because he was seen as a true conservative alternative in a lackluster field, and he could very well occupy the same space were he to run again.

Huckabee caught fire in 2008 because conservatives torched him.

14 posted on 12/13/2013 1:43:02 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m all for Huckabee running. He and Christie will split the Rhino vote and make it easier for a Conservative to win the state primaries. Hopefully, the Conservative candidates will pick and choose their states.


15 posted on 12/13/2013 1:43:57 PM PST by chopperman
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Huckabee caught fire in 2008 because conservatives torched him.

bwahahaha.... classic.

16 posted on 12/13/2013 1:44:58 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: GeronL

Everyone knows who Krispy Kreme Is.

But this Huckleberry guy....?


17 posted on 12/13/2013 1:45:19 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What an upside down analysis.

Huck is a moderate who gets by as a conservative because he suckers in the evangelical vote that might otherwise vote for a legitimate conservative.

Huck doesn’t take from Christie’s establishment vote. He helps out Christie by once again diluting the conservative vote.

A fair question would be whether he and Ben Carson are getting nudged into the race the way Cain and Bachmann, etc., were put in as decoys the last time around.


18 posted on 12/13/2013 1:46:54 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Both of these prima donnas are nightmares.


19 posted on 12/13/2013 1:48:34 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Ray76; GeronL
Huckawho?

Maybe the writer is referring to Harlan Huckleby, the University of Michigan football star who made two Rose Bowl appearances.

20 posted on 12/13/2013 1:49:54 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You want to talk nightmares? A Huckabee/Christie makes my skin would give me permanent insomnia!!!
21 posted on 12/13/2013 1:50:05 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t vote for Christie or the Huckster.


22 posted on 12/13/2013 1:50:55 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think they should get together and write a book on how to diet.


23 posted on 12/13/2013 1:53:08 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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The writer is clearly referring to election politics in the "Land of the Hobbitts" (The Shire, as I recall) ...



At best, Mike Huckabee is a "third-tier" candidate, the kind of guy (like Herman Cain) joins the primary races simply to be able to endorse a more successful candidate later on ...

... or else, like "Lil Ricky Santorum" ...

serve as a "Poodle Stalking Horse" (diversionary) candidate.



I've got news for the GOP-E guys ...

Even if they literally "murder" the other GREAT Conservative 2016 primary candidates ...

Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Teds Cruz ...

MILLIONS of Tea Party voters will STAY HOME (like they did for Willard Romney) ...

"if" that pompous ass Chris Christy is "given" the GOP 2016 Presidential nomination.



Period.



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24 posted on 12/13/2013 1:53:09 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just great. Two RINOs in heat chasing road kill to eat.


25 posted on 12/13/2013 1:54:23 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, neither one of them trips my trigger.

I will say it again: we need someone who has been, or is now, a GOVERNOR. Preferably a two-termer.

One who has worked WITH Democrats in his or her state legislature but hasn’t necessarily buckled to their every whim.

Experience in the PRIVATE SECTOR is a big plus for me.

I know it is almost anathema to say so here on FR, but the USA would be in a whole lot better shape right now, and on the road to an economic recovery, if Mitt Romney were in the Oval Office right now instead of the Clown and his boss Valerie.


26 posted on 12/13/2013 1:54:26 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe if they were running for President of the United States Sumo Federation.


27 posted on 12/13/2013 1:55:41 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: chopperman
"He and Christie will split the Rhino vote and make it easier for a Conservative to win the state primaries."

There's a silver lining I would have never considered!

28 posted on 12/13/2013 1:56:18 PM PST by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: ex-snook

yep


29 posted on 12/13/2013 1:56:26 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans kill Huckster’s tuition for illgals?


30 posted on 12/13/2013 2:02:36 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Huckabee is a nice guy but an idiot.
Christie is a big government Republican city boy.


31 posted on 12/13/2013 2:02:44 PM PST by servo1969
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>>If Governors Huckabee or Christie are the answer, what in the world was the question?

Who ate the last three donuts?


32 posted on 12/13/2013 2:03:35 PM PST by oblomov
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To: GeronL

I thought the “Huckabees” were a side show barber quartet at the Ohio State Fair.

Snake Oil salesman he is.

Same as Krispy.

Same as Romney.

Same as Obama.

Same as McLame.

They are all cut from the same cloth.


33 posted on 12/13/2013 2:05:52 PM PST by esoxmagnum (Turtles don't win fights, they just turtle up. Victory belongs to the aggressor, not the turtle.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Both of them are nightmares in my book.


34 posted on 12/13/2013 2:05:55 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: GeronL

Either one of them would be great as President, if we had just been invaded by hostile aliens from outer space and they asked us to turn over the leaders of the world.


35 posted on 12/13/2013 2:06:58 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Fiji Hill

Hehehe!


36 posted on 12/13/2013 2:07:13 PM PST by Ray76
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know about that, but I do believe a Christie/Huckabee primary battle is my worst nightmare.


37 posted on 12/13/2013 2:09:59 PM PST by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Both of these prima donnas are nightmares.

+100

38 posted on 12/13/2013 2:10:28 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: oblomov

Don’t you mean three dozen? I have to laugh when the media describes Gov. Christie as the “300lb. governor” or some such. I weigh 340lbs and Christie would almost make two of me! He’s AT LEAST 450-500lbs.


39 posted on 12/13/2013 2:13:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The same could be said about a certain governor who negotiated a sweet deal for their state with tough oil companies and foreign interests, something most governors never do...


40 posted on 12/13/2013 2:16:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: eclecticEel

Let’s throw Jon Huntsman and Ricky Santorum in there for sheer lunacy.


41 posted on 12/13/2013 2:17:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: SoFloFreeper; 2ndDivisionVet


That's probably because Mitt Romney's tenure as Governor didn't look to much different than Obama's tenure as President.

Mitt Romney supported or implemented or tried to implement the following while Governor of Massachusetts:

1. Gay Marriage
2. Full-scale support for Abortion
3. Gay Adoption
4. Gays in the Boy Scouts
5. Taxed everything and anything that moved, including some things that couldn't anymore (see his mortuary related taxes)
6. Came within a hair's breadth of implementing his own regional Carbon Tax Scheme.
7. Vocal proponent of the Global Warming scheme.

I'm sure others can add to the list of facts, but your boy Romney was anything BUT a Republican, much less a conservative.

His record plainly declares him to be an extreme Progressive Liberal.
42 posted on 12/13/2013 2:26:18 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoFloFreeper; 2ndDivisionVet
I know it is almost anathema to say so here on FR, but the USA would be in a whole lot better shape right now, and on the road to an economic recovery, if Mitt Romney were in the Oval Office right now instead of the Clown and his boss Valerie.

That's probably because Mitt Romney's tenure as Governor didn't look to much different than Obama's tenure as President.

Mitt Romney supported or implemented or tried to implement the following while Governor of Massachusetts:

1. Gay Marriage
2. Full-scale support for Abortion
3. Gay Adoption
4. Gays in the Boy Scouts
5. Taxed everything and anything that moved, including some things that couldn't anymore (see his mortuary related taxes)
6. Came within a hair's breadth of implementing his own regional Carbon Tax Scheme.
7. Vocal proponent of the Global Warming scheme.

I'm sure others can add to the list of facts, but your boy Romney was anything BUT a Republican, much less a conservative.

His record plainly declares him to be an extreme Progressive Liberal.
43 posted on 12/13/2013 2:32:09 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The media will continue to throw around names of RINOS like Christie, Huckabee, Jeb Bush because they are hoping one of them will be the nominee. A true conservative may be harder to beat. If another Mitt Romney type is the Republican contender, Hillary will be a shoo-in.
44 posted on 12/13/2013 2:32:26 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Last week Huckabee was on Fox&Friends. At that time, he claimed evangelicals were ‘begging’ him to run.

[If they make it to the primaries, the debate stages are going to be full of retreads and wannabes. It seems each primary season has around 15 to 18 who send out trial balloons and strong hints, hoping they will get a ground swell of support. Few manage to get much response.]


45 posted on 12/13/2013 2:33:18 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: ifinnegan
Huck performed at the GWB inaugural (Count the Silverware) Ball. He tried to convince us then that he was a conservative...and I fell for it for a while.

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46 posted on 12/13/2013 2:34:53 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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47 posted on 12/13/2013 2:38:13 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: 9YearLurker

That is a possibility. There were some fairly substantiated rumors in 2008 that McCain made a deal with Huckabee that allowed Huckabee to win some state. IIRC, West Virginia was involved. By doing so, it stopped Romney from getting a head of steam, thus allowing McCain a better chance at the nomination.
48 posted on 12/13/2013 2:40:56 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Remember this?

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49 posted on 12/13/2013 2:47:29 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: GeronL

It would be like the battle of the 2 ton Rino’s


50 posted on 12/13/2013 2:59:18 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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