Skip to comments.Mike Huckabee wants some respect
Posted on 12/06/2010 7:35:06 AM PST by Hawk720
Dial down the deafening Sarah Palin buzz for just a moment: The most consequential decision in the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes could be whether Mike Huckabee decides to run again and associates say the former Arkansas governor may well take the plunge.
If Huckabee gets in, he will unquestionably be a force to be reckoned with in the fight for the nomination. Hed be the undisputed frontrunner in lead-off Iowa, where he won by nine points in 2008. Hed be the candidate to beat in South Carolina, which he narrowly lost to John McCain two years ago in part because of a divided conservative vote. His weekly Fox show, thrice-daily radio program and Grisham-like ability to crank out a book-per-year has given him a direct media presence akin to Palins but without the sky-high negatives.
And should Huckabee stay out, it would create a vacuum on the right among both religious conservatives and tea party activists that would significantly re-order the race and potentially create a larger opening for Palin. He polls well with self-identified evangelicals, women and low-income voters all blocs that also favor Palin. And a PPP poll conducted last month found that 34 percent of Huckabee supporters said that Palin is their second choice.
Yet a potential Huckabee candidacy has been little discussed, in part because of his place well outside the Republican establishment, and in part because of a conventional wisdom that hes enjoying his current career and income too much to risk it on a run.
Huckabee, for one, is tired of being left out of the conversation and sounds increasingly like a candidate.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
I welcome a strong challenge from Huck. If the two top GOP contenders for White House are conservative moral Christians, then what does that tell wanna-be’s like Guilianni, Gingrich, McCain and their ilk.
Hed be the undisputed frontrunner in lead-off Iowa, where he won by nine points in 2008. ..........................That was 2008, this is 2012. Different players are entering the scene.
Sorry Mike. You have your own TV show and you are “left out”??
Maybe the fact that people aren’t watching or caring should be a clue or a hint about a Presidential run. Don’t.
You could always try to bag a caribou, it might help.
but he’ll split the vote again
Please don’t Huck, your pardon will sink you. Shadow groups from Mitt will make commercials, don’t waste your donors’ $.
Ok, I’m on the board, selecting a new CEO for my very large corporation. This corporation has great potential, but also huge problems and it’s very complex.
In looking for a new CEO, do I focus my search on experienced CEOs and executive management types currently employed, (Govenors, Senators, Congressmen)? Or would it be wise to look at someone who has been semi retired, and only involved in the business in a commentary capacity?
I think Glen Beck said it best. Do you damn job, and do it well. If you do, people will ASK you to run for President.
Huck wants to be President to salve his bruised ego, he wants it because it will make him feel good.
Meanwhile, we have some outstanding candidates who have done their jobs VERY well - Chris Christie and Sarah Palin come to mind.
Huck - just please go away and get a hug from your Mommy.
“Maybe the fact that people arent watching or caring should be a clue or a hint about a Presidential run. Dont.”
There are a LOT of people who like huck for some reason. If it was up to freepers, Fred would have won every state but the conservative base doesn’t revolve around us all the time.
Did the article mention Huck has a “Willie Horton” problem.
I hope the party is smart enough not to allow the media to pick the ‘forces to be reckoned with’ in the GOP primaries this time.
I respect him - but not enough to want to see him run for president. He should stay on TV as a prattling-head.
Govs Christie and Palin didn’t even complete a single term so I’m not quite sure how you could compare them to someone who was re-elected and served for 10 years.
"Do it the old fashioned way. Earrrrrrn it."
If you want open borders you will love Mike in the Whitehouse.
Let’s nominate McCain again or even McConnell.
They have the longest record of continuous service!
As it should. Huckabee ignored the will of a judge and a duly selected jury for no particularly good reason, and as a result four good police officers were later murdered in cold blood by that vicious psychopath.
We can't afford yet another guy with such poor judgment in the presidency in this day and age.
I would like to see Huckabee run again. I did not look
closely at him last time, but would be interested in
choosing between he and Palin. Palin comes with a huge ego which I don’t see in Huckabee, but Palin seems to be more
forceable. She at the same time seems like a more revengeful person. But we need a Christian who will stand up for Christian Americans. I think the thing that put me off on Huckabee in the first place is the connection of Baptist and President Carter. It makes one wonder if we want another Baptist for President... being a Baptist I never understood Carter’s thinking on Christianity.
A conservative Christian who attempts to walk off with furniture from the Govorner’ s mansion when he leave’s office?
And his proposed solution to almost every issue has been more government.
Let him and Mitt and all of their
supporters go away, and if it makes the lot of them feel better they can while away the hours whining that they were rejected for their religion rather than their socialism.
If Huck wants my respect, he shouldn’t run for president in ‘12, and he should tell us who was bankrolling him to be #2 in ‘08.
Huckster is DannyH !
Huckabee is a Christian and I give him credit for that. However, other than the abortion question (which is the most important as far as I’m concerned) he is a social liberal. We cannot afford someone in the White House who is for open borders and increasing entitlements. Huck would be a nice guy to have over for dinner, but a disaster as president. Think conservative Jimmy Carter.
If it makes you feel better, Carter left the Southern Baptists, about a decade ago.
It seems that the Baptist Democrats lose interest in the Baptist church once their political life is over, if they don’t formally renounce it like Carter did, then they just quietly cease to become involved in it like Clinton, and Al Gore.
>”””And yet the Bush ideology is tinged with religious belief, I said. Not everything comes with a price tag attached.
Gore’s mouth tightened. A Southern Baptist, he, too, had declared himself born again, but he clearly had disdain for Bush’s public kind of faith. “It’s a particular kind of religiosity,” he said. “It’s the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim. They all have certain features in common. In a world of disconcerting change, when large and complex forces threaten familiar and comfortable guideposts, the natural impulse is to grab hold of the tree trunk that seems to have the deepest roots and hold on for dear life and never question the possibility that it’s not going to be the source of your salvation. And the deepest roots are in philosophical and religious traditions that go way back. You don’t hear very much from them about the Sermon on the Mount, you don’t hear very much about the teachings of Jesus on giving to the poor, or the beatitudes. It’s the vengeance, the brimstone.”
...We passed the Southern Baptist Convention building. Earlier in the day, Gore had made a point of telling me that he and Clinton used to pray together in the White House. I asked him which church in Nashville he and Tipper attended now.
There was a pause in the front seat.
“We’re ecumenical now,” Gore said, finally.
Tipper said with a laugh, “I think I follow Baba Ram Dass.”
“The influx of fundamentalist preachers have pretty much chased us out with their right-wing politics,” Gore added.”””<
Well Palin has a Couric problem.
“His weekly Fox show, thrice-daily radio program and Grisham-like ability to crank out a book-per-year has given him a direct media presence akin to Palins but without the sky-high negatives.”
A media presence akin to Palin’s? Are you kidding me?
When Palin is on the TV or radio, people actually tune in...
No, bagging a caribou on TV is not working out either.
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Ratings Plummet In Week 2 ..... "Sarah Palin's Alaska" set a TLC ratings record when it debuted to 5 million viewers last week, but the second episode showed a huge drop-off in viewership. Episode two of the Palin reality show averaged just 3 million viewers, down 40% from the previous week.
After the Obama celebrity worship fiasco, the majority of America voters now hunger for proven leaders in the Oval Office, not celebrities who devote their lives to chasing the Big Bucks on TV and on the $100,000 per speech circuit.
I tell ya if I run,wez gonna lose Utah!
"I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect! "
That’s right. Trash talk viable candidates so that we end up with another John McCain.
Makes perfect sense to me.
Sorry Charlie, your ratings post is old news.
Ratings for the conservative cheerleader’s Alaska-based reality show grew for her third episode, reversing course after a 40% slide the previous week.
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” delivered 3.5 million viewers Sunday night, a 17% rebound. Normally when ratings go down double digits for a second episode, the third outing generally falls at least a little. Palin may also have benefited from some weaker competition (ABC had the American Music Awards the previous week). Even so, this is great news for TLC.
We’ll see later what the numbers were for last nights caribou episode.
Huck is still a republican.
He’s not my ideal man for the top job.
But the Politico article is not doing any good for Huck. The Politico guys are painting him as “whiny”.
So, to Martin and co.: STFU! Your article is unfairly condescending to a Republican.
To Huck: Grow a spine and never use LSM like Martin and what his name as your apologists! They mean ill to you and to us, all conservatives.
I like Huck. My standards for a president have gone way down. I didn’t know who he was last time. I’ve seen enough of the TV show now to understand why some people like him so much. He’s... affable. I don’t think he’d be great, but I think he’d manage the levers of government in a reasonably competent manner, and he has good core principles.
I like Palin too. If McCain had not turned out to be such an enemy to us, I would probably have supported him. In fact, I DID support him against Bush in 2000. I thought his ideas about campaign finance reform were great until he was actually allowed to implement them. I like Romeny too, and Newt. They all have baggage. We may be forced to pick from a flawed field again. But we are all flawed.
Don’t you guys see what Politico, which is no friend of any Conservative is doing? Martin and Smith want to split up the conservative/christian wing of the party and take out Palin, they don’t care for Huckabee either but they are pumping him up......btw Hucks problem has been raising money
Yah. Plummeting at 3 million.
Do you know what that means?
3 million viewers against tight competition.
I wish I could be a star of that plummetting 3 million viewers show. I COULD BE RICH AND FAMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!
He looks like Gomer Pyle to me.
It's not like Huckabee is the only Christian in the race. Having said that, we need someone with some courage to save the country ... While I would hope that a President would believe in and abide by Christian principles, the atmosphere of the country right now needs a warrior, not a peacemaker ... I don't believe that Huckabee is the man for the job. [emphasis mine]I like your commentary, but I would add that the country right now needs a Catholic warrior, one who partakes in the sacraments frequently! using them to do battle against a very dark administration. And that Christian warrior, to me anyway, is Bobby Jindal. Of course, with everyone else tossing their hats into the ring (and I would probably vote for Huck over Palin; I think ultimately a man should run the country), there's not much room for Jindal, although still maintaining a 28-inch waist, maybe he can slip in there anyway.
I’d love to see Palin do a Lincoln-Douglas debate. :)
That is among the most interesting statements I have read on FR in a long time. You may receive thirty lashes for speaking wisdom.
He is actually a good debater. His performance in the debates is the reason he was in the mix in 2008. He started out as an unknown with less than 1%.
Its the reason I support the FairTax, which is a whole lot better than just cutting a few taxes here and there and making winners and losers. Its the reason that a completely new tax approach is really preferable because it empowers everyone in the economy, those from the top to the bottom. But the people at the bottom actually end up getting the best deal out of the fair tax. So I hope more people will start looking at it and realizing thats the direction we really need to go."
Source: CNN Late Edition: 2008 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer Feb 3, 2008
You are incorrect.......the Sarah Alaska show actually rebounded with a 3.5 million viewers for the 3rd week....the second week had so many things on the TV on that Sunday...it’s the highest rated show ever on TLC.
Palin comes with a huge ego which I dont see in Huckabee ... She at the same time seems like a more revengeful person
Huckabee's humility ... (and evidence that the MSM REALLY wants this guy to be the GOP nominee in order to lose)
Exactly. Then the candidate anointed by the media and 'independents' (Democrats) will grab the brass ring. Watch that open GOP primary in New Hampshire...