Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mike Huckabee won't run in 2012

Fox News: Mike Huckabee said Saturday there would be no sequel to his surprisingly strong 2008 White House bid, in which he won the Iowa Republican caucus and finished second in the primaries to Sen. John McCain.
"All the factors say go, but my heart says no," Huckabee, who was considered the GOP frontrunner in several national polls, said on his Fox News Channel show.
The show is normally prerecorded before it airs at 8 p.m. ET, but Huckabee saved the last 10 minutes of tonight’s broadcast to make his announcement live. [MORE]
I think Huckabee made a wise decision. Unlike Mitt Romney, I think Huckabee realizes that he just doesn't have what it takes for 2012. The base is much more savvy than 2008 and far less forgiving about spotty records.

Despite the media's love of early polling, I believe Huckabee would have struggled to match his 2008 performance. People are looking for far more than witty rhetoric and are clamoring for real fighter. Huckabee's "soft" approach simply will not do.

Without Huckabee in the race, conservatives can continue to focus their attentions on real conservative candidates like Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Fox News
Video h/t: Mediaite


Chris said...

I might have to disagree with you on Herman Cain being a conservative. He was apart of the Federal Reserve, and was supporting the bailouts of the Wall Street bums. With his ties to the Federal Reserve, he'll just play apologetics to their monetary policy that is screwing us. So for him to claim that he wants free markets is rather disingenuous. Because of this, I ALREADY don't trust him.

RightKlik said...

Huckabee wouldn't have won, because he brings nothing to the discussion. He's not a man for these Tea Party times.

FIREBIRD said...

I'm glad Huckabee is out - he was a complication in the mix and I really don't think he would be able to win ... and I'm still looking at Cain - and I really REALLY with Romney would take his stuff and go home

Anonymous said...

He lost me completely when he did his show from Vegas and said that he was a Christian and doesn't gamble but encouraged everyone else to do it. I don't remember the exact words but I remember clearly being floored by his comment and haven't tuned into his show since. This wasn't the first time I heard something like that from him and I often felt he was missing the boat being a political Christian but it was the last straw for me anyway.

After getting the news alert about his announcement my first thought was that someone informed him that he would be called out quickly.

It a sad shame to admit but so far it looks like I won't be voting 2012. It's starting to look like they really don't have a single person with integrity willing to put themselves out there. Can't say I blame them but the Repubs are looking to be a long lost thing of the past. I sure hope the Tea Party can pull someone out of the bag. My guess is that they will. I've never missed an election and don't want to start now.

Tregonsee said...

Huckabee is someone of faith, which resonates strongly with many. However, he is more in the tradition of the Religious Left on many issues. Like illegal alien amnesty, and being what we used to call being soft on crime, he is more like McCain. Both are people I would like to know personally, but they are the sort of folks that the Left would consider safe candidates if they had to have a Republican for a term. Being someone who drives the Left nuts is necessary, but not for sufficient, for an adequate candidate to repair the damage.

Emily said...

Um, Chris, I might have to disagree with you. You articulate his prior location perfectly, but you fail to mention the disgust he came away from it with. He said he's been inside the beast, he KNOWS what's going on there. That is why he wants the flat tax and to reform (hopefully do away with) the Federal Reserve. You say his ties, but he used to work there. And doesn't anymore. Did you consider that maybe he was in an undercover mode so that he could get rid of it and expose them later?

The Born Again American said...

I can't agree with Chris, Herman Cain is my front runner and I believe has the best shot to get rid of Obama... The only person I trust more is Lt. Col. / Congressman Allen West... The last thing I want to see is another career criminal, I mean politician, running... Every time I start getting close to Ron Paul, he says something stupid that turns me off, and I'm just not sure he can beat numb nuts...

bd said...

abc - great analysis

ref others - not too shabby

hc - needs "serious" vetting apart from reviewing resume (whether viewed as strength or weakness);
need to see specific responses to vexing issues (medicaid, packistan, jobs); need to see responses to more extreme attacks ala sp derangement since that will be forthcoming from the "enemy" if/when he gets serious traction ...

Anonymous said...

I didn't like Huckabee in 08, and wouldn't have voted for him in the primary this time, either.

SB Smith

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