When Mike Huckabee announced he was leaving FNC in January to explore a second White House bid, I figured he was all in. Why leave such a lucrative gig unless you’re planning on taking a big risk?
Nearly four months later, Huckabee is all in and is now the sixth Republican presidential aspirant for 2016. Over at NRO, Eliana Johnson has a piece about how he plans to broaden his appeal by emphasizing his experience in post-Clinton Arkansas.
I’m just not seeing it. Don’t get me wrong. At his best, Huckabee is a happy warrior and that helped him win in Iowa in 2008 and put him on the national stage. But Huckabee had the social conservative crowd to himself in ’08. Ben Carson’s entry into the race complicates and it would be further complicated if 2012 Iowa winner Rick Santorum jumped in as well. Although Scott Walker governs Wisconsin, he was born in Iowa and spent his early childhood there. His everyman resonance could get him native son treatment.
Huckabee might attempt to broaden his appeal, but he can’t resist the opportunity to pick silly fights with Natalie Portman and Beyonce which does little to enhance his prestige. Now I do think Huckabee could be considered for the VP short list. But when it comes to the top job I don’t think Mike Huckabee has a prayer.
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