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Mike Huckabee will fish or get off the pot tomorrow

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will apparently announce tomorrow on Fox News whether he will seek the 2012 Repub presidential nomination. Tea leaves mostly indicate the answer will be no.

Huckabee, a former minister (also known for losing 100 pounds) came out of nowhere to win the Iowa Caucuses in 2008 and, for a while, seemed to have a serious shot at the nomination. He stayed in the race until he was mathetmatically eliminated and could be reasonably be called the runner-up to John McCain. Since then, Huckabee — who had never made any serious money preiously — has cashed in his fame and his folksy charm with a radio and Fox TV show, both opf which he would have to give up if he ran for prez.

Polls this year indicated Huckabee is still strong in Iowa and among Repubs generally. Six months ago, I would have bet he would run. But he has done so little since then to prepare for a run that speculation has strengthened that he will sit out this round of the rodeo.

Today, on his radio show, he announced that will make a major announcement tomorrow, with clues that he would probably do it either on the morning broadcast of “Fox and Friends” or, more likely, on his own eponymous Saturday evening TV show “Huckabee.”

In a cleverly headlined item (“Does the Huck stop here?” The Wall Street Journal’s “Washington Wire” reached Huckabee‘s 2008 campaign manager Ed Rollins, who had been organizing a campaign-in-waiting should Huckabee decide to jump in. “I’ve heard nothing, which indicates to me he’s not running,” Rollins told the journal.

Personally, I have believed that Huckabee would be among the leading Repub contenders in 2012 if he ran and quite possibly the toughest candidate for Pres. Obama to defeat.

Oh, and as for the headline on this post, I intentionally mixed together two colloquialisms, hoping to be mildly amusing but not setting off a discussion about appropriate language.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 05/13/2011 - 07:07 pm.

    Huckabee leans toward the exaggerated end of the Republicans, but if he does as Eric thinks he will, it leaves Romney and The Crazies. Not a bad name for a rock band, but a whole bucket full of terrible choices for national leadership in any era, much less one in which we have quite a few serious challenges facing us.

  2. Submitted by Ann Spencer on 05/13/2011 - 08:56 pm.

    Eric, you must have tapped your subconscious memory to come up with that headline, as “fish or get off the pot” was one of the gems uttered by the late, malapropism-prone Clarence Purfeerst.

  3. Submitted by Brian Simon on 05/16/2011 - 11:14 am.

    And… Get off the pot it is.

    Which still leaves us with Romney, Pawenty, Daniels & Huntsman as the most plausible nominees, and a whole bunch of others who seem to believe their loved ones that tell them they could too be President (the Newt, Santorum, Ron Paul, etc).

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