Which Mike Huckabee Will Be President?

It looks like everybody wants to be Mike Huckabee these days, now that he has removed his own toque from the ring.   I find it a bit amusing.   Why would anybody want to imitate or compare themselves with somebody who didn’t win?  Actually, there are lots of reasons:

He is trusted by social conservatives, recently had great poll numbers, came from way behind to win the Iowa caucuses in 2008, and attracts people to himself who like likeable candidates.

Here is the plotline of the new “Like Mike” movie:

“Some hitherto unknown candidate becomes President of the United States after playing a bass guitar with the faded initials “M.H.” inside.”

Notice the headlines below.

Is Michele Bachmann Just Another Mike Huckabee?

Pawlenty campaign draws parallel to Huckabee in 2007

Santorum sees a Huckabee path

Herman Cain OK with being the ‘black Mike Huckabee

Mitt Romney, Tries Hard to Be Mike Huckabee

Yall Politics | S. Political Report – Barbour could be next Huckabee

I mostly find it funny, because hardly anybody is asking, “Who’s the new John McCain?” even though he won the Republican nomination.    I don’t know who the next Mike Huckabee might be.  The whole thing ought to flatter the former Governor of Arkansas. (Nobody has ever asked who the next David Shedlock will be!)  Everyone wants to be the Mike Huckabee of 2012, except for one guy: Mike Huckabee.

Perhaps that is why the Huckabee shadow looms over the whole process and why his name keeps popping up.   Few candidates have inspired dedicated followers and shown an ability to reach out beyond the base.  Huckabee has done both.   Republican voters keep looking for the guy (or gal) wearing a white hat and riding in on a white horse to save the day.  Some conservatives have looked for a hero in Bobby Jindal, Mike Pence, Jon Huntsman, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and now, Governor Rick Perry of Texas.    But maybe, just maybe, the GOP will decide that it doesn’t need an imitation Mike Huckabee, it needs the real thing.

One of the Wannabees Contemplates a 2012 Run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What might convince Governor Huckabee to change his mind and get in the race?

A Wave of Support:

 

 

 

 

11 comments
  1. Well, for the record, I don’t want to be like Huckabee.  I try to be consistent and conservative – something he’s struggled with over the years.  I’d type more but I gotta run.  Michele Obama and Huckabee mandated a special diet for me…

  2. Well, Eric, I wonder how consistent and conservative you would have been if you had been given the circumstances Mike Huckabee had in Arkansas when he was Governor.  It’s real easy to be a Governor of a well-to-do state, but Arkansas was and is one of the poorest states in America.  You can’t compare what one Governor did in another state to a poor state like Huckabee had to govern with no money!  Huckabee had a $200M deficit when he took office with the Arkansas Supreme Court mandated that he improve the schools (which were ranked at 49th).  He made hard decisions by consolidating some schools which even Bill Clinton, Gov. before Huckabee, didn’t have the courage to make.  Huckabee succeeded by having the schools ranked 9th in the U.S. before he left office.  The people of Arkansas voted that THEY wanted their taxes raised to improve the infrastructure in Arkansas.  There were some tax increases that Huckabee vetoed, but he had only five Republicans in the very Democratic legislature which overrode his veto.  He had more Democrats in his legislature than even MA at the same time period.  Huckabee got more tax decreases than the state had ever had.  Yes, he had tax increases, but there was nowhere to cut because they could only cut education, infrastructure and prisons.  The state grew a lot under Huckabee’s watch and because of that there was increased spending.  I have a document I could upload for you that shows that Huckabee spent less than Romney during the same time period.  Huckabee had lowered unemployment in his state like most other states.  Romney, on the other hand, was third worst in the country for unemployment…..Romney who likes to spout is the economic guru!

    I would be so proud if Mike Huckabee would decide to jump into the Presidential election.  We couldn’t have a finer person being President of the U.S.

  3. Can’t say I want to be like him… I think you’re confusing candidates wanting to duplicate what he did in 08 with wanting to duplicate his record, which despite what VFT says, is a mixed bag.

  4. Huckabee’s record may not be perfect, but:

    1) He’s more socially conservative than any of the current candidates.
    2) I think he’d have the best chance at beating Obama.    

  5. Great article David.  Whether or not Governor Huckabee
    is re-directed into the 2012 race remains to be seen, but one thing remains the
    same.  Mike Huckabee is in a league all of his own. He possesses the
    experience, wisdom, character, leadership abilities, and communication skills
    necessary to guide our nation in a more hopeful direction.  There are some good people in the current GOP field,
    but it would be embarrassing to even make comparisons.  America has the “one of
    a kind” leader our nation so desperately needs who also is the antidote to
    Obama.  And- most importantly, if he could cut through the insanity of the GOP
    elite establishment and mis-informed “conservatives,” Mike Huckabee could beat
    Obama.

  6. I’m sure all the candidates would love to have the blood of 4 dead cops on their hands…just like Mike.

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