Huckabee: I'd Rather Be A Talk Show Host Than President

As conservative Americans go, I'm rather fond of Governor Fox News host Mike Huckabee. There's no way I'd ever vote for him, but as I Tweeted the other day, "He doesn't have a good grasp of public policy, but I do think he has keen insight into day-to-day life, human psyche, & spiritual desires... He also has a deep and sincere respect for all Americans, regardless of whether or not they share his politics."

Yet as I said, for all his humbleness and compassion, it would be hard for Huckabee to be more wrong on policy, so if he does run again, let's be sure we remember this little chestnut:

Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor from Arkansas who has his own Fox show told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" that a 2012 presidential bid is "less than likely" and depends on whether Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, keeps liking his show.

"The reason I wouldn't is that this Fox gig I've got is really wonderful, " he said, talking about whether or not he would get in the race given that he is a GOP front runner according to most recent polls.  "Jumping into the pool, you gottta make sure there is some water in it."

Remember The Onion's headline from November 5, 2008? "Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job". That black man is now trying to juggle Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, new fiscal regulations, job creation, health insurance reform, climate change, and perhaps most importantly, a young family. To do the job properly, to avoid burning out, you've got to want it; you've got to have what Bob Graham used to call the "fire in the belly". You can't "settle" for being Commander in Chief just because you didn't get the job you really wanted. The Presidency is not "Miss Congeniality".

If Huckabee's feelings don't change and he does indeed stay on the sidelines in 2012, than great, at least there'll be one quasi-sane voice on the nation's most-watched cable pundit channel. If, however, he changes his mind and asks the nation for permission to run five military branches, numerous intelligence agencies, and 15 Cabinet departments, let's be sure we remember to remind voters and reporters that he's just settling and that the gig wasn't his first choice.

Tags: 2012 presidential campaign, Fox News, Mike Huckabee (all tags)



But Then Again

Maybe this is actually a blessing in disguise... maybe he'll lose his show, run in the GOP primaries, and actually win the nomination, at which point we can get MSNBC to appeal to his one true love and offer him a new show with full editorial and production control, thus persuading him to drop out in the ultimate October surprise.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-11-29 10:49AM | 0 recs
Doesnt mean much

I wouldnt put much stock in what any potential 2012 candidate says today, doesnt mean much..

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-11-29 11:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee: I'd Rather Be A Talk Show Host Than

I'm not sure how sane he is.  He said, on youtube, that he would support a constitutional amendment that would have the effect of banning the birth control pill.  

by feynman 2009-11-29 11:52AM | 0 recs
What a coincidence!

I'd rather he stay a talk show host too.

However, if someone must run on the GOP ticket, I hope they best represent the lunatic wing.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-29 12:22PM | 0 recs
Huckabee's own Willie Horton problem
Huck may have a Willie Horton problem now. Maurice Clemmons, the man the police are looking for in Washington State in connection with the killings of four police officers in an ambush, had his sentence commuted by Governor Huck.
See this article for more: Huckabee commuted sentence of man tied to police slayings
by oldswede 2009-11-29 06:26PM | 0 recs


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