Mike Huckabee: GOP frontrunner

Mike Huckabee: Presidential Frontrunner

One of the first rules they teach pilots is that during a crash landing you should not give up but keep flying your plane all the way to the ground.  There may be things you can do and even in the most hopeless of situations there may be little gifts, changes in the wind or the topography that can save your life.  Only one GOP pilot has been flying his plane toward that crash landing and the Barack Obama landslide re-election in 2012 and that has been Governor Mike Huckabee.  And now, thanks to a change in the winds, he just might land safely after all.

Yesterday’s election demonstrates that the GOP is not dead and when the electorate has even three more years to forget George W. Bush, they may just be sick of Obamanomics.

Sarah Palin threw away her chances and continues to do so daily, demonstrating to her most enthusiastic supporters that the Katie Couric interview may not be the fault of Katie Couric.

Mitt Romney all but announced that he was too important to waste on a run for the presidency unless he could be assured of that win.  For months he has been privately telling friends that all of Obama’s spending will likely prompt an economic spike and thus a Republican win in 2012 was unlikely.

Bobby Jindal has bowed out.  And Tim Pawlenty must first pass through the evangelical gateway of Iowa. Where his only hope of victory is if Huckabee and Palin devour each other.

That later is a very real possibility.  Huckabee is a street fighter.  And Palin will throw a punch first and talk about it later.  The Iowa caucus could turn out to be as messy as the Russo-German front in World War Two as the only two “born again” Christians duke it out.  The one left standing will likely get the nomination.  If Huckabee wins and he has already demonstrated that he will not give Sarah a free pass, then it will be hard to beat him in the South where he almost pulled an upset last time with the media arbitrarily writing him off.

Newt Gingrich was counting on being the FOX candidate but the emerging story of his hypocrisy in attacking Clinton-Lewinsky while he was having his own affair is hanging over him like Chappaquiddick.  Every day he must ask himself, “If I run, will that sword fall?”

Karl Rove, looking for a candidate, assures him that no one remembers or cares.  But Sarah Palin does.  And so does Mike Huckabee.  Yes Newt, it will fall.

Besides, Gingrich also hesitated, stopped flying his plane, and Huckabee slipped past him with his own FOX TV Show, debuting in the inglorious, lowly, awful, Saturday night slot.  He was too nice, critics said, there is no conflict, he cannot be both a successful entertainer and a political candidate, one make audiences laugh and cry and the other better not or he will lose elections.

But Huckabee did not forfeit his future for ratings and a paycheck, he kept flying his plane, he stayed nice and the audience came to him anyway and now he not only has a successful television show, he is the front runner for the GOP nomination for president in 2012.

Oh, how they would all like to relive the last twelve months.  Keep flying that plane Mike.  Anything can happen, including a safe landing.

Rasmussen

Mike Huckabee    29%

Mitt Romney        24%

Sarah Palin           18%

Newt Gingrich      14%

Tim Pawlenty         6%

19 Responses to Mike Huckabee: GOP frontrunner

  1. barryphipps says:

    Mike Huckabee’s program is like watching Hee Haw for news nerds. He has grown on me I must admit. Critics like Rush Limbaugh say he spent too freely when he was governor of Arkansas. I will have to hear the Huckster address his tax plan before I jump on the razor back wagon.

  2. avinkline says:

    Great commentary Doug. You know your stuff.

    -avin

  3. aarondm says:

    I would vote for mike tomorrow if I had the chance. I can not say that of any other GOP potential candidate. The elections in Virginia yesterday clearly show that there are still conservatives in America, and that we still have a voice. If there is still freedom in the US in 2012, Mike Huckabee will be a good candidate for president.

    Like Barry, I would love to see how he spends (or doesn’t) our hard earned tax money.

    My only fear is that we will all be a bunch of broke socialists before the 2012 election season is here.

  4. tex2 says:

    It’s too early to consider front-runners. Besides, what happened to your boy, Ron Paul? The man with 2 lasts, no last name and doesn’t last in the presidential running, either.

  5. jwinthrop says:

    Mike Huckabee has grown on me. He has humility, which is appearing more and more to be the single most needed quality in leadership. He knows how to govern. Some of the DC tax conservatives don’t like him but their criticisms are eerily reminiscent of those once lobbed at one Ronald Reagan. Yes, they decided he was not doctrinaire enough in governing California.

  6. historioso5 says:

    Keep flying, Huck… Why would anyone want a no-experience quitter like Sarah Palin?

  7. Glen Woodfin says:

    I met Mike Huckabee recently and found him charming.

    I agree with Tex2 that it is way too early to predict a frontrunner for the Republican party, but he sure shocked many when people pronounced his campaign dead, instead Huck was just getting warmed up. Mike was the proverbial dark horse.

    Mike Huckabee, in my estimation, would make a much better president than would John McCain, who I think is too easily swayed by lobbyists.

  8. tex2 says:

    histo,

    As opposed to the no-experience community organizer like Barry O.? McCain was already too old last year, it only gets worse in 2012.

    BTW, I DID vote for Mike last year, and would do it again.

  9. raleyb says:

    Huckabee is on my short list of two along with Ron Paul.

    I got behind both of them last election and have no reason to look elsewhere yet.

  10. davide7 says:

    Thanks for the superb comment. I think Mike Huckabee would make a great President.

  11. joeydacat says:

    Hey Doug,

    I would love to hear your take on Huck’s “conservative” critics continuously beating on him. These same people gave other Republican primary candidates like Romney and Guiliani a pass, despite having serious “conservative” holes in their respective pasts. I even heard Glen Beck a couple weeks back lump Huck with McLame as a “progressive”. (let it be stated that I consider myself one of Glen’s “sick freak” followers)

    I’m with raleyb’s short list of Paul and Huck. Both are fair tax supporters and neither one is completely owned by special interests. Our next pres needs to be as free as politically possible, not already bought and paid for by the time they take office.

    and…

    — Good night Mrs. Dunn, wherever you are!

  12. rpsupporter says:

    Was Ron Paul included in this poll? If history has thought me anything i would guess he was not.

    But hey..why include the one candidate that would bring troops home, reduce debt and follow a document the nation was founded on?

    Flush.

  13. tex2 says:

    Yes, Ron came right behind Joe the Plumber.

  14. texx2 says:

    Whats Mike huckabee going to do about the tool scam? That should be his number one priority upon taking office. He should sign an executive order that arrests all LCK’s and puts them in jail. That will fix their wagons. Yep. I hope Mike doesn’t loose. Theres too many loosers already in Washington.

  15. tex2 says:

    Good idea, but the use of the word “loose” should be spelled “lose,” above. If you’re going to borrow my likeness, at least learn how to spell simple words.

  16. texx2 says:

    i grew up in texas so of course my ejucashun was piss poor. texas schools are piss poor. that’s why so many loosers come from texas. goerge bush, ron paul, and any wetback or jungle bunny you can think of

  17. tex2 says:

    That’s too bad, I didn’t grow up in Texas. Sorry to hear about your poor education, but at least it explains your poor spelling. LOL

  18. marksstc says:

    Huckabee reminds me of Harold Hill from the Music Man. Charming charlatan.

    Where’s the love for Ron Paul?

  19. tex2 says:

    At least Huck has state level executive experience, something we can’t say about Barry O.

    Ron’s too wimpy looking/sounding to be president.

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