If Haley Barbour’s the smartest man in American politics, Mike Huckabee proved he’s the second smartest.
Over the weekend, I attended Carol’s high school reunion. All day Saturday, friends kept asking me: Huckabee’s going to announce he’s running for president, isn’t he? And all day long, I kept insisting: No, he’s not. For three good reasons.
One, there’s no way Fox will allow him to use his own TV show to announce his candidacy for president. That would be too far over the line, even for Fox.
Two, from his books, his speeches, and his TV show, he’s making too much money today. He’s building a mansion in Florida. It’s the first time he’s ever made any real money. There’s no way he’s going to give that up.
Three. He’s smart. He knows he can’t win. He might get the nomination, but he’s not going to beat Obama. Nobody’s going to beat Obama. So waste two years of his life on the impossible dream.
Huckabee’s a good candidate. He proved that the last time. But this is not the year for Republicans to take back the White House.
Mike Huckabee made the right choice. A smart choice.
That’s my parting shot for today.