November 30, 2009
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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced yesterday that he would likely not run for the GOP nomination again in 2012, citing the fun he is having with his weekend show on the Fox News Channel. He also makes the case that the party needs to have a unified candidate. I guess he forgets that is the purpose of a primary system.
But what’s more interesting is the fact that another potential Republican candidate has taken himself out of the running – but this time with his own words and admission.
First we have ‘don’t cry for me’ South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and his Argentine mistress, then we have former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who while still viable in the primary season, would likely get slaughtered up against President Obama, unless his poll numbers were drastically in the tank. Of course, that would mean she would have to run and not quit midway through the race.
Unless someone bubbles up soon, 2012 will likely see a five-man race with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leading a splintered pack with former Speaker Newt Gingrich, outgoing Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Libertarian rock star Dr. Ron Paul from Texas, and my dark horse candidate, Mississippi Governor Haley Barber. One cannot rule out a return to politics by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is still well received among base.