Monday, May 11, 2015
Mike Huckabee, another boy from the town called Hope, who learned to shoot before he could drive, who comes from a real rags to riches story, the former governor of Arkansas, and the former host of a show on FOX which I used to watch when I could, has announced he is running for president of the United States.
This is not the first time good old Huck has thrown his hat into the ring. The former governor, and 59 year old politician also ran in 2008, when he won Iowa, but after that was unable to go on to win the nomination.
Huckabee is pro-life without exception, and very conservative, but right at the beginning of his campaign I would point several things out. Firstly, he is running his campaign in an attempt to carry the Christian South, and the ultra conservatives. However, he seems to have forgotten that many Americans are no longer ultra conservatives, and although there are still many out there that are, and they may even be enough to carry him to the nomination, it is highly unlikely he could win in a general campaign.
He is much loved by some, however, he does not have the large following of younger voters, that the likes of Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have, nor does there seem to be a major grassroots campaign swelling up beneath him.
He has run into trouble, and rightfully so, when he attacked things the president's daughters were doing. Attack a man or woman all you want in politics, but people's families should always be left out of whatever debate you are carrying out. Although that issue is not likely to hurt Huckabee, it is a cautionary note to the rest of us.
At this point, Huckabee is just another name in the field, and not near top of it at any rate. He may do well, and he may win the nomination, but I sincerely doubt it. At any rate however, I wish him all the best.
Andrew C. Abbott