Mike Huckabee will make an announcement tonight on his Fox News Channel program. He will either declare that he is forming an exploratory committee to run for president in 2012, or not. So for the past 24 hours he has been appearing on several Fox News shows grading Obama and the White House plans during the last two years, primarily on the economy. Huckabee’s former campaign adviser, Ed Rollins, doubts the ex-Arkansas governor will run. Huckabee has two TV shows, a radio show and has even launched a cartoon series where children learn about history using a time machine.
This has been a busy week for Republican presidential hopefuls. Ron Paul declared his campaign officially on after forming an exploratory committee about three weeks ago. Following his appearance at a televised debate from South Carolina, Paul received a ‘money-bomb’ of a million dollars from his adoring fans. Newt Gingrich announced his formation of an exploratory committee on Wednesday. Mitt Romney gave a speech Thursday to clarify his positions on Mass-Care and Obama-Care programs. Sarah Palin, who has yet to jump in, did make a splash criticizing Obama over news that the White House invited rapper-poet Common to appear there for Poetry Day on Tuesday, despite some controversial material he has done in the past.
So will the Mike Huckabee announcement tonight on the Fox News Channel be a yes or a no? Will he run against Obama? Will news of Huckabee running change the White House plans for their campaign strategy? I will side with Ed Rollins. I do not believe Huckabee will run to seek the Republican nomination to be the GOP presidential candidate for 2012. Huckabee has plenty of his money-making careers going on right now. I also suspect that despite the bluster, he suspects that Obama will be too difficult to beat. Better for him to sit it out and wait till 2016 and make money in the meanwhile. Besides, other than Iowa and maybe a couple of Southern states, Huckabee has little chance of winning the nomination anyway. He is just too liberal with plenty of tax and spend baggage, as well as releasing murderers from prison who went out and committed more crimes.