Mike Huckabee proclaims that He Not Palin Can Beat Obama

Mike Huckabee got aggressive with his fellow potential Republican 2012 presidential candidates today on Fox News Sunday. Huckabee anointed himself the man who can beat Obama in 2012, “I end up leading a lot of the polls. I ‘m the Republican that clearly at this point does better against Obama than any other Republican.”

Huckabee self-servingly used to the June 10 PPP poll as cover for his presidential ambitions in 2012. According to The Hill, he said, “I haven’t closed the door. I think that would be foolish on my part, especially when poll after poll shows that there is strong sentiment out there.” (He hasn’t “closed the door” because he is running).

The former Arkansas governor had some faint praise for both of his rivals Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. Speaking of Romney, he said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s running, and I think he’s a formidable candidate. I don’t think anybody can dismiss him because he has the organization. He’s got the money. He’s got sort of the inside track with a lot of the Republican establishment. Huckabee also made reference to Romney to and health care reform in Massachusetts.

Huckabee was dismissive of Palin, “She’s got the fire, the energy, and I think there are a lot of Republicans who love her, would support her, and she would be a very strong presence in a presidential primary.” (Notice that Huckabee did not say that she was formidable, but mentioned her personality, which is the political version of when you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all).

I don’t know of anything more worthless than a potential 2012 poll over two years before the election. They are fun to talk about, but Huckabee is giving the poll a little too much weight if that is his justification for labeling himself the top Republican for 2012. Mike Huckabee is trying to stake out his political 2012 turf early, but Huck has some problems. His biggest problem will be money. Romney is independently wealthy, and Palin is the GOP’s best fundraiser, which is a lot like being best looking leper in the colony, but it still means something.

The real GOP primary battle in 2012 won’t be between Romney and Huckabee. Before the race for the nomination gets to that stage, Palin and Huckabee will be battling for the white evangelical block of Republican primary voters. They both are also fighting to be the anti-Republican establishment candidate. Huckabee recently took a shot at Palin as being soft on drugs while he was on FNC’s Red Eye, and the Palin/Huckabee fight could be nasty and at the heart of the early 2012 GOP primary season.

According to a June 14, PPP poll of Republicans, Romney, Palin, Huckabee, and Gingrich are grouped pretty close together. Romney has 25% support followed by Huckabee (22%), Palin (19%), Gingrich (15%), and Ron Paul (6%) trails the pack. Huckabee is clearly exaggerating if he thinks he is the number one contender for the GOP nomination, but what is overlooked by all of these Republicans is that none of them look popular enough to beat an incumbent president in 2012. Whoever wins the GOP nomination, will have their work cut out for them against Obama.

12 Replies to “Mike Huckabee proclaims that He Not Palin Can Beat Obama”

  1. I do think that Huckabee has more of a fighting chance than Sarah Palin. However, he most certainly will not get the nomination.

  2. Palin will run as the “reluctant candidate”, which will only appeal/work on her fans, since she’s been dreaming of being President since she ran for mayor and the bitterness she has towards Obama is palpable whenever she mentions his name.

    She wants it so bad she can hardly keep from shrieking. To quote a high school friend of hers, “she’s a rabid little thing.”

  3. No one in their right mind would nominate any preacher as president. The Huckster is dreaming. Can you just imagine what life would be for the citizens of this country? No Huckster or Palin. No way, no how. Heck I would reelect Clinton before I would vote for any religious person. It’s not that I don’t believe in god. I just want separation of church and state. There already to many rightwingers that want to tell people what to do in the bedroom. Isn’t that funny they want to tell people what to do in the bedroom but god forbid if government helps people get affordable health care.

  4. Sarah, you are so right. Palin hates Obama because he won the election. I honestly think this woman thought that people would elect McCain and that he would die and she would slip right in. OMG can you imagine that. Heck I wouldn’t be surprised that Pat Robertson and friends wouldn’t have slipped a mickey to McCain and kill him off. That is how bad the religious right wants to win and put Sarah in office. I know it sounds way out there. But I don’t put anything pass this group. They already stold the 2000 election.

  5. Got to agree, Palin Huck would be a great fight. The Huck would expose himself as trying to be aloof but sarcastic, sarah as an unprepared loon with a screech. And Romney laughing all the way to the bank.

    But I think there will be a couple dark horses thrown in 2011. The Grand Oil Party knows it cant win with Huck Sarah or Romney. Romney maybe if he really has a plan together and can quote fully thought out numbers to help get us out of the original GOP disaster.

  6. I don’t care for Huckabee any more than I do Palin, because he is a religous nut who has said some off-the-wall things about gays. Frankly, I think anyone who runs for president on the GOP ticket is going to have to subscribe to the bizarre, out-of-touch-with-reality spiel that the GOP is all too well known for.

  7. Oh, if only there were a man of the stature of Bob Dole, someone capable of leading the party to a graceful defeat, rather than the inevitable cornholing that seems to be the only foreseeable outcome. Some victories in this election cycle will simply harden the stampede toward irrelevance and (paradoxically) push the intellectual and practical centre of the conservative movement toward a more pragmatic, Teddy Roosevelt style – a philosophy that could reasonably be seen as a practical alternative toward the rather Globalist/Corporatist bias of the core Democratic leadership.

    But first, I think we will see what may well be referred to as The Great Purge of 2012.

  8. That would be a great day for this country.

    I would love nothing more than for the conservatives to return to the values they once stood for. I could be compelled to vote for someone who encouraged civic duty, giving back, fiscal responsibility…

    Oh, wait:-) That guy is in office right now. No wonder no one is happy with him; he doesn’t fit easily into a known commodity box. In many ways, he reminds me of the values my Eisenhower Republican grandparents instilled in us and yet he is also pushing a liberal paradigm shift through, where government has a roll to play in our lives. Perhaps, and hopefully, he is restoring some balance to this country.

    Really like your comment and hope we undergo the kind of rebirth possible from this demagogic roll in the mud.


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