May 15, 2011

Huckabee's Exit Paves Way for Bachmann

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Mike Huckabee's long farewell to the 2012 presidential contest was not exactly riveting television. If you tuned in to his FOX show after the days of hype about the former Arkansas governor announcing his decision about running on his Saturday night program, you had to suffer through almost a full hour of interviews and Huckabee jamming on the bass guitar before you heard him say the words that he wouldn't run. That may have disappointed those who voted for him in 2008 and would do so again next year. But it was music to the ears of the other Republican candidates. In a weak field, Huckabee, an outsider and ordained Baptist minister who would up being the runner-up in the 2008 primaries to John McCain, was a potential top tier 2012 candidate. His exit from the race potentially benefits...

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