I’d expect the former Arkansas Governor’s stock to drop significantly after the word gets out about how he views the presidency.
Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor from Arkansas who has his own Fox show told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that a 2012 presidential bid is “less than likely” and depends on whether Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, keeps liking his show.
“The reason I wouldn’t is that this Fox gig I’ve got is really wonderful, ” he said, talking about whether or not he would get in the race given that he is a GOP front runner according to most recent polls. “Jumping into the pool, you gottta make sure there is some water in it.”
Now, I realize that this is the kind of “I could take it or leave it” attitude that some applauded Bush for, but I don’t think it’s going to fly in 2012. Republicans need a real leader who’s serious about the job, and having Huck say this so early and nonchalantly is bound to come back and bite him in the ass if he does decide to run.
Also, while Huckabee’s TV show is enjoying some limited ratings success, it’s still small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. Especially when compared with being the leader of the free world.
Somewhere, Mitt Romney is smiling.