One Republican--likely--down for the count before the fight begins.
“In order to run for president last time, I cashed in my life insurance, my annuities, I pretty much went through everything that I ever had as an asset that I thought I might someday live on. One thing I committed to myself, to my wife and God, was that if I do this I’m hopefully going to be in a position that I’m not so completely destitute at the end of it, that I have no idea what to do if I get sick.”
Can I get two cheers for inflation?
Cubachi thinks this signals Huckabee's lack of seriousness about 2012. I think she's right. But then again, has Huckabee ever been a serious candidate in the next presidential election? The only reason anybody paid him any attention in 2008 was because the GOP field was so weak.
Besides that, what's his campaign narrative supposed to be in 2012? I really don't think America--and the GOP in particular--will be in the market for spend-happy compassionate conservative.
Don't get it twisted. I think Huckabee's heart is in the right place on a lot of issues. So was George W. Bush's. Dubya was right about guns, abortion and--broadly--terrorism. But his lack of discipline about spending (and his poor performance in 2004-2006 Iraq) soiled the GOP brand and helped usher in President Obama. In similar ways, Huckabee's compassionate conservatism very well could be just the thing to help re-elect St. Barry of the Sacred Union Payoff.