New York magazine’s daily blog reviews the Mike Huckabee syndicated TV show and concludes it’s a better vehicle for making some dough than running for president. Sarah Palin’s planned TV show? Might be better politically.

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New York finds the Huckabee show “vaguely watchable.”

For more where that [the clip of Wayne Newton above] came from, watch Huckabee with Ron Clarke from Hee Haw and Huckabee on whether or not your spouse’s Facebook friends are a threat. You get the picture. It’s Tyra without the sass but with some of the same weight issues.

But is Huck’s show really helping his political prospects? Is watching a self-defense tutorial with a Real Housewife of New York City really going to bolster the presidential credentials of a man ranked as a front-runner by a CNN poll earlier this year?

Watching the clips above, it’s clear that the answer is no. Huckabee must be after something other than a real shot at the White House in the coming election season. And who can blame him? A successful talk show not only pays better than the presidency — it also has better hours and, as crazy as it sounds, a potentially longer shelf life. The timing also doesn’t add up. If Huck’s show, currently on a trial run, gets picked up for regular distribution, it would kick into high gear just before he would have to begin plotting his political campaign in earnest.