If there’s one theme that’s persisted throughout Mike Huckabee’s political career, from his first outing against Dale Bumpers, it’s that he doesn’t have enough money and doesn’t get enough respect.
So here we go again, with Huckabee telling Politico he’s not getting enough attention in the field of potential presidential candidates in 2012. Sounds like he’s running. (It was great for business the first time; why not a second time? And, hell, bad as Obama’s doing, if he gets in he might win. Then he could REALLY snare some loot and sell some books.)
“I just don’t understand how it is that a person can read these polls day after day and the narrative is constantly everybody but me,” he told POLITICO. “Whether I do it or not, the fact is that if one looks at the overall body of information that’s available, nobody would be in a better position to take it all the way to November.”
Few politicians who have felt — as Huckabee did for a moment in 2008 — a real shot at the presidency pass on a second run. That Huckabee’s national footprint, along with his bank account, has grown only strengthens the rationale for a second shot.
“The polls are consistently favorable, putting me either at the top of every poll or right near it. It’s hard to ignore that, having swum in that water before when I barely registered in those very kinds of polls,” he said.
The article notes financial reasons for Huckabee to stay out of the race — or at least delay entry — his media income and that new $3 million Florida beach house (with a $2.8 million mortgage, not to mention $375,000 owed on the house back in Shady Valley.) The old poor, poor me angle:
Huckabee left the governor’s office with little money and had to give paid speeches during his 2008 run simply to pay his bills.
“I went through my annuities and cashed in a life insurance policy before — I don’t want to do that again,” he said, though he suggested that his workaholic new media stardom had given him something of a cushion.
Still, his daughter explained, the financial cost to running again is very real.
“He has one of best chances to win the nomination, but also has the most to lose by getting in and not winning,” she said, noting that he has no political office to “fall back to.”
To give up his media deals would be to give up his income.