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Monday, December 16, 2013

Huckabee is all the buzz — especially to Huckabee -- By Joseph Curl, The Washington Times

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee "might be a 'meeting in the middle'" one analyst says.Suddenly, out of nowhere, everyone's talking about Mike Huckabee making a repeat run for the White House.

Well, not everyone. Mostly, it's Mike Huckabee talking about Mike Huckabee.

"I'm keeping the door open," Mr. Huckabee told The New York Times. "I'm mindful of the fact that there's a real opportunity for me."

ABC News got the headline right when it wrote: "Mike Huckabee Talks 2016, But Is Anyone Listening?"

It is, of course, three years until Election Day 2016. That's more than 1,000 days. And it's worth remembering that three years before the 2008 election, New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was the Republican front-runner (and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton an absolute shoo-in for the Democratic nomination).

But the chattering class needs something to chatter about, so last week, it was Mr. Huckabee.

Here's the thing: Mr. Huckabee is loving life. He just bailed on his radio show (some saw the move as a sign that he's running; but he said the daily grind was just too much). At 58, he's old enough to be comfortable financially and young enough to enjoy the freedom that comes with that. He's got grown kids and now grandkids — who wouldn't want to just kick back and hang out with the young-uns?

You think Sarah Palin is going to leave her luxurious estate in Scottsdale, Ariz., to make a run for the White House. Not likely.

Still, there might be just a nub of truth behind the chatter on Mr. Huckabee. He is, at least, a seasoned veteran who knows how to run. He won six states during the 2008 primaries, including an opening victory in the crucial state of Iowa, and that on a shoestring budget. 2016 could well be very different.

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