Thursday, March 31, 2011

Outside the Beltway: Huckabee "Suprisingly Dominant"

According to Doug Mataconis, blogging at Outside the Beltway, "Mike Huckabee is in a position most politicians would die for."

For a candidate who doesn't do a while lot of actual campaigning, Huckabee occupies a "surprisingly dominant position."

Onward and upward!

in reference to: Your Current GOP 2012 Frontrunner: Mike Huckabee? (view on Google Sidewiki)

New poll: Huckabee tops Barbour in Barbour's home state.

A new poll shows that in the general election, Mike Huckabee would fare much better against President Obama in the state of Mississippi than Haley Barbour would. Barbour, the Governor of Mississippi, leads Obama by just 10 points while Huckabee leads Obama by 14 points.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Poll: Mike Huckabee tops Haley Barbour in Mississippi - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

No Huckabee, Debate Rescheduled

No other top tier candidates want to participate in a debate that won't be considered legitimate without front-runner Mike Huckabee. So, they moved it to September.

Delicious.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: GOP 2012 debate moved to September - James Hohmann - POLITICO.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

As Huckabee Ponders, the GOP Waits

The entire 2012 GOP election cycle is on hold waiting for Mike Huckabee to make a decision. Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and other potential top tier candidates don't want to make a formal move until they know what Huckabee is doing.

Absolutely delicious.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Huck keeps the 2012 field guessing - The Hill's Ballot Box (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Huckabee "Very Much Considering" 2012 Run

Governor Huckabee answered speculation by some pundits that he won't seek the GOP nomination this time around by saying he is "very much considering" another run. In fact, Huckabee said "I have not made the decision I would, but I most certainly have not made the decision that I would not."

Huckabee leads all the polls, and has been called the only GOP candidate with the electability to beat President Obama in the general election. Other prominent wannabees are desperate to know what he's going to do before they jump in -- but they're going to have to wait for a while.

This is Huckabee's election. Get used to it.

BSR

in reference to: Huckabee 'very much considering' a run - The Hill's Ballot Box (view on Google Sidewiki)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

As Support Continues to Strengthen, Huckabee Heads to Iowa

New polls by CNN and Gallup out this week show that Mike Huckabee not only continues to lead all other prospective candidates, but his support is strenghtening. According to The Examiner, who reported on the polls, "The CNN survey is part of a collection of polls which show Huckabee gaining support amongst Republicans."

Furthermore, says The Examiner, "What is further noteworthy about this poll is that Huckabee is the only one to register growing momentum for his candidacy."

Interestingly, as the numbers come out, Gov. Huckabee is headed to Iowa, the first primary state, to be keynote speaker at an event called the Iowa Renewal Project.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Mike Huckabee Leads In New Poll - Washington DC RNC | Examiner.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Political Journalist: Huckabee Confirmed as Front-Runner

Political journalist John Ellis says the new Gallup poll out today shows Mike Huckabee is officially THE front-runner for the GOP nomination for president in 2012.

Thats not to us. We've known it since 2008.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Gallup: Huckabee intensity (view on Google Sidewiki)

New Gallup poll: Huckabee by far the strongest in GOP

Here's an interesting new poll from Gallup that measures both name recognition and "intensity" of support among the potential GOP field for 2012. Mike Huckabee is by far in the best position with 87% name recognition and a "positive intensity score" of 25.

Sarah Palin, by contrast, has 96% name recognition but a positive intensity score of just 16. The hapless Mitt Romeny scores well below Huckabee in both areas with just 81% name recognition and a paltry intensity score of 15.

Onward and upward,

BSR
in reference to: Huckabee, Bachmann Have Most Intense Following in GOP Field (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Iowa Paper: Huckabee Still Favorite, Organization Still Strong

The Iowa Independent newspaper released its first "Republican Power Rankings" of the season today (March 14) and says that Mike Huckabee is - by far - the overwhelming favorite in Iowa. Contrary to what some pundits have said, the Iowa Independent says that Huckabee's winning statewide organization from 2007 was "never dismantled" and that he "has a strong residual organization in Iowa awaiting his run."

A whopping 80% of the Power Rankings participants believe Huckabee would win Iowa again if he runs.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: 2012 Republican Power Rankings for March 14: ‘Haven’t we met previously?’ | Iowa Independent (view on Google Sidewiki)

Huckabee Preaching to Big Crowds in Texas

Mike Huckabee has now taken is wildly successful book tour to Texas, where recent early polling has in the lead for the GOP nomination (should he decide to run). While in Texas, Huckabee is being invited to preach to large crowds on Sundays, as this article points out.

These preaching engagements are not political, mind you, but its on everyone's minds. Huckabee drew a big laugh from the audience on Sunday when he said "I want to go on record to announce..." and, after drawing out an anticipation-filled pause, "...your pastor is a great pastor...".

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Mike Huckabee brings trademark humor, not politics to Dallas church | Dallas-Fort Worth Communities - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News (view on Google Sidewiki)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Huckabee Makes New York Times Best Seller List

Here it is - the first glimpse into the reception of Mike Huckabee's new book, "A Simple Government." The New York Times just reported that Huckabee's book will debut at #2 on the paper's Best Seller list on March 20.

Huckabee has previously stated that he will base his decision on whether to run for president in 2012 largely on how his book it received by the public.

Onward and upward.

BSR

in reference to: Huckabee, Morris and Luntz Make the Best-seller List - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Huckabee book tour generating "rock star" crowds

Mike Huckabee, who said he would base his decision about whether to run for president based largely on the reception his new book receives, is reportedly generating "rock star" crowds in South Carolina.

South Carolina, an extremely important "first in the South" primary state, loves Huckabee. In Asheville, more than 600 people crammed into a local Barnes & Noble to meet Huckabee and buy his book. People came by to get tickets at 7:30 AM the day before. Little old ladies camped out in lawn chairs hours ahead of his appearance.

So, Governor, what say you?

BSR

in reference to: Mike Huckabee book signing in Asheville draws crowd | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Huckabee Support in Iowa Still Strong

David Shedlock over at Caffeinated Thoughts takes a look at "conventional wisdom" espoused by some members if the chattering class that Mike Huckabee won't run for president in 2012 and comes to the same conclusion I have: Most of the people who are saying this are hoping and praying Huckabee won't run - because they want someone else.

Have a look, its a fun read:

in reference to: Politico Misreads Mike Huckabee Supporters in Iowa » Caffeinated Thoughts (view on Google Sidewiki)

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Huckabee "Blowing Away Competition for 2012"

That's a great headline (see link below). What a change from 2005, when I started blogging that Huckabee should be president even before he left the Arkansas Governor's office.

Back then, almost nobody knew who he was, and even fewer visited the blog. 6 years and over 1.3 million readers later, here we are.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: http://www.thestatecolumn.com/articles/mike-huckabee-blowing-away-competition-for-2012/ (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Oops! Fox to Gingrich: "Tell us whether you're running by May 1 or lose $1Million."

Newt Gingrich has skated a little too close the the line in his flirtations with running for President in 2012, causing Fox News, where Gingrich is a contributor, to put him on notice that his contract will be cancelled unless he tells the network he will not run for Presidnet by May 1. Gingrich's contract is worth almost $1Million per year.

I've suspected that Gingrich was just using Presidential flirtations to keep his name in the news and sell books, as he's done in every pre-election cycle since he resigned his position as Speaker of the House in 1999 after becomming the only Speaker in history to be punished by Congress for an ethics violation.

The prospect of losing his $1Million Fox News gig might just put a damper on his flirtations -- UNLESS, that is, he's really serious about running.

We'll know by May, 1.

This article also helps explain why Mike Huckabee, also a Fox News contributor, has been a bit more careful than Gingrich when talking about a possible 2012 run.

BSR

in reference to: Fox News: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum taken off air by Fox News - latimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Huckabee Dominates the South

With Democrats having a lock on the massive amount of electoral votes in the Northeast and West Coast, the GOP path to winning the White House depends on sweeping most - if not all - the Southern states as a bloc. A new poll confirms there is an overwhelming favorite among voters in this absolutely critical region: Mike Huckabee.

In this new poll, Huckabee dominates the South coming in 9 percentage points ahead of Newt Gingrich, the 2nd place finisher.

Even more interestingly, Mitt Romney finishes 5th in the poll with a paltry 7 percent of Southerners saying they'd vote for him (just one point ahead of Ron Paul).

What this means, Romney fans, is that he will never -- cannot ever - hope to win the White House.

America wants Mike Huckabee. Governor, we need you.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to: Poll: The South is Huckabee's - Andy Barr - POLITICO.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Ed Rollins: Huckabee could put campaign together "very quickly."

Check out this new video, to see how Ed Rollins responds to CNN's John King when King says "most operatives don't think Huckabee is running." Rollins says he "speaks to Huckabee all the time," he's "seriously considering it," he's "taking to money people," and "he could put a campaign together very quickly."

Huckabee Meeting Privately With Moneymen

Buried in this article about one of Mike Huckabee's recent book signings in Iowa is this response to a question he was asked about whether he plans to run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012:

Huckabee said he's evaluating potential financial committments, including those that weren't there for him four years ago. "I'm still carefully assessing are those genuine committments. And if so, how serious, how deep, and can I count on them?" he said.

Onward and upward,

BSR

in reference to:

"years ago. “I’m still carefully assessing are those genuine commitments. And if so, how serious, how deep, and can I count on them?” he said."
- Huckabee talks book, politics at Davenport event (view on Google Sidewiki)