2012 Watch: More on Huckabee
Reports of the former governor's political demise may have been greatly exaggerated.
6:01 PM, Feb 2, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Readers made some great points in response to my post yesterday on the race for the 2012 GOP nomination. One correspondent pointed out that I neglected to mention John Kasich, the former Republican congressman and Fox News personality who is running for governor of Ohio. A Kasich victory would launch him once more into the Republican stratosphere--but it would be hard to begin a presidential campaign after less than a year in office!
Another reader pointed out an interesting detail contained in the likely candidates' FEC reports. Here's a slightly edited excerpt:
All these points are dead-on. (I sent an inquiry to Romney's Free and Strong America PAC about their number of donors; they haven't responded.)
What's striking is that Huckabee's political career was declared finished just recently, when it was discovered that he had commuted the sentence of cop-killer Maurice Clemmons. No question, Clemmons likely will feature in an anti-Huckabee attack ad in early January 2012. But I've heard from many Huck supporters who are willing to overlook the governor's record of commutations and pardons. Huckabee is with the Republican grass-roots. He's a great debater. He came from nowhere to win Iowa in 2008. Why shouldn't we expect him to surprise us again?