Huckabee: I haven’t closed the door on anything

posted at 4:57 pm on June 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

I was going to blog the news that DeMint is also apparently kinda sorta maybe a little thinking about running, but his team backed off of that so fast that it sounds like he may simply have been throwing a bone to his fans who desperately want to see him in. His spokesman insists that nothing’s changed and that “his heart is in the Senate.” And thus do Palinistas and Cainiacs everywhere breathe a sigh of relief.

Or do they?

Appearing today as a guest of the Clinton School of Public Service, the surprise 2008 GOP presidential contender said he did not slam the door shut to running next year when he announced two weeks ago that he had decided against throwing his hat into the ring.

“Everything is still open. I haven’t closed doors. I found long ago that that’s not the smart thing to do,” Huckabee told reporters after a speech at the Clinton presidential library.

But Huckabee acknowledged several factors prompted him to bow out of the 2012 GOP race, not the least of which he said was the difficulty he sees in defeating Democratic President Barack Obama.

I don’t know if he meant what the reporter thinks he meant. Another Arkansas paper was there and says Huck’s “everything is still open” line was in response to a question about whether he’d join the ticket as VP, nothing more. Follow the link and see for yourself. He talks about the possibility of running in the past tense and alludes to the fact that he’ll be endorsing someone eventually. Doesn’t sound like a guy having second thoughts. It sounds like a guy relishing his kingmaker cachet within the party now that he’s made his decision.

Which brings us back to DeMint. He’d be the prohibitive frontrunner in South Carolina, which would annoy an awful lot of locals who relish their own kingmaker status when it comes to choosing the GOP nominee. If he got in, the rest of the field would concede the state to him and proceed directly to Florida, which would become the de facto “deciding” primary state — and ironically, given the comparative dearth of social conservatives there vis-a-vis South Carolina, would probably favor the centrist candidates over the DeMint “true conservative” wing. You know who that would benefit? I think you do.


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I’ve closed the door on the Huckster.

rbj on June 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Haven’t we done with this madness already? Endorse Sarah and be done with it.

promachus on June 1, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Dear God No!

sbvft contributor on June 1, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Just because it worked for Trump doesnt mean it will work for you too, Shmuckabee.

Jeddite on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Ouch

faraway on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

He ain’t running. You don’t leak to the press that you’re making a major announcement on your Fox show, have that announcement be that you’re not running, and then change your mind weeks later and run. He’ll make Trump look like a serious candidate in comparison.

Doughboy on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Just say no, Huck.

Desert Gardens on June 1, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Great! Flip floppin on his own candidacy!

Amjean on June 1, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I’ve closed the door on Huck and DeMint.

Kensington on June 1, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Attention whore

Mark1971 on June 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Nooooooo! Huck is done. I have to believe that. I do not want hime NEAR the Oval Office.

Minorcan Maven on June 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

This makes Huckabee seem completely irrational, and somebody you don’t want to have in control on Nuclear Weapons.

portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM

wiat going to borrow a comment for my comment here :

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…breaths……

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Oh my sides.
portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 4:44 PM

any questions?

unseen on June 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Ah, geesh. Stupid Palm Pre….*him

Minorcan Maven on June 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Huckabee: I haven’t closed the door on anything

What about God?

Mark1971 on June 1, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Operation Chaos!!!!

Dear God, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

Huckleberry, think of all the obese children who are looking up to you. Think of Michelle Obama, your BFF!!

NickDeringer on June 1, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Sorry fatass, spoiler/second tier candidates don’t get to play Hamlet. You gotta earn that.
Just do what you really want to do and cut a bunch of commercials telling us that Mitt is the Devil.

jjshaka on June 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Is this a joke,or a Walk-Back!!!

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Go away and take Newtie with you.

angryed on June 1, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I only read the DeMint parts of the story. Amazingly, it was a reflex, and not intentional.

Poor Huck.

fossten on June 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Oh my gawd Hucky, just have a seat and put up your feet! GIVE.IT.UP! You are not wanted! Sheesh!

sicoit on June 1, 2011 at 5:12 PM

What a vain, tiresome little man.

rrpjr on June 1, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Head on back to your ranch Suckabee; you know, the Panderosa.

GnuBreed on June 1, 2011 at 5:12 PM

He wants someone to pay attention to him.

It sounds like a guy relishing his kingmaker’s cachet within the party now that his made his decision.

I don’t think he has any. I doubt he would make an edge of difference to a candidate. Those he might throw support to probably don’t need it or he wouldn’t make a significant difference.

INC on June 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM

He’s probably just jealous of all the attention Palin is getting.

davek70 on June 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Oh, I can despise him more than I already did. Good to know.

myrenovations on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

HELL NO x 1000

OhioCoastie on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Did any of you actually read what AP wrote before commenting, or did you blindly jump into the comments based on the headline alone?

He was talking about the possibility of accepting the VP slot, yet most of you jump like lemmings in response to the headline.

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

No, Mike, buying a bus pass isn’t the same thing. Go away.

Ronnie on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

By popular demand,dedicated to HuckMeisterExtraordinaire!

Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
*********************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJv5qLsLYoo

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I don’t think he has any. I doubt he would make an edge of difference to a candidate. Those he might throw support to probably don’t need it or he wouldn’t make a significant difference.

INC on June 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Huckabee remains popular in Iowa, and likely would’ve won it again if he stayed in. Even if it only swung a few percentage points to one candidate, his endorsement almost certainly would carry some degree of weight there.

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Oh my sides.
portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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any questions?

unseen on June 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM

unseen:Exactly!:)

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM

ah huck didn’t you say god told you not to enter, if you did wouldn’t you be going against god, not a good thing to do.

djohn669 on June 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Did any of you actually read what AP wrote before commenting, or did you blindly jump into the comments based on the headline alone?

He was talking about the possibility of accepting the VP slot, yet most of you jump like lemmings in response to the headline.

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Repete s’il vous plait, or in English DO OVER!:

Oh my gawd Hucky, just have a seat and put up your feet! GIVE.IT.UP! You are not wanted! Sheesh!

sicoit on June 1, 2011 at 5:12 PM

sicoit on June 1, 2011 at 5:21 PM

He was talking about the possibility of accepting the VP slot, yet most of you jump like lemmings in response to the headline.

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

I don’t want him near the Oval Office at all, not even as VP. I’d get him banned as a WH visitor if possible. I don’t want him to be allowed to wraps his fingers around the bars of the fence around the big white building of power.

myrenovations on June 1, 2011 at 5:21 PM

In other words…

“Look at me…! LOOK AT MMMEEEEEEEE…!!!”

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Make it go away…. someone, please!

Cody1991 on June 1, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Huckabee: I haven’t closed the door on anything

Well, close it.

And don’t let it hit you in the ass on your way out.

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OmahaConservative on June 1, 2011 at 5:30 PM

New Hampshire and Florida are the king makers this go around.

scotash on June 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

You know who that would benefit? I think you do.

It’s really odd how everything that happens seems to help Romney.

If Palin isn’t just messing around, and she gets in, it will be a two person race.

Romney and Palin don’t really compete for their base inside the Party, which seems close to the same size to me. At least until the insiders really choose up sides. Palin and Romney fight for the Cain, Pawlenty, Bachman voters. Who ever gets those voters wins the Primary.

If Palin doesn’t get in… the competition is so split that Romney probably gets it. Is she does it will be a long hard fought battle. With Romney getting the edge because of electability.

Poor Pawlenty, he will never get his numbers up with Palin going on about things.

petunia on June 1, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Another Arkansas paper was there and says Huck’s “everything is still open” line was in response to a question about whether he’d join the ticket as VP, nothing more

Let’s go ahead and shut slam the door on that thought as well.

TheQuestion on June 1, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Ross Perot might have been elected in 1992 if he hadn’t jumped out (because the Republicans were going to disrupt his daughter’s wedding — yes, that was his stated reason), and then jumped back in again.

Running for Pres is a grueling test. Did Huckster fail already? Man of his word? — NOT! Where’s Pat Paulsen? I could get behind him. How about Mickey Mouse? There MUST be someone in the country named Mickey Mouse.

Paul-Cincy on June 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

He shut the door when he let out the con based on his own religious bias who then murdered all those cops.

He shut the door when he made statements bashing Mormonism and Catholicism.

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Did any of you actually read what AP wrote before commenting, or did you blindly jump into the comments based on the headline alone?

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Oh the hypocrisy.

portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Appearing today as a guest of the Clinton School of Public Service, the surprise 2008 GOP presidential contender said he did not slam the door shut to running next year when he announced two weeks ago that he had decided against throwing his hat into the ring

Wait a minute…..wait a minute…..the CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE???????? Holy cr@p…..BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…*sputter* *sputter*….BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…uh uh uh…need to breath……BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….OMG

sicoit on June 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM

The good preacher is just saying that he is sitting by the phone waiting on the good-old-boys in the RNC to fall at his feet asking him to stop that crazy lady.

One ringy dingy…..two ringy dingy……”Hello”

Limerick on June 1, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I think he just likes the attention.
That’s why he became a Preacher.

esnap on June 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Paul-Cincy on June 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Ross Perot jumped out of the election when it appeared he might actually win, rather than simply spoil the election for President George H. W. Bush. Then when the damage was done he jumped back in to continue his spoiling.

His only intention was to assist Billy Clinton in getting elected.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM

ROTFL. You got me, AP. Nice bait and switch. A Romney post disguised as a Huck post. Very well played!

JimP on June 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

He can’t shut the door on anything and he can’t shut his trap, either.

The Schmuckster strikes again!

ajacksonian on June 1, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Oh the hypocrisy.

portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

How so? Or are you unfamiliar with the meaning of the word?

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Go Away Huck!!

And take Sarah AND Newt with you!

rightwingyahooo on June 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM

rightwingyahooo on June 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM

You might catch Newt and sHuck skipping down that lane but Sarah you are going to have to catch with a big cardiovascular effort.

Limerick on June 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM

OmahaConservative on June 1, 2011 at 5:30 PM

that, not mad, just away………far away.

RealMc on June 1, 2011 at 7:04 PM

You, huck can’t get in again, Patrick has taken you off our monthly poll who we want for president! Also, you will not get my vote or $.
L

letget on June 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM

I wish someone would close the door on your foot !!

F**K OFF Suckabee no one cares !!!

cableguy615 on June 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Huckabee: I haven’t closed the door on anything

Damn it…

voiceofreason on June 1, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Go Away Huck!!

And take Sarah AND Newt with you!

rightwingyahooo on June 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Fixed it for you unless you are judging by your screen name dyslexic.

cableguy615 on June 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Wow.

What kind of idiot gives his opponents a televised ten minute “I’m not running” speech to beat him over the head with if he doubles back and runs?

Same guy who releases killers to kill again, I suppose…

SuperCool on June 1, 2011 at 7:44 PM

MSM and RNC, quick question from a flyover dumba**……..Where are the sHuckabots? We get Paulianas and Paulistas here, but I can’t remember seeing a sHuckabot in months.

Limerick on June 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

I’d be happy to slam it in your face.

lonestar1 on June 1, 2011 at 8:43 PM

He shut the door when he let out the con based on his own religious bias who then murdered all those cops.

He shut the door when he made statements bashing Mormonism and Catholicism.

Blake on June 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Neither of those things happened. He didn’t “let out” Clemmons, and he never bashed Mormons or Catholics. You are dishonest.

I don’t think he has any. I doubt he would make an edge of difference to a candidate. Those he might throw support to probably don’t need it or he wouldn’t make a significant difference.

INC on June 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Except in the GA gubernatorial race…where Huckabee’s candidate beat Palin’s candidate in a runoff. Ouch!
Hucakbee will never endorse Palin unless she becomes the nominee.just not gonna happen :)

Admit it guys… you have such a visceral reaction to just a hint of Huckabee getting back in because you know he would win.

62 comments posted
Name calling: 4 posts
Mockery of someone’s name: 11
Profanity or overtures to violence: 4
Classy

My fellow conservatives: examine your lives. There is no good reason for you to hate this man. Men like Marco Rubio and Duncan Hunter see the good in Gov. Huckabee. Won’t you dismiss your anger? We are all on the same side.

ceruleanblue on June 1, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Second Look at popcorn fried squirrel?

No thanks.

profitsbeard on June 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Dude, this guy’s like a horror movie character; he just won’t go away…

RocketmanBob on June 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Schmuckabee:

Why did you believe me then, when you know I’ve been a liar all my life?.

LegendHasIt on June 1, 2011 at 11:55 PM

And I thought Freddie Krueger was impossible to shake.

sulla on June 2, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Neither of those things happened. He didn’t “let out” Clemmons, and he never bashed Mormons or Catholics. You are dishonest.

ceruleanblue on June 1, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Mike Huckabee certainly bashes Mormons. He doesn’t do it openly or brazenly. He just very passive aggressive about it.

He doesn’t bash Catholics either. At least not openly. But he certainly surrounds himself with high profile supporters who openly bash Catholics and he doesn’t step up to denounce it.

We could know what Mike Huckabee’s real feelings are about other faiths if he would release ALL of his transcripts while he worked as a Pastor. But he hasn’t done that either.

Conservative Samizdat on June 2, 2011 at 2:52 AM

Cockroach.

The four police officers are still dead, Huck.

If your supporters could still respect you after these games, they are pure stupid.

stenwin77 on June 2, 2011 at 6:36 AM

…change your mind weeks later and run.

Doughboy on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

You can’t change what you don’t have.

MassVictim on June 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM