New leader in 2016 GOP primary field: Mike Huckabee, of course

posted at 4:41 pm on January 29, 2014 by Allahpundit

I realize that all presidential polls this far out from election day are hot garbage but there’s no way I’m missing an opportunity to troll my Huck-hating readership as golden as this one. Two words, my friends: Huckabee/Christie?

Although Huck’s now technically the GOP frontrunner, he’s not the pol with the highest favorable rating among Republicans. That’d be Sarah Palin, who’s at 70/20 and has the highest numbers among both women and men. PPP didn’t offer her as an option in its presidential polling, presumably because they think she’s unlikely to run.

Following the controversy over his ‘Uncle Sugar’ speech Mike Huckabee has…taken the lead in the Republican primary race for 2016. He’s at 16% to 14% for Jeb Bush, 13% for Chris Christie, 11% for Rand Paul, 8% each for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, 6% for Scott Walker, and 5% for Bobby Jindal.

There’s been more movement than usual over the last month, with Huckabee and Bush each gaining 3-4 points, and Chris Christie and Ted Cruz each falling by 6 points. Cruz had been leading the field among ‘very conservative’ voters for months but in the wake of Huckabee’s press attention last week he’s taken the top spot with that group. He’s at 20% to 15% for Paul, 11% for Cruz, and 10% for Bush. In the wake of Bridgegate Christie’s supremacy with moderate voters is being challenged- a month ago he led Bush by 23 points with them, but now his advantage is down to 3 points at 28/25…

Christie’s problems are even bigger with the overall electorate though. His net favorability has dropped 27 points in a month from +12 at 43/31 to now -15 at 31/46. He’s gone from having the best numbers of the potential Republican candidates to the worst in the span of a month. Christie had been popular because of his unusual amount of appeal to Democrats and independents. But now he’s become deeply unpopular with both of those groups, dropping from 38/36 to 20/58 with the former and from 46/28 to 29/44 with the latter.

That’s a long fall for Christie, longer than I’ve seen in any other poll. Here’s his problem in a nutshell; compare his numbers among the three partisan demographics to Huckabee’s and Ted Cruz’s.

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Christie’s still better liked by Democrats than his Republican rivals but only marginally so, and that margin isn’t enough to compensate for the lukewarm reception he gets from Republicans. Huckabee is +53 in his own party; Cruz, who’s lesser known, is +30; Christie is now … +10. Among independents, Christie now actually has the worst numbers of the three. It’s hard to make the case in the primaries for Mr. Electability if his supposed electability advantage in the general isn’t there.

As for Huck’s success, there’s no mystery as to what’s driving it. Older voters tend to be more socially conservative and the GOP has a lot of older voters (and Fox News watchers). The “Uncle Sugar” thing may have put him back on the 2016 radar for those people:

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Say, isn’t Rand Paul supposed to be the candidate of the young? Ah well. Hard to believe a tea-party champion like Cruz might potentially be vulnerable to a more centrist social conservative like Huckabee in the primary, but the boldface part above raises the possibility — especially in Iowa. Cruz’s early-state strategy in 2016 would be the opposite of Christie’s: Christie would zero in on New Hampshire, land of the moderate “maverick,” for his big propulsive victory. Cruz the conservative would zero in on Iowa, a social-con stronghold in the primaries. If Huckabee and/or Santorum run, they could carve off enough of his support to either win themselves or allow someone like Rand Paul to sneak through. (With the possible exception of Scott Walker, Paul’s the only man in the field who’s reasonably well positioned for both Iowa and New Hampshire.) The upshot is, strange as it may seem, Paul may be rooting Huckabee or Santorum on. Cruz is the big threat to cannibalize his tea-party support; if Huck or Santo can cannibalize Cruz’s social-con support, Paul might be fine.

One more note about Cruz. He may be in a bit of a reverse-Christie position in the primaries. Here are his numbers among various stripes of Republicans:

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Six other Republican candidates were included in this poll: Palin, Christie, Huckabee, Paul, Jeb Bush (who’s risen this month to fill the vacuum among centrists after Christie went sour), and Paul Ryan. Cruz is less well known than all of them, but his numbers among “moderate” Republicans are already far worse than anyone else’s at 13/37. (Next lowest are Paul, at 32/38, and Ryan, at 30/36. Among “somewhat conservative” Republicans, no other candidate is below 55 percent support except Christie, who’s at 46/32. The most popular Republican is Palin at 72/17, so this isn’t a case of center-right GOPers automatically recoiling from tea partiers. This is, I think, a reaction to Cruz’s role in the “defund” standoff that led to the shutdown. Cruz has been working hard in the media lately to defend himself from the charge that he caused it, but it may be that even centrists in his own party aren’t buying it. That’s what I mean by reverse-Christie — Christie may struggle to win conservative votes in the primary just as Cruz may struggle to win centrists. Advantage: Paul?


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I think the ticket should be Huckabee/SMOD 2016. Because if Huck is first on the ticket, I know who I want second: someone to take away the pain. Forever.

Physics Geek on January 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Palin 70/20 despite the libs and gope

#winning

renalin on January 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Somebody shoot me now….

sandee on January 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

ROFL

This is going to be a swinging election year, some retread as the GOP nominee and a brand new amnesty scheme working its magic on the electorate.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Nooooo!!

That is all.

h a p f a t on January 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Huckabee will probably run just to hurt Cruz.

Jon0815 on January 29, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Two words, my friends: Huckabee/Christie?

I’ve got two words for that………

Third Party

or if that doesn’t work- Stay Home.

A faux evangelical “Christian” matched up with the Obama-loving fat man? Go Killary!

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 4:47 PM

So talking about ladies’ libidos turns out to be a good thing? Who knew?

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Hell no!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

@ppppolls Sarah Palin has a higher favorability rating with GOP primary voters on our new national poll than Bush, Christie, Cruz, Huck, Paul, Ryan

Q6 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Mike Huckabee?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 64%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 18%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 18%

Q9 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Sarah Palin?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 70%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 20%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 10%

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2014/01/huckabee-leads-gop-field-as-christie-collapses.html

idesign on January 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Noooooooooooo!

thebrokenrattle on January 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Huck: Proof that rightwing statist idiots are as bad a leftwing statist idiots.

Irritable Pundit on January 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

hard not to jump off a cliff after reading that…..

SDarchitect on January 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Flavor of the month.

And the month is almost over.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I can’t take it anymore.

aquaviva on January 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Phuck Huck

While governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee supported taxpayer-funded in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants. Huckabee even supported taxpayer-funded scholarships for illegal aliens.

jaime on January 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Somebody wake me up in ’20 when it’s over.

portlandon on January 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Sen. Jeff Sessions is arming House members with some myth-busting points in re to the immigration push.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/29/Exclusive-Sen-Sessions-arms-House-Republicans-against-misleading-pro-amnesty-talking-points

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Mike Huckabee 16%

Somebody Else/Not Sure 10%

That says it all.

portlandon on January 29, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Not happening. Huckster had great poll numbers in the years leading up to the 2012 election and sat that one out. I don’t see him running in 2016 either.

Doughboy on January 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM

The thing about Huckabee…agree with him or not, he comes off as a genuinely nice guy. That alone might get him to the GOP nomination, but won’t win him the White House. Whomever does win the Dem nomination will certainly blast Huck on his social conservative stance on abortion and gay marriage, and try to connect him with far-Right Evangelical/Fundamentalist activists.

JetBoy on January 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Two words, my friends: Huckabee/Christie?

Libertarian. And I’ll give up reading about poly-ticks

rbj on January 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I’m not surprised at all. He’s a dedicated social conservative, an economic populist at a time that the electorate is crying out for one, and someone who has charming and personable rhetoric.

Stoic Patriot on January 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Huckster will not be the nominee nor will he run

ConservativePartyNow on January 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Huck is running much to everybody disbelief

He came very close to running in 2012…but family wanted him to keep his fox gig…now he is independently wealthy and will quit his fox gig and run

Republicans have lost their minds

Redford on January 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Just what we need for a Presidential candidate–another has-been Governor. Jeb Bush would be an even older has-been than Huckabee, and is saddled with an unpopular last name. Didn’t we learn our lesson with Romney?

There are currently 30 Republican Governors–shouldn’t we be looking at CURRENT Governors, such as Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Mike Pence, or Nikki Haley rather than long-ago former Governors?

The good news is that 2016 is a long way off, and lots could happen between now and then. Let’s concentrate on taking the Senate this year.

Steve Z on January 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

So we get a guitar strumming Idiot?

or the Gold Standard?

That’d be Sarah Palin.

I’ll take PALIN/CRUZ for all the marbles in Peoria..

People can laugh all they want….WTH, it beats the
Sh*t out of any other combination….

Oops, my bad, I forgot one combination

HILLARY/WEINER!

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Awesome, so looks like 2016 is going to be a mashup of the worst of 2008 and 2012.

Huckabee, Santorum, and you know Gingrich will be in there. Along with George Huntsman and someone with Bush as a last name.

Maybe McInsane and herr Dokktor Paul will run again.

We’re hosed.

HumpBot Salvation on January 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

The media will do the job of finding the scandal….a goat, maybe a fetish including feathers and the Roloffs. Get on it.
We have stupid on our side too.

HornetSting on January 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I’ve completely wrong the last two elections. So bring on Huck.

MrX on January 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Governor Huckleberry?

If he is the nominee, then we are guaranteed to have “Madame President.”

aunursa on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I can’t take it anymore.

aquaviva on January 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Oh come on!! Sure you can!!

Why, we’ve got all kinds of jackazzery on tap!!

Just look at the former Boy Wonder, PAUL RYAN!

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Just another reason I won’t be voting GOP. Look at the top candidates, hopeless.

Panther on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Hells to tha no!

know what I’m sayin?

Murphy9 on January 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

The media will do the job of finding the scandal….a goat, maybe a fetish including feathers and the Roloffs. Get on it.
We have stupid on our side too.

HornetSting on January 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Lol on that. I used to think that Huckabee was a personable and eloquent socon that could unify us and reach out to non-socons, but that was before Huckabee’s stubborn support of Akin (remember: the “no exceptions for rape” candidate). Even Palin was calling for Akin to drop out, but Akin probably didn’t drop out thanks to Huckabee’s “loyal” support. We would have won that MO senate seat if Akin had dropped out, and if Huckabee were the R nominee, in the general election he would take a beating for his inexplicable support for the nutcase Akin.

anotherJoe on January 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Only 15% unfavorable for Huck among Republicans? Garbage sample.

The reason Huck is a TV host and not a contender or the President is because Republicans know him as a tax-hiking, murderer-pardoning, self-righteous jerk who rewarded his cronies and spent like a Democrat.

A 68-15 favorability among Republicans is probably better than President Bush left office bearing. If you think Huck has that kind of popularity, you’re just an idiot. PERIOD.

Adjoran on January 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Hahahahahahaa!!! Ahh. Ahahahaha!

Uh huh. Mike Libido Huckleberry FTW!

/They think we’re stupid.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I’m not surprised at all. He’s a dedicated social conservative, an economic populist at a time that the electorate is crying out for one, and someone who has charming and personable rhetoric.

Stoic Patriot on January 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

With a big government record as Governor of Arkansas.

As I said, he’s just the flavor of the month. And that means nothing this far out.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Only 15% unfavorable for Huck among Republicans? Garbage sample.

The reason Huck is a TV host and not a contender or the President is because Republicans know him as a tax-hiking, murderer-pardoning, self-righteous jerk who rewarded his cronies and spent like a Democrat.

A 68-15 favorability among Republicans is probably better than President Bush left office bearing. If you think Huck has that kind of popularity, you’re just an idiot. PERIOD.

Adjoran on January 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

This

Kataklysmic on January 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

An acquaintance of mine refers to him as “Dukakabee.” Hard to argue against that.

DRPrice on January 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Lol on that. I used to think that Huckabee was a personable and eloquent socon that could unify us and reach out to non-socons, but that was before Huckabee’s stubborn support of Akin (remember: the “no exceptions for rape” candidate).

Correction: It wasn’t “no exceptions for rape” that derailed him (that was Mourdock in Indiana). It was a woman who’s raped has a “magic uterus” preventing pregnancy.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Years ago, I remember some home video show on TV where a little boy is being encouraged to poke a toad with a stick. You can hear the dad in the background laughing and yelling, “Git the toadie!”

When I read that Huckabee is the new GOP leader, I feel like AllahP is chasing me with a sharp stick while shouting, “Git the toadie!”

*hop*

Ow!!!

*hop*

Ow!!!!

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

/They think we’re stupid.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Some of us believed in Ryan, maybe they know what they’re doing.

*scuffs a pebble with his shoe*

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

because they think she’s unlikely to run

More likely because they want to do whatever they can to discourage her from running. A poll showing Palin beating Clinton would have been devastating to Hillary (and to RINOs).

huckleberryfriend on January 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Some of us believed in Ryan, maybe they know what they’re doing.

*scuffs a pebble with his shoe*

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Ow!!!!!

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Just another reason I won’t be voting GOP. Look at the top candidates, hopeless.

Panther on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

So you’re a Clinton supporter? Welcome to Hotair…(sar)

Redford on January 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I’m going to click “Decline.”

Sarjex on January 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

If he is the nominee, then we are guaranteed to have “Madame President.”

aunursa on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

In fairness, if Huck is not the nominee, we are still guaranteed to have “Madame President,” too.

J.S.K. on January 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

For those of you like me that are appalled that the Dems and surrender weasels are pushing big government liberals and fat Obama-hugging bullies as the future of the GOP….. a reminder that we do still have a primary process. Now is the time and start talking up candidates you could support. But be careful- I used to think Paul Ryan was a decent human being but now he is dead to me after looting pensions from warriors and wanting to reward illegals.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Please no! I can’t take 4 years of Hillary.

Tater Salad on January 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

More likely because they want to do whatever they can to discourage her from running. A poll showing Palin beating Clinton would have been devastating to Hillary (and to RINOs).

huckleberryfriend on January 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Except the result wouldn’t happen. I hope her supporters will finally understand, ….she’s just not that well liked.

Tater Salad on January 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

yeeeaaaah this is proof that polls this early are bs.

still, i’m happy to see sarah doing so well. that is awesome! (i do NOT think she is running in 2016 though. i am just happy to see her polling well because i’m a supporter of hers.)

Sachiko on January 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

So you’re a Clinton supporter? Welcome to Hotair…(sar)

Redford on January 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

That argument sailed a long time ago. You keep wasting your vote on a GOP candidate who has no possibility of winning.

Panther on January 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Say hello to President Hillary.

rockmom on January 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Huckabee will probably run just to hurt Cruz.
Jon0815 on January 29, 2014 at 4:46 PM

The only person hurt by Huck running, and vice versa, is Rick Santorum.

Marcus on January 29, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I would vote third party or not vote if HuckChuck is the ‘pubbie nominee. He’s poison.

CatoRenasci on January 29, 2014 at 5:28 PM

A poll showing Palin beating Clinton would have been devastating to Hillary (and to RINOs).
huckleberryfriend on January 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I’d pull a JetBoy and eat a hat or the other guy who left altogether when Obama won and say I would love to see that poll. But I never will. And I don’t mean a poll on Drudge or C4P. I mean a good randomized poll (one state, ONE State) that shows Palin beating Hilary Clinton.

Marcus on January 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Poll after poll shows what Hotair commentariat refuse to admit: conservatives in general like Huckabee. Through arrogance and brainwashing the tru-cons point out everything wrong with him and fail to see what an asset he can be for Republicans.

The Republican party is a vessel, and conservative policies can only be enacted via this vessel. The Conservative Movement CANNOT advance when Democrats are in power! (Knowing this, can we not all see the folly in targeting sitting Republicans in safe seats with a more doctrinaire primary challenger? The time for this is AFTER we’re in power.)

Recognize what Huckabee is. He is a likable Republican. Those are few and far between. He will grow the party. He will show other Republicans how to act and speak. Black people like him. He can be a game changer, and break the hold that Dems have on Blacks (He won 48% of the black vote in AR. You CAN’T ignore that). This is how we win. We don’t win by being all pissy and yelling at people that our ideas are right, take ‘em or leave ‘em. We tell people our ideas in the way they want to hear them, perhaps in the language of populism, of being for the little guy.

Consider getting on board, folks. The man’s a proven winner. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a true soldier for Christ in the White House.

ceruleanblue on January 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I hate to say this but…some (key word, some) Social Conservatives are dumb as rocks.

Hence why Huck and Jeb are leading…I dislike Christie, but I absolutely despise the Bush Dynasty and have little faith in Huckabee, the same man who let a psycho murder loose on the population because the nut claimed to have found Jesus and who also gave us Todd Akin (despite rumors the Tea Party and Palin did NOT support Akin…that was Huck’s man).

This is getting worse, not better…

William Eaton on January 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Seems like many Republican voters say they prefer the candidate whose name they’ve heard a lot in the news lately.

Sigh.

bluegill on January 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I don’t even care anymore. I will be voting against the Communist Party as I always do.

crrr6 on January 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I wonder how a race of Palin vs. Clinton would go. I suspect that the female vote would at least split, and the liberals would go ballistic.

But the old BS of I can see Russia from my house would play better than Benghazi, nor would the minor Palin problems/scandals be as strong as what could be dug up on Hillary.

Regardless of what happens, I don’t want to see what would be in effect as a third term for Bill Clinton.

Special Forces Grunt on January 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Seems like many Republican voters say they prefer the candidate whose name they’ve heard a lot in the news lately.

Sigh.

bluegill on January 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

We don’t have elections anymore. We have American Idol competitions. This country is finished.

crrr6 on January 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Haven’t read the article or the comments. I just want to say, “Please, no.”

HiJack on January 29, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Consider getting on board, folks. The man’s a proven winner. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a true soldier for Christ in the White House.

ceruleanblue on January 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

My Scottish ancestor heard the same story before the Battle of Dunbar against the English in 1650…it did not work out well for him.

William Eaton on January 29, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Can Republicans be any dumber?

It IS, of course predictable; all of the other bland, rudderless, collaborationist Country Club Republicans are either retired, retiring, or smart enough to stay out.
Except McCain, but: He had his turn on the merry go round.
NEXT senior contestant, to the starting line!

orangemtl on January 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Consider getting on board, folks. The man’s a proven winner. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a true soldier for Christ in the White House.
ceruleanblue on January 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

You know who else finds Huckabee “likeable”? Pro-illegal alien amnesty La Raza.

Michelle Malkin said it well:

Irony: Mike Huckabee attacking “Uncle Sugar,” when he’s one of GOP’s biggest sugar daddies for amnesty & Common Core.

https://mobile.twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/426441139101503488?screen_name=michellemalkin

Mr. “Stop Calling Me a RINO” Huckabee is McCain with a softer edge:
http://michellemalkin.com/2008/05/12/mccain-huckabee-the-gop-immigration-drag-queen-ticket/

bluegill on January 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

New leader in 2016 GOP primary field: Mike Huckabee, of course

Generic Republican was a shoo-in to tear the socks off the Ham Sandwich Democrat in 2012.

I’m hoping for Generic Republican to run in 2016.

rukiddingme on January 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

We don’t have elections anymore. We have American Idol competitions.
crrr6 on January 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Exactly. It certainly seems that way.

bluegill on January 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

That’d be Sarah Palin, who’s at 70/20 and has the highest numbers among both women and men.

And PDSers go “Ouch!”

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Except the result wouldn’t happen. I hope her supporters will finally understand, ….she’s just not that well liked.

Tater Salad on January 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Neither is Hillary.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Somebody wake me up in ’20 when it’s over.

portlandon on January 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

It’s going to be over well before ’20.

Midas on January 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Except the result wouldn’t happen. I hope her supporters will finally understand, ….she’s just not that well liked.

Tater Salad on January 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Oh, and I seem to recall that Romney was pretty well-liked.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Mike Huckabee: because Romney, Santorum and Christies don’t love big government enough.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Two words, my friends: Huckabee/Christie?

Two more, Death of HotAir?

RickB on January 29, 2014 at 6:05 PM

(despite rumors the Tea Party and Palin did NOT support Akin…that was Huck’s man).

William Eaton on January 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

That weren’t no rumor, that were reality.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:06 PM

That only candidate that can unify us is Palin or Cruz.

anotherJoe on January 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM

(despite rumors the Tea Party and Palin did NOT support Akin…that was Huck’s man).

William Eaton on January 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

That weren’t no rumor, that were reality.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Oh, I’m sorry, I see what you mean. I misread. Yeah, you’re right. And ultimately Joe Miller in AK was also one of Huckabee’s.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM

So … I guess I hope that Palin runs because I’m not supporting Bush, Christie, Huckabee, or Santorum under any circumstance.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

That only candidate that can unify us is Palin or Cruz.

anotherJoe on January 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Yeah, ain’t it funny how someone with a 70/20 approval in her own party is considered mortally “polarizing” and unfit to run? It’s always been puzzling.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM

That only candidate that can unify us is Palin or Cruz.

anotherJoe on January 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I’d be equally content with Palin, Rand Paul, or Cruz.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Just another reason I won’t be voting GOP. Look at the top candidates, hopeless.

Panther on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

LOL…did you vote for Romney?

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I’d be equally content with Palin, Rand Paul, or Cruz.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Yeah, I would too. Or Scott Walker, although the lack of a degree would be a massive hurdle.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Republicans have lost their minds

Redford on January 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Yeah, I think they definitely lost it when they nominated the godfather of O-care to be their standardbearer.

ddrintn on January 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

These polls are garbage. Scott Walker/Rand Paul 2016

Jack_Burton on January 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM

“The Magi and the Marshmallow” by Allapundit

I love Ann Coulter. But if you want to win, you’ve gotta do the opposite of what she says. She said Romney HAS to be the candidate because he’s the only one who can win. And if Obama wins, Obamacare is here to stay. But that’s not necessarily so.

Now she says that we have to have a governor or Senator to run. If Ann Coulter says it, and she knows a lot, nonetheless we should go with a rough pugnacious tea-party ideologue. (So Huckabee’s out.)

Yes We Cain!! I mean Cruz-in’ for a Brui– oh, never mind. (How do you make a slogan for a guy whose name rhymes with Bruise and Lose?!)

flicker on January 29, 2014 at 7:06 PM

This is getting worse, not better…

William Eaton on January 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Feels like it’s just the normal process unfolding once again.

Our candidate will be selected for us and we’ll need the closepin when we go vote.
Again.

Tsar of Earth on January 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

If Huck is the nominee, might as well let hilary win and hope for a real candidate next time around.

Dragoro on January 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

If the general election were to be Huckabee vs. Hillary,
I think Huckabee would win.
Both in Arkansas and nationally.

ITguy on January 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Sen. Jeff Sessions is arming House members with some myth-busting points in re to the immigration push.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/29/Exclusive-Sen-Sessions-arms-House-Republicans-against-misleading-pro-amnesty-talking-points

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Out of ALL of the Presidential candidates from both parties in both 2008 and 2012,
Huckabee was the ONLY Presidential candidate who pledged to Build the Fence.

And who was the only 2008 Presidential candidate who committed to Senator Jeff Sessions’ 15 point action plan to restore law and order to America’s broken immigration system?

Answer.

ITguy on January 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Somebody wake me up in ’20 when it’s over.

portlandon on January 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I think it will be over before 20 ….

conservative tarheel on January 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

If Huck is the nominee, might as well let hilary win and hope for a real candidate next time around.

Dragoro on January 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

that is what they said about Obama vs Mitt ….

conservative tarheel on January 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

To clarify the poll, PPP did two separate polls on the GOP “candidates”.

The first part of the poll was conducted without Palin included and also only distinguished between party labels (GOP members).

The second part of the poll of the GOP “contenders” now included Sarah Palin but the poll was conducted of GOP voters, which include GOP party members (above) and conservative independents that lean to the GOP.

Palin’s 72/17 F/UF reflects how she is viewed by GOP voters and not only party members.

And Huckabee’s F/UF using the same guidelines is 64/18 and not 68/15.

technopeasant on January 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Ron and Rand discuss the likely Cruz/Christie attempts to undermine him.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuWkcKbBQkg

Rand’s advisors tell Huckabee he won’t be on the ticket
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbfmWHCTuQw

and of course Sarah complaining to Ron why she wasn’t included
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DZNDEqcSi0

Bradky on January 30, 2014 at 4:58 AM

Bradky on January 30, 2014 at 4:58 AM

LOL, oh look, it’s Bradky. So when was it again that should I start getting used to saying “President Romney”?

ddrintn on January 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM