There’s been some intriguing chatter going around that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee might be reconsidering his decision not to run for President. Huckabee stunned the political world in May when he announced he wouldn’t enter the 2012 race. After all he was leading most of the national polls, was the clear frontrunner in Iowa, dominated the field across the southern states (the bedrock of the GOP), and even led the polls in states like New Jersey, Maine, and Pennsylvania. It seemed nearly everything was lined up for Huckabee to take the race by storm, but his heart said “no,” quite a surprise coming from the front-runner of the Republican field.
Yet now it appears Huckabee may be rethinking that decision. The media’s chosen front-runners: Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, have stumbled, floundered, or failed to ignite any passion or enthusiasm from the Party’s base. If the press is so adamant to call this a two-man race, it seems not many fans are cheering in the stands or waiting at the finish line. There was some speculation that NJ Governor Chris Christie might enter the race as well, but he reaffirmed his previous statements that he wouldn’t be throwing his hat into the ring.
All this uncertainty and dissatisfaction leaves quite an opening for a Huckabee reemergence. The American electorate is looking for leadership, not politics. Courage, not cowardice. Vision, not focus groups. Principles, not posturing. We need a real leader with bold ideas, and one who has the wisdom to govern, not just run a campaign. When I watched the 2008 Presidential race, Mike Huckabee showed himself to be that kind of leader, one the country desperately needs today. His candid, forthright, and amiable approach would be a welcome addition to the current field, which frankly could use breath of fresh air and originality. While his decision remains to be seen, I for one am hoping he reconsiders.
Perhaps this time, his heart will say “go.”