This morning, from his hometown of Hope, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee broadcast his candidacy for the Oval Office to a throng a of supporters by declaring: “It would be perfectly fitting that I would announce here that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”
Huckabee, an ordained minister, former Fox News television host and former two-term governor of Arkansas has a flair for taking complex social issues, breaking them down to simple talking points and stirring thought among admirers and opponents alike. Known for his gentle demeanor and ability to broach and address a wide range of delicate matters without appearing agitated or angry, Huckabee is known not to resort to language interpreted as whips and cudgels to demonstrate his positions.
A favorite of Evangelical Christians and social conservatives, Huckabee has distinguished himself for his two terms as governor, where he earned prestige for his diplomatic management of the state, narrowing the gap of credibility between Little Rock and the electorate, being sufficiently principled, and, later, as a consummately professional television host, which was free of rancor.
Huckabee’s selling point has remained consistent: It has been marked by an untiring assault on deviousness, injustice, decay in society and addressing contentious issues forthrightly and avoiding specious political posturing.
New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Arkansas’ own senator Dale Bumpers, both of whom earned sterling reputations in public service, are among a small crowd who evoke comparisons to Huckabee: The rare politician who doubles as logician.
Despite claiming eight states in the 2008 GOP primaries, Huckabee enters a crowded field of GOP contenders, two of whom have declared this week. Huckabee’s candidacy may clutch a slight chance at securing the GOP nomination and winning the White House, but the Oval Office has been achieved by virtual unknowns before.[AP]