We noticed that the South Carolina operatives have not been gearing up. We thought that with Fox News suspensions of other potential candidates that Huckabee was playing his cards close to his chest. But now that it is thirty days from his suggested announcement time and his mentioning a new education program we get the drift that Saturdays announcement is to say he will pass on 2012 presidential run. We also have a source close to the 2008 campaign that indicates we are correct in our assumptions.
There is a rumor, a small one, that Huckabee had to make a decision now due to him taking over 5 p.m time slot being vacated by Glenn Beck. We think Huckabee was considered but in the end, we think he likes the freedom of a weekend show and living in Florida part time. We even wanted to send someone to the North West beach area to peek and see if a studio is being constructed in the house.
Update- Huck: I’ve made ’12 decision
Mike Huckabee emailed a select group of advisers Friday evening to explain that he couldn’t say what his 2012 plans are because of a “sworn obligation” to reveal it first on Fox, adding that “once I pull the trigger…things will get even crazier.”
One source said the email appeared to have gone to roughly 10 people. Yet while it sparked widespread intrigue among political watchers, several sources close to Huckabee still remained unconvinced he will run again for the presidency, citing his approach to making a decision.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee looks like he’ll give the 2012 White House campaign a pass, says Mr. Huckabee’s top political operative.
Mr. Huckabee has told followers to tune in to his Saturday evening show on Fox News for what he calls a major announcement. But Ed Rollins, who directed his 2008 campaign and has been organizing his 2012 campaign-in-waiting, said he has not been consulted.
“I’ve heard nothing, which indicates to me he’s not running,” Mr. Rollins said in an interview.
If Mr. Huckabee formally says he’s a no-go, his absence will reshape the still-chaotic campaign for the Republican nomination. He leads or is near the top of virtually every poll of Republican primary voters, and would have been the presumptive front runner in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, which he won in 2008. Without him, a large Evangelical contingent – plus voters drawn to his easy-going personality – will be up for grabs in the Hawkeye State and beyond.