Mike Huckabee signing off Fox News … to run for President?
Considering a run, decision to be made in the spring.
Reports are that tonight will be Mike Huckabee’s last Saturday night show due to some political announcement he’s probably going to be making, if not tonight then soon.
Reports that Governor Mike Huckabee considering running for President in 2016 so tonight is his last show on Fox News http://t.co/0fABz2yh1a
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 4, 2015
Huckabee issued the following statement:
Governor Mike Huckabee will announce tonight on his Fox News show that he is leaving the network after six-and-a-half years as the host of “Huckabee.” To close out his final show, Gov. Huckabee said:
“Tonight I will do more than just say goodnight. I will say goodbye. This is the last edition of ‘Huckabee’ on the Fox News Channel. It’s been the ride of a lifetime, and I have never had so much fun in my life. But I also realize that God hasn’t put me on earth just to have a good time or to make a good living, but rather has put me on earth to try to make a good life.
“There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for President. If I were willing to absolutely rule that out, I could keep doing this show. But I can’t make such a declaration. I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them nor is it possible for me to openly determine political and financial support to justify a race. The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox. As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another Presidential run. So as we say in television, stay tuned!”
So what do you think? Should he run?
Here’s a “best of” from his 2008 campaign debates.
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Just what we need: more milquetoast.
Please no. Rick Santorum as VP? Jeeeebus
No thank you. I would not vote for him.
So, if Mike Huckabee believes he is “led of God” to run for president and he runs and loses, does that mean he is full of $h!t? And if he has done so before, with precisely that result, are people doubly full of $h!t for buying into that hogwash?
For the life of me, as a believer, I can’t begin to understand why any person who professes to be a Christian, i.e., someone who is “no longer of this world, but a citizen of heaven”, would run for political office, unless of course they are of the woefully misguided belief that God wants to establish a theocratic kingdom of God on earth?
Even Romans 13 seems to speak of a separation between God’s kingdom and earthly rulers – where the gospel speaks elsewhere of seeming unlimited grace and forgiveness, while Romans 13 speaks of ruling by sword and punishment …
I just don’t get it … Huckabee is a loon in my book.
So, good Christians cannot run for high public office?
Sure they can, if they want to compromise their beliefs and ideals. For example, abortion is the law of the land; how does a Christian president deal with that? What to do when a Christian president is prevailed upon to pray with Muslims to Allah, or to uphold gay rights? The President is commander in chief of a military that of late forbids chaplains to mention Jesus; how does that work?
Your tax dollars support all those things you oppose. How does that work?
We live in an imperfect world and do the best we can to muddle through. If Huckabee is “led of God” to run for President, then bully for him. If he loses, that doesn’t prove he missed God’s call…the call was to run. He didn’t claim that God told him he was going to win. That’s entirely different.
His (and God’s) politics aside, Huckabee is simply a terrible candidate, who is good for neither the country nor the GOP.
you [as a Christian] are under obligation to serve and further the sword [that is, civil/secular authority] by whatever means you can, with body, soul, honor or goods. For it is nothing that you need, but something quite useful and profitable for the whole world and for your neighbor. Therefore, should you see that there is a lack of hangmen, beadles, judges, lords, or princes, and find that you are qualified, you should offer your services and seek the place, that necessary government may by no means be despised and become inefficient or perish. For the world cannot and dare not dispense with it.
Martin Luther http://ollc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Secular-Authority-To-What-Extent-It-Should-Be-Obeyed.pdf
I hope you’ll excuse me if I don’t pay much heed to the flaming antisemite Martin Luther.
Still the distinction [a twofold government in man … one which, placed in the soul or inward man, relates to eternal life, … the other, which pertains only to civil institutions and the external regulation of manners] does not go so far as to justify us in supposing that the whole scheme of civil government is a matter of pollution, with which Christian men have nothing to do.
–John Calvin, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.txt
It’s not that “good Christians” can’t run for office.
1. “good Protestants” don’t believe that “good Catholics” can run for office because they are the “Whore of Babylon”
2. “good Evangelicals” don’t believe that “good Adventists” can run for office because they believe in Soul Hibernation
3. “good Arminian” don’t believe that “good Calvinists” can run for office because they believe in Predestination
4. “good Pentecostalists” don’t believe that “good Mormons” can run for office because they reject the Trinity
…and that’s just to name a few.
It was for good reason that Jesus announced to Pilate that his kingdom is not of this world.
Take a hike Mike.
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No. Absolutely not. However, betcha he could do as well as or better than a Jeb Bush – so presumably he could take all the milquetoasts down with him…’
(trying to think positively)
These people really need to get OUT of the Washington establishment bubble – and that includes many at FOX.
Let’em run. Walker, Perry, Cruz, et al, need a contrast to which they can be compared. Heck, even match’em up with Huntsman, they’ve both quite alike in so many ways.
Should he run?
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I would line up on a cold morning to vote for Huckabee against Shrillary Shrooooo Rodham Clinton. The latter should’ve provoked a red flag response among all Americans when her Whitewater files “reappeared” the minute the statute of limitations ran out, and the situation in the Middle East, North Africa, Ukraine, and [tomorrow, NATO member] Estonia is testimony to her “competence” as SecState.
As for Elizabeth Fauxahontas Warren, her name is Ahatchwhoop for “Grows-a-new-pimple-on-her-tongue-whenever-she-wants-a-position”. Ahatchwhoop is an extinct Native American language formerly spoken in the Jersey Meadows (John Barth errouneously located it on the Eastern Shore of Maryland). Having grown up when Westerns were standard TV fare, I couldn’t help myself. Apologies to any real Indigenous folk here.
We all would – if we had to. But we don’t.
Oh of course he’s running. You don’t start shedding jobs (like Bush has done) unless you’re serious about it.
Should he? We’ve already got Rick Santorum (and possibly Ben “the Earth is 6,000 years old” Carson) in the “God told me to run” slot. I don’t see how Huckabee differentiates himself in that space. He’ll just divide that wing of the GOP primary voters and collectively they’ll get 15% or so.
Eh. He’ll never get my support in a million years. If it was between him and the Hildebeast, I’d vote Libertarian.
Relax. It’s not going to be Huckabee. Won’t be Hillary, either.
And, if the only choices are candidates no one wants, the winnah may be Mickey Mouse. As soon as people become comfortable writing in a candidate of their choice.
What’s missing from our ballots is “choice E.” “None of the above.”
Ya know it’s entirely possible BOTH PARTIES want to keep turnout low.
Too bad Nixon’s dead because I’d write his name in on my ballot.
He has no shot and is harmless enough. Run.
I’m so sick of prior has-runs. Time for new blood.
Good Gawd, ya’ll. Everybody is running for President in 2016. John E. Bush, Rick “I can’t remember my spiel” Perry, the Huckleberry, Mike Pence, maybe John Kasich, Dr. Ben Carson, Willard Romney (3rd time is a charm), Rick Santorum (please, no!), Carly Fiorina, and some I have forgotten or never knew.
Notice that I haven’t mentioned three Senators who have been working the press since 2013, or Romney’s running mate or the only logical candidate – Governor Scott Walker!
Somehow this traffic jam has to be cleared without the deadly televised debates that whup up on us every four years. It occurs to me that there may not be a stage big enough.
Don’t count the likes of Huckabee out, however, since the moneyed backers have been deciding Republican politics for years.
Hucksterbeee is a BIG GOVERNMENT phoney populist hack.
Besides that, I have nothing against him whatever…
I will be voting for a fighter, not a pastor. We don’t need a shepherd. We need a Knight. Someone ready to do battle. Save the shepherding for your flock, pastor. We need a warrior. Are you ready for that? I’ve looked at your record in office, sir. I, personally find it wanting. So, I don’t think you’re anything at all resembling what I will vote for. I will vote for Rick Perry unless a more worthy warrior shows himself.
There will be many who will vote for you simply because you were once a pastor. One of the things I find amusing is that one of the tenets of today’s Christian theology is that the “calling” of “Pastor” is irrevocable,
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.(Romans 11:29 ESV)
(Notice that “gifts” is plural but “calling” is singular.)
If that is so, why are you doing TV? Why are you running for office? Why are you out in the world making big bucks and NOT in your church practicing your “calling”? Did you lose said “calling”? Did God say you could go? Are you n rebellion against that “calling”?
Theologically speaking, I am of the opinion that there is only one calling for Christians:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 ESV)
The only calling is to be conformed to the “image of his son”. There is no other calling. There are tasks, but only one calling.
Still, until you can prove to me that you can and will fight, I will not vote for you.
So, which is it, pastor? Are you rebelling? Or, do you agree with me?
I think the gifts and calling of God that are irrevocable, in Paul’s mind, are promises made to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Certainly some callings are revocable: “Because you have rejected knowledge, so I reject you, that you shall be no priest to me” (Hosea 4:6).
As for pastors in politics, we could use a few more John Witherspoons and members of what the British called America’s “Black Legion” back in the late 1770’s. Will Huckabee be such a person? I don’t know. But seeing that Shrillary Shroooooo on the Democratic ticket, I will back Huckabee to the hilt if he wins the GOP nomination.
No. No. No. For purely self-serving reasons. The last time he ran, he took big money from the NEA, and turned around and said he fully supports homeschooling. Can’t serve two masters, Pastor. He also supports Common Core, but just thinks it should be re-named….it will then be no issue.
As a former homeschooler of sixteen years, I say take a long walk down a short pier, pal.
At this stage the way to figure out who has absolutely no chance of winning is to watch the media for positive coverage of that candidate.
I suppose a pastor is as qualified for the job as a community organizer.
Whether he should run I can’t say. I can say that he’s the only Republican hopeful (so far) I won’t even consider voting for.
Who remembers Willie Horton, and what that prison release said about candidate Dukakis?
I generally like the idea of former governors running for executive positions. But not former governor Huckabee, whose executive action released one Maurice Clemmons from prison. Clemmons came here, to Washington state, and ambushed and shot dead four police officers while they sat at a coffee shop counter. Luckily, another police officer later shot Clemmons dead as he resisted at a traffic stop before the murderous felon could take more lives.
Thanks a lot, Huckabee.
If some of you haven’t noticed lately people who run for office are not judged on their intelligence or experience but on their ability to communicate with the 47%. Huckabee can do that in his sleep. Between McCain and obama who could tell which one was more qualified. Neither had any experience running a lemonade stand but we see what we got. And then we had Romney and obama and we got obama again which shows that intelligence and experience were once again not used in judging the candidates. There will be several good qualified candidates who will not make it out of the gate because they are focused and talk straight. It is the glib and flowery speaking people who will make it to the final primary.
I am a life long Arkansan and I say not only NO but HUCK NO! I suffered through his administration here as Governor. Though it would be funny to see him lose his home state, which I firmly believe he would.
I think this is a play by the establishment to put these guys in the race and then have them bow out and throw their support to Jeb.
The hell with it: why doesn’t the GOP just trot out Pat Paulson again?
Are you kidding me? He is exactly what the Republican party does NOT need. A social conservative who is a big government guy. We need the opposite. A socially libertarian who is small government.