Mike Huckabee Has Some Advice for Ron DeSantis and I'm Wondering Why – RedState

I’m going to file this story under the ever-so-happy category of “I didn’t know this person was still Kicking It Old School and giving their opinion on stuff.” I’m always thrilled to be reminded of things that I had forgotten, particularly subjects that remind me of week-old melted vanilla ice cream that you just kind of walk around to avoid on the sidewalk.

So welcome back to the political fold of commentating, former Arkansas Governor Mick Huckabee. Were you on vacation or did Fox News get rid of you also? Hopefully, they didn’t ax you as they did Tucker and I hope you and the wife were on a great retreat with the My Pillow guy most likely.

Yet I have one question for the guy who followed Bill Clinton into the Governorship in the Toothpick State: Why are you grumpy with the current Governor of the State of Florida?

According to our compadres over at Townhall, Huckabee came out wagging his finger after Ron DeSantis announced his run for the GOP nomination for President last week. From the article Republican Criticizes DeSantis: ‘You Promised Four Years’ to Floridians.

Former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee fired shots at Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) after launching his 2024 presidential campaign.

Huckabee criticized DeSantis’s decision to run for president after he just ran for governor last year, saying he promised Floridians four years.

“One of the challenges that he’s going to have to answer is a very obvious question: If you want to be president, how come you ran for governor just last year?” Huckabee told Newsmax. “You asked for a four-year job, and then you barely had gotten into it before you were looking for another four-year job.”

The Arkansas Republican aimed his response to DeSantis’s announcement, telling him he better be prepared to defend his decision.

Thankfully, I came across this article and the Huckabee quote which, after reading it, allowed my eyes to naturally roll back into my head to examine any damage from the actual quote.

Thankfully there was none.

Now, you may be wondering why am I picking on the former hapless Governor and the father of the current Governor of Arkansas and it is a fair question.

You see, Mike Huckabee ran for the GOP nomination for president in 2008 and in 2016.

In all fairness, I actually forgot that he ran in 2008 but it has become quite obvious in this article that I’m not a mega fan of Mike Huckabee. I’m sure he’s a nice bloke and all but I never found his style and the way he explained his policy positions interesting.

When I looked back in history at the crowded field in 2016 that Donald Trump eventually outlasted to win that cycle, there were a number of elected officials in that pack. Those that come to mind were Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and I looked in vain to find if Huckabee had asked that same question of the two senators.

I could not find that he did.

Now, maybe I’m just not as good searching on the Google Wayback machine but my hunch is that that wasn’t a concern of candidate Huckabee running for president back in the 2016 contest.

However, I did find that Mike Huckabee has already announced his support for former President Trump back in March of this year. Here is the video.


So, of course, Mike Huckabee’s concern about Ron DeSantis finishing out his term as Florida governor is superficial at best. What he is really concerned about is that Ron DeSantis could beat Donald Trump for the nomination and all the horrible things that could happen with that possibility.

(My tongue is firmly in my cheek with that last sentence.)

If Huckabee was not concerned about the voters of Texas and Kentucky in 2016 being short-changed he’s not concerned about the people of Florida being short-changed either. This is just the simpleton type of politics that the politicians have gotten used to dishing and the people have accepted being served.

So, while I have no firm commitment to any candidate yet in the GOP primaries to come I am fully in favor of the American people having as many qualified people as possible to choose from. One of the most nonsensical things that I’ve heard people say so far in this cycle is that in a nation of 330 million people, there are only one or two candidates of each party that should be favored to run. That type of thinking is backward and that narrative being pushed is one of the reasons why this country is in the mess that it is in today.

I hope that Mike Huckabee realizes this and I’m also grateful he is still around sharing his political wisdom for us to consider.

Most of the time

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