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Mike Huckabee Hesitation

Howard Fineman

The Hesitations Of Huckabee | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conference calls do not a candidacy make -- or unmake. Nevertheless, I just hung up on one featuring Mike Huckabee that did nothing to contradict the rapidly-gathering conventional wisdom that he is not running again in 2012. Huckabee sounded like a wary, skeptical guy who didn't have the stomach for the grueling humiliations of a presidential run. That's a normal reaction for a sane human being, but the kiss of death for someone hoping to be taken seriously by the donors and strategists and writers who make up the boiler room of politics.