Huckabee Political Career Is Thanks To The Clintons

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Mike Huckabee

I read, with amusement, Mike Huckabee telling reporters in New Hampshire, that he survived the Clinton political machine before and he hoped to do it again in his run for President in 2016. History shows that Huchabee owes his entire political career to President and Hillary Clinton. If not for them, Huckabee might be a preacher in some backwater small town now. His comments about the Clintons are disingenuous at best.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he’s survived the Clinton political machine before. It appears he would like a chance to survive it again.

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate will announce his 2016 intentions May 5 in former President Bill Clinton’s hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Saturday, Huckabee highlighted his background with the Clintons, who rose to power before he became governor in 1996.

“I know the Clintons all too well – they play to win,” he said. “I faced them time and time again. I lived to win. I lived to even tell about it.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the favorite in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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What he fails to mention is that if it wasn’t for the “Clinton political machine” he probably wouldn’t have the political career he has today.

When Bill Clinton resigned as Governor of Arkansas in 1992, Jim Guy Tucker, the Lieutenant Governor took over. Huckabee ran in the special election to fill the now vacant Lieutenant Governor seat. Tucker had to resign after his corruption conviction in 1996 and Huckabee walked into the Governor’s office.

So had Clinton not won the Presidential race in 1992 there would be no vacant Lieutenant Governor seat to fill and so Huckabee wouldn’t have gotten the break into major politics he got.

In fact Huckabee has had twenty two years feeding off the “Clinton political machine”. It’s kind of like the relationship between an egret and a Hippo.