Hatred of a fellow GOP candidate is a healthy reason to run for President, right?
Mike Huckabee may be especially tempted to run in 2012 by a lingering feud between him and Mitt Romney, a severe hangover from the 2008 campaign that has created a lasting and bitter rift between the two, Republicans who know both men say.
“[Huckabee] hates Mitt, and his goal in Iowa last time was to stop him,” said one prominent Republican, who’s known both men for years. “If he sees an opportunity to cut Mitt off [during the nominating process], he will take it”…
As Huckabee weighs whether to run again, several Republicans with ties to Huckabee say his disdain for Romney is a real factor in his decision-making about whether to mount a second campaign for the White House…
Asked to comment for this article, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said in an e-mail that “Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee ran a competitive race against each other and had their differences, but Mitt has always had high regard for Mike Huckabee as a person and as a governor.”
As they say, read the whole thing.
For what it’s worth, Hogan Gidley (executive director of HuckPAC) responded to the story by saying, “Only someone who knows precious little about running for president would put forth the ludicrous notion that a person would go through the rigors of running for president due to some personal grudge.”
I would note that when asked to respond to these “several Republicans with ties to Huckabee,” Romney’s team responded by complimenting Huckabee; Huckabee’s team responded by attacking those making the charge – with still nothing nice to say about Romney.
Courtesy of these (anonymous) sources, we now a better idea of why Huckabee is proceeding the way he is. If Mitt is the frontrunner come July, look for Huckabee to jump in as the knight on the white horse to save us from ourselves. If Mitt is losing ground to Pawlenty, Daniels, or some other surging candidate, expect Mike to sit it out and just lob grenades from the sidelines.