It's hard to see where Huckabee finds traction in the primary field; he will be hard put to be out-gay-bashed or out-Christianed. And when you can't raise taxes, and want a foreign policy based on limitless, secret warfare, pretty much all you have to talk about is social issues and coining more euphemisms for cutting social support programs and suppressing the vote so the screwed-over can't do anything about it.
Maybe that's not the point. Huckabee turns 60 this year. Maybe his brand needs freshening as he heads into the twilight of his on-hold Fox News sinecure. Maybe, too- despite his scorn for public paychecks and subsidized housing as he makes a new bid for both- he has seen the future and believes it is crowdfunded conservative welfare a la Memories Pizza:
Unusual for an announcement speech, Mr. Huckabee’s address on Tuesday included a plea for money, specifically donations of $15 or $25 a month. “I will ask you to give something in the name of your children and grandchildren,” he said.Never mind saddling them with our deficits; led's raid their college funds for Uncle Mike!
Or, perhaps, given the superannuation of Republican candidates since Ronaldus Magnus cracked the 70 barrier, Huckabee has become a sort of eight-year locust, free to clatter out from the ground in 2024, croaking, "See? I told you so."
And see we shall.