Huckabee then took the last few minutes of Saturday's episode of his Fox News talk show "Huckabee" to reveal his decision about being a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
In short, no.
He said he would have been an awesome candidate; money wasn't a problem; the wife and kids were all in; and he's terribly sorry to dash the hopes of all his ardent supporters.
But the Lord told him to sit this one out (not in so many words, of course, but during moments of solitary reflection).
As soon as he finished talking, a "Huckabee Alert" graphic flashed, and there was will-he-or-won't-he GOP contender Donald Trump, saying (with typical Trumpian bombast and a hint of humor) how Huck's a great guy and all, could've been a contender, but don't let the door hit your arse on the way out ... oh, and enjoy your money and the new house in Florida (Trump already has a house in Florida, the fabled Mar-a-Lago).
Couple of questions then. Was this message from Trump part of the "things will get even crazier" predication? Was Trump informed ahead of time? Did he tape two different versions?
More from the LA Times:
This tag-teaming of Huckabee and Trump will no doubt set pundit tongues a' wagging -- but, both are FNC regulars, so it could have been just a bit of home-team back-slapping.
(Imagine if it had been FNC commentator and repeatedly rumored GOP candidate, former vice-presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ... liberal and conservative blogs could have dined out on that one for a week.) But it again proves that, while Trump's actual viability as a candidate is yet to be determined, there's no doubt he's a ....
....heckuva showman. As for Huckabee's rationale, it served the dual purpose of letting others either in or pondering the GOP race know that he would have given them a run for their money. And btw conversely, that if he doesn't like what they're doing, a word to his followers could dent their poll numbers.