Trump, Huckabee Won't Run in 2012--Leaving Some Other White Guys to Duke it Out
Not sure whether this is good or bad news, but it's news: Reality TV star and perennially bankrupt real estate mogul Donald Trump as well as friendly-seeming but really quite nastily fundamentalist Mike Huckabee have bowed out of the GOP 2012 race before it even begins.
Trump's statement, which arrived after weeks of his faux-running for the office and spouting out birther nonsense, which culminated in his getting trashed at the White House Correspondents Dinner and plummeting in the polls, was perhaps one of the most unintentionally self-parodic in recent memory (h/t Gawker):
After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
A pity for the private sector.
As for Huckabee, his was a "spiritual decision," but one that left many social conservatives out of a candidate to root for. As the below sketch from this weekend's SNL shows, the rogues' gallery of 2012 GOP candidates continues to shift and spin, leaving a bevy of cartoonish and unfamiliar characters over which pundits can mullad nauseam.