Mike Huckabee joins Fox News

I guess he’s written off any chance of becoming McCain’s VP choice. I’m curious to see if he brings his trademark humor to his new job. But I have to say, he’s got such great timing, he’d make a better sitcom actor than a political pundit:

Mike Huckabee, a former Republican presidential hopeful, has been hired by Fox News Channel as a political commentator.

“Gov. Huckabee’s campaign experience and knowledge of politics makes him a great addition to our ongoing election coverage,” Bill Shine, senior vice president of programming, said in a statement Thursday.

Huckabee, who served as governor of Arkansas for 10 1/2 years, dropped out of the race in March, after John McCain won enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination. Despite a financially strapped campaign, Huckabee won the leadoff caucuses in Iowa and seven other states.

“I hope to bring the unique perspective from `inside the dragon’s belly’ as well as to try and speak for the millions of hardworking middle-class Americans who really do feel that their voices are not being heard,” Huckabee said in a statement released by his daughter, Sarah. “I saw that on the campaign trail and continue to see as I speak to groups of all kinds around the country as well as campaign for other candidates.”

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