Mike Huckabee’s bubble burst when he and Chris Christie were moved to the under-card for the next GOP debate. Huckabee had been under the delusion that he could repeat his performance in the 2008 Iowa caucuses. A 10/17/15 story by The Hill states, “Huckabee’s team is nonetheless projecting confidence and noting his come-from-behind victory at the 2008 Iowa caucus as a model for future success.”
According to a CNN report, at the end of the 3rd financial quarter, Huckabee raised $1.2 million, had $760,000 on hand and had a burn rate of 110%. In comparison, Christie raised $4.2 million, had $1.4 million on hand and had a burn rate of 67%.
Huckabee’s performance in the polls and in fund raising should have been a wake-up call to him. Perhaps his move to the GOP kiddie table will be.
Unlike Huckabee, Christie has reason to still be optimistic about his political future. Should one of his GOP rivals become the next POTUS, then that person could appoint Christie to be the next U.S. Attorney General.
Another difference between Christie and Huckabee is that Christie has been acting like he is running for President of the United States, while Huckabee has been acting like he is running for president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Whereas Christie was a bit entertaining during the previous prime-time GOP debates, Huckabee simply took up much-needed elbow room.
Anyway, now that Huckabee and Christie won’t be on the main debate stage on November 10th, there will be more time for the remaining candidates to make their case for becoming the 2016 GOP presidential nominee . . . or more time for them to hang themselves with their own tongues.
If the last three prime-time debates are any indication of what will happen during the 4th one, then Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio should have a good night on November 10th.