Finally, after months of non-candidates announcing that they were running for President, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is throwing his hat into the ring. Huckabee is different than many of the other candidates. I think that he really has a chance to tied up the religious conservatives. He could be a real problem for whoever becomes the front runner. Huckabee’s problem when he ran the last time was that he ran out of money and had a terrible organization. I suspect that he will correct the organization problem. It is really unclear if he can raise the funds necessary to compete. In my opinion, there are a few candidates who can stay in the race because they will have one or two very deep pocketed donors who will keep them a float.
Ben Carson. Dr. Carson announced that he was running for president yesterday. He is a non-candidate. He says way too many things that are frankly crazy. You can’t take him seriously. ObamaCare might be bad. It might not work (although the data suggests that it is working as intended). It isn’t the worse thing since slavery. That’s just nuts to say something so over the top. You say it for effect. You say it to get attention. If you are a serious candidate you try to avoid over the top rhetoric like that.
Carly Fiorina. The former CEO of HP has thrown her hat into the ring. She is running as an outsider. She is the “I’m not a politician, so vote for me” candidate. She will push her business experience as a plus. All I know is that government is a big computer business. Government needs to reach out and help people (natural disasters, the poor, etc.). As I recall, we had a president who was supposed to be the CEO president, the one who had a degree from Harvard Business School. That didn’t work out so well for us. I would also like to add that many of these candidates know in ther hearts that they have no shot at winning the nomination. Instead, they are running for something else. I wonder if Carly is running to be Treasury Secretary or some other cabinet position? (more…)