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Huckabee Will Let God Decide on 2016

Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 but sat out the campaign in 2012, met recently with a bunch of evangelical pastors who encouraged him to run in 2016. He told them that he would let God decide whether or not he should run.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reportedly told a group of pastors he’d let the Lord decide if he should run for president in 2016. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate is also said to be praying about it, and has had several groups from Iowa and South Carolina come to meet him.

“The first question he was asked was whether or not he was running for president and he said he’d let the Lord decide,” ABC quoted Warren Watkins, pastor of Westside Baptist Church, as saying, of pastors’ interaction with Huckabee at a meeting at the Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday night.

Huckabee met with a group of pastors and political leaders from the early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina, a source told ABC.

“In 2012 at the end of the day, he said after thoughtful prayer and consideration this wasn’t the right time,” Alice Stewart, Huckabee’s press secretary during his 2008 campaign, was quoted as saying, of the governor’s decision at the time not to run. “God didn’t give him the nudge in that right direction and that’s the same with it, this time. You have to have all the cards in place.”

That whole “God told me to run” thing didn’t work out so well for the candidates who claimed that was the case in 2016. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann all claimed that God told them to run and all failed miserably. Maybe God is deliberately trying to make them look like fools. Or maybe they’re just hearing the voices in their heads.

Comments

  1. John Pieret says

    Anyone who says “I’m running for public office because I heard the voice of God telling me to” should be instantly disqualified … just as we would if some pilot said “I showed up to fly this airliner this morning because I heard the voice of God telling me to.”

  2. Larry says

    This will be the same god that told all of the 2012 Krazy Klown Kar of Kandidates to run?

    Not a terribly discriminating chap.

  3. Mr Ed says

    1)Man was created in God’s image
    2) Man has a sense of humor

    Conclusion: God has a sense of humor.

    Maybe he is tell them to run but for his own amusement

    /current scholarly work indicates that Noah and the ark was a prank that got out of hand.

  4. otrame says

    @5

    Huckabee: Should I run for president, God?

    God: (snort) Yeah, Mike, sure. You go right ahead and run.

  5. says

    Yes, Modus, he’ll certainly look “moderate” compared to nearly everyone else in his loony-right corner. That will, in fact, most likely be what propels him to instant-front-runner status. the loony right will all know he’s one of them, and the “moderate elements” will grit their teeth and vote for him to save themselves from having to admit their party — and their tribalistic loyalty to same — was all in vain.

  6. sqlrob says

    @Mr Ed, #5

    /current scholarly work indicates that Noah and the ark was a prank that got out of hand.

    Noah, how long can you tread water?

  7. Abdul Alhazred says

    … That whole “God told me to run” thing didn’t work out so well for the candidates who claimed that was the case in 2016. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann all claimed that God told them to run and all failed miserably. …

    Or Pat Robertson … mumble mumble … years before that.

    But of course God telling them to run shouldn’t be taken as God guaranteeing a win.

    It’s a test of faith like God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. :)

  8. cjcolucci says

    What, exactly, does Huckabee mean when he says he’s going to “let” God decide? In Huckabee’s scheme of things, is there an alternative? Doesn’t God get to decide because he’s God, whether Huckabee “lets” him or not?
    Unless, that is, God might not want Huckabee to run, but is prepared to let him decide for himself and then make him suffer if he runs against God’s wishes. Maybe Huckabee’s trying to play it safe and is waiting for a thumbs-up from God and won’t risk running without it. But then, maybe God does want Huckabee to run, but is prepareed to let him decide for himself and then make him suffer if, against God’s wishes, he doesn’t run. (Presumably God already knows whether Huckabee will screw up and is getting ready to smite him — or not, as the case may be.)
    Higher theology gives me a headache.

  9. raven says

    That “god wants me to be president” worked out so well that the GOP ended up nominating a nonxian Mormon.

    Which is why Obama won. God wanted a xian in the White House. Oddly enough the vast majority of Obama voters were…xians.

    What, exactly, does Huckabee mean when he says he’s going to “let” God decide?

    In fundieland, it usually has a lot to do with money. God is mostly interested in his faithful servants making a lot of money.

  10. Doug Little says

    He told them that he would let God decide whether or not he should run.

    And by god he means the almighty dollar.

  11. jonmoles says

    And the Lord sayeth “Mike Huckabee, run for office until your donations dwindle and then form a SuperPAC, and the SuperPAC will provide succor and comfort to thy soul and bank accounts and all will be well.”

  12. Robert B. says

    Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann all claimed that God told them to run and all failed miserably.

    What’s going through the head of the second candidate in a particular race to say god told them to run? Is God supposed to have one favored candidate and he’s just messing with the other one, or is he just bad at electoral tactics?

  13. thebookofdave says

    Conclusion: God has a sense of humor.

    That’s never more evident than during the Republican primaries, Mr Ed. God keeps pulling the same prank every four years, and a fresh pack of delusional sociopaths fall for it. Somehow, that joke never goes stale.

  14. cottonnero says

    Man, wouldn’t it be hard to be the pastor of the Westside Baptist Church? Like, do you think he gets hate mail intended for Fred Phelps?

  15. LightningRose says

    “Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann all claimed that God told them to run and all failed miserably. Maybe God is deliberately trying to make them look like fools.”

    This is just more evidence that the true god of Abraham is Loki rather than Yahweh.

  16. says

    Fundie J. Moose: “God told me to run for President.|

    Fundie Squirrel: “But that trick never works!”

    Fundie J. Moose: “This time for sure! Presto!”

  17. Michael Heath says

    It’s irrelevant whether God wants Mike Huckabee to win or not. Mr. Huckabee’s impediment in 2008 was the antipathy of Rush Limbaugh, who relentlessly blasted him because he raised to taxes, to fund roads IIRC. Limbaugh accused Huckabee of not being a loyal member to the tribe but instead an impostor.

    If Mr. Limbaugh’s position hasn’t changed his position on Huckabee in regards to 2016, then Huckabee can kiss his chance to win the nomination good-bye.

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