Former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Donald "You're Fired!" Trump have both decided not to run for the GOP nomination in 2012.
"They're all backing out," one person recently quipped to me. "Its all because Obama killed bin Laden. They're afraid to run against him because they won't have a chance."
First, Obama did not kill Usama bin Laden. SEAL Team Six killed bin Laden. It was a concerted effort over three Presidencies to find and take out this delusional, sick madman. Clinton tried, backed off when the first attempt failed. Then Bush directed concentrated resources to find him. And finally, Obama was President when it happened. He did not personally do the intelligence, fly the mission or pull the trigger.
It is certainly a plus that he got to tell the public that America's Number One bad guy was gone. But this one act cannot cover up all the negative he has done for this country. At least in the eyes of conservatives. (You all are welcome to comment and dispute this if you like.) And any true conservative would not balk at the challenge to stop him from continuing down this road.
In 2008, President Obama somehow got into his mind the absolutely erroneous idea that a 49% to 51% is a "mandate from the people" to go ahead with all his crazy programs and policies. He was decidedly slapped down on that notion with all the TEA party activity and the 2010 midterms. The country cannot allow this man to be unchallenged on a serious level in his bid for re-election. There is no telling how much he will believe a re-election win will be a new "mandate" for his policies.
Second, I would not like to think that anyone such as Mike Huckabee would fear running against the President. I would HOPE that no true conservative with the chance to run for the GOP nomination would back out because he or she was intimidated by the President being the one in office when bin Laden was taken out.
Let's face it. No matter who was President, the intel would still have been gathered. (It is absurd to think that our intelligence community would give up even if the President didn't give it high priority.) The order to follow up would still have been given. The approval to go in and take him out would still have happened. Even if Donald Duck or Rumsfeld or Cythia McKinney were sitting in the oval office. Because no intelligence liaison or Sect. of Defense or Joint Chief would have allowed a President to miss an opportunity (again).
So, for The Donald, I believe it was mere ploy (as it was in 1988 and 1992) and he is and always has been the consummate showman who will do what is needed for good PR. Irish author Brendan Behan once quipped, "All publicity is good, except an obituary notice." I am sure Trump is very familiar with this.
As for Gov. Huckabee, he said doesn't feel the sense that God has a nomination in mind. He said when supporters were encouraging him, he felt the love and commitment. But when he was alone, his inner voice differed. He said it best on his blog on HuckPAC website. "All the factors say GO, my heart says NO."
I think the 2012 election cannot be a cake walk for Obama. The death of Usama bin Laden cannot be the deciding factor for millions of Americans. The whole body of work this President has undertaken to steer this country in the wrong direction needs the attention of the American people and they need to speak out loud and stop being led like sheep by the left wing pundits, the liberal leaning mainstream media or the charismatic voice of a President.
American voters need to look deep inside themselves and see the reflection of the ideal America, the one where the American Dream still lives. And they need to then look at the facts of what Obama has done / is trying to do, and they need to make a choice.
The GOP cannot roll over as well. It needs a strong conservative leader who will not back away from the challenge of getting America back on track and getting Americans back to thinking for themselves instead of thinking like sheeple.
Agree or disagree, as usual, and it is fine by me. So long as I got you thinking about other things, looking at things in another light and closing off your ears to the PR spins of everyone out there (yes, even me) and doing some self reflection, then I have done my job. Because hey, this is just me, thinking out loud.
Have a great day.