February 21, 2011

HE'S ALREADY GOT A GIG:

Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president? (Karen Tumulty, 2/21/11, Washington Post)

It would indeed be tough for Huckabee to return to that budget-motel existence in Dubuque and Ottumwa, now that he is a bona fide media star. Thanks in large part to the celebrity he built in that losing presidential campaign, the former Baptist preacher is making serious money. Huckabee's various gigs include a weekly television show on Fox News, Paul Harvey-style commentaries on some 600 radio stations and a packed schedule of speaking engagements. In June, he'll be headlining a week-long cruise to Alaska.

When Huckabee and his wife, Janet, picked out the lot for the house they are building on a Florida beach, "We just looked at each other and started laughing. We thought, can you believe we can do this?" he said. "Our first apartment was $40 a month. Our closet in this house will probably be as large as that tiny little apartment."

And how much will such a palace cost? "Hadn't finished it yet. I honestly don't know," he said, dodging the question with practiced amiability. He did note, however, that the supposed pictures of it that a blogger posted on the Internet are actually of a house under construction down the street.

"It could be that I've found my niche," he said. "I may be doing what I need to be doing, which is very fulfilling."

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2011 7:35 AM
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