May 9th, 2011

For Huckabee Iowa Is Not “Do Or Die”… It’s “Win And Why”

Written by brothers Dan & Dave Davidson

There seems to be a preoccupation of political speculation regarding Mike Huckabee’s decision to run for president in 2012. The forums, blogs, tweets and Facebook comments are lit up with worries and concerns that Huckabee may not have “fire in the belly” because he hasn’t committed yet.

Political pundit websites like and seem to have too much time on their hands these days – many articles forecast who will run, what their chances are at winning and how much they need to win by. It’s like betting on next year’s Kentucky Derby before you even know who will be in the race.

Just today Bob Vander Plaats was quoted in a story that he felt Huckabee has got to win Iowa or he’s done. “Not only does he have to win the straw poll, he has to dominate the straw poll,” Vander Plaats said, speculating that Huckabee might stall his 2012 decision to avoid a make-or-break moment in the Ames vote this summer.

We spoke with Bob Vander Plaats on the phone and he said his remarks were taken out of the context when comparing the expectations on Huckabee from the 2008 and 2012 elections.  Vander Plaats noted he never said, “Iowa was do or die for Huckabee.”  That concept was merely a title penned by Politico.

Yesterday the Dallas Mavericks needed to win one game to sweep the Los Angeles Lakers to be the first team in the NBA conference finals. They ended up crushing them by 36 points making quite a statement. Will it give them more momentum in the next round? Maybe or maybe not.

Even though new Republican rules may change the Iowa caucus from a winner-take-all to a proportional division of delegates in 2012, a win is still a win and carries with it a built-in momentum of its own. Isn’t a win a win in basketball and politics? Think buzzer shot or hanging chad.

The headline from the Politico story quoting Vander Plaats said that Iowa was a “do or die” state for Huckabee. We think it’s “win and why.” A win should be the goal and Huckabee has the best chance because his vision for America best reflects the values of Iowa voters.

At this point for Huckabee supporters it’s all or nothing – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by supporting and encouraging him to run and sharing with supporters and others what his vision for America is.

It’s time to focus on Huckabee’s vision – more than his decision.

Even if he doesn’t run for president again, his value and views – his policies and principles are what this nation needs. He would continue to have a platform to influence the social, cultural and political framework of our country.

So for now, if you are “Stuck On Huck” it’s probably best to focus on what he stands for. A good place to start is to read and share the principles he reflects in his latest best-selling book, “A Simple Government.” Learn even more at

Currently he has to be somewhat vague now to avoid having his television contract with Fox News suspended. Because of his Fox show and his multiple appearances on other Fox programs, he is asked more often about his decision to run than any other candidate. This naturally puts an extra spotlight on his decision.

Huckabee has to keep things general about his decision for now and not show too much enthusiasm quite yet. He has recently shown “fire in the belly” when it comes to the issues. He is taking strong stances on policies everyday and had the strongest reaction to bin Laden’s recent death compared to other GOP candidates.

Each week he is still at Fox he appears on several shows including of course his own. This may be worth millions of dollars each week in exposure. If he ends up running, his current approach could end up being a very wise one. Once he gets in the race, there should be no doubt that he will be focused and passionate and few will be talking about what he said the month before he decided.

If you are a loyal Huckabee supporter let us ask – do you have “fire in the belly?” Or do you spend a lot of time regurgitating theories and motives about his decision to run for president. That can cause political indigestion!

Now is the time to build up momentum for a potential presidential campaign. Huck supporters need something positive to focus on – like the “Stuck On Huck Pledge Vote Rally & Tribute” to Mike Huckabee in Des Moines on June 4th. Make the political pilgrimage to Iowa or sponsor a virtual house party – register at

While the pundits continue to speculate and pontificate, grassroots movements are rising up all across the country for Huckabee. Probably the best thing for Huck supporters to do is spread his “vision” for America to others.

And don’t worry so much about his “decision”. That’s probably something we should leave to Huckabee and heaven right now.

Written by brothers Dan & Dave Davidson,
Authors of the new Kindle book “More Than 57 Reasons Why Mike Huckabee Should Run For President”
(Link for book will appear at in the next few days.)
Photo by Dave Davidson

About the Author

Dave Davidson is the TIR artjournalism storyteller photographer and founder of (polite) presidential paparazzi with manners. He is the author of gobs of books including "Sarah Palin Inspires Me", "Huckisms" and "You May Be A TEApublican".

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