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September 16, 2014

Good News: Huckabee Seems to be Running for President; Top Wall Street Backer Predicts Romney Will Run, Too

Grudge match?

Mike Huckabee is leading the Republican presidential race in Iowa. And not by just a point or two: in a new CNN survey, the former Arkansas governor, winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, is at 21 percent, with his closest GOP pursuer, Rep. Paul Ryan, nine points behind. Rand Paul is 14 points back, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush 15 behind.

Few frontrunners choose not to run. And when Huckabee, not yet a candidate and officially undecided, invited a group of reporters to meet with him at a hotel outside Washington Monday, he certainly looked like a man preparing to jump into the race.

One obvious sign is that Huckabee is talking about world affairs.

Allah has thoughts on that.

Via @allahpundit, one of Romney's top donors says he'll probably run.

One of Mitt Romney’s biggest Wall Street backers predicted Monday that the former presidential candidate would run again in 2016 under certain conditions.

SkyBridge Capital's Anthony Scaramucci said the former Massachusetts governor would run in 2016 if GOP favorites such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decline to run.

"I don’t think he's 100 percent made the decision," Mr. Scaramucci said in an interview with Fox Business. "But a couple of factors could happen: If Governor Jeb Bush drops out or declares that he’s not going to run, I think that puts Governor Romney in… position."

...

"I think he’s going to do it," Mr. Scaramucci said. "I don’t think there’s any reason for him not to do it. His family is behind him."

And what the hell: With national security now on people's minds, and the public turning more hawkish, what about another former candidate gettin' into the mix?

Like: Here's a former candidate getting all testy with Rand Paul, asking him if he ever met with "ISIS" like he himself did. (He meant "The Free Syrian Army," probably, but you can understand his confusion on this point.)

That former candidate now grilling Rand Paul and by implication putting himself forward as confident hand for the national tiller?

John McCain.

Let's do this, baby. Everyone in the pool.


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