(CNN) – There's a likely GOP 2012 presidential candidate who is a former governor, darling of the party's conservative base, and the leader of nearly every early presidential poll.
And his name is not Sarah Palin.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, whose upstart presidential campaign toppled Mitt Romney in Iowa and nearly brought down John McCain in South Carolina last year, wants people to know he's every bit as serious as other potential presidential aspirants, and suggested there's a double standard when it comes to how some in his party treat him and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
"Some of the people who had excoriated me and really been very dismissive of me for views that I had taken, and labeled me anything from a populist to an ignoramus - the same people have been very defensive [of] and laudatory to Sarah Palin," Huckabee told Politico in an article published Monday.
I'm a very serious person," he also said. "I may not be dour, but I'm serious."
The former two-term Arkansas governor has expressed criticism of Palin before, suggesting her abrupt resignation of the Alaska governorship may suggest she's not ready to handle the pressures of a hardscrabble presidential primary campaign.
"If she's looking to be a national political figure, it's not going to get easier," he said in July. "In a primary this is going to be an issue she'll have to face. Will she be able to withstand the pressure?"
In many respects, Huckabee should be considered the early favorite in what already appears to be a crowded field of 2012 Republican contenders. He consistently leads Palin and his old rival Romney in presidential polls and has maintained a legion of faithful followers. He's also out with a new book this month and a concurrent book tour through some of the country's most conservative townships - including some in politically important Iowa.
Huckabee was also the winner of a recent Values Voter Summit straw poll, grabbing nearly 29 percent of the vote in a crowded field that, in addition to Palin and Romney, included Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
But Huckabee's fundraising pales in comparison to Romney's and Palin's, and it's the former Republican vice presidential candidate who has been dubbed the party's rock star, and whose upcoming book tour will make national headlines - a fact Huckabee brushed off with his trademark humor.
"I'm glad she's getting the props - I know I'm not nearly as attractive," he said.
One thing the conservative cannot stand is an independence thinker an Ms. Palin want let them boss her. Go Sarah make the money let them wish they had your hand.
Mike does seem to be the only Republican that is not foaming at the mouth.
Only an idiot or a Fox viewer would think ACORN stole the election in 2008. The GOP is none and done.
Democrats like social programs so when someone gets on one they become dependant which equals a vote for homocrats.
If the GOP think they can win PALIN they are wrong, she is not smart enough and she is a quitter, there is no way she could lead this country , Huckabee would be a good choice if not Obama should be president again, i would never vote for Palin she is no where near as good as Hillary was.
Before anyone even considers voing for Mike Huckabee, you better do some research and find out what his philosophy on healthcare is. Let me give you a hint:
No more Medicare
No more Medicaid
No more S-Chip
No more government involvement in healthcare, period
No more employer-based healthcare insurance
Complete deregulation of the private insurance sector
Everyone pays for their own healthcare insurance
If you can't afford healthcare insurance, your SCREWED!
The number of people without healthcare insurance SKYROCKETS!
Filthy rich healthcare insurance executives laugh their greedy keisters off all the way to the bank!
I can't stand any of them, especially Pawlenty, he has brought my state to its knees. Of all of them, Huckabee is probably the best but I don't want these "values" candidates telling me who I can marry, etc.
George Bush took the largest budget surplus in history and switched to the largest deficit...then took the nation to the brink of another Great Depression. The GOP keeps drinking the cool-aid and lives in denial of the facts.
Obama and smart do not go together, He is the worst President we ever had.
Momentum is growing for whoever the Republican candidate is. This may become a referendum on the current administration and the results may not be to the libs liking.
I find Mike Huckabee to be one of the few members of the GOP that seems likely to be pleasant to to occupy the same room. That said, I think he's disqualified himself from leading any nation that isn't a Christian Theocracy.
"He makes no apologies for his faith. Also, he does not impose his faith on others."
He most certainly does! He imposes his faith on others when, for example, he campaigns against marriage equality!
As a conservative from Arkansas I have abandoned the GOP. It's a paler shade of the big government spending liberal party. There is no party for true small government conservatives but polls show conservatives far outnumber liberals. I guess I'm an independent conservative, also a majority in the polls.
The people who insult others for differing views or use hateful language when referring to someone who doesn't believe in evolution should be ashamed of themselves. I have served my country proudly to defend your right to your own opinion but please be respectful of those who disagree with you.
Even though I usually disagree with him on the issues, I recognize in Mr. Huckabee an intelligent and thoughtful person. Not so much when I hear Sarah Palin speak. The GOP is in big trouble with Palin at the helm.
GOP Complain That President Obama Has Done Anything In 9 Months!
The GOP Haven't Broaded There Base In 60+ Years and Counting.
The Party is Still 93.7% White Americans
Steele It's Been 9+ months, You Haven't Done A Thing To Broaded The GOP Base!
It's Not That Easy Is It!
Huckabee & Romney are too churchy.
Palin is three bricks short of an eighth of a load, and would therefore need a "ghost President." NO THANKS, we've already had one of those.
Obama for a 2nd term, and more Dems after that!
Palin is an idiot, even a Republican can see that. I do NOT agree with Republican ideology, but at least this man knows a moron when he sees one.
Palin is a stupid moron, who has no brains and should go crawl back in the hole she slithered out of.
American voters are fickle and make very shallow voting decisions. Mike's problem is his name anything starting with Hucka ... is not good. Sorry
Governor Huckabee completed his term as governor, can articulately offer his views on an array of national issues, and does not have the embarrassing domestic drama that has hounded Mrs. Palin.
And yet, conservatives like Ann Coulter skewered Huckabee, but is completely enthralled by Palin.
Makes you wonder if some Republicans are secretly rooting for a second term for Obama. What other possible explanation could there be for supporting a possible Palin candidacy other than to ensure a landslide for the president?
GOP Complain That President Obama Hasn't Done A thing In 9 Months!
Steele It's Been 9+ months, You Haven't Done A Thing To Broaded Your GOP Base!
It's Not That Easy Is It!
Palin is an illness. A scourge on America. A blight. An embarrassment.
Nice, both of them on the FAR RIGHT of the party and STILL they are bickering. If that's not a sign of how permanently unable to accomplish or ever get along with anybody, then I don't know what is. This is proof positive that we need to kick all of these right wing retards out of this country and let them kill themselves on a deserted island!
Huckabee is a religious nut, and frankly thats the last thing this country needs. We are trying to move away from the Dark Ages, not toward it.
Great! The repugs are out eating their young. Neither one is worthy of being president of this great nation, but at least he is not following her like the dumb pod people who think, as was stated in another blog, she's doing god's work. Gawd I certainly hope not. She's evil as all get out..
This woman is poison and I am glad he is the first one to say it aloud.
Palin = Pretty. That's all.