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Via Steve Benen at Washington Monthly:

May 15, 2011 8:00 AM

‘All the factors say go, but my heart says no’

Mike Huckabee, by some measures, would have been the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination had he decided to run. But on his Fox News program last night, after dropping conflicting hints, the former Arkansas governor announced he will not be a candidate.

At the very end of his Saturday night show, Huckabee initially touted what a great presidential contender he’d be. He noted the polls that showed him in the lead; he touted support in the Northeast that “shattered the notion that I was only a regional candidate”; and he pointed to the support of his family members, who would be subjected to “brutal and savage personal attacks” if he ran. (Note to Huckabee: you’ve already run once, and no one bothered your family.)

But after explaining that the final decision was “a spiritual one,” Huckabee bowed out….

The Missouri connection? Wayne DuMond:

A sitting governor intervenes in the parole process, setting up the release of an individual who then goes on to commit another horrible crime. Sound familiar? Well, our political media will only cover a story like that if that governor is running for president, right? Think again….

And, three years ago:

[T]he man is scary because he makes his conservatism sound so reasonable and moderate. In some ways, we may have dodged a bullet by getting McCain instead of Huckabee.