Traditionally, the first presidential campaign event that means anything at all — and most would argue we’re stretching it – is the Ames Straw Poll, held the summer before a presidential election year, roughly six months before that state’s caucuses. This year, the Ames Straw Poll will be held August 13.
From June 5 through June 12, Mike Huckabee will be on the Alaska Freedom Cruise with several Christian music groups.
Now, obviously, at NR we heartily support political figures going on cruises. (Say, did you know about our post-election cruise?) There’s plenty of time between June and August 13 for campaigning in Iowa. Of course, as the previous winner of the Iowa caucuses, Huckabee would be expected to perform pretty well at Ames no matter how much time he spent in the state.
But some of Huckabee’s comments have suggested he’s not eager to jump back into the fray in 2012, noting that he can’t afford to start early and would be giving up quite a few lucrative opportunities by running. And if your heart wasn’t really in another presidential campaign, wouldn’t you still be booking events in the summer of 2011?