The time we wasted on Huckabee

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Now that we know that Mike Huckabee isn’t going to run for president, the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf says it isworth pointing out that all thetimespentreporting,writing, andreading about hisintentions over thelast severalmonths has been totally wasted. Given that there is always worthy news going unreported, wouldn’t it be better to mostly ignore potential candidates for the presidency until they actually declare?

Doing so would certainly remove the ability of folks seeking celebrity or TV ratings to game the system. Under the “no coverage until you declare” convention, for example, America would’ve been spared all matters Donald Trump over the last couple months, saveThe Celebrity Apprentice, where he is actually somewhat likeable (perhaps due to the juxtaposition with the show’s villain, Star Jones). My proposed standard would also afford relative unknowns an opportunity to declare early and make their case to the public via a political press freed from covering folks who ultimately don’t run anyway.

Finally, it should be said that even if Huckabee had decided to run, the speculative stories trying to predict his eventual decision would’ve been just as pointless. And was the American public really eager to read all those stories? I submit that lots of speculative questions aremore interesting.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.