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For those of you keeping track of the 2012 Presidential race — and really, why wouldn’t you want to keep track with the election looming a scant 18 months away! — you can check Mike Huckabee off the list. He announced tonight on his television show, which makes him a better living than 18 months on the road as a candidate would, that his heart simply wouldn’t let him run.

If only he had gotten Celine Dion to sing “My Heart Won’t Go On”.

Katrina Trinko has a few guesses at NRO about which GOP hopefuls this will help and hurt. You can get more commentary from the links at this memeorandum thread.

I won’t hazard a guess about what the Huckabee announcement means. I was interested to see that he made it on his television show. It seems, thus far, that GOP candidates have preferred to use different platforms for their announcements than others have in the past. Newt Gingrich announced his candidacy on Facebook and Twitter. Herman Cain has used mid-sized and small blogs, Twitter, and local talk radio to spread the word about his coming announcement in Georgia next week.

Does that mean that more candidates will go the less-traveled route with their campaigns? Perhaps not, but I’d sure like to see a few more of them go those routes.

And now, links!

  • If you read nothing else today, please read Andrew Ferguson’s profile of legendary screenwriter and playwright David Mamet. Mamet has a book coming out next month in which I am keenly interested. You can get a taste of what is to come from the Village Voice essay he wrote in 2008.
  • So, the Socialist head of the IMF is under arrest for sexual assault, huh? I bet a few members of the board wish they hadn’t thrown arch-villain neocon Paul Wolfowitz under the bus right about now. I bet they also wish they had taken Mr. Strauss-Khan’s earlier sexual peccadilloes a bit more seriously.
  • Introducing President Gutsy McGutserson!
  • This is about the best response I can imagine to Bill Maher’s purposeful anti-religious bigotry…aside from a gut-punch, that is.
  • Huh. I guess Barack Obama really is like FDR.
  • Spiking the Ball to Show Some National Pride = Bad. Dancing Osama bin Laden’s Corpse Around Like A Marionette to Sell a Political Ideology = AWESOME!
  • The good news is that In-N-Out Burger has moved eastward. The bad news is that at the current rate of progress, I’ll be long-dead before it gets to the East Coast.
  • I really don’t care what it does. If a machine has a name like The Antimatter-Hunting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, it’s instantly one of the five coolest pieces of tech on the planet.
  • This is the best baseball catch I’ve seen in a lot of years. Prepare to be amazed.
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