This week, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was a guest on The Colbert Report. But instead of receiving the customary Colbert Bump, the Governor's reward is appearing as this week's entry in our chronologically ordered Presidential Loser Series!
Huckabee gained notice as a candidate for being in a rock band and for courageously making a profit off a school shooting in his home state. But above all else, it was his inspirational weight loss story that gave his campaign a much-needed jumpstart.
Huckabee had been a 300-pound terror in the Arkansas governor's mansion, breaking chairs at cabinet meetings and devouring everything in sight. Finally one day, something snapped (possibly yet another chair.) The Governor took a vow to lose weight by eating only healthy sandwiches at Subway until he slimmed down to a reasonable size.
Wait, actually that was Jared Fogle. But Huckabee did end up losing 110 pounds, a feat that naturally led to his run for the presidency.
Huckabee scored big with evangelical voters who were displeased that none of the other Republican contenders had ever practiced faith healing. Their support propelled Huckabee, allowing him to nearly reach his old weight in delegates before conceding on March 4th.
Although he did not win, Huckabee made history by proving that a white, male, music-playing, food-obsessed governor from Hope, Arkansas could make a serious run for the presidency. Yessir, he cracked that glass ceiling like a governor's mansion chair!
Tags: Catching Up With a Loser, Mike Huckabee