The GOP (formerly the Grand Old Party, now God's Own Party) now has one less would-be theocrat in the presidential race for 2012. And God gets the praise, at least according to this Financial Times report on Mike Huckabee's public announcement via his TV show about his decision not to run:
“The decision is not a financial or economic one, it’s a spiritual one,” he said. “I had inexplicable inner peace. All the factors said ‘go’, and my heart says ‘no’,” he added. He initiated a “prayer chain” to help him decide whether or not to run for the presidency last week.
A prayer chain to decide whether or not one should run for president ... good grief!
This type of God talk and public piety is mainstream among Republican leaders of today. And not just the vapid Ceremonial Deism of times past, but instead this idea that God is working through them personally.
A person who thinks God is telling them to run for president, in my opinion, is too likely once elected to think God is telling them to do other things - like invade sovereign nations by waging "righteous" wars or get the government out of all aspects of our lives except for the mandating of God's laws.
On the matter of governing our nation, I'm more than willing to gamble on purely human judgment.