When members of the Republican National Committee gather for lunch Thursday at their annual winter meeting, they'll dine with a person who hasn't been an active member in the GOP's national politics for several years: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The preacher turned politician won the 2008 Iowa caucuses with his socially conservative message, but then flamed out as his campaign failed to raise enough money to compete in the more expensive early states. After that, he traded his political career in for punditry, hosting a Fox News show and a talk radio program that he ended last year. The move has many speculating that Huckabee is gearing up for another presidential run, and he seems content to fan the flames.