Knowing Arkansas and Sanders as I do, I’d say the odds of that happening are … bigly.
Look, I’ve known Sanders for 15 years. I saw her grow up in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion when her father, Mike Huckabee, was governor. I’ve worked with her on his presidential campaigns. I can tell you that if anyone were going to make history by being the first female governor of Arkansas, it would be Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (And if any two were going to make history as the first Arkansas father-daughter governors, it would be the Huckabee duo.)
Even Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Michael John Gray admitted to me Thursday that Sanders would likely be one of the front-running candidates, given her name recognition.
Then there’s the fact that her name on the ticket would attract national attention and be a tremendous fundraising opportunity for the Democratic candidate. Having Sanders in the race would generate donor interest from Trump critics outside Arkansas.
Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb told me just after the news broke of Sanders’ departure that she would be welcomed back home with open arms, adding he’s proud of the job she has done for Trump and looks forward to her future in Arkansas.
Let me be the first to tell you that her job in the White House doesn’t define Sanders and won’t haunt her in Arkansas.
And Arkansas is ruby red — meaning Democrats generally face an uphill battle in statewide elections.
Both are popular, have statewide appeal and can raise money. But Sanders would have all that, along with a likely Trump endorsement. That would carry a lot of weight in Arkansas.
Who knows? Sanders may not run for governor of Arkansas. But it’s safe to say, if the last three years have taught us anything, that anything is possible in politics.