Huckabee, Trump Dipping Toes Back in 2012?

It must be hard to kick a jones for the political spotlight once you’ve had a taste.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who took himself out of the 2012 Republican presidential race last month after intense reflection and prayer, pushed the door back open a little bit Wednesday, saying he might be interested in the No. 2 spot on the ticket if it were offered.

Businessman/reality TV star/hair model Donald Trump also misses the lights. Meeting fellow presidential flirt Sarah Palin for a dinner of pepperoni pizza Tuesday night, Trump said he might reconsider his decision to forgo a run at the GOP nomination.

“Everything is still open. I haven’t closed doors. I found out a long time ago that that’s not the smart thing to do,” Huckabee told reporters after delivering a lecture at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.

And Trump, who quit his designs on the GOP nomination last month after his NBC show Celebrity Apprentice got a new contract, said Wednesday that he just might run for president after all. “I could absolutely run as an independent, and maybe I’d be better off,” Trump said Wednesday on FOX 5’s “Good Day New York.”

And Palin, who had faded from the national political discussion, put herself squarely back in it with her One Nation bus tour to historic sites, now in its fourth day of nonstop press coverage and speculation that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and former half-term Alaska governor might run for president.