Posted by Peter Lawler
...portrays him, most of all, as a Christian leader. I buy Fred’s analysis: It’s a shrewd appeal to those most likely to show up at the Iowa caucus, but there will surely be a backlash down the line.
Alas, I must agree, while I still intend to vote for him on Lincoln's birthday here in Virginia. I believe it reflects a decision to pull out all the stops for not merely a respectable (and long anticipated) second in Iowa but a surpise 1st place finish. Pyrrhic victory? Perhaps, but the money for subsequent state elections (no, not New Hampshire) needs to be generated in a hurry, he suspects, and so he is taking a very short term approach to making his splash on Jan. 3. The upcoming CNN debate looks all the more intriguing . . .
As the Politico explains:
One candidate is surging, however, both in the national polls and in Iowa, where the first votes in the nation will be cast on Jan. 3.
That candidate is Mike Huckabee
Lucas, fear not. It is a myth that he can't compete in the big states. New poll today has him in second in FL. His national numbers are in a virtual tie for second. Once he wins IA and SC, he will be man to man with Giuliani, and I'm betting that the GOP will take Huck.
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