The certainty I had 10 days ago about a win for Huck in Iowa has now evaporated, given recent polling which shows him neck-and-neck with Flip Flopney for the win. It’ll still be a tremendous accomplishment, given Flopney’s massive spending advantage, for Huck to pull off a close second, but a win, which looks to be about a 50/50 affair at this point, would be a tremendous boost. Huck continues to run second now to Rudy nationally, and I still believe that this race will come down to Rudy versus one conservative, but I have to candidly confess that the assassination of Benazir Bhutto throws foreign policy to an even more prominent role, and boosts John McCain’s stock to the point where I have to admit I might have written him off prematurely. His campaign has been re-energized, that’s for sure. And he is, for all his faults, much preferable to Rudy Giuliani.

But Huck, who has been hit repeatedly now that his candidacy is seen as viable, continues to hold strong, and it should be a very interesting 6-8 weeks, that’s for sure.

5 responses »

  1. Deering says:

    Hey Byron – I also hate to tell ya “I told ya so” when you wrote off John Edwards. I’m telling you – conservatives need to really be afraid of him.

  2. Byron says:

    Well, I am in the sense that, as I’ve said, he’s the worst of the worst, IMHO, but I really don’t think he has a chance. He’s running well in Iowa, and he’s so pretty that some folks will vote for him for that reason, but nationwide, he’s a distant, distant third. He’s closer in national polling to fifth-place Bill Richardson than he is to second-place Barack the Wonder Boy, not to mention Mrs. Bill Clinton.

  3. Graham says:

    “A week is a long time in politics.” (Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister Jan 1957- Oct 1963).

  4. Deering says:

    Very true…but you know as well as I do…National polling doesn’t mean squat at this point. All it takes is Hillary to lose some more of her bullet-proof shine and for Barack’s inexperience to become more obvious and Democrats will flock to Edwards like a pack of wild dogs on a three-legged cat.

    Edwards is without a doubt the worst of the worst. He may not be the nominee (and I hope he isn’t), but I am in no way ready to say he has no chance.

  5. Harold (Buddy) Martin says:

    Well I did my part and voted for Huckabee in the caucus last night here in Iowa. He won the state man! One down!

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