Rush Rips Huck
Geraghty the Indispensable has the details. That’s going to leave a mark. A lot of marks actually.
UPDATE: Follow-up analysis from Geraghty:
Highlight from [Rush’s show] a moment ago: “The drive bys are doing everything they can to influence the Republican primary. Mike Huckabee has been getting a pass from the drive-bys… They don’t want Rudy because they think he can beat Hillary. They don’t want Romney because of the same thing. They don’t want Fred Thompson because of the same thing.”
Can a guy who’s been slammed as hard as Mike Huckabee has by Rush Limbaugh, the most popular conservative radio talk show host in the country, go on to win the Iowa caucuses? Anybody think Rush will have dropped this issue by the third of January?
My instinct is to say, “no way, a thumbs down from Rush is fatal,” but a guy on another campaign cautions me. “An Iowa pastor who has been talking up Huckabee isn’t going to change his mind because Rush Limbaugh doesn’t like him.” He points out that a pastors and religous leaders deal with people who fall short of their ideals all the time; hearing that Mike Huckabee was too merciful in dealing with Wayne Dumond is not going to be a dealbreaker for them. They’ll probably go, no pun intended, “there but for the grace of God go I.”