I made the argument on Friday and Saturday. On today’s program the WaPo’s Chris Cillizza agreed (the transcript will be here later) and the Hotline’s Blogometer also agreed today. From today’s Blogometer:
11/14: Are Huck And John Rudy’s Best Friends?
We agree that the big story out of IA this week is Mike Huckabee‘s surge in recent polling. We still don’t think he will win, but that does not even matter. As long as he finishes anywhere close to Mitt Romney, he will be THE story on the GOP side of the ticket until the next contest is held. Considering that a Hillary Clinton IA blow-out is unlikely, Romney will be, at best, headline number three. Romney faces a similar challenge in NH, where John McCain is surging. A strong second place showing makes McCain (always an MSM favorite) the feel good story out of NH leaving Romney some delegates but no real buzz heading into SC. We liked’s Romney’s early state strategy months ago, but as we get closer to game time it appears that the best laid plans of mice and men…
Kevin McCullough is very suspicious of the Huckabee surge. I don’t think there’s a deal between the governor and the mayor, but Giuliani supporters in Iowa certainly know that their vote is best given to Huckabee.