The Campaign Spot

Huckabee Looks to Ames; How Long Until the Field Thins?

Looks like Huckabee is putting a lot of his chips on the table (sorry for the gambling metaphor) on the Ames Straw Poll.

I like Huckabee, but if he can’t make much of a splash in that contest, with several of the bigger names sitting out, one has to wonder if he can make a splash anywhere.
(Why do I like Huckabee? Oh, comments like this one:

Frankly, Michael Moore is an example of why the health care system costs so much in this country. He clearly is one of the reasons that we have a very expensive system. I know that from my own personal experience,” said Huckabee, who lost more than 110 pounds and became an avid runner after he was diagnosed with diabetes.

“I know how much more my health care cost when I didn’t take care of myself than when I do take care of myself, not only in terms of doctor visits but regular diseases, illnesses, chronic things that come up, monthly prescription bills,” Huckabee said. “All of those things have gone dramatically down since I’ve taken care of myself and worked to live a healthier lifestyle.” 

Taking a page from Fred Thompson’s playbook…)
If we get to the fall, and a bunch of these guys are still in the one, two, three percent range in major polls, will it be time to start thinning out the debates? Has anyone seen anything from Tommy Thompson in these debates that makes us say, “Yes, that’s the guy I want”? Jim Gilmore? Tom Tancredo? I like Duncan Hunter, too, but is that campaign really going anywhere?
[Insert obligatory shot at nonexistent prospects for Ron Paul’s campaign in order to enrage his supporters and drive up web traffic here.]

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