The Flight of the Huckabee
"Tomorrow I'll be filing papers to launch an exploratory committee and yes I'll be out there,"
While "I'll be out there" might not be the perfect 4 words for launching a Presidential campaign, the deed was done and Huckabee is in. (Unlike Hillary he did not make it explicitly clear whether or not he was "in to win" or just in for the fun of it.) Russert focused much of the interview on the challenges Huckabee faced and while not answering all of Russert's questions as directly as we would have liked (do you believe people are born gay or choose to be gay shouldn't be answered with "both" for example) he did fend off Russert's aggresive questions with relative ease. Huckabee took a veiled shot at Romney in the interview saying he's been pro-life since he was a teenager and "hasn't been all over the place on the issue." And he took on McCain by name, criticizing campaign finance reform. Now Huckabee comes to Iowa this week, in an attempt to become the credible social conservative alternative in the race for the Republican nomination. We'll be keeping an eye on his visits this week.
In addition, we've heard rumblings that the Huckabee folks are nosing around Iowa GOP circles for available talent and have been for a couple of weeks. But at this stage it is only the folks at Eric Woolsen's "The Concept Works" that are aiding his efforts here in the Hawkeye state.