I try to avoid politics, but current events are just too compelling. It's like trying to not watch a train wreck. The latest mini-drama is the guy who didn't read the script, Mike Huckabee. Political pundits somehow assume he's supposed to fold up shop and go home now. Huckabee shows no intention of doing so, as shown in this AP story at WaPo: "Huckabee Pledges to Stay In Race." Maybe he deserves his shot. [Update: Huckabee just took the Kansas caucuses with 60% of the vote. No surprise, but still ...]
With Romney now out of the race, Huckabee thinks he can now get the full conservative vote as opposed to splitting it with Romney. Makes sense. If he wins a couple of the primaries over the next ten days, going head to head with McCain, he might very will catch some momentum. And one false step by McCain — if his temper flares on camera or if he has a negative health event that raises all the wrong issues for the McCain campaign — then Huckabee could end up with the Big Mo. Could he end up being the last man standing?
Now that he doesn't have to badmouth Mormonism to further his campaign, Huckabee's rhetoric might be a little more appealing. On the delegate count: "I didn't major in math; I majored in miracles." Nice line. Let's see what the voters say in the next round of primaries. If McCain is going to turn out to be a weak candidate, it is better that emerge in the primaries than in the general election, and the only way to smoke that out of him is to extend the primary season a few more weeks or months. Run, Huck, run.
PS -- Don't be surprised if a little Ron Paul spam appears in the comments. He seems to have enlisted a corps of Web Troglodytes to do online campaigning.