To be broadcast on February 29.
TYRA BANKS: Are you pumped about being here?
GOVERNOR HUCKABEE: I am. You know, I actually said, the next time I’m in New York, find out if I can get on Tyra’s show.
TYRA BANKS: Oh, are you serious?
GOVERNOR HUCKABEE: My staff has been trying for a long time, and I think when Mitt heard that I was on, he’s said I’m out and here I am, on the way to the White House from here.
As a master of PR, Huckabee is a frickin’ goldmine. I don’t say that with irony or annoyance, he is a master of PR, in that his heavy-handed touches exude earnestness rather than calculation while his lighter moments — no less calculating — exude a joy for the moment. A sign of a smart politician, and a careful one. He and Obama are well matched, or would be if the race came down to that.
[EDIT: over at ILX, friend Dan came up with another of his spot-on comments:
Huckabee is totally the successful version of Bush in that he does actually convince me that he’s a likeable, fun guy. I know many likeable, fun guy who would make horrible, horrible presidents.
Couldn’t be more OTM if he tried, especially on just how horribly Bush did at this.]
Right now there’s an incipient counter-narrative happening that wants to cast Huckabee as eventual spoiler of the McCain party, forced as it already is. I really can’t see it lasting…but. There are enough weird surprises already this year, enough well laid plans already down the crapper. Right now even Ron Paul has taken a powder from this whole thing, and as sole active non-McCain primary candidate Huckabee couldn’t be better placed to put himself front and center in the news/talk cycle for a while yet (Romney in contrast is already coming across as even more of yesterday’s news than I’d guessed — keep in mind it was only a week ago that many were screeching he had to be voted for otherwise McCain would cause the republic to collapse).
The most interesting story of the day might be his alleged big bounce for the Virginia vote tomorrow — not enough to win but maybe enough to pull damn close. Following his victories this weekend — not to mention a spectacular Washington caucus disaster that has made the party there look either like a willing accomplice to arm-twisting or just plain incompetent. If you look over at HotAir, you get comments towards the Virginia poll like these:
That qualifies as understatement of the year.
Dear God, please, not Huck.
Splashman on February 11, 2008 at 1:34 PM
How sad is it when Huckabee has me rooting for…McCain.
amerpundit on February 11, 2008 at 1:37 PM
I really, really, really, really don’t want Huckabee to get Texas. I don’t think I could ever live down the embarrassment.
aero on February 11, 2008 at 1:39 PM
And these are some of the calmer ones.
Mind you, if you believe people like Frank Rich or Paul Krugman, the Democrats are already going to hell in a handbasket for a variety of reasons, and some are taking hope in the fact. But I suspect projection, as ever, plays a lot into this — one wants to hope one’s opponents are on the verge of collapse and recriminations, makes things easier for one’s own bunch.
Once again — months upon months to go. To be repeated daily if necessary, but it’s not to be ignored.