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Friday, February 15, 2008

Mike Huckabee Lays Out His 2008 Masterplan

posted by on February 15 at 11:40 AM

The Hucka-strategy becomes clear, if slightly mad: he’s hoping to take it to the convention, and he’s convinced that Texas is going to put him there.

A few weeks ago, I stood at Chuck Norris’ ranch before a crowd of people and said that Texas would be the place where the dynamics of this race changed dramatically in our favor.

Since then, after winning West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana and fighting close races in Washington, Oklahoma, Missouri and Virginia we have positioned ourselves to do just that.

Remember the Republican nominee must have 1,191 votes to claim the nomination or else there will be a brokered convention where the Party’s top candidates will have an opportunity to make an impassioned plea as to why they are the best choice to represent the Republican Party in the fall against the Democrat candidate.

There are a few minor holes in this scenario:

• John McCain is already, by CNN’s generally cautious estimate, at 830 delegates.

Mitt Romney’s decision to endorse McCain yesterday, and request that his delegates do the same, puts McCain even closer to victory. Romney presently has 286 delegates.

• While Huck’s polling numbers in Texas look pretty good, they don’t look good enough to challenge McCain for that elusive big win.

• He’s still using Chuck Norris, which was funny two months ago, but now seems slightly sad. Doesn’t he have a sympathetic former-governor to stump with? Anybody but the patron saint of the Bowflex?

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"A few weeks ago, I stood at Chuck Norris’ ranch before a crowd of people..."

Maximum lol right here.

Posted by laterite | February 15, 2008 11:48 AM

That's "Total Gym", not Bowflex. Research, Ryan, research!

Posted by steve | February 15, 2008 11:49 AM

Huckabee doesn't have to pay attention to the Texas polls. If he starts to fall behind, Chuck Norris will roundhouse kick the ballot boxes until each ballot changes to Huckabee.

Posted by Hernandez | February 15, 2008 11:53 AM

Ah, but you forget, God's gonna give him a "miracle." It wouldn't surprise me a bit if he's praying for McCain to drop dead.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | February 15, 2008 12:05 PM

If Huckabee is able to split the Republican party along regional lines, then maybe there is a god.

And it might even make it safe to nominate Hillary. I still think Obama's the only one we can count on, but if Huckabee puts them in total chaos, then Hillary would have a decent shot too.

Posted by elenchos | February 15, 2008 12:09 PM

Huckabee - only slightly worse than McCain.

America wants neither.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 15, 2008 12:10 PM

God will provide Huck with his miracle - McCain dropping dead before the convention.

Posted by umvue | February 15, 2008 12:27 PM

Not that I have a spare $25 to throw around right at this moment... but isn't it to our (Democrats') advantage to have Huck around longer keeping McCain distracted?

Posted by Mickymse | February 15, 2008 12:41 PM

Dan's Huckabee for President t-shirt last night was amazing. We should all start sporting them - the money helps keep a distracting Republican candidate around longer, and ironic t-shirts are a gift that keeps on giving!

Posted by Aislinn | February 15, 2008 12:47 PM

Huckabee's just having a good time. He's got money, and no particular place to be, so he'll ride it out as long as he can.

Posted by Fnarf | February 15, 2008 12:49 PM

I just got promoted to Staffer on Kingmaker for my predictions in The General's Pool. Kingmaker is like fantasy football for political dorks.

Posted by Carollani | February 15, 2008 2:15 PM

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