Another charismatic, likeable, funny former fat guy from a mobile home in a town called Hope just might be this election's Comeback Kid. If he's not yet in your political portfolio, then you've already missed out on the close to 50 cents per share in profits you could have pulled in since the start of the month. Without further ado, we highlight the making of the media's latest crush, as told through The New York Times.
- Gail Collins, in an Op-Ed entitled "Who Doesn't Heart Huckabee," wonders why the so-called value voters haven't yet followed Chuck Norris' endorsement and fallen head over heels for the one of the only candidates still "on his first wife and first position on abortion."
- David Brooks believes he's a "good campaigner," and a normal, neighborly, "collaborative conservative" whose Biblical and gubernatorial credentials will serve him well with white working class Republicans. "He’s rising in the polls, especially in Iowa," concludes Brooks. "His popularity with the press corps suggests he could catch a free media wave that would put him in the top tier. He deserves to be there."
- In a recent article on Huckabee's rising poll numbers and climbing campaign cash total, Times political reporter Michael Luo put it this way: "With less than two months until Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, there are signs that Mr. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor for whom Bible verses flow easily off the tongue, is charming, quipping and sermonizing his way from a long shot ensconced in the second tier of the Republican presidential sweepstakes to a possible contender here.
The Bottom Line: Buy as many Mike Huckabee contracts as you can afford. As long as he continues to poll close to Romney in Iowa, pundits will keep harping on Huckabee as the Republicans' great Hope.