In light of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's resounding win in the Iowa caucuses Thursday, it is worth examining the assessment provided by Missouri Speaker of the House Rod Jetton on Huckabee's campaign in a column which I reprinted in the Nov. 27 Turner Report:
It seems to me we have two well-funded and organized campaigns with candidates (Mitt and Rudy) who have a proven track record as reformers. We also have two candidates (McCain and Thompson) who are Washington insiders and are dropping in the polls. Then we have one late bloomer (Huckabee) with no money, a small one state organization, and no real chance of competing in a multistate primary with the new condensed schedule.
So here is the problem for many voters. Only Rudy and Mitt have a real chance at winning the nomination, and some voters are not totally happy with either one. Rudy and Mitt are leading all the other candidates in fundraising support by very large margins and they are first and second in most state polls. Fred is dropping daily in the polls, and McCain has been dropping in all states for several months. Huckabee is moving up in Iowa but that's the only state and his campaign is barely raising enough money to keep him afloat there.
What a difference six weeks makes. Of course, it should be taken into consideration that Jetton is in the Mitt Romney camp and serves as a paid political consultant for the former Massachusetts governor.