Looking Ahead:

Huckabee, Pawlenty have leg up in Iowa

We haven’t heard much lately about Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who ran last cycle for the Republican presidential nomination. He won Iowa’s caucuses.

He could again.

A polling outfit called PPP, often hired by Democrats, took a sampling of Republican presidential preferences. Mitt Romney comes out on top, followed by Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sara Palin. But Huckabee is the only one with a positive favorability rating.

Note that Huckabee has not courted the Tea Party crowd. He has limited himself to broadcasting, keeping his face in front of the public but not shouting at Obama. He still cracks jokes and smiles a lot. People like that.

Huckabee is still better organized in Iowa than Romney could hope to be. Among conservative populists he has the gravitas that Palin does not. Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, who looks like a nice guy from Iowa, isn’t even registering in the polls yet. He could be the strongest candidate against Huckabee in The Tall Corn State because he understands the place. Iowans don’t much trust Wall Street types and we do not shoot wolves from airplanes here.

Art Cullen

The Storm Lake (Iowa) Times

From The Progressive Populist, June 1, 2010


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