A Huckabee Christmas

Certainly, the Republican race has gotten more interesting now that it appears to have broadened beyond just Romney, Giuliani, and Thompson as the leading contenders.

Certainly, the Republican race has gotten more interesting now that it appears to have broadened beyond just Romney, Giuliani, and Thompson as the leading contenders. Huckabee in particular continues to generate interesting controversy. Romney has sought to portray Huckabee as something other than a faithful Republican, for instance. And in his new Iowa ad, Huckabee flat out wishes everyone a Merry Christmas – none of this bland “Season's Greetings” stuff for him. Looking back on his surge in polls, some boil it down to two words: Chuck Norris.

In addition, McCain appears to be recapturing some of his mojo from election seasons past, or at least so it seems from media reports and of course statements by the campaign itself. Now, as a sign of the renewed threat of McCain, the campaign is even saying that Huckabee's team has engaged in “push-polling” against McCain – the practice of spreading negative information about a candidate through pseudo telephone surveys. The most wonderful time of the year!


Elsewhere on the trail:

The Clinton campaign goes for the soft sell, while Bill Clinton says the media is unfair to Hillary.

The Obama campaign faces ongoing “rumors” on the Internet.

Gov. Bill Richardson tells the squabbling Democratic candidates: Don't give GOP “ammunition.”

Is Obama more electable than Clinton? Clintonite Penn says Obama is still “unknown.”

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