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Friday, April 24, 2009

Sympathy for the Huckster

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Nate Silver, a number cruncher whose work I like, asks on his blog: "Why doesn't Mike Huckabee get more respect?" He notes his strong recent poll numbers against other Republicans.

Huckabee gets the highest percentage of Democratic support (17%) among any of the four candidates PPP tested. He also does the best job of consolidating Republican voters, getting 77% of their support.

Yes, it's ridiculously early to be polling an election four years into the future. Still, one wonders whether the Republican establishment will notice that the same things that make Huckabee unpopular with them (such as his 'unorthodox' positions on cap-and-trade and education) may make him more appealing to actual voters, and whether the media establishment will notice that he's every bit as likely to become President someday as someone like Palin.

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