The most read liberal blogger, Daily Kos (full text follows, but there's lots of reader comment at the link) has this to say about the next man from Hope (key word "scary"):
When people look at the GOP field for 2008, they worry about McCain or Allen or even Romney.
You want to know who the strongest GOP candidate would be, the one that would make me lose sleep at night?
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The guy is a scary good politician and the more Republican voters see him around the country, the more support he'll get.