by Max Brantley
The Washington Post political blogger has long been sweet on Mike Huckabee. How sweet is it to have the blogger assess the strength of the campaign by primarily quoting the candidate on same? But this long assessment also gathered input from some other sources. Bottom line:
Huckabee himself compares the presidential primaries to a NASCAR race. "There are cars in the first few miles that look unbeatable," he said. "They are out front and alone. But they can't sustain the fuel burn rate. They are going to blow up their engines before it's over."
The reality is that it is unreasonable to think Huckabee will ever put together an organization that will match that of Romney, McCain or even former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Why? Because he is not now nor will ever be in the same financial strata as the Big 3.
Huckabee's route to the nomination is by exceeding expectations in Iowa -- starting with the Aug. 11 straw poll in Ames. If he can build momentum in Iowa, he may be able to overcome the organizational deficiencies he has in other early states. But, that's a big if.