by Max Brantley
Mathematically, Mike Huckabee can't win the presidential nomination. (Or at least the odds are prohibitive.) So why does he run? For one thing, he's not ready to say he couldn't win a miraculously brokered convention. And, on reflection, I'm beginning to believe he's probably not running for the vice presidency. As he himself said yesterday:
"There's no illusion on my part that if I hang in here and keep running against him he's liable to say, 'Oh, thanks for hanging in there and running against me for so long. I think I'll pick you as my running mate,'" Huckabee said.
So then, what? He runs a cheap campaign -- though not so cheap that it isn't pouring money and other benefits into his family. He shares a national spotlight with McCain. He builds cred for a talk show, a TV pastorate, etc. What else does he have to do at the moment?
On the other hand, Howard Kurtz notes that the media has been wrong before about Huckabee -- and lots more.