Woo! it appears if you dump a lot of money into something, you can buy the most votes in a pay-to-play fundraiser! Who would have thunk it? I haven’t checked the NRO, where K-Lo is probably having the vapors she is so excited about Mitt, but I did check what Captain Ed has to say (as a Republican apostate, I use Captain Ed as my bridge to somewhat sane conservative thought, even though I unfairly pick on him from time to time):
Mike Huckabee showed surprising strength in Iowa. Despite not buying any advertising at all in the state, he managed to capture more than half of Romney’s total simply by his appearance at Ames. Huckabee was the most likely second-place finisher in Iowa anyway, simply because of the roster of the people who took the time to appear — but his strength, and the relative strength of the nonentities that have been Sam Brownback and Tom Tancredo in this primary campaign show a real problem for Romney in Iowa.
Romney had the opportunity to bury the rest of the field in Iowa. Not only did all three people ahead of him in the national polls bow out for various reasons, but Romney has owned the airwaves in Iowa. Given the low national polling numbers for the GOP second tier — they score roughly 22% combined, if No Opinion gets included — Romney should have at least won somewhere upwards of 40% in Ames, and probably a majority.
Anyone who has seen Huckabee in the debates would not be even remotely surprised by his performance. As I have stated repeatedly, he is one of the few folks on both sides who is likable, appears honest, and, get this- actually seems to believe what he is saying. People respect that, even if they are jaded and cynical like me. And for the record, I am hard pressed to think of one thing I honestly agree with Huckabee about and I would NEVER vote for him. He is wrong about evolution, and from my standpoint, his positions get WORSE from there.