I have new online piece analyzing the Republican battle tonight here in Iowa. Short version: Whether Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney is victorious, neither will actually win. Potentially, real winner is John McCain.
I know it's unwise to make public predictions, and I also see the polls showing both Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee surging, but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Democrat Hillary Clinton might still win this thing in Iowa, and that Mitt Romney is even more likely than she is to hold on for the Republican victory.
Leo Skogen listens to Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speak at the Chicago Dawg in Mason City, Iowa Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
With Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses finally upon us, will all of the time, effort, and televised media invested actually matter in the selection of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee? Even for the two candidates, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, with any chance of winning, it is easy to imagine that a victory could turn out to be a springboard to, well, nothing.
Though Mike Huckabee is the surprise candidate of the 2008 Republican presidential contest, John McCain is the real wild card. Hoping to use Huckabee as the tip of his spear, McCain came to Des Moines last night for one last stab in Mitt Romney’s back.
So I may be one of the earliest-rising media folks here in Iowa, waking at 4:40 EST to do some interviews with CBC Radio in Canada. And this is the cover photo that greeted me from today's Des Moines Register. The banner headline read, simply, Now, You Decide.