GOP betting line: Huckabee v. Romney

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According to the latest WaPo/ABC poll, Mike Huckabee is the top choice for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Mitt Romney is a close second. The Post‘s
lede this morning is that Sarah Palin’s numbers among Republicans are
heading south, which is a good story. But I’ve yet to see Beltway
political scribes giving Huck serious attention this time around, much
less talk about the prospects of a two-man race between Huck and Mitt. The
CW is that it’s got to be someone else, since both Huck and Mitt are
2008 stories.

To the contrary, I’d say the story at this point is the candidate of the
evangelical base against the candidate of the GOP establishment. The wedge between them? Sharia. Huck has been one of the loudest voices in the GOP anti-Islam chorus.
Mitt, a member of a minority faith that suffered profoundly at the
hands of American Protestant bigots, has studiously stayed away from
Muslim bashing–and, indeed, has drawn some right-wing flak for it. Huckabee’s played the religion card against Romney before. Don’t be surprised if he does it again. As in: “Governor, do you support proposed legislation in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming, etc. to ban Sharia law?”