It’s hard to remember that Huckabee came out of nowhere to take the Iowa Caucus and come within an eyelash of taking South Carolina and some Southern primaries, when he wasn’t even named in a series of 2007 polls, which picked Giuliani, Thompson, Romney, McCain.
So who could be the next Huckabee who might come out of nowhere in 2010 or 2011 to beat out a field of weak GOP candidates? Here are my choices for the Southern darkhorse GOP candidate of 2012.
1) Haley Barbour, Mississippi Governor. As RNC chair during the 1994 Republican takeover, Barbour defeated an incumbent governor, and guided his state adeptly through the Hurricane Katrina mess. His drawbacks include a state which tends to score the lowest on the H.L. Mencken list (poverty, test scores, etc.).
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