Huckabee appeared to me early on this year as a mean-spirited, far-right true believer, who probably greatly admires Lee (Willie Horton) Atwater and Karl Rove. Huckabee won Georgia in the Republican Super Tuesday primary. I expect him to be a contender in 2012. Never underestimate anyone who might admire Atwater and Rove. Sure, he sounds like a rube, but you write him off at your peril. This book is round one.
On Romney, Huckabee sharply criticizes the former Massachusetts governor for shifting positions on key conservative issues shortly before he decided to run for the White House, saying his record was "anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president."
Huckabee also lashes out at Romney for what he said was the former governor's refusal to offer congratulations when Huckabee was the surprise winner of the crucial Iowa caucuses in January. Many political observers say it was that loss that ultimately derailed Romney's bid for the Oval office.
On Fred Thompson, the former senator and television actor who jumped into the Republican presidential race significantly later than the other candidates, Huckabee calls his campaign "amazingly lackluster."
"Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy," Huckabee writes.[CNN]