Fred calls it for Huckabee:

He’s genial, funny, extremely likable, and not very substantive.

Poifect. Malkin:

Romney looked strong and energetic, with one stumble on the Bible question. Huckabee didn’t harm himself, so he “wins” by not losing. McCain and Thompson were lethargic, with a few lucid moments each.

David Kuo:

Mike Huckabee is on a huge roll, Rudy Giuliani is sucking wind, and Mitt Romney sounds like an automaton. And one more thing - the Republican party should listen to John McCain on torture ... Simply put, Mike Huckabee can turn out the base that has been sitting home for the last year.

Kleiman:

It would be a mistake for Democrats to underestimate Huckabee…he's not a hater or a lunatic or a fool. He's personable, funny, and apparently for the most part a decent human being. I still think Obama would eat his lunch, but Huckabee v. HRC could be much too close for comfort.

I agree with all but Malkin. I think you have to be a GOP tool to think Romney did well. He creeped me out more thoroughly than ever before, and I kinda want to like him.

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