His various weaknesses notwithstanding, Huckabee's performance tonight - three wins and counting at the moment, after it looked like he might not win again after Iowa, and easily out-performing his showing in a lot of the pre-primary polls - has to be encouraging to those (ahem, Rod) who see him as a possible GOP contender in 2012.

Incidentally, if Romney throws in the towel after tonight - which is by no means impossible, depending on the outcome in California - and Huckabee doesn't, will any of the McCain-haters on the right insist that all good conservatives need to rally around Huck? Just asking ...