Huckabee's Big Night

Not that Mike Huckabee is going to be the Republican nominee, but he's put on an impressive showing tonight. His resiliency really seems to me to underscore how moribund orthodox conservatism is at the moment. On the one hand, John McCain is apparently going to win the nomination notwithstanding the fact that he's loathed by a significant swathe of conservative elites. And then on the other hand, Huckabee who's loathed by an even wider swathe of conservative elites keeps hanging around. He doesn't have the money or the policy substance necessary to break out of his niche, but his constituency -- an important part of the GOP base -- loves him and doesn't care what anyone says about it.