Huckabee and Palin Again
I have written previously about the evolving, sometimes adversarial relationship between former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Their respective presidential ambitions aside, each politician has a vested interest in being seen as a leader of the many social and religious conservatives who are politically active around the country. Whatever their personal motivations, there is no denying that this has been a lucrative pursuit for both of them (book deals, Fox News gigs, speaking fees, etc.). But as each one seeks to consolidate the Republican base to his or her advantage around the 2010 midterms and eventually the 2012 presidential election, it is clear that each may end up doing so at the other’s political expense.
Huckabee continues to poll higher than Palin in most Republican presidential surveys, at or near the top of the heap in fact. But I’ve previously noted that this circumstance hasn’t stopped him from exhibiting curiously passive-aggressive behavior in response to the tremendous media buzz that Palin seems to evoke with her every move. An interesting piece over at today takes a closer look at this relationship, and combs their respective 2010 endorsement behavior for clues as to whether it may turn increasingly conflictual as we head toward 2012. Not surprisingly, both camps downplay the idea of any conflict between the two ex-governors, but this relationship could quickly become a central storyline in the run-up to the 2012 Iowa Caucus.

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