Dan Rather weighs in on Huckabee in his column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
With less than six weeks to go until the first real test of the 2008 election season, both the Democratic and Republican presidential fields are supplying their allotments of drama.
But if you're looking for a true, race-changing moment in Iowa, you're far more likely to find it among the Republicans than you are with the Democrats.
Over on the Republican side, things are less clear. Some see clarity in the prevailing sense that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the GOP front-runner. And if the nomination were decided by a national primary, he might be -- or maybe it would be Fred Thompson.
But look at the polling for the actual contests approaching in Iowa and New Hampshire and you'll see Mitt Romney with a strong lead in both of these tone-setting states. It's just the kind of situation that cries out for the arrival of a dark horse, the kind of leap from relative obscurity to top-tier candidate that seems to happen at least once in every election cycle. Enter Mike Huckabee.
The former governor of Arkansas currently stands in second place in most Iowa polling, and he, like Edwards on the Democratic side, is staking his campaign on a strong showing there. Interestingly, no less an observer of presidential politics than James Carville recently told your reporter that Edwards was finished, but Huckabee bears watching.
There's still plenty of time to go until Caucus Day, Jan. 3. Plenty of time for a front-runner (or perceived front-runner) to stumble, and maybe, just maybe, time for a candidate such as Huckabee to inject some new life and ideas into a race that feels as if it's been going on forever -- even though it hasn't even really started.