Huckabee's Home-Schoolers and Caucusing 101
Peter Slevin and Perry Bacon Jr. look at the importance of the home-schooler community in former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's rise. "Huckabee's name is no longer a mystery to Iowa's Republican voters, in large part because of an extensive network of home-schoolers...who have helped lift his underfunded campaign from obscurity to the front of a crowded field," they write. "Opinion polls show that his haphazard approach is trumping the studied strategy of Mitt Romney, who invested millions only to be shunned by many religious conservatives...who see the former Baptist preacher from Hope, Ark., as their champion." Michael D. Shear reports on former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's new focus on Florida as his campaign "has all but abandoned his public efforts" in Iowa and "petered out" in New Hampshire. "If Giuliani wins the nomination, he will probably have to do it in a way that no candidate ever has -- going without a victory for almost a month," he writes.
In Style, Libby Copeland unpacks the confusing process of caucusing -- and why it's different from voting -- and Howard Kurtz questions the profusion of anonymous political sources taking swipes at rivals in news stories and says, "Perhaps it's time to rethink the practice."
Over at The Fix, Chris Cillizza reports that Iowa congressman Steve King has endorsed Fred Thompson, "providing the former Tennessee senator with a much-needed boost in the rapidly approaching Iowa caucuses."
And in video, "Christian Rock and Politics in Iowa," Pierre Kattar sits down in Des Moines with students at a worship at Drake University organized by Walnut Creek Community Church, for a fascinating look at some of Huckabee's young supporters:
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