(FTW = For The Win. You're welcome.)
Mike Huckabee just announced on his Fox news program that he is not running for President in 2012. Noted political analyst Nate Silver has observed that Palin stands to gain a lot from this development, perhaps only behind Herman Cain. As a mathematician, I can tell you that despite Silver's personal leftward bent, his political calculus is second to none.
In fact, Huckabee's exit could catapult Palin into front runner status should Huckabee and Palin supporters coalesce behind her. And when you think about the bad blood between Huckabee and Romney, the paucity of strong social conservatives in the race, and Palin's pro-life, evangelical background, it's just a natural fit. I'm not going to presume to know what Huckabee supporters will do, but to them I say, we'd put up one heck of a fight both in the primary and in the general election should we join forces.
Perhaps some Palinistas may have said some harsh things about Huckabee recently. Well, let me roll out the welcome mat and stress that I, for one, have never thought bad of the guy. In fact, I supported him in 2008. Sure, there were a few problems with pardons and a skepticism as to his authenticity, but I always thought he had a winning personality and put a good face on conservatism. So... to Huckabee supporters, I know that you must take some time to grieve. But when you are done, jump on in, the water's warm!
[Update:] Josh Painter over at Texas4Palin has an excellent post on how Palinistas should treat this development. It's a good read; highly recommended.