So the final tally isn't yet available, but it's looking like Mike Huckabee has trounced Mitt Romney as the #2 guy for the Republicans this Super-Duper-Tuesday.
Of course Arizona Senator John McCain was the big Republican winner this evening, surging into a commanding lead in the delegate count, though still only about halfway to the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination outright. And the big loser was Romney, who had been trying to position himself as the "conservative" alternative to moderate McCain. Voters in most states appeared to see Huckabee as the conservative alternative instead, although Huckabee's major wins occurred in the South among evangelical Christians, who may have had more of a problem with Romney's Mormonism than anything else.
At any rate, it seems to me that given the generally warm relations between McCain and Huckabee, and the strong regional showing by Huckabee in an area where McCain is relatively weak, this may be a setup for an eventual McCain-Huckabee ticket in November.
I can only hope... McCain-Huckabee would have a very good chance of beating Obama-Anyone, and would virtually guarantee a victory over Clinton-Anyone.
But then, that would be the smart thing for the Republicans to do -- so I'm not holding my breath that it'll happen.
It would also be good for the country, by the way, as McCain is more of a fiscal conservative while socially moderate, and Huckabee seems more of a genuinely compassionate conservative, than prior Republican occupants of the White House have been. Such an outcome could signal a revival of the Republican party as a reasonable, moderate force in American politics.
Like I say, I'm not holding my breath. But if that day comes when the Republicans nominate forces of (relative) moderation, I just might be able to register as a Republican again.