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I'm not quite sure why this hasn't received more attention, but didn't Mike Huckabee just propose an alliance with Rudy Giuliani to take down Mitt Romney? Seems like it to me. Let's go to the Youtube Debate transcript:

I am Joseph. I am from Dallas, Texas, and how you answer this question will tell us everything we need to know about you. Do you believe every word of this book [the King James version of the Bible]? Specifically, this book that I am holding in my hand, do you believe this book?

Cooper: I think we've got a question.

Mayor Giuliani?

Huckabee: Do I need to help you out, Mayor, on this one?



Giuliani: Wait a second, you're the minister. You're going to help me out on this one.

Huckabee: I'm trying to help you out.

Giuliani: OK. The reality is, I believe it, but I don't believe it's necessarily literally true in every single respect.

Clearly, Huckabee defeating Romney in Iowa would be huge for Giuliani, boosting his chances of winning New Hampshire and, at the very least, preventing Romney from building any momentum. Equally clearly it seems that an obvious quid pro quo for this service would be for Giuliani to ask Huckabee to be his running-mate. Putting policy aside - for when did that ever matter? - they're a perfect fit. Huckabeee's charm balances Rudy's brusqueness while his southernness and religiosity compensate for giuliani's weaknesses in those areas. Equally, if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, putting Huckabee on the ticket may move Arkansas into toss-up territory...

PS: You want proof of Huckabee's new exalted status? He now has his own category on this blog... Exciting times!

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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