Burst into tiers
Are Republican White House hopefuls neck-and-neck or ear-toear? With his second-place finish in the Iowa straw poll, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has moved to “the front of the back of the pack,” according to Washington radio station WMAL’s Fred Grandy on Aug. 13.
Mr. Huckabee, however, credited his guitar playing for his surprise placing in the poll, which gave him 18 percent of the votes, compared with 32 percent that went to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who spent plenty to promote himself beforehand. Pundits, meanwhile, are squeaking that the affable Mr. Huckabee is moving towards life as a “first-tier” candidate.
But that ain’t it, apparently.
“ ‘Free Bird’ is what did it,” Mr. Huckabee said, citing the Southernfried anthem by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which he played on a bass guitar with Capitol Offense, his own rock band, which serenaded poll participants on Aug. 11.