Among the first ripples of Mike Huckabee’s decision to sit out the 2012 presidential election was columnist George F. Will’s confident pronouncement on ABC’s This Week that it’s now basically a three way race – with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty one of the three left standing.
“People are complaining this is not off to a brisk start,” Will told host Christiane Amanpour on Sunday. “I think that’s wrong. I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the West front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013 will be one of three people: Obama, Pawlenty and [Indiana Gov. Mitch] Daniels. I think that’s it.”
A lot of Washington punditry also is calling Huckabee’s exit a big win for Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, who appeals to the same social conservatives as the former Arkansas governor. Much of the same punditry, however, doesn’t consider Bachmann electable.