…is what this fills me with. I can’t imagine anything better for the GOP than for its presumptive nominee, who is disliked by much of the evangelical base, to get in a court fight with the base’s rump candidate. Over a sketchy election where he pulled (apparently) 26% of the vote against said rump candidate, a dude who dropped out, someone the GOP sees as a crank, and my favorite Republican, Uncommitted. I say “apparently” because they don’t seem to have bothered to count all the votes.
I’ve criticized Huckabee here in the past, but I also think he’s entirely right here; there’s no reason the vote shouldn’t be counted by now, and there’s certainly no reason for the state party to announce a result without counting the vote.
UPDATE: Josh Marshall (whose coverage you should be reading) says “I guess I’m not surprised that the GOP bigwigs are yawning over this. Huckabee’s just a speed bump they want to roll over and be done with.” But is it smart for them to convey that message? The religious right doesn’t particularly like McCain — James Dobson endorsed Huckabee in order to put his thumb in McCain’s eye — and if the party obviously screws Huckabee over (see update), some of those voters won’t be supporting McCain in the general.