According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the field among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates among the party's rank-and-file.
Huckabee has 16 percent.Following him are Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at 14 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, at 13 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, at 11 percent; and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tied at 8 percent.
While I like Huckabee in many ways, based on his last outing I'm not sure that he would be a very effective candidate. I, personally, am a supporter of Jeb Bush, and I am heartened by the showing of relatively rational Republicans in the poll, finishing ahead of unelectable extremists like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. But everybody in the pack trails Hillary at this point, by two points over Bush, Christie and Ryan, three over Huckabee, and six over Cruz.
It's doable- if the GOP nominates somebody like Bush or Christie or even Ryan. Not otherwise.