If he were smart he'd make peace with Romney and put him on the ticket. The "conservative" Republicans have been so supportive of Romney in an effort to derail McCain they would have to fall in line. They have been as hateful of Huckster (if not more-so) than McCain so Huckabee doesn't buy him anything with the conservative base just the religious extremists.
Yeah, I know. That's the first thing he did to disappoint me. I used to respect McCain a lot, but that started his pandering the the religious right. Recently I've been hopeful that he had broken away again, but if he chooses Huckabee as VP, it will be clear that he is under their thumb. Anway, it is far from certain that I would vote for McCain regardless of who runs with him.
disclaimer: I do Huckabee's direct mail. disclaimer 2: he hasn't done much direct mail, so I know squat though I do speak with some of his strategy people regularly. Everything I get from them is that he's going for the nomination and they think he's got a real shot. they've got a really good grassroots strategy that seems to be playing out well today in the states they were targeting.
Now, me, personally, with no bearing on what I know of the campaign, I've been thinking that Huckabee's been staying in as a spoiler in an attempt to draw votes away from Romney. I don't know if it's because he thinks he has a shot (I think he does think that), if he's just trying to stick it to Romney who's been such as asswipe or if it's an alliance with McCain. I think it's the alliance. I hope it's not because I'm not at all down with the religious right part of the party but I can see it as a strategic alliance for McCain if he needs to go against Obama. If he's going against Hillary, I hope he sees that it's a great opportunity to divorce from the old unholy alliance with the religious right that I know he sees it as. But if he's up against Obama, he'll need all the white, southern, right wing voters he can get and Huckabee might be able to deliver them.
I've heard he and Huckabee were pretty close. In fact i've seen some speculation that Huckabee is pretty much working as a stalking horse for McCain at this point, splitting the social conservative vote.
All of that considered, Huckabee could be a really good VP choice for McCain, shoring McCain up in the weakest area of his campaign and helping him out in the Bible Belt considerably. But would it hurt McCain with the moderates?
You know, I don't know. It makes me a little leery. I actually don't dislike Huckabee, not in the same manner that I loath Clinton or Romney who I consider more of the same. Huckabee strikes me in roughly the same way Ron Paul does, a little nuts but "different" and therefore fundamentally likeable.