We thought it was too good to be true—and it was. Mike Huckabee's early lead in Tuesday's GOP Virginia primary didn't last and the former Arkansas governor went down to defeat.
Arizona Sen. John McCain won all three primaries Tuesday, solidifying his grip on the Republican nomination.
For social conservatives who are skeptical of McCain's positions, Huckabee is (or was) the true believer and an acceptable alternative to McCain.
But Huck's political fortunes appear to be dimming, at least in his role as the man who will stop McCain from wrecking the Republican Party.
On the other hand, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn could benefit from the rise of McCain. Some of the chattering class are mentioning Coburn as a possible vice presidential candidate for McCain.
A maverick Republican like McCain, Coburn would shore up McCain's conservative credentials and please many on the right.