Mi·chael Huck·a·bee. It’s a hell of a name, the best by far of the Republican field. And now that Huckabee is an anointed member of the top tier, the search for a viable nickname is on. Entries so far include:
The Huckster. Used by: Rush Limbaugh, various right-wing blogs. Verdict: Too obvious.
Tax Hike Mike. Used by: The Club for Growth. Verdict: Lame, uninspired.
Triple Wide. Used by: Arkansans punning on Huckabee’s erstwhile heft and the extra large trailer his family lived in during renovations at the governor’s mansion. Verdict: Dated.
The Huck. Used by: Headline-writers everywhere. Verdict: Scores points for simplicity.
Since none of those entries quite cuts it, I had high hopes for a new Huckabee appraisal by Paul Greenberg, grizzled Arkansas media eminence (he editorializes for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and has a Pulitzer under his belt—from 1969), and coiner of “Slick Willie.” Alas, Greenberg tosses a handful of darts—”one Michael Dale Huckabee,” “Brother Huckabee,” “this year’s Man from Hope,” and, of course, “the Huck”—but none really hits bullseye. So, readers, what should we call this guy?