Romney folks are trying madly to lower expectations. In my lay of the land in Iowa account, spokesman Kevin Madden says: “Our goal, and our plan from the beginning, was to be competitive in these early primary states where we had a good opportunity to get known and really reach voters through the grassroots. We’ve gone from being unknown in Iowa to being in a competitive position there. I’d expect that finishing towards the top in Iowa will help us gather momentum as we move towards New Hampshire, where we have also spent a lot of time and built a great organization.” They also make no bones about the fact they are turning the klieg lights on Huckabee’s record. Huckabee not surprisingly uses both as evidence that Romney is desperately spinning. The challenge for Huckabee: get his organization in shape so he’s not the Howard Dean of 2008.
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