The Club for Growth continued its evaluation of 2008 candidates with Sam Brownback, with a mostly positive result. This is important for Brownback because it differentiates him from Mike Huckabee, who the Club has savaged.

I think that this confirms that Brownback is in the 2nd-tier, not the 3rd. He has been building an organization for quite a while, as I have documented. He has solid economic credentials. Furthermore, the evidence is that he is doing better in the polling than Huckabee, as The Plank recently noted.

This is why I would echo Adam’s assessment on Redstate that Huckabee should consider the Senate instead of the White House. Arkansas is just an economically liberal state, and, as Mitt Romney has found, it is very hard to run with a record out of sync with the national party on bedrock issues.

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