This marks the point, I think, where he’s actually started to believe his own “never say die” rhetoric as a way of coping with the fact that the ship is going down. It’s like Klaus Kinski on the raft at the end of “Aguirre” telling the spider monkeys about his plan to rule the world.

And if you haven’t see “Aguirre” yet, my friends, you must.

Huckabee said his “brokered convention” strategy is predicated on a victory in Texas, the country’s largest Republican state.

“We think Texas is an important state,” Huckabee told me. “We know how important it is to win Texas.”

Huckabee says with an upset win in Texas, and a win in the Ohio Republican primary the same day, Huckabee could deny front runner John McCain the nomination in the primaries.

“If we win Texas, I think it changes the dynamics of this race. It could well go all the way to the convention. If the convention delegates pick the president, chances are they would pick the most conservative. I would be the one they would end up picking, if that’s the criteria.”

Maverick appears to be in no danger, although we haven’t felt the Times effect yet (assuming there is one). Exit question: Hypothetically, would Huck be the alternative to McCain at a brokered convention? He’ll have the second-most delegates by then and his denialist perseverance is, er, sort of impressive, I guess.

Update: The wrath of Slublog:

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Update: All right, obligatory.

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