On Tuesday morning, members of CNN’s political A-team sat on a stage in the Time Warner Center for the network’s annual upfront-like presentation and debated the findings of a new CNN poll.
At one point, Anderson Cooper, who was emceeing, asked about the GOP’s presumed presidential candidates for 2012. The poll had found Mike Huckabee in the lead with 24 percent support from the survey’s participants, followed by Mitt Romney with 20 percent, Sarah Palin with 15, Newt Gingrich at 14, and Ron Paul at 8.
What to make of this?
For the next few moments, John King, Mary Matalin, Roland Martin, David Gergen, and Wolf Blitzer took turns knocking down the significance of Mr. Huckabee’s lead. It was too early to know anything. The field was wide open. Finally, Candy Crowley jumped in with a theory for Huckabee’s early lead.
He has a weekly variety show on Fox News!
“That helps,” said Ms. Crowley.
The reference to Fox News’ Huckabee drew a murmur from the partisan CNN crowd.
Across the stage, Roland Martin feigned surprise upon hearing that Mr. Huckabee has a show on Fox News. “He does?” said Mr. Martin.
That got some chuckles.
Okay, okay. Ms. Crowley looked over at her fellow CNN anchors and pundits, “I know you all aren’t watching.”