The Republican nomination for President in 2008 remains wide open with at least three candidates having the potential to be nominated and the minor candidates with the potential to impact the race, could determine who the nominee is. Former President George H. W. Bush showed his hand when he introduced Mitt Romney for his big Religion speech at the Bush Library in Houston. 41 and Jebbie are rabid for Romney while 43 is ambivalent. The Bushs are certain that Romney is a General Election loser and are confident that four or eight years of Hillary will whet America's appetite for another Bush. Romney has bought the Bush 1980 campaign model and, having purchased leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, is now astounded to see Huckabee vault over him without spending any television money. HuckabeeIt's not hard to see why Huckabee is making progress in the race. He has an 'aw-shucks' quality of genuineness about him. Clearly, the man is comfortable in his skin. He is also an anti-establishment candidate from outside the Bush-Romney social orbit. Lingering questions remain about how deeply former Clinton guru Dick Morris is involved in the Campaign. If Morris is receiving compensation through his ex-partner Dick Dresner, it could cause heartburn for the New York Post and the FOX News Network, both of whom employ Morris as an impartial but experienced observer. Huckabee's surge in South Carolina, which is culturally susceptible to his Southern charm, is important considering his lagging numbers in New Hampshire where, even with his National surge, he is running fifth. Huck could rebound in South Carolina after a strong showing in New Hampshire than expected. New York's Rudy Giuliani while damaged by his New York City security expenses, is still a viable candidate if he can manage a respectable third place showing in Iowa and can benefit from a Romney-Huckabee split in New Hampshire with Fred Thompson and Ron Paul further draining the conservative base. Giuliani is yet to unleash his television advertising which could play a key role in getting his campaign back on message. In the CNN/YouTube debate I saw flashes of the old John McCain. There is indeed a stature gap between McCain and the other candidates. Clearly John McCain has the experience, seasoning, and gravitas to be President. McCain's best hope for a campaign revival lays in rekindling his image as a reformer in order to pull Republican leaning Independents in New Hampshire back into the Republican primary. The emergence of Reagan and Bush campaign veteran Charlie Black is good news for McCain. The emergence of former Texas Congressman Tom Loeffler a knowledgeable nuts and bolts pol is also good news for the McCain camp. With campaign manager Rick Davis getting the campaign's finances under control, McCain has some possibility of catching on in the Granite State. The New York Times has begun its predictable effort to tear down the populist outsider, Huckabee, with a series of stories regarding his handling of a death row inmate in Arkansas. Supply-Side Conservatives have also weighed-in against Huckabee because he built roads and schools with tax dollars in one of the poorest states in the country. It will remain to be seen how effective these anti-Huckabee efforts are. The promise of Fred Thompson's candidacy was squandered by his failure to identify a defining rationale for his candidacy. Coupled with his lethargy, it appears like he is "strolling" for President rather than "running." His withdrawal would probably benefit McCain more than anyone else. Ron Paul's conviction that we should negotiate with Castro has him sounding more and more like Obama. He will have trouble managing double digits anywhere. With less than one month to go before the Iowa Caucuses, the Republican nomination remains up for grabs.