Top Ten Political Upsets

By Beacon Staff

As the end of the year inches closer, news organizations love publishing their respective top tens. From the Associated Press’ top news stories in Montana, to Gawkers’ top ten “worst media moments,” frankly it’s an apt time to unload the annual lists.

So here’s one more compiled by POLITICO. It’s the “Top 10 political upsets of 2008.” My favorite, and one that I somehow forgot, was Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s win in the Iowa Republican caucus. From Alexander Burns’ story:

By the time Iowans went to their caucus locations in January, it was clear that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was surging. After a series of strong debate performances and some offbeat advertising featuring martial arts expert Chuck Norris, buzz was building around the GOP longshot’s candidacy.

Huckabee wasn’t supposed to be able to compete with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s money and organization, yet he trounced Romney by nine points, changing the course of the Republican nominating contest and establishing the former preacher as a national player.