The candidate who has gone from microscopic numbers to front-runner status is starting to feel the heat, but Mike Huckabee would rather suffer the slings and arrows of his opponents’ attacks than go back to toiling away in conservative obscurity: “It’s almost like ‘take your best shot, people.’ ” Now if the marginalized Democratic candidates could replicate Huckabee’s success, we’d have an exciting race on our hands.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Huckabee wanted to be taken seriously as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Now he is, and he’s found that front-runner status comes with an unwanted accessory: a giant target on his back.

But Huckabee has a message for those who would try to take his momentum away.

“It’s almost like ‘take your best shot, people,’ ” Huckabee said in a telephone interview Tuesday from Iowa, where polls show him widening his new lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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