For weeks Mike Huckabee has avoided Tim Russert while touring the Sunday-morning talk-show circuit. NBC's Washington bureau chief has lobbied hard to get Huckabee on Meet the Press, but Huckabee has shied away from Russert's withering Q&A.
Until now. Huckabee is going live on the show this Sunday (as is Barack Obama), four days before the Iowa caucuses. His comments with Russert will likely be his final narrative before Iowans vote, so his appearance is a major gamble. If Russert lands a few blows--which, with Huckabee's record, is likely--the always-fluid Republican race will be shaken and stirred once again. A preemptive look at who has the most at stake.