by Max Brantley
Mike Huckabee's camp leaked the word through a friendly local reporter a while backthat he'd had a splendid reception before a super-secret cabal of politically charged evangelicals, The Council for National Policy, presumed kingmakers on the Republican side of the presidential race. The NY Times, relying on other sources, has a different take. It is, first, that the group is having a hard time finding a suitable standard bearer, for a variety of reasons, and is generally dissatisfied with the choices. As for the former Arkansas governor:
And some members of the council have raised doubts about lesser known candidates — Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Representative Duncan Hunter of California, who were invited to Amelia Island to address an elite audience of about 60 of its members, and Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who spoke to the full council at its previous meeting, in October in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Although each of the three had supporters, many conservatives expressed concerns about whether any of the candidates could unify their movement or raise enough money to overtake the front-runners, several participants in the meetings said.
Nearby on the Times home page is the graphic with comments from the candidates on the war in Iraq. This is where Huckabee's quote making the current battle more important to U.S. interests than WW II, I, etc., appears.