by Max Brantley
Arkansas presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's penchant for exaggeration finally earns him a little high-profille attention (and the mockery he deserves). It's a New York Times columnist making sport of Huckabee's pandering to a narrow sliver of the wackjob base by declaring the Law of the Sea Treaty the most important issue of our time. Everybody is for this treaty except the black helicopter crowd.
And speaking of the The Huckster: Unconfirmed rumor out of Bryant is that his brother-in-law, Jim Harris, a press aide through most of the years of the Huck's reign in Arkansas, has a job on the campaign. If so, he would join two Huckabee children on the payroll.
Huckabee will need more staff if this writer -- in an op-ed for Sunday's Washington Post already on-line -- is correct: The headline says Huck could "rock the 2008 vote." Charles Mahtesian, editor of the Almanac of American Politics, writes: "Huckabee is for real -- a man poised to go further on the national stage than any other candidate produced by the Christian conservative movement."