Here's a New York Times smooch of The Huckster, though the last paragraph quotes former Republican Sen. Joe Yates, once a Huckabee staffer, as saying he doesn't support Huck and that he's thin-skinned. Do tell. ... A blogger in Atlantic says Iowa is down to Huckabee and Romney ... American Spectator says he could shortly be getting the endorsement of James Dobson (another one I wouldn't want, but useful in Religious Right-influenced Iowa and elsewhere)
He also gets huge interview treatment in Salon. Exaggerations wanted? Here's one:
But you have got to understand, it's hardball politics in Arkansas. And the ultimate thing is this, that I remained un-indicted for all those years is in itself an incredible accomplishment in my state.
Yes, most politicians in Arkansas are eventually indicted.
Huckabee is also quoted as saying "a lot" of ethics complaints filed against him came from one newspaper columnist. I think the Ethics Commission considered 14 formal complaints and decided five adversely to the governor. In terms of formal complaints, my recollection is that I filed two and one resulted in a finding he had not filed a financial report properly. On the other, he changed a story on handling of his 2002 inaugural funds to avoid sanction.
UPDATE: An interview with NY Times blog reveals interestingly that Mike Huckabeer is NOT a strict Biblical literalist.
UPDATE II: Dobson "ferociously" denies plan to endorse The Huckster.
UPDATE III: He may not have Dobson, but he has a slew of Baptists. On the jump.
HUCKABEE NEWS RELEASE
Little Rock ,
► Dr. Jack Graham – Plano, Tex. ► Dr. James T. Draper Jr. – Colleyville, Tex. ► Dr. Jerry Vines – Woodstock, Ga. ► Dr. Daniel L. Akin – Wake Forest, N.C. ► Dr. Jay Strack – Orlando, Fla. ► Dr. Billy McCormack – Shreveport, La.
Dr. James T. Draper Jr. is a former president of Southern Baptist Convention and former president of Lifeway Christian Resources.
Dr. Jerry Vines twice served as president of Southern Baptist Convention and is former pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla. He is founder of Jerry Vines Ministries in Woodstock, Ga.
Dr. Daniel Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.
Dr. Jay Strack is president and founder of Student Leadership University and a world- renowned Southern Baptist communicator and minister in Orlando, Fla.
"Mike is not only well equipped for the presidency, he has demonstrated godly and righteous leadership in government which commends him to every evangelical who wants a firm and resolute hand on the helm of our ship of state," Dr. McCormack said. "He will unify evangelicals nationwide in one giant move toward the nomination at first and the general election to follow. He is America's logical choice."