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Huckabee Is Inside Our Heads, Vice Versa

Huckabee's Brain
Everybody seems to have Mike Huckabee on the brain today. As he pulls up nearly even with John McCain in South Carolina leading up to the primary there tomorrow, political writers are trying to understand what voters are thinking about the Baptist bass player. Do the Evangelicals matter? Don't they? Will they even vote for him? It's a Huckanundrum! • David Brooks reminds us that it can be looked at pretty simply: "It is no accident that the major candidates in the Republican field are a pastor, a businessman and a war hero. These are the three most evocative Republican leadership models." [NYT] • But Rich Lowry says that this appeal as a pastor has begun cooling with non-Evangelicals. And now that it's becoming clearer that he lacks the planning to impress voters with his policy ideas. [NYP]