World magazine, the journalistic outlet of Bush's "compassionate conservatism" guru Marvin Olasky, reports this week that at last month's Council for National Policy meeting religious right granddaddy Paul Weyrich solemnly regretted supporting Mitt Romney instead of Mike Huckabee:
In a voice barely above a whisper, he said, "Friends, before all of you and before almighty God, I want to say I was wrong."
In a quiet, brief, but passionate speech, Weyrich essentially confessed that he and the other leaders should have backed Huckabee, a candidate who shared their values more fully than any other candidate in a generation. He agreed with [Home Schooling Legal Defense Association President Michael] Farris that many conservative leaders had blown it. By chasing other candidates with greater visibility, they failed to see what many of their supporters in the trenches saw clearly: Huckabee was their guy.
Oops. Turns out, according to the article, that some religious right leaders were swayed by "a gesture that—like much of Romney's campaign—was both opulent and desperate, Romney sent everyone in attendance an expensive office chair, along with a note that read, 'You'll always have a seat at our table.'" But Romney's ingratiating efforts earned him "only a footstool at the Christian conservative table." Now the religious right is disappointed that it's stuck with John McCain, whose CNP speech, said Bill Owens, the president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, "was a disaster. It just proves he has no clue what we're about."