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In her letter of support for Scooter Libby, Georgetown professor and author Deborah Tannen told Judge Reggie B. Walton that Dick Cheney's former right-hand man helped her husband dig their car out of a pile of snow and even fixed her family's septic field drain himself.
Today, in seeking to describe the Southern preacher's charm of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus also hits on the neighborly appeal:

Huckabee, 51, has the air of the nice neighbor who wanders by to discuss your crabgrass problem. "I'm a conservative," he said, "but I'm not mad at anybody about it."

Looks like Bill Richardson might not be the only presidential candidate relying on his personal charm.

--Samuel Jacobs

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