This book, written in 1964, is more appropriate than ever.
Back-Room deals, behind closed doors, are very much part of the process of how American Presidents are chosen.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but Mike Huckabee was referring to Schlafly’s book and Romney’s back-room deal when he (Huckabee) gave his speech at CPAC:
We are a special nation. (Applause.) And we are a special nation because, throughout our history, we have been people who have made choices rather than simply echo the voices of others.
Update: I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I wasn’t paying attention to the Republican primary until late December 2007. I didn’t find out about the September 2007 Values Voter Debate until the beginning of March 2008. Here is a brief clip from that debate, showing the author of that book, Phyllis Shlafly, asking a question, and Mike Huckabee’s response. Unfortunately, the debate moderator’s microphone was on and you hear his background conversation during Mike Huckabee’s response…it’s a bit distracting, but the video is still worth watching.
Update: Phyllis Schlafly’s book is now available on Scribd: