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December 05, 2007

Meet Mike Huckabee's Willie Horton, Wayne Dumond

This guy lobbied the parole board to free this rapist turned rapist/murderer.

Huckabee lied, two women died.

The story references letters dug up at the Huffington Post. Their article is here.

Confidential Arkansas state government records, including letters from these women, obtained by the Huffington Post and revealed publicly for the first time, directly contradict the version of events now being put forward by Huckabee. While on the campaign trail, Huckabee has claimed that he supported the 1999 release of Wayne Dumond because, at the time, he had no good reason to believe that the man represented a further threat to the public. … But the confidential files obtained by the Huffington Post show that Huckabee was provided letters from several women who had been sexually assaulted by Dumond and who indeed predicted that he would rape again - and perhaps murder - if released. In a letter that has never before been made public, one of Dumond's victims warned: ‘I feel that if he is released it is only a matter of time before he commits another crime and fear that he will not leave a witness to testify against him the next time.’ Before Dumond was granted parole at Huckabee's urging, records show that Huckabee's office received a copy of this letter from Arkansas' parole board.

Here's the "Court Jester" spinning this godawful (irony intended) decision on MTP:

Over at Hot Air, which just posted the same stuff (common source), they note that four of the parole board members have previously stated they were strongly lobbied by Huckabee to free this fucking dirtbag rapist/murderer -- and yet he continues lying about it. Brazenly.

Oh yeah: he also lied about getting these letters from Dumond's victims, too. At least before they were produced and proven to have been delivered to him.

That doesn't sound very Christian to me, Minister.

Let's see how Huckabee shapes up:

Soft on crime. Bad policy, gives away a perennial winning issue for the GOP. It's not such a big issue now that the eighties crimewave has ended, but it's still an issue -- and Huckabee is a liberal on law and order.

Tax-and-spender. One of the biggest clubs in the GOP's bag -- not this cycle. Hillary and Huckabee are sympatico on the notion that we need to take more of people's money to do public good.

Soft on the War on Terror. Wants to shut down Gitmo, wants to outlaw waterboarding, speaks softly and carries no stick on Iran (he has been conspicuously soft in his rhetoric in debates, counseling the need for dialogue and warning against bombing). Has not been a leader, rhetorical or otherwise, for the War in Iraq, unlike John McCain or Rudy Giuliani. The primary reason for voting GOP for many of us, and Huckabee sounds more like Barack Obama on the issue than George Bush.

Soft on Immigration. The only truly winning issue for the GOP this cycle and Huckabee is right there with the Amnestias. Remember how we all pined for the day we had a President not named "Bush" who would take our side in this fight so that we didn't have to rely on filibusters and procedural blocking tactics every time the issue came up? Well, like Bush, Huckabee is a True Believer in the need to be accomodating to Undocumented Americans. So forget the issue, and forget the cause -- it's lost under President Huckabee.

Can I ask a question here? Are there Americans, Republicans, Christians, etc. out there who actually believe the GOP can win an election on nothing except the Human Life Amendment and Federal Marriage Amendment?

And do these people realize the president has no role in the amendment process? He does not need to sign a proposed amendment, nor can he veto it; it's entirely up to Congress and then (after securing 2/3rds support) the state legislatures (3/4ths of them)?

True, a president can support such measures rhetorically. But can anyone name for me the 66 Senators and 38 states they imagine will be signing on for the HLA and FMA just because President Huckabee talks them up?

Has the party gone fucking crazy? Is that all there is now, in final analysis, to the GOP? God, gays, and abortion?

Those who are primarily motivated by this troika will say the GOP cannot win without them. True. But this is also true: The GOP cannot win only with them, either. 30% does not win elections in this country, ever. We sort of need those fiscal conservatives, law and order conservatives, sovereignty conservatives, and 9/11 conservatives on board with the nominee too.

Bonus! From Hot Air's Headlines, yet another reason to vote for Huckabee -- the NEA loves him!

The 16,000-member New Hampshire affiliate of the National Education Association has chosen to recommend to its members Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary, according to a source within the state NEA. This is the first time the state affiliate has picked a candidate in the GOP primary, and it follows Huckabee’s showing as the only Republican who spoke to the NEA convention in July.

The state chapter's membership is more than 25% Republican, said the source, and the committee didn't want those members to be ignored. When Huckabee spoke at the convention and participated in an interview with the state affiliate, deciding members felt it would be right to point that out to members. Only education and related positions were considered, and the board appreciated Huckabee's "strong views on public education," especially supporting the arts and music.

There are only two people left in America who believe in compassionate conservatism, George Bush and Mike Huckabee. So just as we get rid of the first big-government "conservative" we're going to nominate the only other one?

In sum:

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