My impression of Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has always been one of a likable person whose heart is probably in the right place, even if his politics are deeply misguided. While I believe that electing an evolution-denier like him would be a terrible thing, I always thought he lacked the sinister edge that characterised almost all of the Republicans running for President. Turns out I was wrong. Huckabee, it would appear, is just as consumed by Clinton-hatred as any of the others on the extreme right.
In 1999, under pressure from Huckabee, the Arkansas parole board released convicted rapist Wayne Dumond after serving 14 years of a 39.5-year sentence. Huckabee claimed that he believed that Dumond was wrongly convicted, because his victim was distantly related to Bill Clinton. Kos called the campaign to free Dumond “Freeper-fueled Clinton hate”. Murray Waas writes:
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. Thanks to Huckabee’s intervention, conducted in concert with a right-wing tabloid campaign on Dumond’s behalf, Dumond was let out of prison 25 years before his sentence would have ended.
Dumond moved to Missouri where he was convicted of the rape and murder of Carol Sue Shields. He died in prison while awaiting trial for the rape and murder of Sara Andrasek, a 23-year-old who was pregnant with her first child. Huckabee responded:
“There’s nothing any of us could ever do,” Huckabee said Sunday on CNN when asked to reflect on the horrific outcome caused by the prisoner’s release. “None of us could’ve predicted what [Dumond] could’ve done when he got out.”
(Shades of Condi Rice’s whine following the 9-11 attacks?)
Of course, that turned out to be totally false – Huckabee could have predicted what Dumond would have done. He received a number of letters from others of Dumond’s victims. I suppose some emotions are too powerful to suppress. Spite, it would seem, outweighs one’s duty to protect the public. This is the front runner in Iowa?
H/T Canadian Cynic