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Friday, December 04, 2009

Huckabee a Most Dangerous Man

During the 2008 campaign I made the statement that I thought that Huckabee was the most dangerous Republican candidate in that he would be a disaster as president. I said this because of the excesses of compassion that he had demonstrated as governor of Arkansas, as well as his unwillingness to put aside his religious beliefs in the conduct of public business. He is obviously a very talented showman, as his success on Fox demonstrates, but again I say, he is a most dangerous man. His misplaced compassion has left many victims. Clemmons is to Huckabee as Willie Horton was to Mike Dukakis - a glimse into their inner, dangerous foolishness.

Shameless Huck-stering

By Jane Jamison December 03, 2009 American Thinker

Mike Huckabee should never hold an executive public office again. His self-absorbed behavior in the past forty-eight hours shows he believes his personal political aspirations are more important than a respectful mourning period for four police officers. The cops are dead in major part due to a decision Huckabee made nine years ago.

The four young police officers, all of them parents, were killed execution-style in the Seattle suburbs Sunday morning as they enjoyed a quiet coffee break. The suspect, Maurice Clemmons, was a whacked-out, multi-convicted loser who was out on bail for raping eleven- and twelve-year-old girls.


Within a few hours, the media figured out that despite his lengthy criminal record, Clemmons was freed to commit murder in Washington because former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee had commuted Clemmons' jail sentence nine years ago. The commutation set up a speedy parole for Clemmons, who then went on to other crimes, jail sentences and an apparent spiral into mental illness.

Huckabee, who hosts a Fox News talk show, served two terms as Arkansas governor, was a failed 2008 presidential candidate and has been a" hopeful" for 2012. Recent polls showed him as one of the Republican front-runners.

Clemmons was still on the loose, the investigation of the slayings just beginning Sunday afternoon, but Huckabee revved his publicity machine to high-speed hyper-whine. He posted a brief mention on his website late Sunday that blithely deflected blame for Clemmons' early release to un-named others.

"Should he (Clemmons) be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failure in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State."

That white-wash ran right down the walls of public opinion, so Monday Huckabee called in his favors with his media friends and began an unseemly campaign to save face and deny his earlier denial.

Newsmax.com obliged with a headline Monday night: "Mike Huckabee: I Take Full Responsibility for Granting Alleged Cop-Killer Clemency." It sounded like Huckabee was "manning up," but actually he was parsing carefully.

He explained in his Newsmax.com article that he reduced Clemmons' prison sentence because Clemmons was only 16 years old when convicted of burglary and robbery, yet had been given a 108-year prison term. Huckabee says he felt it was too much prison time.

"For the crimes he (Clemmons) committed and the age at which he committed the crimes, it was dramatically outside the norm for sentencing."

Clemmons had a jury trial and a judge who had given him the 108 years. Admittedly this is a very long term. Do you think the people who sat day in and day out observing Maurice Clemmons during his trial perhaps had good reason to do what they did?

Huckabee kept up the blame game through a series of powder-puff interviews with his Fox News co-workers Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. Huck was allowed to condescend repeatedly to his detractors, because he was sure that we don't understand the difference between pardons, clemency, and commutation. There was lots of complaining about "those people" or "certain reporters." In Huck-speak, it isn't his fault that other judges or other prosecutors or other jails either didn't convict Clemmons for his later crimes or jail him long enough for them.

O'Reilly and Hannity, whom I watch nearly every day, studiously avoided making their co-worker Huckabee answer for any of his horrible 10-year history of playing patty-cake with notorious Arkansas criminals. They did not mention or inquire about any of the following:

Kevin Hall of The Des Moines Conservative Examiner writes:

The Clemmons incident is far from being the only case of Huckabee's activism toward freeing dangerous felons. During his 10 years as Arkansas governor, Huckabee granted clemency to 1,033 convicts. That is more than double his three predecessors combined. The clemencies also exceeded Arkansas' six neighboring states combined. The freed prisoners included murderers, drunk drivers, armed robbers and rapists.


Another notorious case is that of Wayne Dumond, who kidnapped and raped a 17-year old. Huckabee believed Dumond was innocent, so he pressured the parole board to free him. They complied. Dumond proved he belonged behind bars when he raped and murdered at least one woman in Missouri.

Hall recites an astounding list of murders, rapists and thugs who were released or given much shorter sentences by Governor Huckabee's hand and found the reasons for the leniency fell into four categories: Huckabee felt " the justice system treated them more harshly than most, they knew a person who had known the governor, they worked at the Governor's Mansion, or a minister interceded for them."

Garrick Feldman of the Arkansas Leader wrote critically during Huckabee's tenure as governor:

"...he ignored both public opinion and state law when he refused to say why he was releasing murderers from prison, often over the objections of his own parole board. The suspicion was that jailhouse conversions (to Christianity) got killers out of prison..."

Arkansas Online found the O'Reilly interview with Huckabee lacking good follow-up questions:

Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley, whose office opposed Clemmons' parole in 2000 and 2004, said Huckabee's comments were "red herrings." "My word to Mr. Huckabee is man up and own what you did," Jegley said.

Mike Huckabee will waste a lot of money and other people's votes if he thinks he is somehow still viable in presidential politics. He is done. He is a nice man, and kind of cute playing his guitar on his television show. He should not ever hold a public office where he might make executive branch decisions, because he has shown he is weirdly or naively soft on criminals. Good people have been hurt. He has shown us this week that just giving the impression of being sorry is difficult. He was doing full-out "damage control" for himself, when he should have just shut up until the funerals were over. I perceive a creepy, intimidating undercurrent that refusing Mike Huckabee "forgiveness" is somehow not "Christian."

There is no forgiveness for what you did, Mr. Huckabee. You had ten years to stop.

It is true that many things went wrong for many years so that a hopelessly-hardened criminal like Maurice Clemmons was free to gun down good cops in a coffee shop. However, none of those other events would have happened if Mike Huckabee had not decided that he was wiser than a jury of 12 citizens and a sentencing judge.

Maurice Clemmons would still be drilling holes in Arkansas license plates. Four cops in Lakewood, Washington would be celebrating Christmas with their kids this month.

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4 Comments:

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, there sure is a lot of hatred out there! It is a wonder that anyone runs for political office today. If this hatred was just limited to the candidate, that in itself would be bad. But it doesn't. It extends to the persons' wife/husband, children, and even their children's friends.
It is really disgusting and sad. We need good people now more than ever to run for political office on all levels. But why should anyone run for any political office and be subjected to these kinds of personal attacks? Good grief- he who is without sin, cast the first stone. I don't see any stones!

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Your comment is very foolish. Was it hatred to be angered by Michael Dukakis decision to furlough a convicted rapist-murderer so he could murder someone else? Grow up.

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Tim said...

Your post betrays an astounding ignorance of southern "justice" as well as Mike Huckabee's record. Yes, he granted some form of clemency to DOUBLE the number that his predecessors did. One of his predecessors, Jim Guy Tucker (who actually made the decision to pardon Dumond) only served 4 YEARS in comparison to Huckabee's 10 years in office (Clinton served 11 years).
Huckabee rejected some 90% of applications for clemency, and many of those were recognized at the time for what they were: biased juries applying very different standards to defendants based on their race.
I'm amazed to hear people who advocated for the pardon of Scooter Libby (who, like President Clinton, lied under oath) ridiculing Mike Huckabee's faith because he COMMUTED a sentence that was far out of proportion to what any other defendant would receive for that crime.

 
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