Friday, October 26, 2007

And the flames go higher...

Yet another article cautioning against Huckabee. Not to pile on, or anything.

As for me, I will never support Huckabee in the primary (although in the general election or as vice-president, I'm not sure) and I can tell you why in two words:

Wayne Dumond

What was wrong for Michael Dukakis is wrong for Mike Huckabee, even if the situations are slightly different. Maybe a Pastor has to show forgiveness but a Governor/President doesn't.

I haven't been exactly thrilled with Fred Thompson's performance so far but he still has my vote. At this point, if Thompson dropped out, I'd probably vote for McCain before Huckabee or Romney. As for Giuliani: ain't gonna happen.


Stephen said...

This Wayne Dumond business (the first I've heard of it) is far too anecdotal to make a final determination on Mike Huckabee. Innocent people get jailed and executed, and criminals get released to offend again. That Mr. Huckabee's judgment call in this case was later proven wrong is no basis to completely reject his candidacy for president.

Karen said...

Stephen, just because you haven't heard of it doesn't make it anecdotal. Google it. The situation stinks. National Review has talked about it in several issues this year. Just because the main stream media hasn't picked up on it doesn't mean it isn't real. The media coverage of Huckabee has been slight anyway.

Here's an older story from the: Arkansas Times.

At the least Huckabee showed extremely poor judgment. I happen to think it is worse than that.

Stephen said...

Things look a bit too clear in hindsight. For years after his release, Wayne Dumond's case appeared to many to be a miscarriage of justice finally corrected:

"DuMond initially was sentenced to life plus 20 years, but then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker reduced the sentence to 39 years, making him eligible for parole Nov. 11, 1994. The parole board had recommended clemency partly because genetic evidence uncovered by DuMond's lawyer showed that semen on Ms. Stevens' pants did not exhibit a genetic marker DuMond possessed.

The state approved a parole plan Jan. 16, 1997, requiring that DuMond move from Arkansas, but Texas and Florida parole boards rejected his plans to move there. Last month, the Arkansas parole board approved his move to DeWitt.

Between the time his 1997 parole and his 1999 parole plans were approved, DuMond's wife Dusty died from injuries suffered in an Ohio traffic accident. He was allowed out for a day to attend her funeral.

With DuMond now out for good, the family hopes to prove his innocence, Bobby Dumond said.

"I know he didn't do it. I hope we can put all this behind us," he said."
-- Associated Press, October 1999

"The rape victim's daddy, mortician Walter E. "Stevie" Stevens, was part of a Democratic machine that ruled the Arkansas Delta and nurtured Clinton's career.

Wayne DuMond, guilty or innocent, didn't have a chance at justice."
-- Village Voice, March 2001

Considering the connections of the victim's family, the brutal attack on Dumond while he awaited trial, and the genetic evidence presented in Dumond's appeal process, Huckabee thought he was serving justice.

It's easy to say in 2007 that Wayne Dumond should have stayed in jail--it was considerably less clear in 1998.

Philip said...

Man, that could have been a new post!

Anyway, the bigger question is still why didn't he just pardon him to begin with? It seems he orchestrated events so that he had plausible deniability in case it went bad, playing both sides of the issue.

He also demonstrated this behavior in the gas tax referendum, saying he never raised taxes, but vocally selling the increase to voters. His he for or against higher taxes?

This begins to look like a pattern of doing one thing and saying another. That's what politicians do, not what real leaders do.

Philip said...

Here is one more article
to consider. It is the best defense of Huckabee that I have seen so far, yet it does not change my opinion of him.