Catherine linked this article
in another thread. But I think it deserves special comment, considering what it appears to represent.
When Huckabee was a governor, there was controversy over whether he should release serial rapist Wayne Dumond.
One would think a "law and order" kind of guy would have found ways to keep scum off the streets, and highlighting the pleas of other victims and a strong victim rights lobby would have made the decision easy for Huckabee to find a way to throw away the key on Dumond.
But Huckabee seeks to release him, and it just doesn't make sense. What? Had he gone lefty soft? Was he smokin' something?
No, HuffPo might have uncovered another reason
. And it is just outrageously
ing to think that Huckabee would listen to backwards ass nonsense like this in support of parole:
In 1996, as a newly elected governor who had received strong support from the Christian right, Huckabee was under intense pressure from conservative activists to pardon Dumond or commute his sentence. The activists claimed that Dumond's initial imprisonment and various other travails were due to the fact that Ashley Stevens, the high school cheerleader he had raped, was a distant cousin of Bill Clinton, and the daughter of a major Clinton campaign contributor.
I'm hoping that doesn't imply the thought, "Eh, Dumond only raped a Clinton. Let him go."
What's worse, after caving to this political pressure to release Dumond, some time later we learn --
After Dumond's release from prison in September 1999, he moved to Smithville, Missouri, where he raped and suffocated to death a 39-year-old woman named Carol Sue Shields. Dumond was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for that rape and murder.
But Dumond's arrest for those crimes in June 2001 came too late for 23-year-old Sara Andrasek of Platte County, Missouri. Dumond allegedly raped and murdered her just one day before his arrest for raping and murdering Shields. Prior to the attack, Andrasek and her husband had learned that she was pregnant with their first child.
If there ever was an issue that Huckabee should be constantly bombarded with it should be this one. OK, right, this doesn't say anything about what he would do as president on Iraq, separation of church and state, and such, but damn, if there isn't a "morality" question here.