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Huckabee v. Huffington

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Posted on Dec 7, 2007
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Huckabee talks Huffington on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show on Friday.

The gloves are off in a throwdown between Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington over a low point in Huckabee’s career as governor of Arkansas.  The controversy concerns the Huffington Post’s coverage of the part Huckabee played in the release of serial rapist Wayne Dumond, whose time in prison clearly didn’t rehabilitate him.


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It has exposed the dissembling reality behind the charming, articulate, more-preacher-than-politician facade - and has called into question both his judgment and his integrity.

Huckabee’s response has been to fudge the truth, point the finger at everyone in sight, and—that old standby—blame the messenger.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Huckabee said of our story: “there are factual errors in what they have printed, some of it is outrageously incorrect.” As an example of our factual errors, he cited… well, nothing. Not one.

He also claimed “the Huffington Post just doesn’t want to give the whole story of what was going on.” Really? Our original story on the Dumond case was over 4,000 words long and offered what even the American Spectator deemed a “detailed, convincingly irrefutable” presentation of the evidence in which HuffPost “backs up every single word.” What’s more, we included links to a number of never before published documents from the governor’s own files.

Huckabee also claimed that in a follow up story “the Huffington Post totally misrepresented and just utterly distorted” the statements of Butch Reeves, his former top aide, who told us that, contrary to his former boss’s claims, Huckabee had indeed influenced the parole board to reverse its previous rejection of Dumond’s release. Huckabee described Reeves as “outraged,” and promised that a statement from Reeves to that effect would be posted on mikehuckabee.com today. It just went up, ten hours later.

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By PRGP, December 9, 2007 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

Huckabee, huckster, what’s the difference.  A brain-dead creationist (cretin?) and biblical literalist (also an indicator of few active brain cells).  No wonder the US is ranked 29th in science in the world.  Elect Huckabee and we can fall to last place.  Mikey is a thief, liar, opportunistic shuck and jive artist.  Elect him and watch out for violence in the streets when he starts making “divine” proclamations even more egregious than Georgy boy’s.

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By VirginiaFromVirginia, December 8, 2007 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment
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Read how Huckabee intervened to have rapist would-be killer Dumond released.

http://www.arktimes.com/Articles/ArticleViewer.aspx?ArticleID=154e1aad-fd18-4efd-8d80-b5dab8559419

There is more to this story than just Huckabee’s intervention (possibly illegal).  It’s that Huckabee did not know the facts of the rape case.  When corrected by the raped woman and her father, Huckabee still held to his original, false version of the case.  Sound familiar?

It’s the lengths that The Huckster went to to get Dumond out of prison.  That case points to how ill-informed, unprepared, INEPT Huckabee was.
Is this SCARY? Do we need another crazy, dumb know-it-all in the White House?

It’s not that The Huckster made a mistake.  It’s the mishandling (again, probably illegal) of the Arkansas legal system.

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By May, December 8, 2007 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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Maybe more importantly than this issue regarding Huckabee, is the article I just read regarding his 1992 stance on AIDS.  He felt that AIDS/HIV patients should be quarantined from society and that federal monies to AIDS/HIV should be curtailed.  That rich movie industry people should fund AIDS research.  He stated that homosexuality was a sinful act and a plague had been visited on those practicing it.  Why is this throwback from Biblical times even being given serious consideration as a contender for President?  Let alone leading in the polls in Iowa.  What the hell is wrong with the people in this country?

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By cyrena, December 8, 2007 at 2:24 am Link to this comment

#118779 by Thomas Billis

•  I know in this case their was strong opposition to his release but his crimes were sexual and he was castrated.Which meant that the crime he was convicted of was less likely to occur again.

Thomas, I do get your point. But, I’m curious, (though not enough to read through all of the accompanying links). Huffington insinuates (as does Huckabee) that the guy did indeed commit another (or more) crimes since his release. So, is his being castrated that much of a help here?

I say that because –rape- which IS indeed ‘sexual’ in it’s act, isn’t necessarily motivated by something that would be ‘contained’ just because one has been castrated. In reality, most rapes are motivated by rage, or just an overall criminal mentality. THAT would be the reason why he shouldn’t have been paroled, anymore than a murderer should be paroled. Just like the kid who had CONSENSUAL sex with a minor, should never have been punished in the first place, even though we could certainly point to that as ‘sexual’ in nature, since it was. BUT, it wasn’t RAPE.

So, while I get your point about people doing time, being released, and cleaning up their act, we also have to look at what the ‘crime’ actually was, and whether or not it was a crime. Now, I don’t know what this guy has done since his release, and in spite of his supposed castration. But, one prone to rape can obviously still perpetrate violence against women, (or anyone else) even if he is castrated. So, THAT should have been the consideration in any parole questions, and apparently, IT WAS…until Huckabee interceded on his behalf.

Overall, the criminal justice system is NOT effective, as we can see from the disaster of having a young man do time in an adult prison, for what was NOT a crime, but a pretty normal teenage occurrence. (consensual sex). And, that jacked-up system continues to exist. The statistics for women in prison, (the crimes, the sentences, the treatment inside) is so obviously lopsided from the way the same system treats men, as to be blatantly obvious to anyone who even glances at it. That specifically applies to women that have committed crimes as victims of constant battering and other abuses. But, that receives little, (if any) attention from those outside the immediate effects of it.

Another example is that Eric fellow, (can’t recall his last name at the moment) who did the bombings of the women’s clinics, (killed a doctor and a nurse I believe) the bombings at the Olympics in Atlanta, and allegedly hid multiple bombs or similar devices throughout the hills of NC. (he was on the run for several years). Now of course that’s murder, terrorism, and a few other things. BUT, once caught, his lawyer was able to ‘cut a deal’ in order for him to avoid the standard punishment for these crimes. (the death penalty). And, reports had it, that he never really did the standard ‘jail time’ to begin with. Prior to his deal cutting, (he supposedly agreed to show the feds where he had left these alleged devices in the Blue Ridge Mountains) he was in the local jail, (North Carolina) where the local officials pretty much let him come and go at will!!! (Go figure – he was ‘their boy’ so they didn’t think he deserved to be punished at all…so what if he bombed some women’s clinics, and some innocents at the Olympics, and killed or maimed several folks in the course of it all).

So, I said all of that to say, that there’s more to this than meets the eye, and I think the point really is here, that it’s all political, and about Huckabee letting his friend off, regardless of the crimes that he’d committed, and the fact that he could (and probably would) continue to do the same, castrated or not.

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By Thomas Billis, December 7, 2007 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

I really hate this stuff.I hated it when it was Willie Horton I hate it now.If a Governor had something to do with releasing 100 prisoners and 99 of them ended up straightening out their lives and 1 does something so heinous as to make you sick is what the governor did a mistake.I know in this case their was strong opposition to his release but his crimes were sexual and he was castrated.Which meant that the crime he was convicted of was less likely to occur again.This is not in defense of Mike Huckabee the holy rolling slightly less weighty sack of shit.I thought it was unfair with Dukakis and intellectual honesty forces me to state it is unfair now.

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By bowchikabowbow, December 7, 2007 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

huckabee is a such a douche. typical republican hack

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By waxman, December 7, 2007 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

I HAVE A INGROWN TOENAIL AND I KNOW IT’S BILL CLINTONS FAULT…..IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR CLINTON THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A HITLER….GIVE ME A BREAK, YOU ARE A ORDAINED BAPTIST MINISTER AREN’T YOU ?? MAYBE THAT IS THE PROBLEM…..

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