Huck, Meet Duke

Oh my.  Turns out Mike Huckabee granted the suspect in the shooting of four Washington police officers early release from prison when he was governor of Arkansas.

Huckabee, as you probably know, is biding his time as a FOX News host as he positions himself for a run at the GOP presidential nomination.

As Timothy Egan writes for the New York Times web site, Huckabee says he doesn’t want this “horrible and tragic event” to be politicized.

Oh my again.  Do the names Michael Dukakis and Willie Horton ring a bell?  Since Huckabee works for FOX, he might be wearing a WWRD (What Would Roger Do?) bracelet.  Just ask Roger Ailes what he did with Willie and the Duke 21 years ago.  He doesn’t have to.  He knows.  It’s history.  And so may be Huckabee as a presidential candidate.

Huckabee has started making the rounds of friendly cable news shows to blame “failures in the criminal justice system” for the release of Maurice Clemmons.

If Huckabee wanted to strut his chops as a diplomat, he would convince his fellow yakkers across the cable spectrum, even his boss, to depoliticize his involvement in Clemmons’ criminal career.

And the moon is made of green cheese.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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6 Responses to Huck, Meet Duke

  1. Quid Pro Gnome says:

    Oh come now. Four cops are dead, and attributing that in some way to Huckabee is purely political and just low. If you want to argue that it was Huckabee’s fault in any way, you’re forced to argue against pardons. The argument defeats the concept of a merciful legal system (the liberal position) far more than it might harm Mr. Huckabee–he’s got plausible deniability. It’s not that I think Huckabee’s pardon was right; but neither do I think it was wrong, as I just don’t know the circumstances and neither does anyone else not directly involved. It is precisely because I support the idea of pardons and of clemency that I think the blame-Huckabee campaign is wrong, so to me going after him just seems short-sighted and unlikely to benefit the cause of social justice.

    I know many of my fellow libs simply drip at any opportunity to slander conservatives as hypocrites, but come on guys, that doesn’t get us any where. All it really does is create another anti-conservative narrative for the Seattle Times to push while their paper sinks deeper and deeper into the red.

    • Gerry says:

      Hi Quid…we don’t have much of a disagreement based on what you wrote.

      The post is much more about cable news talk than it is about Huckabee’s tangential involvement with this horrible crime. Huckabee has insinuated himself into a medium that thrives on politicizing anything and everything. And he doesn’t want this politicized? His own boss was the mover-and-shaker behind Dukakis and Willie Horton a generation ago. He knew what he was getting into with this temporary career move.

      • Quid Pro Gnome says:

        Well, the proven tradition of political-media is to accuse your opponents of politicizing some thing as a convenient way of doing the very thing without anyone being the wiser… and thus stirs the pot of endless cable rabble.

        But no, I really have no disagreement about the historical parallels, it seems a perfectly sound argument. And I’m always glad there are folks savvy enough to draw the connections which the rest of us could not otherwise make. Thanks for the reply!

      • Gerry says:

        Quid, I want to put the lid on that pot.
        Thanks for checking in!

  2. Kathryn D. says:

    Amen, Gerry!!!!!

  3. Kevin says:

    no use Gerry, Huck will not only take the lid off that pot, but will eat everything in it.

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