Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (r) - one gets the feeling he won't do so well in Missouri

Posted at Show Me Progress.

A sitting governor intervenes in the parole process, setting up the release of an individual who then goes on to commit another horrible crime. Sound familiar? Well, our political media will only cover a story like that if that governor is running for president, right? Think again.

The Kansas City Star's resident political stenographer writes this gem in today's paper [tiny URL]:

....Stick this one in your bonnet: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will win either the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary.

Whaaaat? You've never heard of Huck?

Get him on your radar screen. Huckabee has supplanted John McCain as the hot GOP contender on the circuit these days....

Of course, our political chattering classes can't be bothered to do a little bit of research:

....Suttlar noted that just prior to Huckabee's appearance before the board the board had voted 4-1 against Dumond's parole. After Huckabee's board appearance, her colleagues largely reversed themselves, voting 4-1 for Dumond's release.

"Why did all the votes change?" Suttlar asked. The board members knew the governor's position. And Huckabee knows what influence a governor has over a board. Who's going to turn down a governor?"

A board member, who only agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, said, "We are not talking rocket science here. The board jobs are known to some degree [to be] political patronage...

Why would the Star's Kraske jump on the Huckabee hype bandwagon? Stenography.

Fun While It Lasted [tiny URL]

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 26, 2007; 11:13 AM

....My view of the Huckabee hype is fairly simple: Reporters have run out of things to say about Hillary, Barack, Rudy, Mitt and the gang. Every conceivable story has been written, from cleavage to laughter to multiple marriages, and it's only October. We need a dark horse to shake up the race. Reporters like Huckabee. So he becomes the flavor du jour....


Lazy stenography.

Saturday, October 27, 2007
Gail Collins: There To Make MoDo and Bobo Look Smart

....DuMond was released not out of some independent sense of compassion but because a wingnut campaign on his behalf was launched because the woman DuMond raped was a distant relative of Bill Clinton...

And the Missouri connection? You know, something that maybe, just maybe, a so-called Missouri political reporter should know?

...Saturday, June 30, 2001
Arkansas parolee is charged in killing of Missouri woman

LIBERTY (AP) - Prosecutors on Friday charged Arkansas parolee Wayne DuMond with first-degree murder in the death of a Missouri woman and said they had not ruled out seeking the death penalty for the convicted castrated rapist.

DuMond, 51, is charged in the Sept. 20 death of Carol Shields, 39, of Parkville, who was found suffocated in a friend's Clay County apartment about 10 miles from DuMond's home.

The woman was killed about seven weeks after DuMond moved to the Kansas City area.....

Missouri Courts

7CR101002894 - ST V WAYNE E DUMOND

07/25/2001  Docket Entry:  Filing:
Text:  1 - 1002100 - MURDER 1ST DEGREE - Class A felony - EMPTY CHARGE CODE SECURITY FIELD
  Docket Entry:  Judge/Clerk - Note
Text:  RELATED CASES FIELD: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
  Docket Entry:  Filing:
Text:  Indictment filed : BOND DENIED : warrant issued MJM....

....7CR101002894 - ST V WAYNE E DUMOND

Date Filed:  07/25/2001
Location:  Clay 
Case Type:  Criminal/Infract.- see Charges
Disposition:  Jury Verdict - Guilty
Date of Disposition:  01/09/2004...

As for Mike Huckabee intervening in the parole of an individual who later goes on to commit murder in another state? Our dysfunctional media has rules about covering those kinds of things in their political reporting. IOKIYAR.

(it's okay if you're a republican)

Tags: 2008, Huckabee, Kansas City Star, Kraske, media criticism, Presidential Race, Wayne Dumond (all tags)

Comments

7 Comments

Re: Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (r)

It seems your the one late to the news, this was covered heavily earlier in the campaign, Huckabee even had to answer a question about it in the South Carolina primary debate, Republican votersw have moved on because...it doesn't matter if you're a Republican.  

While I would certainly say this was a naive lapse in judgement by Huckabee, I don't think it will keep him from getting the VP slot.

Truth be known, Huckabee is a decent (if somewhat ill-informed) guy and didn't do bad as Governer of Arkansas.  Our current Governer, Mike Beebe, is far better, but Huck wasn't bad for a Republican in an essentially Blue southern state.

by ArkansasLib 2007-10-28 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (r)

Huckabee does appear to be a somewhat sincere and decent person, although an extremist Republican wingnut. This story is one reason why I don't see him as a major threat if Clinton is the nominee. The Republicans would have a hard time pushing the story, but Clinton would turn it into a defining story if Huckabee is on the ticket (personal vendetta has tragic results, perversion of the justice system, Republicans unfit for office versus a women's advocate who fights for victim's rights).

by souvarine 2007-10-28 09:35AM | 0 recs
I don't think the media would give this

story traction.

I worry more about Huckabee than about any of the others. He is the best communicator, and he has the most inspiring personal story (two stories, actually--rising from humble beginnings and losing more than 100 pounds).

I am hoping that the Club for Growth types will take him out in the primaries. But I fear that he is going to do very well in Iowa and SC.

by desmoinesdem 2007-10-28 11:49AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't think the media would give this

Agree with you.

by win 2007-10-28 01:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (r)

It seems your the one late to the news...

The Missouri primary is February 5th. A Missouri political writer (Steve Kraske) in today's Kansas City Star writes a blurb about Huckabee that mimics the conventional wisdom, without pointing out one of Huckabee's egregious errors which had a profound effect on Missouri. Now, ("late or not) how is that not relevant to any discussion of the race?

"Nice guy" or not, Huckabee is a republican candidate for president. His behavior on this one issue deserves all the attention and repetitive coverage we can give it. That's the political world that Lee Atwater gave us - we just have to live in it.

by Michael Bersin 2007-10-28 02:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (r)

I reject Lee Atwater's political world.

by ArkansasLib 2007-10-28 05:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (r)

I reject Lee Atwater's political world.

Rejected or not, you still live in it.

...We all need some therapy, because somebody came along and said "liberal" means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on Communism, soft on defense, and we're gonna tax you back to the Stone Age because people shouldn't have to go to work if they don't want to. And instead of saying "Well, excuse me, you right-wing, reactionary, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-eductaion, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave it to Beaver trip back to the fifties", we cowered in the corner and said "Please, don't hurt me." No more...

by Michael Bersin 2007-10-29 05:02AM | 0 recs

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