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Tag: Mike Huckabee

April
20th

The birther conspiracy Kool-Aid flows uphill

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Normally we’d wait for Donald Trump’s “presidential campaign” to die a natural death, but his embrace of the birther lunacy makes for too sweet a target.

Trump’s taken to trumpeting his doubts about Barack Obama’s citizenship and demanding that the president produce his birth certificate. Obama – who appears to relish the spectacle – has turned the pseudo-controversy into comedy material.

Trump is one of a handful of Republican leaders (if that’s what he is) willing to sound like an actual birther. Michele Bachmann prefers artful coyness; all she wants is that Obama “just answer some questions” and produce his original birth certificate. Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee have alluded darkly to the president’s supposed Kenyan background. Read more »

Nov.
30th

Thanks, Arkansas, for giving us Maurice Clemmons

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

In 2007, gross misjudgments in a distant state allowed a one-man crime wave – Daniel Tavares Jr. – to move to Washington and murder a young Graham couple. A series of blunders in Massachusetts had set him free to pursue his criminal career in Pierce County.

Now it looks as if history may have repeated itself with Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old fugitive charged with gunning down four Lakewood police officers on Sunday.

Like Tavares in Massachusetts, Clemmons – still at large as of this writing – was returned to the streets in Arkansas despite ample evidence that he remained a grave threat to society. In both cases, the law-and-order people made rookie errors.

In Massachusetts, prosecutors failed to provide a judge with crucial information about Tavares’ criminal background, and the judge released him without bail – not knowing he’d killed his mother, had a record of violence as long as the prison yard, and was even then facing felony charges for assaulting guards.

Clemmons’ history with the justice system is still unfolding. But one thing is clear already: Had the folks in Arkansas been paying attention, he’d still be doing hard time down there, not fleeing police up here in the aftermath of a horrifying crime.
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Nov.
30th

Pointing the finger at Mike Huckabee

Tim Egan, the former Seattle newspaperman who has become a rising national journalistic star as an award-winning author and reporter for The New York Times, unloads on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in this blog column today.

Egan has the same thought I did when I first learned that Huckabee had approved the early release of Maurice Clemmons,  who is being hunted as the suspect in the ambushing killings of four Lakewood police officers Sunday.

I immediately thought of the infamous Willie Horton ad that Bush One unleashed against Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.  Fairly or not, Huckabee’s role

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