While governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee took tremendous pains to get the state to release a serial rapist who, once out, raped and murdered another woman. He did it against the protestations of victims, prosecutors, other legislators, the onetime acting governor Jim Guy Tucker he tried to pin it on — and now, it turns out, a flurry of letters from victims who'd been too scared to press or talked out of pressing charges, like one woman who had been raped while lying next to her three-year-old daughter in the seventies. The Huffington Post went public with the letters yesterday, and as usual with serial rape cases they all seem to run together in an endless cycle of terror, trauma, and the perversion of the criminal justice system that seems so ingeniously engineered to protect the interests of the most prolific, sociopathic sex criminals. So why'd he do it? Well, the rapist's most prominent victims was a distant cousin of Bill Clinton and the daughter of the prosecuting attorney who eventually sent the rapist, Wayne Dumond, to prison, so there was at the time a right-wing campaign to paint Dumond as wrongly accused, you know, because if she was related to Bill she was clearly a sex-addicted product of the vast free love hippie abortion conspiracy who was totally asking for it.
And while that is sickening in its own right, I don't think it goes far enough. Huckabee, after all, has never been afraid to flout Republican conventions. Given his oft-ridiculed rejection of evolution and an idiotic proclamation he made this week re Iran:
Q: "I don't know to what extent you have been briefed or been able to take a look at the NIE report that came out yesterday..."It seems it's pretty clear with what we're dealing with here: a man who is certain of one thing and one thing alone: his own certainty. Maybe it's that he's got God on his side, maybe it's just his own colossal ego, but either way, evidence schmevidence, he knows he is right. I think you know the type I'm talking about!
A: "I'm sorry?"
Q: "The NIE report, the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. Have you been briefed or been able to take a look at it — "
Q: "Have you heard of the finding?"
A: "No...I don't know where the intelligence is coming from that says they have suspended the program or how credible that is versus the view that they actually are expanding it...And I've heard, the last two weeks, supposed reports that they are accelerating it and it could be having a reactor in a much shorter period of time than originally been thought."
Anyway, while his poll numbers suggest we should maybe dignify him with a little post-feminist outrage, my instinct here is to cross my fingers and hopes he goes away like so many bad date rape experiences. So help me out folks! Giuliani is looking so good right now.
Documents Detail Huckabee's Role In Release [Huffington Post]