Back on Oct. 24 the Spectator published a column in which I wrote this: “Finally, Gov. Huckabee had a propensity to be almost as prodigal with pardons as was his famous predecessor by the name of Clinton.” The Huckabee campaign changed the subject by complaining that I had used the word “pardon” when describing the release of rapist Wayne DuMond. I immediately apologized for the error, while correctly insisting — as recent stories have borne out — that Huckabee was indeed responsible for DuMond’s release. But in the exchange, the Huck campaign temporarily succeeded in diverting attention from my broader point, which is that Huck was as soft on crime as any wooly-headed Dukakis ever was.
Well, now comes proof. Today, the Arkansas leader has the numbers. They are astonishing. They show that Huck “issued more commutations and pardons than all of the six neighboring states combined.”
Wow. We now see more and more that HUck is the diametric opposite of Rudy Giuliani on every issue under the sun. Rudy is known, of course, for being tough (wisely so) on criminals and on successfully making once-dangerous New York into a safe place. Rudy is a tax cutter and a fiscal conservative; Huck is a tax hiker and a big spender. Rudy is tough on foreign policy; Huck has no clue about foreign policy but his tendency is to be Jimmy Carter-like. And of course, in the one area where conservatives may give Huck the advantage, Huck is pro-life while Rudy isn’t. But again, they are opposites.
Somehow, I believe Rudy’s assurances more about how he will be operationally pro-life because he will appoint conservative judges than I trust Huck’s assurances that he won’t raise taxes — or, indeed, his assurances on anything, because for a preacher, he sure does have a tendency toward falsehoods.
Anyway, the lesson is this: If you want a wooly-headed guy in the Oval Office who is inclined to be weak against criminals and weak against terrorists (close Guantanamo, etc.), then vote for Huckabee.
But if you have a brain, well….
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