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Thursday, February 1, 2007

The dearly departed

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2007 at 6:20 AM

Mike Huckabee remains always on our collective minds. (And thanks to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for publishing today my letter noting his erroneous quote of the Arkansas Times in the course of an even more misleading Huckabee attack on Democrat-Gazette reporting in last Sunday's editorial section.)

John Brummett, following the former governor's request, writes a column carefully about the presidential candidate. Putting Huckabee's negatives as nicely as he can, Brummett still compiles a pretty damning portrait, one that's likely to find its way instantly into the research files of campaign opponents. For example:

I will not call him a liar. I will label him chronic hyperbolizer given to petulance, huffiness and an overly dramatic woe-is-me combativeness, one by which he always seems to see morality plays with himself as the good guy or martyr.

I will not say he turned Wayne DuMond loose. I will say Wayne DuMond got turned loose by the Parole Board during Huckabee's governorship after Huckabee said in a letter to DuMond, "It is my desire that you be released."

I will not call Huckabee unfit for the presidency. I will say I can no longer be sure how low that bar can go.

Aaron Sadler has another report from the campaign trail in Iowa. A sidebar firms up earlier reports mentioned here that Huckabee likely will hire a top aide of Sen. Bill Frist for a top campaign official.

And, finally, the Democrat-Gazette editorial page may finally have a bellyful (calling one of the paper's reporters someone akin to Jayson Blair and Janet Cooke will do that). You can read it by copying and pasting from the D-G's NWA free site, still accessible despite an upgrade of the main website. That upgrade includes a few new free features, but the major portion of the info remains behind a subscription wall. Copy and paste for Huck editorial:

http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Editorial/180550/

 And should you be interested, my letter to the editor is here:

http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Editorial/180554/

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