Daily Archives: December 7, 2009

Huckabee/Dukakis: A Tale Of Two Mikes

What, me worry?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Consequently, in an effort to celebrate the holiday season in Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off style, all song parodies and Late Night Music Bytes will be based upon Christmas carols for the next twelve days. We hope that you enjoy this seasonal change of pace.

Potential Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has just had his Mike Dukakis moment. Dukakis, the former governor of Massachusetts was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1988. He was leading Republican candidate, George H. W. Bush in most polls when suddenly, the Willy Horton story changed the game.

On June 6, 1986, convicted murderer Willie Horton was released from the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord. Under state law, he had become eligible for an unguarded, 48-hour furlough. He never came back. Horton showed up in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on April 3, 1987. Clifford Barnes, 28, heard footsteps in his house and thought his fiancée had returned early from a wedding party. Suddenly Willie Horton stepped out of the shadows with a gun. For the next seven hours, Horton punched, pistol-whipped, and kicked Barnes – and also cut him 22 times across his midsection. When Barnes’ fiancée Angela returned that evening, Horton gagged her and savagely raped her twice. Horton then stole Barnes’ car, and was later chased by police until captured.

In 1976 Governor Dukakis vetoed a bill to ban furloughs for first-degree murderers. It would, he said, “Cut the heart out of inmate rehabilitation.” The program, in essence, released killers on an “honor system” to see if they would stay out of trouble. On the average, convicts who had been sentenced to “life without parole” spent fewer than 19 years in prison. By March 1987, Dukakis had commuted the sentences of 28 first-degree murderers.

The Republican National Committee seized upon the Willy Horton as an example of Dukakis being soft on crime and released the following television spot:

The television ad was a success for Bush. Dukakis’ poll ratings suffered a prolonged slide and he was defeated handily in the general election.

Mike Huckabee now finds himself in the same position as Mike Dukakis. As Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee pardoned more than 1000 convicted criminals. One of those released was Maurice Clemmons. Clemmons had been sentenced to 108 years behind bars for assorted robberies, burglaries and gun charges. Last week Clemmons shot and killed four police officers in Washington state. The Willie Horton/Maurice Clemmons parallels are startling. The tragedy provides Huckabee opponents in both parties with an opportunity to characterize him as soft on crime. It appears that the Clemmons saga will be Huckabee’s Waterloo.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Oh, Christmas Tree song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2lPJaMYw3I

MIKE HUCKABEE

(sung to the Christmas song “Oh, Christmas Tree”)

Mike Huckabee, Mike Huckabee
Why did you free Mo Clemmons?
Mike Huckabee, Mike Huckabee
It leaves a taste like lemons
In Jail he was locked up real tight
To set him free was not too bright
Mike Huckabee, Mike Huckabee
Why did you free Mo Clemmons?

Mike Huckabee, Mike Huckabee
You unleashed a cop killer
Mike Huckabee, Mike Huckabee
Your future’s in the chiller
Now they’ll say you are soft on crime
You freed that creep from doing time
Mike Huckabee, Mike Huckabee
You unleashed a cop killer

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